Kremlin Crude
Beer Here

Kremlin CrudeKremlin Crude
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Beer Here
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #398
Ranked #11,679
4 | pDev: 8%
Jan 17, 2023
Feb 01, 2011
Very Good
Kremlin CrudeKremlin Crude
Notes: Brewed at De Proef
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of TerryMills
Reviewed by TerryMills from Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Don't let the smell run you off
Jan 17, 2023
Photo of Storm_Rryder
Rated by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Awesome, is this my favorite Russian Imperial Stout ?
Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2017
Photo of drmeto
Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small,frothy,beige head
-licorice,cinnamon,milky,faint smoke,cold brewed coffee
-Espresso,plums,salted caramel,nougat,cherry liqueur,herbs
-medium carbonation
-medium body
The Nose is a bit shy, but the flavour is fantastic.
Great Imperial stout.
Apr 05, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Ctb6582 from Maryland

Dec 10, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by killcore from Russian Federation

Aug 07, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by Gkruszewski from New York

Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by Tdenham from England

May 22, 2016
Photo of bluejacket74
Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16.9 ounce bottle, no dating that I could find on the bottle or label. Served in a Great Lakes brewing snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like peaty smoke, burnt/charred malt, coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. The taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some molasses, licorice and dark fruitiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, and I'd buy this again the next time I come across a bottle. It's full of smoky, peaty and burnt/charred flavors, and that's always a plus for me! $11.99 a bottle.
Feb 05, 2016
Photo of Tilly
Reviewed by Tilly from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
P: Opaque brown, two finger riot beer head. Wonderful lacing.
A: Roasted malts, burnt sugars, alcohol.
T: Roasted chocolate, roasted malts, burnt sugar, smoke,
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, alcohol, sweet, syrupy,
O: This is not a bad IRS, actually, very good. A bit much alcohol.
Nov 05, 2015
Rated: 4.21 by dcmchew from Romania

Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by -DF- from Russian Federation

Oct 23, 2015
Rated: 3.23 by kitani from Spain

Oct 01, 2015
Rated: 4 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Sep 19, 2015
Rated: 4.61 by mchengcit from Massachusetts

Sep 06, 2015
Photo of dandandan79
Rated by dandandan79 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a great stout. Very enjoyable.
Aug 30, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by vfgccp from New York

Aug 29, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by Pete_IV from New York

Aug 23, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by alucard from New York

Aug 19, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Jul 01, 2015
Photo of Cyberkedi
Reviewed by Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Strong, smoky aroma has notes of molasses, yeast, caramel, coffee and licorice. Pours a rich sable just a whisker above night black with a thick, very persistent tan head that "pillows" as time goes by. Flavor is - superb. Smoky, molasses, roast malt, quality coffee, nutty, woody and caramel flavors battle for the attention of your taste buds. It has a surprisingly strong component of hop bitterness, rather sharp and green-woody, the only weakness in the otherwise outstanding taste. Smooth, firm texture has good fizz and leaves an oily, smoky, lip-smacking finish. OK, how does one say "cheers" in Russian?
Apr 25, 2015
Photo of DoctorZombies
Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Reddish black pour into my SAPP with huge dark tan head. Cherry and prune aromas. Stone fruit, chocolate/caramel flavors and a little alcohol on the exhale. Medium plus mouthfeel with velvety tongue coating. Rich, complex fruit and chocolate malt flavors-very satisfying.
Feb 22, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by Shadman from Canada (AB)

Feb 16, 2015
Photo of SABERG
Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Dark, chalkboard dark with a light dusting of red chalk. A quickly dissipating froth leaves an archipelago of mocha carbonation across the cap. Slight slickness coats the glass throughout,
S - Peaty smoked malts, coffee, cocoa, dark aged fruits kick things off. That lead to the warm rise of alcohol, sometimes masked in a rich bouquet of dark malts, sometimes
straight up. The slow smolder of dark wood, and cigar outer wrap tobacco smoke threads through all the experience.
T - Dark sugars and aged dark fruit, move into smoky, rich fig in 80% Madagascar cocoa.
Lush and complex, As the beer warms, that broad leaf tobacco, starts to be a bit much.
F - Starts slick, full palate coating to begin, then the rolling back of flavors and layers, leave a dry cocoa edge. The body is wonderful.
O - A fine take on a big stout, the smoked parts may be a challenge to some. The ABV is
pretty well blended. Brewed in Belgium, it does have that touch to it.
Quite enjoyable and worth the effort.
Feb 01, 2015
Photo of ygtbsm94
Rated by ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Aroma of roasted malt, floral & herbal notes, faint ash & cocoa. Taste dark chocolate, charcoal/ash, tobacco, anise, malt, dark fruit.
Jan 11, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by nickfl from Florida

Dec 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by hopazoid from Minnesota

Dec 10, 2014
Rated: 3.6 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Dec 05, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a fine two finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, charred coffee, earthy peat, hints of chocolate. Flavor follows, with quite toasted malt, coffee and chocolate all with char and and light smokiness, finishes smoky and rich with lingering coffee apertif flavors; a bit of booziness. Excellent creamy body with great mouth feel. A really nicely made and full flavored stout with quite a bit of smoke and char, but with the body to support it. Very enjoyable. I've had a lot of great stouts this year and this one is one of them.
Dec 02, 2014
Rated: 4 by dtivp from Pennsylvania

Oct 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by PEIhop from Massachusetts

Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
Reviewed by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I've had this a few times now. This particular bottle has some age on it, probably somewhere between 1-2 years if I had to take an educated guess.

Appearance - Pour is black with a tall beige head. Retains nicely as a full cap leaving strands of lace here and there.

Smell - Pretty big burnt smoky peat malts; licorice, burnt sugar, molasses, dark caramel, glazed bread. Pretty intense mix of smokiness and sweetness.

Taste - Smoked peat still prevalent but less intense, and melds better here with a nice Euro-type imperial stout flavor profile of char, ash, dark fruit, licorice, molasses.

Mouthfeel - Well-carbonated, medium body, light alcohol warmth but pretty well-hidden. Sipper by nature, probably one to split.

Overall - A seriously sippin' smoky stout. Peat smoke doesn't overpower and works well with a cool Euro stout underneath. I think some age has helped balance this out a bit.
Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by sammyg832 from Arizona

Jun 27, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
500ml bottle. A nicely branded version of the style, right up until the point on the label where they proclaim "a smokiness from peaked malt". Well, perhaps that malt should sit down, and take five, or something.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with prominent basal cola highlights, and four fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and chunky tan head, which leaves a decent array of sudsy, randomly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, dry caramel malt, smokey rye whiskey, stale black licorice, acrid tanned leather, vegetal peat bog, cheap root beer, and a weird bit of papery ash. The taste is more sharp, well bled out of sugar chocolate powder, gritty caramel malt, a touch of rock toffee, dime-store black licorice, sedated smoky peat, of the muddled sort, given the mixed whisk(e)y heritage so far presented, more singed meaty notes, zingy Italian coffee, and weak earthy, floral, and leafy hops, well perfumed from the lurking booze.

The bubbles are quite light, frothy, and fully distributed, the body just on the light side of medium weight, for the highly expectant style, and generally smooth, the only vector of decrepitude here the lurking alcohol astringency. It finishes still pretty dry, the gritty chocolate, caramel, coffee, and yes, alcohol colluding and colliding as such for my so-called pleasure.

An adequate, balls to the wall, lay everything on the table version of an RIS, but overall, it comes off as a somewhat underwhelming instance, the weight not justifying the heady marketing tropes, really. Drinkable, if that's your thing (10% and all that baggage), but not all that worthy of multiple indulgences, be they wallet or liver-borne. Cool concept, with a bit less than an engaging delivery.
Jun 13, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by afsdan from Colorado

May 22, 2014
Photo of coriswrasse
Reviewed by coriswrasse from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
1pt .9 fl oz bottle poured into two snifters. BJCP 13F Russian Imperial Stout

A Deep Mahogany Red, transparent when viewing through the top up (good clarity), solid head that dissipates which is fit to style

S Not much smell other than some caramel notes

T Some alchohol presence. Caramel malt. Slight fruitiness. Finishes sweet and roasty.

M Nice velvet up front that dries out. Medium body.

O Really nice beer. Would drink again if the time and price was right. Not seking it out.
May 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by scottwurst from Illinois

May 04, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Focusf111 from Vermont

Apr 14, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by deleted_user_722966 from New Hampshire

Apr 12, 2014
Kremlin Crude from Beer Here
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 62 ratings