Troubadour Imperial Stout
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #682
Ranked #9,477
3.97 | pDev: 11.59%
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
Very Good
Troubadour Imperial StoutTroubadour Imperial Stout
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Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

De Decervecitas. En copa Teku. Viendo Umbrella Academy 1x10. 6 meses pasada de fecha. Muy belga. Dulce, con un rico tostado muy adecuadamente combinado con un perfil azucarado tipicamente belga.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium: Capped, snifter glass.
Opacity: Almost opaque.
Color: Almost black.
Head: Creamy and frothy light brown 2-3 finger.
Legs: Very good with potent swirl reaction.
Smell: Dark berries/Toffee/Soft metal.
Taste: Figs/Coffee/Chocolate/Vanilla/Herbal.
Feel: Roasted/Earthy/Leafy/Soft wood effect.
Body: Medium creamy and light smooth.
Carbonation: Moderate crisp.
Overall: Alcohol is well hidden. Not a powerful and more of a subtle Imperial stout, fresher than usual. Still the quality and drinkability is high.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 7/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 6/10 - Intensity 6.5/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 7/10

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Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Before: Jan-9-2021

Pours a dark, dark ruby-brown-black
with three fingers of perfect, rocky tan head. Great retention; Belgian lacing. (4.5)

Dried dark fruits, musty wood, suggestion of berry tartness/light phenol spice. (3.75)

Chocolate and blueberries, figs, coffee grounds, mineral hardness. (4)

Creamy, fluffy, full body with active carbonation and a lightly bitter finish. (4.25)

A good Belgian stout.
Lovely looking to begin with. The aroma is fruitier than I expected with red and dark fruits and a background of some traditional stout character. The flavor is similar with some more bitter malt flavor coming through (though the yeast still has more going on). The malt character is definitely a bit muted which isn't great in an RIS, but it doesn't take away from it that bad. Lovely feeling, too. A truly interesting, nice beer even if it isn't my stout ideal. (4)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - don't think I've ever had an RIS made in Belgium before.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark amber-highlighted brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky tan head, which leaves some ripple pattern lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of lightly roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, an earthy nuttiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, a muddled dark orchard fruitiness, and maybe a touch of anise spice. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, oily bar-top nuts, medium chocolate pudding, bruised black stone fruit, and some plain earthy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with perhaps a soupcon of wet char taking things down a notch or two here. It finishes trending dry, the smoky essence ramping up its lingering game.

Overall - this is certainly a pleasant enough version of the style, full of flavour, and with a perfectly integrated 18-proof booze factor, pretty easy to sip on over the course of a dreary early January afternoon. Worth checking out, IMHO.

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Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a decent sized light brown head of foam. It smelled of toffee, caramel and faint chocolate notes. Sweet chocolate and toffee. It could use some more bitterness.

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Photo of Rinote
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not going to hold back. This beer is very good. The taste right off the bat leaves me wanting more. If you favor dark beer give it a try next time you're out.

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Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date that I could find.

A: Pours black with an enormously effervescent head. 80% head 20% beer in the glass. Head retention is top notch. Pretty expansive lacing to boot.

S: Big strong dark fruit aroma right off the bat. Dates, plums, figs, raisins. Light char and chocolate in the background, maybe even some anise.

T: Not as fruity as the nose, but still plenty of dark fruits up front. It's hard to distinguish, but fig and raisin for sure. Dark bready malt with a charry background. Lightly smoky. A touch earthy and leathery into the finish with more hints of those dark fruits. Finish just has a hint of bitterness into the aftertaste as well, maybe from the char or perhaps a hint of hops.

M: Fairly heavy, quite smooth.

O: Quite excellent RIS with a belgian flair. Definitely on the very fruity side of RISes without much roasted malt character. Kinda tastes like a quad and a RIS blend if I'm honest.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can't call this beer an Imperial Stout. It's belgian strong dark ale.
Pours a dark brown colour (not black) with a huge head. The smell and taste are really estery even if you get some chocolate in the backend, I can't really notice any roasted notes. Spicy with peppercorn mostly. All right beer but don't trust the label this is no RIS

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Photo of lmaduells
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer producer makes beers correct but not extra-ordinary. They are beers that are left drinking, because they have a good drink but they leave you with little desire to repeat the beer. Imperial Stout is an example of this. Beer correct but improved.

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Photo of Dzu
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.
L: dark brown with a weak foam head.
S: cocoa beans, chocolates.
T: chocolate, vanilla.
F: medium body and carbonation.
O: Above average Belgian ris

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Photo of emincems
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours dark brown color with big tan head. Long lasting foam leaves lots of laces. Smell is overly estery for its style. It smells strongly of molasses, prune and brown sugar. Malts are in background. Taste is slightly sweet. Roasted malts, chocolate and molasses are well rounded. Semi-dry and softly warming finish. Thin body for its style. Moderately carbonated. Not an example of classic imperial stout, but it's easy to drink and delicious.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with ruby hues, brown head. Aroma is really estery and fruity. I get lots of dark cherries. Taste starts bittersweet, like a roasty quadrupel. Estery with dark cherry liquor notes. Heavy body with medium carbonation. Not bad but it's too Belgian for my taste.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stout glass. It is not nearly as dark in color as most Russian Imperial Stouts I've tried before. It's more of a dark cola. It poured an enormous, frothy, ecru-colored head and extensive lacing that persisted throughout the pour. It features a the usual RIS smells: chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain but it has a lot more smell of dark fruit than I anticipated. It's a very pleasing aroma. It also has a very different flavor - something between a RIS and a Belgian Quad. Its tastes include dark chocolate, burnt coffee, vanilla, tobacco, raisin, and dark cherry. It has both sweet and sour notes at the finish but very little hop presence. It's a medium-bodied stout, not as viscous as some of its popular American cousins, and it is highly carbonated. It really hides its 9% ABV. Overall, it is a very good stout, combining elements of two of my favorite styles. I like a dark fruit presence in an Imperial Stout and Troubadour has lots of it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth and silky, nice lasting fluffy beige head. Dark brown cloudy body, light chocolaty aroma, taste brings in some roast grain, burnt toast smoky flavors. Some sweet molasses notes on the finish.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not typical Russian Imperial Stout. Looks like Quadrupel. Smells and tastes of chocolate, coffee and a lot of dark fruit. Between RIS and Quadrupel. Very nice.

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Photo of khmel
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has to be the most unique imperial stout I've ever tried, and probably because it's from Belgium. It honestly doesn't conform to the standards for the style. It's a deep brown rather than black and not entirely opaque. The head is HUGE but settles out fairly quickly. The nose is half imperial stout, half dubbel. The chocolate and burnt malt notes are there, but so is some fruity sweetness and belgian yeast. Actually a really nice combo! The taste has sweet dark fruits mixed with smokey chocolate. It finishes with some oakiness and burnt malt and slight hops. The mouth is fairly light for an imperial stout, though overall medium bodied. It has a dry finish and some warmth from the alcohol. If you're looking for the standard imperial stout, avoid this. But if you're interested in an imperial stout with a Belgian twist, this is a lovely brew!

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Photo of janubio
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Almost black colour, with a thin diminishing head that leaves a good lace. Smell of dried fruits, tobacco, some coffee. Medium body, viscous palate. Taste of coffee, dried fruits, tobacco notes, chocolate. Not exactly the best. one, but it's OK.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap in a snifter at Beelow's.

A new beer on tap means a new beer in my glass, especially in the time between the end of a shift and the impending beginning of a movie. This stuff pours a very deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild coffee, a hint of treacle, and a few bits of cocoa powder. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though from about the middle through the finish an intense roast- and coffee-based bitterness overpowers all else, literally causing a gradual recoil reaction (it takes a moment to realize what's happening in your mouth). The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid stout that just overshoots things with that unnecessarily powerful blast of bitterness.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Imperial stout from Belgium pored from 750ml bottle. Deep dark brown with a little black in
there. Nice thick dark tan head and amazing frothy lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, sweet
Belgian malts, dark ripe fruits like plum and sweet cherries. Flavor is very nice with chocolate
and Belgian candy coming through on all sides, a dark fruity aftertaste like dark pie cherries is
present on the aftertaste, along with a nice mild hops coming through as well. Silky mouthfeel
makes this sipper a real treat. No burnt grain flavors, all just a nice moderately sweet stout
with a Belgian twist.

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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in the Troubadour branded narrow tulip. Quite a big head which settles down to a surprisingly spritzy and sudsy mouthfeel.Rich yet tangy.

There is a distinct tart edge to this. Big chocolate taste and a winey, malty substance but not a bit sticky. Hoppy tasting with a bitter flavor of dark roasted coffee. Minty notes and a fruity finish of overripe nectarines. Hint of prunes and charred malt. Totally sippable.

An interesting variation on the really big stout theme. I wouldn't call it Russian; I like Belgian imperial stout. On tap at The Public House in La Jolla, Calif.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge huge head. Nice lacing throughout. Very dark brown black. Nice slightly sweet creamy chocolate taste. Very smooth beer and lots of flavor. Just love the creaminess. I had no problem drinking this as it goes down very smoothly. Would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of FrostBlast
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-

APPEARANCE : Very dark brown almost turning black with a generous fluffy light brown head. Does last quite long, though.

SMELL : First nose shows some chocolate, roasted malts, vegetal molasses. Second nose introduces some dark dried fruits to the chocolate/molasses side. Third nose almost has a liquorice side along with further expansion of previous aromas.

TASTES : Much more vegetal than expected. Hops are very present - mostly resins. Dark dried fruits are very upfront as well, but the main element is definitely molasses.

MOUTHFEEL : A little bit thin to my liking for an imperial stout. Still very well done, well balanced. Carbonation is fine.

OVERALL : Although it's not the best imperial stout I've had, it's definitely one I'd willingly buy again, given the chance. Wouldn't go out of my way for one, though.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 6/5/2012. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, pear, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, raisin, fig, toast, toffee, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with lush robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent Belgian imperial stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RandomExile
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial stouts aren't really my thing, but I think this an excellent example.

A: amber, slight spotty lacing
B: sweet, chocolate, coffee
T: per smell, but maybe a light raspberry note, sweet but not sickly
M: smooth, creamy, but not thick
O: Still wouldn't want a full pint, but 12oz or is a full experience without being sated

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Photo of seand
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark nearly opaque brown, with lots and lots of bubbly tan head. Lots of clumps retain, leaving significant clumps of lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and sweet syrup.

T: Full bodied roasted sweetness, and a slight milky flavor, along with a slightly bitter slightly nutty note. There's almost none of the bitter roasted flavor that is common in American imperial stouts. Aftertaste lingers for a long time.

M: Full bodied, extremely smooth; it fills your mouth and coats it. Low carbonation. Really nice.

Overall, this is a very pleasant beer. It's understated as far as RISs go, but well balanced and flavorful.

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Troubadour Imperial Stout from The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 175 ratings