Kremlin Crude | Beer Here

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Brewed by:
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Denmark
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Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.23%
 
 
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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.12/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark body, one finger khaki head with decent retention, and nice lacing.

S - Toasted rye, dark chocolates, lots of burnt sugar, and smokey!

T - Very harsh alcohol up front followed by a strong, smokey flavor. Lots of Irish Scotch flavors from the smoke.

M - Sandpaper rough like the Russian soul (according to my Russian girlfriend). Not super heavy for an Imperial Stout.

O - Go for this if you like your stouts very smoked. Not a lot of malts or smooth chocolate/coffee flavors in there. Not really what I'm into. Reminds me too much of drinking a campfire.

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Photo of kitani
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of killcore
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kevincredible
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of JonBarley
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of coriswrasse
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Focusf111
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of CSpoons
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pete_IV
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seand
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with lots and lots of foamy light tan head. A reasonable blanket retains, and leaves solid streaks of lacing.

S: Molasses and caramel, roasted malt, black coffee, and a touch of cocoa powder.

T: A thick bed of sweetness with a lighter note on top that comes through starting mid palate. Finish is full flavored and sweet, with some roasted malt notes.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, a nice rendition of an imperial stout.

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Photo of Brad007
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of texas tea, complete with a thick brown head into my glass. I just love the name mostly.

Lots of roasted coffee with some chocolate notes. It's hard to tell at this point exactly what to expect from the taste.

This is no beer for pussies. It clocked my taste buds with a nice dose of coffee, dark fruit and cocoa.

Alcohol warmth packs a punch and this could certainly benefit from some aging. Lingering cocoa and coffee round out the mouthfeel.

A textbook RIS that packs a punch. Age it for a few months and see where it goes. A bit too much for me at this point.

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Photo of Tilly
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with a monstrous foamy light brown head. The head took forever to go down and eventually settled at about one finger.

S: Peat, dark roasted coffee, root beer, burnt wood, anise and unsweetened baking chocolate.

T: Opens on a wet earth/peat note with a good amount of smoke. This is quickly replaced by a tootsie roll/chocolate cake sweetness. Flavor moves on to chocolate covered espresso bean and roasted malt and ends on a soft but bitter and charred note. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly slick. Doesn't show much of the 10%. A pretty tasty RIS.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.
Cheers

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