Roundhouse Kick | CREW Republic Brewery GmbH

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Brewed by:
CREW Republic Brewery GmbH

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-27-2014

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of clarknova
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giangio
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4ster
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Apr 4 2020 and served at cellar temperature. I generally love German beer, so I am interested to see what these guys will do with a style that (traditionally) has little in common with typical German fare.

An inky black body obscures shades of purplish-crimson that only become visible when the glass is held to the light; meanwhile, a half-inch layer of dark tan-coloured foam rises to the surface, before being partially reduced to a smooth, creamy cap and collar roughly 1/4 of an inch thick. The aroma includes plenty of roasted malt and molasses sweetness, with notes of coffee grounds, dark chocolate and anise coming through alongside minor hints of herbal hops and dried dark fruit - date comes to mind, with perhaps a faint suggestion of raisin. There's also some slight boozy warmth, but with an RIS that's to be expected to some extent.

This is a very nice stout, indeed. Molasses and date fruit sweetness, in conjunction with roasted malt flavours of mocha coffee and dark chocolate, carry the taste buds through to the tail end of the sip. That's when the saccharine nature of the front end is deftly countered by a combination of anise spiciness and herbal, grassy hop bitterness - and let's not forget the mild ethanol presence, which slightly warms the throat with each gulp. Well within the vicinity of full-bodied, with low carbonation levels that weakly prickle the tongue, giving this stout a smooth, satisfying mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.18, an excellent A-. CREW Republic's Roundhouse Kick is the best German-made stout I've tried to date... but in the interest of transparency, I'll point out that it's also the only German-made stout I've ever had. It comes off as a fairly traditional interpretation of this rich, delectable style - the grassy hops and pilsener malts provide a slight bit of contrast, but for the most part this is a by-the-book RIS, along the same lines as stuff like Sam Smith's Imperial Stout. At under four bucks a bottle in Ontario, it's a borderline steal - I'd pick up another couple of bottles if there were any stock left around here.

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Photo of Desugi
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Robertas
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrenaica
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle
9.2% ABv
Main/Bronte LCBO Outlet (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
April 16, 2018
The beer poured a coca-cola brown colour with a very thin bubbly brown head which did not last. The aroma was roasted malt, some licorice, and soy sauce notes. The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and good carbonation. The flavour is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. It tastes better than it smells.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark brown body like root beer, dense, coffee-crema marshmallow head with fantastic retention, very sticky.
Loads of dark, dried fruit, some burnt caramel, vanilla, coffee. Luxurious and addictive.
Flavour is much more coffee-forward to start, rich dark roast, coupled with dried dark fruit (black currants, prune), maple syrup, molasses, burnt marshmallow. Delightful balance between the almost smoky roasted malt notes and the sweet fruitiness. The finish is long and dry, the roast notes lingering with a mild bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, soft like silk mouthfeel, incredibly easy drinking.

You have to give this a try, a truly delicious stout, on the sweet side without being cloying or thick. This would be unreal paired with a rich chocolate cake topped with raspberries or cherries.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a nice large brown foamy head with some retention and light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some black chocolate notes is enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix of dry roasted malt notes with some black chocolate notes with light residuals sugar notes and a pretty dry finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Well brewed as per style guideline but nothing earth shattering either.

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Photo of ikidunot
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the lcbo for around $4

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Photo of Bf_89
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There is something to be said for the way Germans make beer. Their stamp on the taste of beer is instantly recognizable. Take this stout as an example. A stout couldn't be further from the lager or pilsner world and yet there it is, that familiar German beer taste. I never had a stout taste this way. I find it quite interesting.
Now, I am no longer a fan of German beer, so this was just okay, but still. Kudos.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells intensely of roasted coffee, with hints of caramel malt, chocolate and licorice and just a little booze. Taste is a nice balance of coffee and chocolate, with notes of roasted, caramel malt and dark fruits: fig, raisin, and also a hint of licorice. Dry, medium bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, but maybe a little too lively carbonated. Once again, Crew Republic impresses with a very solid offering at a decent price point. To be frank, there aren't that many great, widely available Imperial Stouts that don't cost an arm and a leg from German craft breweries. This is one of them.

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Photo of pootz
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle: 330ml crown top bottle pours a dense light defying black ale in the glass with a 2 finger meringue brown head which laces and lasts. Aroma; dark cocoa, licorice, chicory, dried dark fruits, hints of mint an fusel. Flavor follows aroma with light hints of sweetness, deep roastiness and long charred finish - rich, oily mouthfeel, warming, satisfying - a decent Impy but a tad thin in the delivery.

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Photo of kier
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. A Russian Imperial Stout brewed by a new brewery from Germany and consumed in Canada? Awesome! Cool cap with a martial artist of sorts delivering a roundhouse kick.

Appearance - As expected, a dark chestnut brown colored beer, topped with a finger of tan head. Great staying power and sufficiently ominous looking.

Smell - Dark chocolate, molasses and some earthy hops in there. Possibly vanilla and leather, but heaviest on the molasses and hops. Smells like quality, deep and dangerous malts, aromas and ideas.

Taste - Caramel and molasses combo, some peaty and earthy aspects to the flavors as well. A lightness in the form of vanilla. A malt bomb of a stout that is super drinkable, plenty flavorful even with minimal amounts of coffee, tobacco and leather that accompany many of the best in this style. Only knock is might be the fact that the flavor is not as intense as others in this style. The chocolate shows more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Liquid silk. Super smooth, fairly heavily bodied, but extra creamy and soft on the tongue. Near perfection.

Overall - Crew Rublic delivers a roundhouse kick to the opposition, by making a damn tasty imperial stout, with plenty of flavor and one of the easiest drinking experiences I've encountered in quite a while. Very pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of StormAles
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark black with a thin root beer head. Upon break there isn't much left behind. Roasts and leather with a nice bit of cocoa. The taste follows the nose with a bit of dark fruit appearing as well. Feel is medium with good carbonation. ABV is well hidden.

Well, this was unexpected. Pretty damn nice stout.

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Photo of kwjd
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice RIS. Not a roasted bomb this stout is very well rounded. It reminds me somehow of an aged Cuvée Delphine with a distinct riz au lait character. Vanilla, booze infused raisins, velvety mouthfeel. The 9.2% ABV ain't that present and the beer remains really drinkable all along

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled a little smoky with roasty notes. Smoky, roasted malt, dark chocolate and toffee taste.

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Roundhouse Kick from CREW Republic Brewery GmbH
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 67 ratings