Imperial Russian Stout | Brouwerij Klein Duimpje

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Imperial Russian StoutImperial Russian Stout

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Brouwerij Klein Duimpje

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 05-12-2005

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by Gryphon69:
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2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

1 pt bottle
no date

A- Blackish with a slight red tint around the edges, looks kind of watery with little to no head at all, no lacing.

S- Bottle: chocolate, dark malts no alcohol. Glass: Dark fruits, little chocolate, kind of dark fruit sweet, alcohol presence from glass.

T- Kind of sweet boozy, dark fruit, some chocolates. Finish with a slight booziness.

M- Medium body that is sort of watery after it hits the tongue. It has a smoothness but nothing near silky.

O- Pours more like a soda pop, not to thrilled by the lack of carbonation. It smells better from the bottle than the glass. The taste is kinda of a boozy mess with nothing to distinguish the flavors. The lack of bubbles really show in the way it feels with sorta smooth but nothing to please the tongue. Sort of a let down for a RIS, I wont be getting this one again....ever.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Marius
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours with no head, no matter how much you try. The smell is quite nice, dark chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, some alcohol. The taste follows the same trend, veering towards a traditional RIS, if not for the super present alcohol in the taste. Would make for a decent drink, if the alcohol weren't that present, and given the fact that it has a 8.5% ABV concentration, I think this qualifies as a big let down.

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Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

While a dark brown in color, it's got a little bit of a brown-orange tint in its edges, and it doesn't look particularly heavy. I'm giving it a bit more credit than the rigid style specification, since it's intended to be something other than a straight RIS. The head makes it look somewhat soda-like, as it rises, fizzes and dies fairly quickly. An island does remain that gives up a bit of spotting around the glass.
There's some roast with a touch of char, dark fruits with a bit of a sugary quality to them, a hint of cocoa powder, and a very Belgian-like note of bubble gum.
I think I'm starting to get what these guys do; to this point, I've had two, and both have had a Belgian yeast twist to them. So, while the flavor still is a bit too light with too much emphasis on fruits and too little on roast, it ends up being a pretty good beer overall. Malts bring roast, and there's a bit of caramel and bittersweet cocoa, dark fruits and a hint of black licorice.
The feel would score very low for an RIS, but again, I have a feeling there's something else going on here. As such, with the medium body and semi-dryness, it's not bad. Carbonation is moderate, giving even parts crispness and smoothness. The medium body does just barely make that, though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with no head, however lace rings. Sourish taste, not very drinkable. Less than average mouthfeel for an RIS, this is not a bad porter though the significant is there. Yet not tasting infected, its more acidic from the roasted barley. More a story of must be drunk fresh.Jason's bottle.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, purchased for a few euros at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam - consumed at hotel

appearance: brown cola-esque body, gushing tan head but no retention whatsoever...substandard for the style

smell: big roasted malts and dark cocoa powder, robust nose and a tad spicy

taste: spicy and full of dark licorice, mild dark chocolate presence but more nutty and spicy than anything, interesting but full of alcohol burn

mouthfeel: comes through light at first but full and spicy in the end

drinkability: just ok

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Photo of Flyer
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep earthy brown color with a fair head that nonetheless goes away quickly. Aroma of port and roastiness. Some coffee and caramel notes in the taste, maybe even more in the aftertaste. Not as much flavor overall as the style demands. I did like this, mostly because even a fair Russian Imperial Stout is better than a lot of beers, but this was only an adequate example.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cool take on the style, I found it to be a cross between a Russian imperial stout and ad dark Belgian ale. Pours with an off white head, nice lacing but little retention. Has a dark brown color (almost black), with some ruby colors around the edges.

Smells of dark fruits, cocoa, spicy yeasts. hops and sweet roasted malts. A bit of coffee is comes forward as the beer warms.

Tastes of fruits, some hop bitterness, dry chocolates and roasted malts. A nice take on one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks black with a lazy brown creeping in around the edges of my tulip topped off with a sandy tan film.

Smells like what I would expect a burnt tootsie roll to smell like with a bit of a caramel sweetness, but backed by a delicate roasty character. There's also an anise heavy musky yeast here that works rather well with the sweet elements. There's also a sting of booze hiding beneath the dryness.

Tastes similar with a shift in emphasis towards the dry anise, but this time with a slight splash of coffee. There are some dry dark prunes and a touch of baking cocoa and its surprisingly not very sweet. There's a lingering tart/dry yeast lingering on in the finish that amplifies the roasty characters.

Feels quite slick, but dry and the carbonation seems to be hiding although I know its there. Not good for the style, but it works well with what's there.

I really have a problem trying to be critical of Belgian inspired RISs. They tastes so different from more traditional takes on the style, but they're tasty in their own right. This one, I have to say, is one of the better Belgian-esque takes on an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer style that is not brewed by many Dutch brewers, so when I could get my hands in it, I immediately bought it. I can tell you I was not disappointed!

A very nice black beer, with very fine head. Smell was not too overwhelming, slightly burned, liquorice (or drop as we call it here). Taste was burned, dark malts, some complexity, alcohol was lingering, I could feel it finding it's way to my stomach. In the end there was a leather-like taste, which suits this beer pretty good. Medium body.

This was my second Russian Imperial and I like this better than the 'regular' stouts, having more complexity, bitterness and more body.

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Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jdhilt
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Deep brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is mild caramel and not roasted chocolate that is typical in a RIS. Higher ABV is almost hidden. $12.99 for a 750ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is nearly black with some reddish highlights when holding the glass up. The head is quite fluffy and mocha in color.

S: The nose is quite off-putting with acidic, sour grain, likely attributed to the roasted malts. The chocolate and coffee that you usually expect from the style are overpowered by the sourness and the alcohol.

T: Luckily, the flavor is better than the nose would lead you to believe. The roast is not overly intense and the beer is a bit on the sweet side with some dark fruit flavors.

M: The body is on the thin side for an RIS with a fairly high level of carbonation for the style.

D: Though I'm not generally one to be a stickler for style, this beer seemed more like a BSDA than an RIS. Whatever you choose to classify it as, however, it was not all that good.

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Photo of jaxon53
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hopefully a good brew for $12.99 a bottle. Served this at just about cellar temperature, in my Stone IRS snifter, from a 1 pint 9 ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: This Imperial Russian Stout pours out a deep brown color that turns into a solid black in the glass. Beer is capped off by two fingers of thick, creamy, beige colored foam. Head faded rather quickly into a thinnish tan ring atop the beer. Some streaky lace was left behind after each sip. Beer looked a bit thin as it was poured into the glass.

Smell: Nose starts off with a heavy roasted/toasted chocolate and malt aroma. Quick notes of burnt coffee hit the nose next. A tiny bit of plum and toffee are noticed. A faint boozy aroma that is a bit spicey finishes the nose.

Taste: The taste is a bit of a jumbled mess in my opinion. Very weak as well. Slight chocolate and hoppy notes up front, with some roasted malt and charred wood. Quite bitter and somewhat boozy. Finishes dry with notes of toffee. Flavors are all over the place, and don't really compliment eachother or jive well.

Mouthfeel: Quite a thin body on this one. Almost watery. I personally like a thicker RIS..

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, nothing special here.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a snifter. A dark brown in color with a short livid head.

Smell: Roasted malt and some clean alcohol.

Taste: Smokey/roasted malt, alcohol balanced well by this. Light esters and a little sweet, leading me to believe that this beer was fermented with belgian ale yeast.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, age has done quite a bit to mellow this beer.

Drinkability: A good belgian export stout. Tasty and well suited to be a nite cap.

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Photo of froghop
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours black with a red tint when held to the light, a thin brown head, and some lacing.

smell is of sour malt, cocoa, a touch of coffee, a little vanilla, and some licorice.

taste is thin, cocoa, and malt, ends a little watery, and sour.

overall just an average imperial stout.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB sep 05 or 06. Nice yellowbrown head and black beercollor. Nose is fuity, hoppy and roasty and fresh. Hopnose obviously also from a citrussy hop but hints from the saaz also noticable. Taste is to say imperial: roasty and bitter and sweetness however the last not too heavy. Hints of coffee and chocolate in it but hops and roast - bitterness seem to dominate. Aftertaste is even more roasty and bitter and this burnedbitterflavour stays in your mouth forever. Not 100% my beertype but full flavoured beer. Aftertaste that just doesn't go hurts mouthfeel and drinkability litle negative but still a good beer well worth a try.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of haz77
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Pours pitch black with a fizzy tan head. Drops to a ring and thin island.

S – Wood, berries, chocolate, liquorice, coffee, slight mushroom.

T – Fruity, chocolate flavour up front, with some spiciness moving through. Sharp coffee in the middle which smoothes and subsides before the liquorice takes over. Hint of anise in the background. Aftertaste is smoky with slight tobacco element.

M – Medium-full, smooth body, with quite crisp carbonation.

D – Very drinkable, given the ABV. A good effort.

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Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a deep dark brown body, almost black. Tight tan head with good retention, lots of lacing

Smell, some phenols coming off, sweet malt fragrance. Fresh fruit, not that ripe sweet fruit you get from high abv belgian pale ales but a less sweet abrasive aroma.

Taste, rich liqueur flavour, almost like drambue. Some slight roastedmalt, some sweet esters of turkish delight. Some crisp hops too

A damn tasty and drinkable stout

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark chestnut brown in color but nowhere near the blackness of a RIS. Very little carbonation. Somewhat sharp and metallic aroma-mild anise like quality, maybe some black currants. Thin and bitter roasted flavor. Touch of caramel. Mildly fruity and plum wine like. Lasting licorice flavor. Somewhat sulfury, almost Belgian like. Thinner then what I would expect. Just doesnt seem to be a RIS per se. Not a bad beer, just fails to make the moniker.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a dark body, nearly black, with some reddish looks when holding the glass up under a light; beer poured with no head at all, and appeared very thin; not much lacing formed

S - Scents of molasses and deep roasted malts come up; some sour or acidic notes flush the nose and create an unusually scent for an RIS; there is some chocolate and coffee scents, but are overpowered by the sourness and the alcohol

T - Beer presents itself with a touch of sweetness at the beginning of the drink and finishes with an unattractive sour taste, very unusual for an RIS; flavor is mostly sour molasses with hints of caramel, licorice and smoke; sweet flavors are dark fruit based

M - Less than average mouthfeel for an RIS, very thin and no head at all; I expect more of a complex texture to this beer; very thin and moderately effervescent; watery; slight bitter aftertaste

D - I love this style and this was anything but an RIS; most of these beers are over-hopped and very frothy, silky in feel and heavy on flavor; this beer was the exact opposite; a bit of a let down but definitively something that an RIS lover should try for the experience

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Photo of NEhophead
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged and corked; served in a tulip.

Pours a deep chocolately brown. Slightly creamy off-white head that lingers as a faint sheet. Minor spotted lacing.

Sweet milk chocolate and rich toffee; notes of generous vanilla. Full, aged vinous fruit: grape, cherry, raisin, and fig. A prominent port-like alcohol whaft.

Semi-sweet, creamy coffee and caramel flavors; very soft malt tones. Slightly tart, acidic vinous fruit flavors: raisin, fig, plum, and grape. Notes of light cream amidst a light port character. Spicy licorice in the finish. Very interesting, complex flavors; however, it doesn't bring to mind a typical Imperial Stout.

Almost full in body; big, complex flavor profile that is practically soft on the palate. The licorice spice adds a mild earthen kick.

Nice flavors; however, it would make more sense to put this in a Strong Ale category rather than an Impy Stout. Pleasant nonetheless, but not my first choice for the style.

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Photo of Dope
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Doesn't appear to have a date on it anywhere, but it did just hit shelves here.

A: Faintest hiss as the cork pops. Pours dead still despite an aggressive pour. Dark brown, not quite black body. Obviously no head retention or lacing of any kind.

S: Hmph. Lots of dark fruits. Raisins, plums and figs. Hints of tobacco and leather. Maybe a little smoke but no signs of roasted malt.

T: Again, dark fruits up front, similar to the aroma. Get some roasted malt now, mostly some sweet chocolate. Kind of tastes like watered down hershey's syrup with a little bit of fruit in it if I'm honest. Fruit is a touch tart in the finish.

M: Completely flat, but somehow quite watery despite decent ABV.

O: Hard to judge this beer. There is obviously some sort of brewing flaw or oxidation or something along those lines given that the beer was completely flat. I wanted to rate it regardless because after looking at a bunch of reviews it seem this is common and not a fluke. Regardless of carbonation, it does not taste like any RIS I've had before. Not very good; I poured it out. Shame because this wasn't a cheap bottle.

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