Peated Imperial Stout
Brouwerij Kees

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Brouwerij Kees
Stout - Russian Imperial
4.06 | pDev: 5.91%
Mar 07, 2020
Sep 15, 2015
Peated Imperial StoutPeated Imperial Stout
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3.83 by GuitarIPA from Connecticut on Mar 07, 2020
4.2 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Dec 09, 2017
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Nov 26, 2017
4.08 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Sep 02, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

Enjoyed from the 11.2oz bottle in a snifter via our visit to Cappy's.
This fine RIS pours a nice murky blackish brown with a nice thick head of
light tan foam that subsides to a thick ring and layer sporting nice sudsy lacing.
Nose features more subtle notes than one would expect from such a big brew.
Light smoke and char waft around subtle dark chocolate cake notes with light
dark fruit notes. Flavors nail it out of the park with light peat and char flitting
about dark cocoa and light anise notes with a touch of bruised dark cherry notes
and a light bittering hop that sears in the rear of the taste with strong booze.
Very nice mouth feel' medium full and coating body, low carbonation, and a
sticky warming satisfying finish perfect for the style.


Jul 23, 2017
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jul 23, 2017
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a mini-snifter. The appearance was a subtle dark brown close to black color with a slim finger-ed white film of a head. Nicely paced dissipation. Film of lacing. The smell started off some sweet meat gracing some dry cocoa bean, slight smoke, some ash. Light caramel malt, toffee as well. The taste replicated the smell very nice. Nice sticky smoky/cocoa aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Mediocre sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation rides fairly low. Overall, smoked RIS, hell yeah, works like a charm.

Jun 09, 2017
4.16 by BAsbill from California on Apr 02, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

330 ml bottle served at the appropriate temperature in a goblet.

Unmistakable peat-smoke in the aroma and flavor, and it dominates the aftertaste. I too often find smoked ales to be too smoky, but this one is not. Certainly this is due in part to the rich, malty imperial stout basis. Although prominent, the smoked grains still allow notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and dark dried fruits to appear. Relatively hoppy, with earthy tones. Lightly boozy in a way that works well with the strong flavor profile.

Feel: Full, lightly carbonated, oily body. Well hidden alcohol.

Mar 22, 2017
4.09 by msondel from Massachusetts on Feb 11, 2017
4.58 by festizio from California on Feb 03, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

As usual a good beer from Brouwerij Kees. Good dark color that comes back in the flavor. A good peaty and smokey taste to it. Allround a good beer. Enjoyed it.

Jan 28, 2017
3.75 by safaricook from Netherlands on Jan 14, 2017
4.1 by stephenlee from England on Dec 11, 2016
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Opaque black, thin head, low retention.
Smell - tad too sweet, smoked, other imperial stout attributes.
Taste - follows the smell, sweetness outbalances and overwhelmes.
Medium body, soft carbonation.

Nov 14, 2016
4.31 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Nov 06, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a brown color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, strong sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of liquor, hops, and slight wood. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, strong sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of liquor, hops, and slight wood. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, feel, and blend.

Oct 12, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by EmperorBevis from England

Jet Black body with huge foaming thick tan coloured head
Aroma of woodsmoke and liquorice
Slightly sweet like burned caramel flavour and a lot of charcoal
Easy drinking but clearly boozy
I likes but I likes big smoke

Aug 24, 2016
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Pours a black body with one-finger khaki head and lace patches down glass. Dry, smokey, peet-like taste yet has a touch of sticky sweetness that resembles bitter chocolate. Balanced beer with both a really dry aspect that is kept in check by sweet aspects.

Aug 22, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Light touched very tan like head, a finger top height off the pour. Sits on a very solid nearly black body, a touch of clarity through the head, and some dark brown highlights. Settles to a big bubbled collar, and a bit of a thin top.

Very solid nice dark roast. Hints of soil and a touch of earthy sweetness of all things. Aroma inches towards a little bit of licorice but settles towards softer dark malts and a small sense of smoke. Creamy. Hop oil sensing. Very inviting and warming bouquet.

Boy is this palate ever delivering. Creamy and velvety, with a light touch of hop warmth and bitterness. Dark chocolate, and rich velvety chocolate flavors just float off the tongue like a big fat rich cake. Soft finish, with roast qualities that hit to warming tobacco but with a much sweeter character and less bitterness. A nice oily sheen, that coats the mouth nicely and even gives a little bit of hop bitterness balance. Creamy, decadent, with rich malt and oily flavors.

A real great solid stout. Wonderfully made. Looses a bit of smoke character, but the final product is too good to even care about.

Aug 05, 2016
4 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Aug 03, 2016
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on May 21, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Thick black pour. Brown head fizzles up from the depths, but also gasps at the air once reaching the surface. Nice rush of coating bubbles on glass with each agitation of the beer - even supplying a little lacing.

Nose is quiet. Definitely get the peat and a light smokiness. Everything seems on point but quite muted - roasted malt, char, smokiness, peat, little coffee.

Feel is great - creamy and coating. Carbonation adds the lightest tingle - accentuating the smokey notes.

Taste has a backbone that tends towards a sweetened coffee, to me. There is a light nuttiness to the coffee, like maybe one of those medium roast blends, but there is a little sweetness that accentuates the coffee more in my mind. Again, this is the backbone, and on top of it is a bit of char and the peat that is a part of the brew.

Pretty straightforward in that the name of the beer explains it pretty well. It is a well done brew in which I think the mouthfeel really lifted my overall enjoyment considerably.

May 15, 2016
4.67 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on May 13, 2016
4.06 by Capsfan90 from Maryland on May 13, 2016
4.1 by BarrelAged1991 from Netherlands on May 11, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Suds from Missouri

Thick, black, and intense. The head is blanket-like, with a tan color. The aroma is lightly smokey, but with a hint of medicinal notes...peat for sure. Not quite campfire, but it's definitely a smokey peat smell. The taste is balanced, with a heavily roasted grain and malt flavor. Medium sweetness with a strongly bitter and alcohol finish. This is a wonderfully interesting and engaging brew.

May 07, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pathman from Ohio


Apr 30, 2016
4.12 by rarigney from Washington on Apr 30, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

11.2 ounce bottle (label says 11.2% ABV), I can't tell what the bottled on/best by stamp on the bottle cap says. Maybe they should stamp the label or bottle instead. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like peaty smoke, roasted malt, caramel and some chocolate. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma but I think the peaty flavor is stronger compared to the others, and there's also some dark fruit noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good imperial stout, I'd like to try it again. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes peaty brews. $5.99 a bottle.

Apr 16, 2016
3.69 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Apr 16, 2016
3.98 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Apr 05, 2016
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Greywulfken from New York

Sweet molasses and peat is what you get here. Smooth chocolaty body, medium-to-full-feel, mild carbonation, and a bit of stickiness. The roasted dark malts are accented with hoppy and herbal, slightly medicinal notes, and hint of something like salty, smoky seaweed. Probably not for all tastes, and not priced to attract the casual consumer, but as a fan of imperial stouts and peaty Scotch whiskies, I enjoyed it.

Apr 02, 2016
3.75 by atrocity from Virginia on Mar 23, 2016
3.51 by killcore from Russian Federation on Mar 13, 2016
3.96 by Saviour from Russian Federation on Mar 04, 2016
3.69 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on Nov 20, 2015
Peated Imperial Stout from Brouwerij Kees
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 37 ratings