Shire Stout | Ramses Bier

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Ramses Bier

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mar02x on 01-07-2012

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3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Clear dark brown pour with a fine beige head. Smells like dark cherries, sherry, roasted malts. Bitter and slightly metallic taste, with notes of roasted malts, smoke and dark chocolate.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jeffo
1.84/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter
Brewed 14 December 2012
Bottled 17 January 2013
UK pilgram hops, coffee and vanilla added with trappist HG yeast
IBU: 84

APPEARANCE: Gusher infection. Beer everywhere. A really careful pour got about ½ the bottle in the glass. Brown pour with a huge, thin, loose, foamy, light tan head. Clear bistre brown in color with piles of carbonation. Full foamy cap remains with lots of thin lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Metalic and oxidized. Some cocoa powder and roasted notes, but this is too stale. Flowery hops there too, with light touches of vanilla if you pay attention. The metalic notes calm and more roasted and cocoa aromas come out as it sits, but it's still lousy.

TASTE: Not as stale as the nose, but not much better either. Roasted notes with some light metalic flavors up front. Spicy booze at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish that's spicy, boozy, with some light roasted and bitter chocolate flavors. A touch of sweet cream and vanilla as well. Despite the stale and metalic beginning, this turned out drinkable enough.

PALATE: Thin and airy on the palate. Light and very fizzy, goes down airy and finishes dry. Some heat and metalic notes linger as well.

OVERALL: This sucked. Hopefully this was just a bad batch, but what I had in my glass was still absolutely lousy. Their Mamba Porter was solid, so I'll gladly give another batch of this one a chance. For now, I will cringe every time I see a bottle of this.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan head that gradually died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of whiskey from the barrel aging are present in the smell.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of whiskey along with notes of dark malts and Belgian yeast. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of warming from the alcohol and whiskey.
O: I liked how you could still taste the underlying stout in this beer and that the taste was not overpowered by the whiskey. It makes for a good sipping beer, but doesn't. Really take like a Russian Imperial Stout with the lack if roasted malts and bitterness.

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3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark black color with a beige head that shows some nice lacing.

The smell is a mixture of mildly roasted malts and coffee. The dark malts offer a balanced smell that is not overly roasty. This is combined with a light coffee smell that has some acidic character.

The beer is a medium bodied stout that drinks quite easily, because of the mild (dehusked) dark malts. The strong stout character is in the line of an export stout, not an imperial stout. This beer is balanced in the bitterness on the one hand, and the roast on the other hand. The coffee as mentioned on the label is not very apparent, but leaves an undefined taste that is a little acidic.

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We had this beer at tasting two weeks ago at my cousin Peters place. Great beers and great fun.

This beer was poured in my Essen Christmasbeerfestivalglass (what a word for wordfeud!)

For the info about the brewer you can read Mar02x review.

Not a bad RIS for a Dutch brewer. It is boozy with a deep dark brown fluid. I liked it!

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Photo of Mar02x
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is brewed by an American (Ramses Snoeij) who lives in Holland. This beer is brewed in Kaatsheuvel at the Three Horne Brewery. I am expecting a lot of this one because a lot of beer magazines payed a lot of attention to it. We tried it at a tasting at my uncle Peters place.

A - A dark hazy brown fluid with a small white lacing that floats on top.

S - Chocolate and yeast

T - Candy sugar sweetness upfront, hoppy, chocolate and faintly some vanilla. Where is the promised coffee (promises by the label)

M - Soft carbonated and a bitter aftertaste. The body is a bit to watery.

O - A nice Dutch/American attempt to brew something new. Keep on going Ramses and brew a real Dutch killer.

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Shire Stout from Ramses Bier
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 13 ratings