Caramel Fudge Stout
Brouwerij Kees

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From:
Brouwerij Kees
 
Netherlands
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #205
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,156
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
47
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 22, 2022
Added:
Dec 28, 2015
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  8
SCORE
93
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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Reviewed by guidodewaal from Netherlands

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Wow. Very unique tasting beer. This beer is a LOT. Very strong smell, very strong taste. A bit too strong in my opinion. Smells very sweet. My gf did not like it at all. Tastes like a combination of tiramisu and indeed caramel fudge. Strong chocolate and caramel taste. Very alcoholic which makes it remind of tiramisu. Very unique and you can taste the quality. Its just a bit TOO much for me. (Im pretty new to imperial stouts, and stouts in general). Taste absolutely explodes in your mouth.
Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
this seems like the beer that will bring me over the 1000 beer karma mark, which i suppose is a good achievement, and what better way to celebrate than with a beer which is placed in my new land’s top 10 beers. been a while since i had a big strong russian imperial stout, and that is indeed what this beer is, big meaty, marmitey malt flavours, black bread, burned toast, strong espresso, the caramel, which is really heavy on the nose, is just right in the beer, giving a nice sweetness along with the milky chocolate flavours which cut straight through the big malt flavours and balance nicely, there’s vanilla and a load of dark fruit flavour as well, fig, prunes, raisin, high bitterness on the finish, big full bodied beer, low carbonation, thick, sticky, heavy beer, boozy, and very nice, my first beer from kees, and hopefully not the last
Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by tux_alin from Romania

Jun 22, 2021
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Can from Etre
Inky black in color with a smattering of tan bubbles on top that dissipate quickly. Huge caramel and burnt sugar aroma and flavor. Light roast chocolate and ashy notes. Creamy smooth mouthfeel medium body, pretty tasty.
Jun 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.42 by steverx8 from England

Apr 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Dec 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by Dazka from Italy

Jan 13, 2020
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.72 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Sep 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.26 by smithj4 from New York

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.35 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Sep 02, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.29 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Jul 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Jul 03, 2019
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.5 by BdM from Netherlands

Feb 17, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.75 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Dec 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by desint from Belgium

Nov 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands

Nov 09, 2018
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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
 
Rated: 3.49 by YvesB from Belgium

Mar 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by hockeypuck from Maine

Feb 22, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.25 by leitmotif from Romania

Feb 04, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Dec 10, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.4 by prost2hefeweizen from Oklahoma

Jul 14, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.15 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jun 16, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.09 by Kurmaraja from California

Jun 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.22 by dcmchew from Romania

Apr 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by samEBC from Belgium

Apr 16, 2017
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