Quimera Imperial Stout | Casa Cervecera Quinta Normal S.A.

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Quimera Imperial StoutQuimera Imperial Stout

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Casa Cervecera Quinta Normal S.A.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TMoney2591 on 01-21-2012

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by crossovert:
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2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml green capped bottle.

It pours a dark brownish black with a foamy off-white/tannish head that leaves a few spots of lacing.

The smell isn't the greatest. It has a decent smell, some cocoa, wood, caramel, but there is a slight fruitiness that I am not liking.

The flavor is okay, but not amazing. Again there is a fruity tanginess, not sourness, and not an infection. This overpowers any of the malt and coffee notes.

Nice to see a Chilean brewery doing craft but this stuff is just about average to below.

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More User Reviews:
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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

Decent, a bit of a mish mash of flavors … some work and some don’t. Hits most of the bells and whistles for the style and retains it drinkability through the session. Nothing mind blowing or looking to destroy you palate, a pretty tame Imperial Stout though this is a good quality especially if you are looking for more subtle beers to do some pairing with.

STYLE: Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.2%

LOOK: Pitch black, light brown towering head

SMELL: Sweet, chocolate milkshake, faint black currants, estery, buttery

TASTE: Fullish body, slight roasty bite, dark chocolate, buttery, dried grass, very warming, fruity, mild hop bitterness, creamy, semi-sweet roasty finish

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Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of CraigMack61
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dustytrophy
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goochpunch
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out black with a thin, but long-lasting khaki head. Roasted malt is prevalent in the smell, but fruitiness from the yeast is strong, as well - plum, dried fig, etc. Flavor: boozy, lightly roasty, fruity (berries), sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty flat, not that full, and kind of slick. Not the best stout around.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stays around for a while. There's a decent amount of lacing. It smells like dark fruit, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some grapes. However, the taste is a lot fruitier than I expected it to be. It tastes mostly like grapes and other dark fruit, with some coffee, burnt/charred malt and chocolate also noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit slick with low/moderate carbonation. I guess it's not too bad of a brew, but I prefer my imperial stouts to be less grapey and fruity. $11.49 a bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a monstrous two finger high off white head that slowly died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some faint bits of sweetness and hints of roasted malts in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable because it feels fluffy and a little airy.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some very dark amber highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with lighter hints of cocoa, chocolate, and just a touch of coffee. Extremely light notes of dark fruit/plum.

T: Light amounts of roasted malts with some light to moderate notes of coffee and milk chocolate. Light amounts of cocoa and just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Very light (and I mean extremely light) notes of dark fruit/plum.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish. Creamy.

O: I'm not sure I would call this a Russian Imperial Stout - probably more of an American Stout - but it is easy to drink and the rather high ABV is well hidden. Nice amounts of complexity to the flavor and aroma - certainly exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Randomly stumbled upon this brewery in one of my distributors' portfolios (brand new to them, too, apparently) and had to try some (never had a Chilean beer before, and it sounded like these guys were trying to make some good beers). It pours a very dark black-brown topped by over two fingers of sandy ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted wheat, light wet cardboard, and the lightest possible touch of mild coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the roast is stronger (without becoming acrid), the coffee comes through more brightly, and there's a twinge of what seems like vanilla bean in there now as well. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice impy stout, perhaps a bit on the light side for my tastes, but an enjoyable little beer nonetheless. It's nothing close to outstanding, but I like it. Good start from these guys, and I hope to encounter more in the coming weeks.

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Photo of mklisz
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of avalon07
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a large, tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A decent, but slightly underwhelming aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, a booziness, and a sweet, sugary component.

T: Tasted of a lot of dark fruit (plums, raisins), light hops notes, roasted malt, chocolate, a boozy quality, and a light caramel presence. This isn't a bad flavor, but it's definitely a lot thinner, less complex and aggressive than most beers of the style.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat thin, watery finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an OK beer, but there definitely better RIS's out there. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seemingly a throw-back to the early days of when stout Porters emerged from Brown Porter, this quirky yet charming roasty ale carries fruity undertones and a lighter body than the Imperial Stouts normally expected of today.

The beer pours a farily clear deep garnet or ruby color that fades to black going from the edges toward the center. Light creamy looking foam sheets the surface of the beer while struggling to withstand just a few minutes and void of lace- a very English cask-like appearance.

Fruity aromas nearly overtake that of roast and makes this an oddly appealing scent. Plumbs, grapes, and apples becoming the forward aromas while mild coffee, walnut, chocolate, and caramel begin to bring out more Stout-like components- not nearly as roasty as expected.

Flavors follow with a balanced portfolio of the milder Columbian coffee and chocolate, which are rounded with heightened candied sweetness due to the ester profile of grape, plumb, and earthy (maybe hoppy) notes that remind me of fresh tobacco. Where espresso, bittersweet chocolate, coco, or overt roast notes are expected, this is a very light Imperial Stout and appeals to me more like Tropical Stouts would (minus the intense sweetness).

Medium bodied with light maltiness, but the thin carbonation allows the liquid of the beer to sit heavy on the tongue and gives a heightened sense of body and viscocity. But the beer turns even lighter and nearly watery for a big Stout. Although the drinkability may benefit from the lightened finish, the appeal of Imperial Stouts is their mouth-coating and sip evoking.

Although I found this beer quite appealing with a lot of English (yeast) influence with the fruitiness and moderate dryness, it falls well short of what's expected of current Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of rorjets
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this at Worldwide Wines & Spirits in Southington, CT - they have an excellent selection of beers from around the world. I was intrigued, having been to Chile several times and never sampled any local beer, just their fabulous wines.

On the pour it had a creamy head, that had a slight fizz to it. Reminded me a bit of Guinness in appearance, but an even darker body below the head. Gave off a hint of sweetness in the smell. The head stayed thru most of drinking.

This is a great tasting Imperial Stout, with some malty, caramel sweetness tempering the 8.2 alcohol content. Also, the slight fizziness lessened the density of the stout, providing a nice mouthfeel.

Overall this is perhaps the best import I have had outside of Germany, Belgium & the Bristish Isles!

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of SteveCarrozza
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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