Imperial Stout 1850
Brouwerij Kees

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #287
Ranked #8,588
4.24 | pDev: 7.78%
Brouwerij Kees
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Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up on a discount shelf, so prob a bit of age, best before 09/22 on the cap, so can't be too old. Love that they put the ingredients on the label

Pours a smaller darker colored fizzy head with lower retention, fair lacing, nice legs, inky black beer

Nose nice and complex, very roasty out front, roasted barley, charred malts, almost scotched level but not quite burnt, roasted coffee and a hint of dark chocolate, with some baking spices and light anise, with a bit of dark fruit buried in the back somewhere, smooth mellow alcohol, a little soft nougat

Taste starts rich again, thick roasted barley and charred malts again but again not burnt, thick almost oily with how heavy the dark malts are, some nougat and fluffy almost burnt marshmallow with some sweetness, but not really caramel like although maybe a little burnt creme brulee, more baking spices with a medium to lighter anise flavor, chalky like powdered cocoa, and a flash of dark fruits way in the background, smooth alcohol also in the background, with a medium bitterness mixed between hop derived spicy bitterness and charred malt bitterness, more roasted coffee in the back as it finishes a bit on the sweeter side, a bit sticky, medium to higher bitterness as more spicy hop notes kick in and lingering roasty dark malts and a bit of super dark dark chocolate

Mouth is fuller bod, chewy and thick, oily, with low alcohol warmth hidden quite well, and medium to lower carbonation but on for the style

Overall a nice representation of the style, a bit heavy on the super dark malts maybe but all the other points were on for the style, hops weren't too aggressive, malts were pretty good although maybe a bit too dark and roasty, touches of dark fruits and some nice spices, alcohol was hidden very well also so that was a plus

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Photo of bobv
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a near black body with lacing. Nose of chocolate, dark fruit, and dark malt. Taste mirrors nose with milk chocolate flavor nicely giving way to bitter chocolate at the finish. Smooth. Real nice mouthfeel and overall, a new one (to me) to enjoy again. Cheers!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some rich smooth black chocolate notes is quite enticing. Taste is a mix of sweet rich black chocolate notes with some light roasted malt with some residual sugar notes also perceptible. Body is full with nice rich creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. This is a world-class example of the style.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dark malts, slight earthiness and big dark chocolate. The flavor is dark chocolate, dark malts, mild dark fruit and a slightly burnt malt/dark chocolate finish.

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Photo of Frudel
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark liquid comes out of the bottle, with a very shy brown head because I tried hard to get one, when rested there is only a brown ring around the glass.
Only with the nose you know this will be good, eyes going big and you can't really stop smelling it! Waves of chocolate, caramel, coffee, hints of vanilla and a nutty hazelnut flavor, a bit boozy.
Taste is medium sweetness, light acidity coming from coffee, medium bitterness at the end coming from the roasted malt and the coffee.
A pretty nice body wrapping every part of your mouth, light effervescence, warmth going down in throat, long aftertaste. The kind of Russian Imperial you imperatively want to drink and it doesn't need aging!
This is gold!

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Photo of bigpictureguy
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, most of my Imperial Stouts come in larger bottles so it is nice to be able to enjoy a smaller portion when the rest of the tribe is not into darker beers. I liked the smooth velvety mouthfeel with chocolate overtones. There is booze and malt in the background. From the first sip, I knew that this was a winner.

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Photo of beergoot
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body topped with a dense, creamy, light tan head. Heady aroma of mocha and caramel, charred grains with hints of vanilla. Big caramel and cocoa flavors; baker's chocolate; a note of alcohol near the finish. Heavy, dense, chewy mouthfeel; soft sweetness with a drying, boozy edge at the finish.

This is the way I like my big dark beers! It is well-rounded, with a layered complexity of sensual delights throughout. An absolute pleasure...

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a nice looking decadent dark black color with a thin little cap of an off white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Mild concave lace ran here and there.
The aroma had a rich decadent milk chocolate up front that played with a little bit of dark fruits and then a mild sweet wood. Light amounts of dark chocolate closer to the back end. Light roast/char. Slight rye - semi-spicy.
The flavor was mildly sticky sweet combining the milk chocolate to the dark fruits in a nice refined sort of way. Seemed more like cocoa powder here. Some rye - slightly spicy. Light roastiness. Mild sticky blended dark fruity to milk chocolate in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt just a touch off, and I mean that by saying, more or less, a bit under. I couldn't find a date on this anywhere so as far as I know, this was somewhat fresh. Mild stickiness in the finish with some of the dark fruits and chocolates.
Overall, it's a pretty nice RIS that I could come back to if it came down my path.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A fair aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and light hops.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of dark fruit (plums, in particular), lots of roasted malt, a slight amount of char (evident in the finish), some dark chocolate, a bit of booze and hops as well. Kind of an uneven flavor, with certain elements (i.e., the chocolate), not as heavily featured as others. Not bad, but kind of unfocused.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a decent enough RIS, but it isn't top tier stuff. OK, though.

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Imperial Stout 1850 from Brouwerij Kees
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 20 ratings