Komes Russian Imperial Stout
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #450
Ranked #11,479
4.07 | pDev: 7.13%
Browar Fortuna
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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 16.9 oz bomber in a snifter. This solid little brew pours
a nice brownish black with a modest head of off white foam that
settles to a thin ring and light dusty layer. Nose of dark fruits,
black strap molasses. and dark cocoa powder with faint char and
roast. Flavors expand nicely on the nose with black strap molasses,
dark semisweet bakers chocolate, light anise, dark fruits of black
and raspberry, dark raisins, and moderate char and deep roast with
light coffee undertones. Nice mouth feel; smooth, rich, coating, light
carbonation, full body, and finishing with a deeply roasted bitter malt

A solid classic brew made right in Poland!


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Photo of bushbeer75
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle - lot number 58/21/19/1

Komes Russian Imperial Stout filled my snifter with a dark mahogany hue. A 1/2-finger tan head was produced that dissipated to a ring/collar of foam with no lacing noticed. The nose picks up roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit. The flavor matches the nose but it is stronger. Mouth feel is smooth, chewy, with a high-medium body and light carbonation.

Overall, another flavorful and drinkable ale from Komes - WELL DONE!

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bushbeer75 from Michigan, May 08, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16.9 oz bottle into my snifter glass, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a tan head that's initially an inch thick when first poured. Head settles to a solid 1/4 inch thick after being poured that further dissipates to a creamy looking, big cluster swirl of a film layer of foam on the beer's surface with a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Not too much lacing. Aromas of roasted caramel malts and chocolate sweetness that gives way to vanilla and some dark fruits, such as plum and raisin that come out more as the beer warms up a bit. The flavors really follow suit, with roasted malt sweetness and chocolate that gives way to a bit of vanilla and a hint of roasted black coffee bitterness. Next up are the fruit flavors of plum and raisin, a bit of roasted nuts, and some earthy hops to give this some nice balance. As the beer warms, all of the flavors really come out more. The 12% ABV is really well masked here indeed. Has a slightly crisp, slightly oily and sticky/syrupy, and somehow also quite smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The sweet roasted flavors really liner nicely on my palate for the aftertaste. THis one is pretty enjoyable.


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Photo of snaotheus
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle in a big snifter (with a little sampler poured off for my wife). Lot number stamped on the bottle is 58/21/19/1.

Pours black with a small head. Doesn't look like there's much carbonation going on. Smell is anise and coffee.

Taste is interesting. Bittersweet chocolate, something burnt-bitter. Something like raspberries in the background, but no idea where that's coming from.

Mouthfeel is medium, flat, and sticky. Overall, it's pretty good. Not impressed, wouldn't avoid drinking it.

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snaotheus from Washington, Mar 19, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

these guys seem to excel at the old world strong styles, ive liked their beers ive had so far, and its great to see them a little more widely available of late. this is a pretty textbook russian imperial stout, thick and complex, dry and satisfying, earthy and packed with roasted grain character. this is very well made beer, lots of depth. light shine, dark near black in the glass, decent head on it too from the bottle. it smells and tastes like burnt coffee, charred oak, and subtle licorice and dark chocolate. its got a nice bitter complexion from the dark barley, but its not overly intense, and the alcohol is not as big a part of the mix as i expected it to be at this strength. the coolest part of this is that there is an appreciable yeast profile coming through, very english and bready and even sort of dusty to me, but it keeps this balanced and dynamic instead of being all grain in the flavor. its fermented down near dry, finishes with light raisin and chocolate richness, has a ton of body and minerals to it, silky, and kind of seems like its been around for a couple hundred years. a total classic, smooth and hearty to drink on, perfect on a cold wintery night. this isnt quite as amazing as their world class barleywine, but its delicious, and i will continue to seek out their beers!

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple of 500ml bottles picked up at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Lot number 58/21/19/1. Poured in to a nonic pint glass.

Look- Dark opaque coffee/almost black color, solid khaki head that quickly recedes to a thin cap, light spotty lacing. Light carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Chocolate cake, burnt sugar/caramel, coffee, dark fruits (raisins and figs), some cherry and plum, vanilla and slight booze and licorice.

Taste- Emulates the smell with some roasted nuts in the mix, desert in a glass.

Feel- Not as thick as I imagined, medium bodied with average/light carbonation. Smooth as silk , the alcohol is well hidden and it doesn't weigh me down.

O- A solid RIS, not as complex as say Sam Smiths RIS but really tasty. A definite repurchase.

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Mister_Faucher from Washington, Feb 02, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body with a three finger tan head that dissipated within a minute or two. The nose is malty and reminiscent of fresh bread.
Flavors are licorice, molasses and chocolate on a base of toasty malts with a brown bread characteristic. A little sweeter than I anticipated, though not in a bad way.
Medium feel almost more like a porter, with a subdued carbonation, full-bodied without being thick or syrupy.
This beer certainly over-delivered for me relative to its low price point of 4.49 for the 16 oz bottle.

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Barettes from Washington, Jan 25, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark chestnut brown body with tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, roasted malts, black licorice, molasses

Taste - molasses, dark chocolate, black licorice, roasted malts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, roasted feel upfront, dark chocolate on the back end

Overall - decent version of a RIS, solid, no nonsense flavors. Worth a try

Price Point - $5/16.9 oz bottle

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keithmurray from Connecticut, Jan 11, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a fine imperial stout. It has the color -- my sample didn't produce a noteworthy head., and a nose of things to come.
The flavor is a strong mix of hops, notes of licorice, toasted malt, some notes of alcohol. The finish ends with somewhat watery note but the flavor lasted.

This beer is very worthy of your consideration.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Black but thin, little head fades instantly to an imperceptible bubble ring.

S: Dates mostly, with notes of roast and oak.

T: Follows nose. Not so much a stout except for the roastiness. More of a Baltic dark ale. Doesn’t shine for me in that category either.

F: Thin, decent carbonation and a touch of boozy heat.

O: Lot 58/21/19/1. Underwhelming unfortunately. Overall not bad but less than repeatable.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, Nov 10, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque black in the glass with a thin, dark khaki head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, milk chocolate and licorice. Flavor of dark toasted malt, licorice, molasses, mild dried plums and coffee. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A fine, deeply flavored imperial stout, fully worthy of the RIS name. The molasses forward dark malt with clear licorice provides full flavor throughout the taste. Well made. I'm realizing that although Polish breweries are a mixed bag for lighter ales, I've almost always had a positive experience with their stouts and porters. This is no exception and another welcome dark beer from Fortuna; I really like their Baltic porter too.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Aug 31, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this Bottle (Gasp!) during a recent visit to Hunger-n-Thirst here in Lancaster, PA mainly because I could not resist it at its incredibly low price point. Plus, it is also a pretty big (high-ABV) beer, so that also helped in the decision making process.

From the Bottle: "Intense Roasted Flavor Lagered for 6 months"; "Komes Russian Imperial Stout is a rich in flavor, aromatic and complex dark, top fermented beer lagered for 6 months."; "When Komes is stored for 36 months, the beer changes its taste. Now you can decide, [sic] how long your Komes will mature. Fresh and roasted [to] Dry and complex".

36 months?!? Twice as long as their Baltic Porters!?! I may have to reload & cellar one of each.

I Pop!ped the cap as I am wont to do & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was impressed by the way that it immediately began foaming up & doing a pseudo-cascade as it did so. It ended up forming two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with only moderate retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Nose was very roasty, much akin to my morning coffee. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, but I have had MUCH fuller in the style. The taste was equally roasty as compared to the nose, but beyond simple dark-roasted coffee, it also tasted of treacle, anise, dried dark fruits, fennel and Baker's chocolate. Mmm. I was astounded at its inexpensive price point as balanced by its taste! A true bargain! Finish was dry & I have no doubt that it will become drier & smoother over time. This was a really enjoyable find. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Apr 30, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a fluffy dark khaki head that falls leaving very nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some chocolate and caramel. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More milk chocolate and caramel. Hints of dark fruits. Moderate sweetness. It's not too bitter. Subtle spiciness. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice Imperial Stout. It's not too flashy or anything super crazy, but it's simply a nice and classic traditional example of the style. It's a big beer, but doesn't drink as big as you would think. It becomes even more enjoyable the more you get into it. I like it.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Mar 06, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Light colored for a Russian, seems deep mahogany brown and even a little red. A yellow to tan like colored light head, but with a fine swiss cheese like consistency. Some retention, but does eventually sink evenly.

Fruity nose, hits a little like strawberry a bit. A bit of waffer like light chocolate aroma slightly, but not by much. Hints more fruit and cream, than bold roast aromas of chocolate or char.

Palate nicely sings though. Milky mouthfeel but with a good full body, with an excellent mid palate that hits of light milk with a touch of sweetness and a good almost charcoal roast flavor. Good amounts of strawberry and raspberry tones as well, mixing with earthy hop quite a bit as well. Finishes with a good bite, hints a little bitterness for a good rounding contrast. There's even a little bit of spicy nutmeg and brown clove like quality just ever so little to make for some real complex flavors also.

Very nice Russian imperial that has an excellent fruity quality to it.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Feb 08, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 2018. Lot number 32/36/18/1. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, fudge, roasted nuts, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Some increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, fudge, roasted nuts, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, woody, peppery hops; and roast/charcoal bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, fudge, roasted nuts, toasted dark bread, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 12%, with minimal booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Russian imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the modestly bitter/charred/drying finish. They lagered an ale yeast, which is pretty unique for the style. Amazingly rich malts, balancing earthy hops, restrained fruity yeast complexities. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Jan 03, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours very dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is good.

Smell: The aromas are chocolate with some roast in the background. Alcohol notes are in the background with hints of dark fruit.

Taste: The flavors feature lots of chocolate with some roast supporting the chocolate. There are hints of expresso.

Feel: It has a full body with good alcohol warming.

Overall, a chocolate and roast driven stout.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Dec 23, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a good amount of roasted malt (present throughout), light licorice notes (just a hint), a definite boozy quality, some dark chocolate, a burnt quality, a little coffee, and dark fruit (plums). A slightly mixed bag here. At times it seems like the char and booze will overpower everything else; at other times not. Still, it has a forceful, aggressive flavor.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but an oddly likable one. Worth a try.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Dec 10, 2018
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3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours an inky black with a quarter inch, tan-colored head embedded with tiny ringlets. Nose expresses hints of coca and perhaps lactose. I definitely get lagered aromas consistent with lagered Baltic Porters I've had. Taste consistent with nose with an aggressive charred quality forming the backbone, as well as brewer's licorice and some vinous notes as it warms. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for the style with a mild, even carbonation and a silky texture. All and all, solid and drinkable for the price point and abv. Not recommended for extended cellaring in my opinion but pleasant with a well hidden abv.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Dec 01, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown center-pour into a pint produced a few fingers of dark tan foam... Body appears opaque in the glass... Aromas of roasted dark malts and char, with sweeter notes suggestive of molasses and coffee... Mouthwateringly bittersweet - is that a thing? Despite the presence of molasses-like sweetness up front, the bitter char is right there, providing a tantalizingly roasty flavor... Body is medium-full - a little thin - or "wet"-feeling - that may sound ridiculous, but there ya have it none the less - despite my reservations about thin-bodied beer, this beaut from Browar Fortuna again exceeds expectations and delivers a smashingly good product... Some herbal hints of salted licorice add an earthiness that perfectly complements the dry, bitter char of dark roasted malts, and reigns in the sugars from taking center stage... An exemplar of the style, summoning molasses, coffee, chocolate, char and anise into a singular entity free of ingredients other than yeast, water, malt, and hops... Label indicates the beer is lagered for 6 months... Superior!

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Greywulfken from New York, Nov 26, 2018
Komes Russian Imperial Stout from Browar Fortuna
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 30 ratings