Roundhouse Kick
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Stout - Russian Imperial
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4.06 | pDev: 7.39%
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle - a bit of age. Black with short lived tan head.
Aroma when cool was faint but as warmed dark chocolate, bit of caramel, coffee, vanilla.
Taste starts coffee forward - slightly bitter espresso, dark chocolate, notes of licorice but as warmed some molasses, caramel sweetness, balancing the bite.
Medium mouthfeel - thinner than expected - carbonation faded as warmed but more sweetness then comes through,. Very decent RIS.

Aug 26, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

Jul 05, 2018
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cyrenaica from Canada

4.14/5  rDev +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.

Apr 16, 2018
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BGDrock from Canada

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Apr 13, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Feb 05, 2018
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Cramshawbar from Canada

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Jan 13, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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 and herbal hops. 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 probably the best of them.

Jan 08, 2018
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pootz from Canada

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Dec 12, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Dec 02, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Nov 24, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Oct 20, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Sep 17, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a tulip. "Mindestens haltbar bis: 15.03.2020 403/11/44". Brought to me by a German colleague.

Pours black with a smallish head and a surprisingly active (though fine and slow) carbonation. Smell is roasty, almost burnt chocolate, anise and dates.

Taste is similar to the aroma, but with a stronger chocolate and anise character.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Overall, very good.

Aug 15, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark opaque brown with medium head that has good staying power and decent lacing. Nose is coffee, caramel, and soy sauce. Taste has more roasted character than the nose suggests, with firm bitterness to slow you down. Some bitter coffee grounds and a touch of residual sweetness round it out. Overall, very good (better than expected).

Jun 14, 2017
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DanfromVan from Canada

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice to get on one of these. Local Liquor store has them as singles, and had one from a friend fresh from Germany.
Good, tasty, lighter than I expected for the style.
Would try again

Nov 20, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium,frothy,beige head
-molasses,plums,raisins,chocolate,coffee,oats,spicy,earthy,maraschino cherry
-chocolate,spicy,cinnamon,molasses,caramel,slight coffee,strawberries,sugar
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
A bit sweet and light-bodied, yet still the best german Imperial Stout (non-BA) I#ve had so far.

Sep 19, 2016
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moose1980 from Germany

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Disclaimer: Had this down in the cellar for about a year and a half.

L: Black with a bit of clarity on the edges, and a dense, two-finger mocha-like head that leaves very little lacing. S: Rich chocolate upfront with roasted coffee notes as well. T: Like a decadent chocolate fudge lightly drizzled with caramel! Has a nice espresso/dark chocolate bitter end to it. F: A decent amount of carbonation for an IS, and while I would not describe the body as thin, if it were a bit thicker I would not complain. It would make the fudgy flavor that much better.
Overall, a great job by the CREW brewing this IS!

Jul 04, 2016
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

33cl brown glass bottle purchased at Ambrosetti in Berlin:

9.20% ABV.

APPEARANCE: ~5cm wide cap. Khaki colour. Soft-looking. Nice thickness, creaminess, and froth. Good complexion. Could be darker/richer and more shining, if we're nitpicking. Retention is pretty good for the high ABV - ~8 minutes.

Body is a dark brown-black. Not the ink or jet black you'd look for in a great example of the style, but opaque. No yeast is visible within.

Looks pretty standard for an imperial stout. There are no unique or special characteristics.

AROMA: Cream, milk chocolate, chocolate malts, dark malt sweetness, a faint muted hint of roast, and caramel.

I hoped for a more robust malt profile, as well as more of a roast presence. This aroma suggests a sweet albeit simple imperial stout with substandard depth of flavour.

TASTE & TEXTURE: It's nicely soft and creamy in feel, which supports the chocolate malt nicely. Generic dark malt sweetness lends it dessert beer leanings, but there's no roasted barley harshness to balance it out. Coffee-like roast would also help, as would ashiness, burnt sugars, et al...but none is/are included.

This isn't too schwarzbier-y an attempt as an imperial stout...which is always a concern when German breweries attempt this style. Nor is it too much of a bready almost doppelbock-redolent brew. But it's not nailing stylistic fundamentals the way it needs to, and I do find it surprisingly overhopped, with noticeable floral notes of Columbus hops working their way into the flavour profile.

But balance is less an issue than complexity...or should I say the lack thereof. This is a simple and plain attempt at the style, with no expressive vivid notes to set it apart. In a global arena populated by imperial stouts with coffee, vanilla bean, all manner of barrel aging, chocolate/cocoa nibs, cherry bark, pomegranate seeds, cherry, et al., "traditional" imperial stouts like this one just don't get much attention unless they nail classic balance and bring loads of depth of flavour. I don't dislike it - quite the contrary - but it's neither a classic build nor a boundary-pushing one. We don't need crazy ingredients to a good imperial stout make, but we need more than this kind of no-frills fare.

Turning to the texture, it's nice, if a bit too smooth and wet (though more coarseness and dryness would come along naturally if they added the abovementioned roasted barley). Could be fuller-bodied and less sticky/syrupy, and the carbonation is too high, but it's nicely executed for what it is. Doesn't accentuate specific notes or elevate the beer as a whole, but it's a good start and doesn't clash with the taste or anything.

OVERALL: It's nice to see more German breweries experimenting with foreign styles, but - as I've found with many of Crew Republic's beers - this just isn't a remarkable example of the intended style. Perhaps Crew is laying the bedrock for better expressions of the style to develop over time (and be appreciated by more true-to-tradition German beer drinkers), which is a good thing. Nevertheless, this remains a passable imperial stout I wouldn't buy a second time, but a worthwhile entry into the style for more casual drinkers who may be less familiar with it.

More discerning and/or experienced imperial stout drinkers are best off sticking with tried and true Swedish, Danish, and English expressions of the style - if you're after the best Europe has to offer.

High C+ (3.22) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Feb 19, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the Duvel guy down the road from the old place.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 71
Best Before 28 January 2020
This one apparently has 5 bottles of awesomeness *shrugs*

APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a 2 finger, thicker looking, creamy, light tan head with great retention. Clear black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and coats the glass. A swirly wisp remains until the end leaving decent lacing down the glass. Good head yet average body on this one.

SMELL: Lots of leather, licorice, earthy hops, some dark chocolate and smoked notes as well. Bold for sure.

TASTE: Leather, licorice, smoked malts and some alcohol at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is roasted with leather, earthy hops, some bitter dark chocolate and smoked notes as well. A bit of alcohol is well hidden.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of booze lingers.

OVERALL: Well made for sure. The smoked malts and leather notes are not really my thing per se, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's a quality made, well balanced beer. I enjoyed this one less than I did their DIPA, but it's definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of this profile in an imperial stout.

Jan 01, 2016
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Hayley_86 from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice and well rounded imperial stout. It looks and smells the part. Not outstanding but just right. It tastes good and the mouthfeel is good. Overall I would drink this again.

Sep 27, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, Fruity, Roasted, Cocao

A sneaky one here, a real tricky brew within the first couple of sips. Sweet with an inviting darkness and roasty flavor but then the warmth reminds us this is not a brew to just knock back, clearly a sipper. A fine balance of chocolate, roasted, and caramel malt swirling around with that alcoholic warmth. Nothing short of great here, more than just a treat.

STYLE: Imperial Stout | ABV: 9.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #93 (Oct 2014)

Aug 14, 2015
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip at Ceveceria Esparte here in Conil, Spain.

Appearance: Heavy bubbled body with light tan head. Settles to nada. After one sip.

Smell: Light malty scent. Little bland and smells a bit different than a stout.

Taste: light malty coffee. Light in flavor needs a bit heavier coffee but then again you need to know what you're dealing with.

Mouth: Medium-Heavy carbonation, lightly sticky.

Overall: Alright in lamens terms it's an American blacke ale meets stout. Strong but light in flavors.

Jul 15, 2015
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Arminius757 from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good RIS from Crew. I wouldnt go so far as to say this is earth shattering, espically when compared to some of the big names in the RIS game, but for being a German brewed RIS I will say that I am impressed.
Jet black in color with a tan head.
Smells just like an RIS, with that malty, roasted, coco and coffee notes.
Taste follows the smell, bitter chcolate with hints of roasted coffee. Get a sweet hit of darker fruits toward the end. Nicely balanced, little bit of boozy warmness.
Feels thick, like a stout should. Nice mouth feel and good carbonation.
A really good stout from Germany, but I would like to say that, from Germany. If this is a sign of things to come, Germany will be home to some very exclent RISs in no time.

Jun 12, 2015
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jonb5 from England

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Jet black, opaque, initially there was a very small, very tanned head which faded without leaving much lacing.

S: Espresso, vanilla and fudge.

T: Followed the nose, lots of bitterness, especially at the finish, the booze was pretty well hidden until the finish.

M: Very smooth, heavy body, slight coarse edge from the booze.

O: Held up well against the other Imperial Stouts I’ve sampled. Nice beer for a cold day to accompany a heavy meal.

Mar 15, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, nice to see another offering from this Munich craft brewer arrive around here. The last line of their back-label marketing spiel, 'schwarz wie die Nacht und explosiv wie Dynamit!' sure sounds like something Rammstein would growl about.

This beer pours a solid oily black, with the barest of basal cherry cola edges, and two fingers of gently foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy light mocha head, which leaves some sinking limestone reef lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of bready, grainy, and slightly toasted caramel malt, a subtle meaty umami character, milky coffee, vanilla-tinged earthy licorice, and weedy, leafy, and well-perfumed floral hops. The taste is rich, dense roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, edgy anise, more well-creamed java, mixed dark orchard fruit - maybe a bit of besotted plum, maybe some cordial cherry - and leafy, herbal, and plainly floral hops.

The carbonation is adequately moderate in its frothy supportive measures, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, both hop and alcohol taking a few sniffs around. It finishes on the sweet side, the charred caramel, cocoa, black licorice, and muddled fruit all steadying themselves against that boozy ingress.

A decent version of the style, the sweetness more or less balanced with the proclaimed stratospheric hops (ein Hopfenbombe!). Tasty, a tad sour, and fairly easy to drink, I'm certain that Chuck Norris would have no problem putting back a few of these while executing the titular move.

Feb 13, 2015
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