Crew Roundhouse Kick | CREW Republic Brewery GmbH

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Crew Roundhouse KickCrew Roundhouse Kick

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CREW Republic Brewery GmbH

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Pitch black pour with two finger caramel-colored head with great retention and crazy lacing. Sweet, roasty nose with hints of espresso, cocoa, and a fair amount of hops. The taste follows suit with huge roasty notes with a nice subtle sweetness. Hints of cocoa, espresso, chocolate fudge, caramel, and enough of a hop presence to remind me of a Black IPA. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, smooth and creamy, with perfect balance. Overall, this is by far the best German craft Imperial Stout I've had. Roundhouse kicking myself for only picking up two of them! Highly recommended!

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Photo of drmeto
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
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

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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of moose1980
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of DanfromVan
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Crew Roundhouse Kick from CREW Republic Brewery GmbH
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