Ceres Royal Stout (Ceres Extra Strong Stout) | Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)

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Ceres Royal Stout (Ceres Extra Strong Stout)Ceres Royal Stout (Ceres Extra Strong Stout)

Brewed by:
Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 01-30-2001

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of jbertsch
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this Danish beer in Italy, in an inferior glass. Not sure if that affected the taste but I don't think it did because it wasn't bad at all.

Head was frothy and carbonated-looking. Not as thick as a Guiness. In fact, fairly thin for a stout.

Smelled of malt, slight coffee aroma, and fairly strong of alcohol for a beer at 7.7%. Smelled like it was at 9-10%.

Mouthfeel was definitely velvety.

Tasted like a malty, thinner, stout. I thought I would get a stronger taste of coffee or bitter chocolate given it's aroma, but I didn't, and I was perfectly fine with that.

The lacing was vertical, with legs - no significant rings.

Although it smelled of higher alcohol content than it had, it was still very drinkable at 7.7%.

Not the best stout out there, but not bad. I will say that it didn't taste too lively. If you're in the mood for a stout, it will serve the purpose, especially when (as in my case) it was the only stout available.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This green 33cl bottle was obtained during a crazy long weekend in Copenhagen (1st European Beer Fest in Denmark). I had about five minutes before my train to the airport and rushed into a corner store (still a little hung over) and took a grab at whatever bottles appealed to me before my flight home.

This a 2008 Argang Royal Stout and wasn't as good as I'd hoped for. It had a life of 5 years, maybe I've drunk it too early.

Poured into my Westmalle Chalice it appeared a deep, dark black and no head after the initial pour. Just looked like dirty oil.

The aroma was treacle and liquorice and gave me hope.

The taste was a weak mix of plums and raisens with a splash of liquorice from the smell.

There was a lack of body for such a dark brew, almost watery. No rich or creamy feel, you would never guess it held 7.7% within its puny form.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the only green bottle in the world that I confused for brown. This was brought back from Italy from a fellow beer lover. The beer is the color of burnt motor oil with highlights of yellow and garnet. A small camel colored heard rises about a 1/4 inch and then fades to a rocky collar.

Smell is mild and anti-climatic. There are hints of dark unsweetened chocolate and fine charred malts but it is weak, almost non-existent.

The taste is mediocre as well. The taste is saccharine sweet mixed with some molasses and light grains. The flavors seems to have an identity crisis, almost as if they were arguing with each other. Light coffee presence but again nothing balanced.

There is a mild astringency but no hop profile that makes a name for itself. The mouthfeel is smooth slightly buttery with a palate coating liquid. I feel like there is great potential here but as soon as I start to taste/feel/smell something it quickly fades into nothingness. A decent stout but not one to write home about. At least its 7.7%. I can imagine that this one while one vacation taste like a million bucks but once you take that beer out of the "vacation" environment its weak.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque black hue with a small, tan head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - Smelled of malt and chocolate. A little caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet molasses and chocolate. A nice roasted maltiness. Had a coffee-like bitterness.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Very nice. I had never heard of it but tried it and enjoyed it.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[The Årgang 2007 version]

Appearance: opaque mahogany, thin layer of dark-tan sudsy foam, OK head retention

Aroma: milk-stouty with hints of rust, molasses, and rum

Flavor: rich malty base with a mellow sweetness laced with roast chestnuts, coffee, molasses, unsweetened cocoa, & iron; slight acidity; finishes semisweet with a lingering chicory bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body, mild carbonation, minerally

Other comments: A quite good strong stout with great potential for saving. The label states it can go as long as 10-20 years.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night into a wine glass, letting some ruby-redness creep in around the edges. A finger's width of tan head dissipates quickly, leaving a slew of large, foamy bubbles. A sweet, almost English-ale smelling stout greets the nose, having notes of caramel, toffee, roast coffee beans and chocolate.

Taste matches the aroma well, but is big on the sweet side...makes me wonder how close it is to a milk/sweet stout classification. Roasted nut, chocolate malts, and some dairy notes are all present...very tasty. The body is smooth, thick, and almost creamy with a bitter finish (sadly, not a strong one, but it works). This beer goes down easy, and is definately tasty, yet it lacks a bit of complexity that seperates it from the truly great dark beers.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable stout, thanks to Jan Biegeman. Black with a minimal head. A bit stouty aroma, and alcohol, taste does not hold up as well. Licorice and coconut, tad roast, and lots of caramel in taste. On the thin side and fizzy caronation. Drinkable once.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Papsoe. 33 cl (11.1 oz) bottle. Has a sweet but roasted malt aroma that is heavy on dark fruit and mild on cocoa notes. The body is a glossy black and holds a creamy mocha head that fades slowly. Nice dry bitter burnt fore has black coffee and dark chocolate notes, but transitions quickly to sweet cream notes, sweet malts and dark fruits. Finish is dry and full feeling with loads of dark chocolate and roasty bitterness. Very nice.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the UN Commissary in Vienna, Austria. The 33ml brown bottle with a tapered neck bears a label nothing like what is pictured here. The label is dark blue with gold trim featuring the word Stout in big bold letters, with a line looping around below. Glucose syrup and maize are listed as ingredients. Best before 6/5/07, I opened it on 9/30/06.

Pours a quite impenetrable dark brown under a one finger dark tan head that fairls to linger long but leaves a nice collar and a few spots of lace. Nice roasted nut and caramel nose. The mouth is syrupy sticky and medium carbonated. The taste has all the elements: candy sweetness, roastiness, sharp espresso bitter. It's perhaps a tad too sweet, but the bitter wins out in the end, framed by a lingering smokiness. I'm not doing cartwheels here, but it is a solid product.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pour, light head. Deep black in colour but with some mahogany highlights floating within. Aroma vibrant, Baltic notes of coffee and chocolate. Great mouthfeel and flavour well developed. Flavours not so intense but certainly present. Enjoyable. All the right character. Slight alcohol as it warmed. Served nice and cold this was a delight. Lots of malt, even a great deal of hop character! Surprisingly, one of the better Baltics I've tried. Recommended.

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Photo of ernie
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0.33 l bottle with an elegant dark label, approprietly crowned.

Deep tan color, modest cafe-au-lait head. Interesting smell with notes of chocolate and plums.

Surprisingly delicate taste for a Baltic porter. Complex, not too sweet, a bit winey. Well-roasted malts. Feels crisp and pours down lightly, an achievement for such a strong beer.

Not my glass of beer, but wotrh a try.

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Photo of stcules
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black color, brown head, average. Not really compact, but after all the stout appearance is ok.
The smell is a light roasted malt, quite far, and a light hazelnut. Very light, maybe too light. Anonimous.
The taste is a bit more resolute, on the roasted notes again. Pretty decent, and drinkable. Hints of dustiness.
Some cocoa in the aftertaste, beside the rest.
Decent stout, and the 7.7 ABV are not noticeable.
In the finish, even a pretty decent bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a small market in the USVI. Didn't expect much from the unassuming bottle, but I'm pleased with my purchase. Islanders like their stout, and this is definitely a good one.
Interestingly, the label has full disclosure of the additives (I guess according to Danish law). Ingredients: water, malt, glucose syrup, maize, hops, colour (E150c). 7.7% ABV.
Pours a deep dark brown - almost black - with a half-inch tan head. Nice and pretty. Rich aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and a touch of lactose. Palate is very nice - roasted malt, lactose sweetness, and a touch of coffee bitterness on the dry finish. Rich, creamy mouthfeel is wonderful. Surprisingly tasty.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times in Denmark, and also brought some bottles home with me. ABV is 7.7%. The brewery claims this one to be ’the best porter in the world’. I don’t think so - but it sure is a very decent, smooth and rounded Baltic porter. Not as much character as Carls Porter or Thisted Limfjordsporter though. Fairly sweet, but not too much. A beer I always come back to when in Denmark. The best from Ceres / Bryggerigruppen.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this guy in Italy, where Ceres products seem to be quite popular.

The beer has a deep brown, nearly black body. A dark tan head of fine foam rises and quickly fades to a lacing on the surface. Carbonation is a little more prevalent than in other stouts. The smell is of chocolate, first and foremost. The taste is of dark chocolate, wet cardboard, perhaps some cherry or other nondescript fleshy fruit. I don't think this bottle was oxidized, as I've bought it a few times and they all seem to have the wet paper/cardboard taste. It's actually kind of a compliment to the other flavors. Sweet notes of carmel or toffee as well, muted by some roasted flavors. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, without having a whole bunch of maltiness like an Imperial stout might. The alcohol is apparent, but not offensive. Drinkability is very good. For the price, this is a pretty good choice to be had on this side of the pond.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this in Sorrento, Italy, and drank in Athens, Greece. Clear, nearly black with ruby accents, forms a thin dark tan head of small bubbles, with good retention and lacing. Aroma is rich with amber malts, fig and raisin notes, distant alcohol...hops are not to be found. Carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is cloyingly soft with a firm, sticky body. Taste begins with a large surge of dry amber and dark malts with dusty figs and prunes...a woody roasted barley bitterness is evident, followed by a clean, yet distinctly astringent peppery alcohol note. The finish is lightly dry and woody, with a plain chemical bitterness akin to hop extract. Certainly not a stout...this is a most unusual beer, similar perhaps to a thin baltic porter without the sweetness.

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Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good, but perhaps a little light, thin and sweet for a stout, not really that roasty, more sweet chocolatey, there are much better stouts avialbale in Denmark, see Wiibroe Porter Imperial Stout. This one wasn't too bad, but i think more of a mass produced version in Denmark. Too sweet.

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Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml dark olive green bottle. Clearly marked best before date.

Appearance: Opaque with ruby red/brown hues around the edges. Head is firm, creamy, 1/2" tan froth lace that sticks to the glass with amazing power.

Smell: Rich earth-like aromas with faint caramel and other complex roasted malts.

Taste: Huge sweet malt profile, full of roasted coffee-like flavours, chocolate, earth and a touch of caramel. As the roasted gets a bit astringent it blends with a light bitterness, just enough to offset and complement the malt character. Definite alcohol presence with a dark fruitiness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied. Finishes a bit dry with an oily feeling on the palate.

Notes: An extraordinary Stout! Complex, strong and highly drinkable ... What more could you ask for? Ass kicking at 7.7%abv.

Purchased and reviewed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

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Ceres Royal Stout (Ceres Extra Strong Stout) from Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)
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