Commissar | Real Ale Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rspauldi on 03-26-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
31
For Trade:
2
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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/2/17 bottling date

A: Pours black with a large dark brown head. Great head retention that never seems to fade. Heavy on the lacing as well, once the head starts to give way.

S: A bit of burnt pretzels and chocolate but quite a bit of hops too. Piney and lightly citrusy.

T: Oh yeah, quite hoppy. Pine up front and even a bit earthy. Chocolate is super bitter, like pure cocoa. It's even a bit burnt tasting, like I mentioned in the aroma with the burnt pretzels. More char in the finish with a light bit of coffee grinds and that ultra bittersweet and drying chocolate especially.

M: Fairly heavy, smooth.

O: Not a bad imperial stout. Quite bitter due to the fair amount of hoppiness and then all the bitter coffee, chocolate and char flavors. Dry too as a result, very little sweetness like you'd expect from a nearly 10% stout.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Utter black in color, with a small, faint tan head, which fades quickly. Slight beading lines the glass walls.

Aroma: Burnt caramel and charcoal vie with vinous notes for one's attention. Bitter cocoa and tea-like notes present as well.

Taste: The taste begins with charred notes, burnt caramel, and bitter cocoa. As the taste progresses, some cold coffee and baker's chocolate present. Late in the taste, some earthy notes appear. Finishes with a tea-like flavor and earthy hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Nice and drinkable, I wish it was more "over-the-top".

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Specs in North San Antonio for $5.88. Bottled on 3-2-17.

Beer poured black with a beautiful tan head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is light roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is pretty straight ahead medium roasted malts, chocolate balanced well by a decent amount of hopping. Almost get a chocolate cherry with a dry finish at the end. There is a slight off flavor that i cannot put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall not a bad beer for the price but one i cannot recommend in a 1st world full of wonderful imperial stouts.

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Photo of Luckydog91
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fjdelvalle
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Labeorphile
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wiz99
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jsmith313
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of barneysdad
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DbbC
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fabiand
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Trentt2
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dasotelo50
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ozzylizard for this wonderful surprise in NBS BIF #3.
Pours a deep mahogany with a finger plus of mocha colored head. Lacing is sporadic, leaving gaps between sliding islands.
Aroma is a glorious tribute to what I think of as a traditional, no frills, Russian Imperial Stout. Roasted malt, charred wood, and ever so subtle hints of baker’s chocolate and leather.
Taste follows suit to style. A blend of charred wood, roasted malt, coffee, peat, and a hint of earthy hops that almost dries out the finish. Mouthfeel is a tad thinner than I prefer.
Overall, a very good straight up RIS.

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Commissar from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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