Roundhouse Kick | CREW Republic Brewery GmbH

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
CREW Republic Brewery GmbH
Germany
crewrepublic.de

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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#6,595
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
61
pDev:
7.65%
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4.12
 
 
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Reviews by Ciocanelu:
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -2.2%
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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Photo of FadetoBock
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerdrifter
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 iftcoach
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TobeerAs
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
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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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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Roundhouse Kick from CREW Republic Brewery GmbH
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 61 ratings