Caramel Fudge Stout
Brouwerij Kees

Caramel Fudge StoutCaramel Fudge Stout
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #207
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,324
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.4%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
66
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
Caramel Fudge StoutCaramel Fudge Stout
Notes: A winter beer of that is one big tasty treat: coffee, lots of alcohol and intense caramel.
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dcotom from Iowa

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always said that I appreciate it when a brewer delivers on his promises. This delicious stout is a case in point. Poured from an 11.2-ounce (33 cl) bottle into a snifter. Color is a deep chestnut brown, with reddish-brown highlights and no head to speak of. Ingredients listed on the bottle are water, barley malt, hops, sugar, and yeast. Huge aromas and flavors of caramel, milk chocolate, and coffee bean, with a little molasses, a floral note, and a kick of hop bitterness on the finish. Although there is a ton of sweetness and alcohol heat, the finish is quite dry without any lingering tartness. The brewer has done an outstanding job of coaxing the decadent brownie flavors out of the most basic of ingredients. Highly recommended.

Jan 04, 2020
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EmperorBevis from England

3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned in a crafty craft can and poured into my westy XII gold rimmed glass because I motherflipping well can you motherflipper
Pours a dark dark brown body with good tobacco stained head
Smells like a good caramel latte
Tastes like a salted caramel fudge liquor

Nov 19, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar; when held up to the light the edges are very dark red in color. It poured with just some specks of off white bubbles around portions of the collar of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and fudge are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has much stronger flavors of chocolate fudge with notes of caramel and some associated sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the taste of this beer, but the mouthfeel seemed to be a little think for a Russian Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

Sep 15, 2019
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qrazvan from Romania

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really nice looking (although not persistent) foamy head when poured in a glass.
Chocolate - coffee smell.
The taste is basically sweet with caramel, coffee and chocolate additions. Not a very dense body, more watery actually, but cool hazelnut finish.
Good, but not impressive.

Aug 14, 2019
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mishi_d from Romania

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with tan head, aroma of vanilla, whipped cream and caramel, taste of vanilla, roasted malts and caramel, medium body, soft carbonation.

Jun 03, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De 3er tiempo cervezas. En copa Teku. Lata. Viendo (Des)encanto 1x03-04. Mucho chocolate, algo de caramelo, alcohol y un punto metalico algo artificialoide que no la llega a estropear. Va gustando mas a medida que va pasando el tiempo y vas bebiendo mas de ella, y termina uno echando en falta tomar un poco mas de ella

May 24, 2019
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lmaduells from Spain

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer with many wonderful details that make you enjoy beer for a long time. A beer that evolves and that its characters make it not as harsh as others of this style

Jan 13, 2019
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biboergosum from Canada

3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle - man, it's hard to figure out which version of this offering this one is.

This beer pours a solid black hole, with the barest of amber basal edges, and a thin cap of wispy and bubbly brown head, which leaves nothing in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as things slowly move along.

It smells of stale cocoa powder, Dairy Queen caramel 'sauce', cafe-au-lait, some boozy dark orchard fruitiness, and very little else. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a further gooey caramel square sweetness, some free-range ashiness, faint oaken woody notes, bittersweet chocolate wafers, day-old coffee grounds, real vanilla, and a hint of melting rubber.

The carbonation is fairly timid in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as an uncertain pithiness seems to be there from the onset. It finishes off-dry, the thin chocolate/caramel joint fading out like a recent bad dream.

Overall - yeah, I have a feeling that the agent got stuck with some old stock, as I cannot find any dating on the label (strange, for a European product), and is just dumping it. Also, this offering has been replaced by a Woodford Reserve version, according to the brewery. Fuck. I mean, it's not horrible, but, y'know?

Oct 13, 2018
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
L: Dark brown color with a medium tan foam head.
S: Saturated coffee aroma, chocolate. Very pleasant.
T: Bittersweet, caramel, sweet int the beginng and bitter in the end, dark coffee.
F: Oily body and low carbonation.
O: Excellent stout for caramel lovers.

Feb 08, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has brown sugar, a bit burnt, sweet caramel, some dried fruits and butterscotch candy. Taste is sweet and sugary at first but gets more balanced towards the finish with light roasted malt notes but still lingers with brown sugar flavor. Medium body with low carbonation. Quite tasty but it lacks some depth and mouthfeel.

Jan 31, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anthracite with tan film. 4
A ton of chocolate brownie, rum and Christmas pudding. 4.25
Chocolate liqueur, thick caramel, vanilla, deep brown sugar, cola, and some woody barrel. 4.25
Medium+, chewy, round. 4.25

Smells like Betty Crocker’s kitchen. Manages to deliver both flavours in the title, in spades - that’s no mean feat. Deep, yummy, and craveable. 4.5

Jan 19, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the 2016 Copenhagen Beer Festival in Boston, MA. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a nice dark brown almost black hue with a good mocha head that faded to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of light caramel notes, some decent chocolate fudge. Bittersweet dark chocolate.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. The caramel is absolutely huge here without being overly sweet. Same goes for the chocolate. Nice and roasty with solid bittersweet elements. Rich fudgy chocolate flavour too.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, bit boozy, wish it was creamier.

O - Overall this was a solid stout. The caramel was just massive on the flavour. Quite nice!

Serving Type: On Tap

Sep 20, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

if you like dessert stouts, this one should be right in your wheelhouse, but for me, it was much too sweet, almost over the top and diabetic with the prevalence of chocolate and caramel flavor in here, and i think it comes at the expense of a pretty nice base stout, although its tough to tell with all the sweetness swimming around in here. i had this on tap in a small pour, and be advised that small doses are probably best here, unless you have a superhuman tolerance for refined sugars. pretty beer though, tar black from the tap and frothy with a dark tan head on it, holds well too, and there is a lot of viscosity. they were smart to make this so strong, i think the alcohol (which you can really smell and taste) does a lot to bring the chocolate to the front, and it almost tastes like one of those godiva chocolate liqueurs. the caramel is the part that throws it over the edge for me, its almost buttery and overly vanilla tasting, too rich to have much of, and it pushes the dark roasted barley bitterness to the back when more of it is needed for any semblance of balance. i get some almost burnt notes here, and appreciate the base stout trying to peak through. for my personal tastes, this is way over flavored, but i like the flavors, its just too much of them. big old body here, sticky feel but still with some carbonation, long finish, well made for what it is without question, the quality is not up for debate. more of a novelty for me though at this intensity. still fun to try.

Jul 24, 2017
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John_M from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Belmont Station the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is about what you'd expect as well, given the name, as I pick up cocoa crispy, dark chocolate, vanilla and light coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet stout, though I thought the beer a tad thin on the finish (which surprised me, given the abv.). Still, there's plenty of flavor in this easy to appreciate and enjoy stout, and the alcohol was well integrated into the flavor profile.

Nice beer for sure, and as a previous reviewer noted, this beer is reminiscent of some of the Omnipollo beers I've tried (albeit, not quite as good). I'm not sure it's worth the price (paid $5 for a 4 ounce pour), but I'm glad to have the opportunity to try it.

Jul 03, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - pitch black no head

S - Very boozy, chocolate, some fudge notes, coffee

T - Less boozy but you can definitely tell this is not a low abv beverage. A big chocolate and coffee mix. Not as much on the caramel as you could think. Earthy hops. Vanilla

F - Thick and chewy

O - This beer is inspired by Omnipollo's beers for sure but it's not up to it. Don't get me wrong, this is quite good but far to be a world class beer. A lower booze presence would have benefits for the complexity of the ale. Also I wouldn't call it a RIS, it's more of cocoa adjunct stout

Jun 15, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an oversized brandy snifter.

Lovely, thick black liquid pours with a nice creamy head.

Fabulous smell, chocolate and fudge, a bit of honey. Sweet and very, very inviting.

Huge flavors here, once again chocolate and fudge, and some nice roasted malts. There is ony the slightest whiff of alcohol and it works well into the taste. As it warms, the hops come out a bit, and the last few sips are almost like a very, very thick black IPA.

Mouthfeel is, well, thick. Luscious and velvety, but on the right side of being overbearing.

This is the first beer from Kees I've had, and it's phenomenal. Great flavors and texture, big bot not too big. Great job!

Mar 22, 2017
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pveilleux from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at the Copenhagen Beer Fest in Boston. Highlight of the fest for me. Absolutely phenomenal brew. Just a hint of caramel that makes you want more. High alcohol content, so be careful if you like caramel. :)

Oct 21, 2016
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moose1980 from Germany

3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque with a two-finger, light brown head that does not dissipate quickly. Aroma is predominately cocoa and butterscotch, with subtle hints of hazelnut. At first sip, the most noticeable thing is the velvety mouthfeel. The taste is much more bitter than expected (like powdered cocoa more so than dark, bitter chocolate), leaving the drinker wishing for some of the caramel notes to help balance it out a bit.

Oct 16, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from doopie on my birthday. Cheers dude!

From a bottle into a snifter
EBC: 75
EBU: 45
Malts: Pale, caramel and chocolate
Hops: Cascade and Summit

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a 2+ finger, thicker and creamier looking, light tan head with excellent retention. Transparent black body with no carbonation evident. Head very slowly recedes to a full creamy cap and clings to the glass as it recedes. Splotchy wisp remains leaving lots of nice lacing down the glass. Great head but perhaps a little too transparent for the style.

SMELL: Bold nose of caramel fudge for sure, some vanilla, milk chocolate, butterscotch and cotton candy. Very candy-like and advertises sweetness all over the place.

TASTE: Caramel fudge up front with butterscotch at the swallow as well. Milk chocolate and vanilla linger in the finish, with a bold and lingering finish of caramel fudge, butterscotch, milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, some bitter coffee notes and roasted flavors. Flavorful finish and lots going on, with some definite alcohol in there as well. Sweet with some bitter roasted qualities linger and linger.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some bitterness and alcohol lingers.

OVERALL: This is pretty good and is as advertised, but I think it’s a little too boozy for what it’s trying to do. I think if the ABV were brought down to 8% or so, it would allow all the flavors to shine without having that boozy finish. Still, this is a good looking brew, though it could be a touch darker, and delivers what it promises. Good stuff and I’m glad I got to try it. Kees has certainly moved on in the right direction. Give it a chance if you see it. Cheers Doops!

May 27, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Pours an almost dark ruby, with a fine beige head that is slow to rise to the surface. Tons of caramel fudge in the aroma, toffee and vanilla. The taste is more complex than that, with notes of caramel followed by espresso, cocoa, vanilla. The alcohol is a bit too present, generating a hot and spicy feeling that affects the mouthfeel, and kind of stops the other notes from lingering a bit more, but other than that it's a great imperial stout, a bit rough around the edges.

Jan 21, 2016
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Remiot from France

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Almost pitch black, big light brown head
S:Incredible, smells like a Fudge Nesquik or Fudge shake, it does not smell piney but you know it s hoppyish
M: Really nice mouthfeel, the foam just covers the tongue.
T:Toffee, coffeeish and a piney aftertaste
O: Another great beer from Kees after Barleywine and Peated Imperial Stout. I won't be suprised if they overpass De Molen. The only "improvement" from my perspective is the bitter finish that stops the flavors quite quickly and do not suit to the overall sensation I had with this beer.

Go for it, it is great!

Jan 10, 2016
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freneticamnesic from Netherlands

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on bottle, poured into a chalice glass.

A - pours deep brown, near black, with thin medium brown head that disappeared quickly
S - Salty caramel, chocolate, dark roast coffee are abundant
T - Dark chocolate, salty caramel and dark coffee, just like the smell
M - Full and velvety, little carbonation; perfectly balanced
O - Overall full flavoured and lovely combination of dark bitter chocolate and sweet salty caramel. Great representative of a flavoured imperial stout where everything comes together beautifully.

I also paired this tasting with a piece of salted pecan caramel (after the initial tasting and review, of course), and this pairing works very well to enhance and bring out the flavours of the beer even more. Would definitely recommend it!

Dec 28, 2015
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