Imperial Stout | Gamla Slottskällans Bryggeri AB

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Gamla Slottskällans Bryggeri AB

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt: Pilsner, dark caramel, chocolate and black malt.

Hops: Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, Fuggle

20,0° Plato, Original Gravity 1,083

Added by bark on 02-29-2004

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Photo of Naerhu
2.92/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jet black with a thick active crema that quickly disappears.

Huge caramel aroma upon opening the bottle. Huge charr and bleachy aroma.

Tastes of charred coffee and huge bitterness is all that comes off. This an assault on the palate.

The alcohol readily shows with a hotness on the palate. Extremely carbonated.

I enjoy big beers, but this is rather more of a chore to choke down.

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Photo of bark
3.12/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The beer is dark black-brown, its consistency must be described as "stout". The foam is brown-grey, medium thick and almost as soft as one would expect from a nitro-can beer (although there is no nitro in this bottle). The foam disappears after a short while.

The smell? Like a full coffee-roasting business! Besides the smell of French roast coffee, there are traces of smoke, cocoa powder and roasted malt. Heavy stuff!

The carbon dioxide is surprisingly strong, but the small bubbles decreases at once. The result is a little strange, as the carbon dioxide first explodes in the mouth, then, its just gone.

The taste is really potent; it is full-bodied, dry with tones of black coffee and plain bitter chocolate. There is also a touch of black treacle.
Then, the aftertaste is dry, roasted with notes of malt, coffee and some bitter almonds.

The high percentage of alcohol is skilfully hidden; I cannot say that the smell or taste revealed any hints of 9.0% abv. But the alcohol made the beer a bit... hard to drink. The only way I could describe the feel is a resistance in my throat to swallow more than small sips. The 33 cl bottle took me almost two and a half hour to drink.

Once again, the small Slottkällans brewery has proven to be very capable in their craft, although this beer simply was too much for my personal taste. I am impressed!

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Photo of Crosling
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden. A dark brown beer with a small white head. Hints of malt complexity in the nose, with peanut brittle, butter toffee, light chocolate and weak coffee. Has the taste and aroma of a dead filtered beer, but strangely, has some sediment on the bottom. Flavor is similar to the nose, with the same descriptors. A fairly good beer here.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jisak74
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very roasty with lots of chocolate and medium coffee notes. Pours a dark hazy brown and settles a ruby tinted dark brown with a diminishing thumb thick tan head. Fore is extremely bitter and burnt like overbrewed black esspresso. Mild chocolate notes and hints of darker fruit, but the bitter roast/burnt elelments are by far the dominant flavor elelment and that makes for narrow range. The body is also very thin for the style as I am used to it in America.

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Photo of Harkrank
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of LinusBohman
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 edition served into a snifter.

A: Black with a thick cocao coloured head which dissipates slowly but gives a lasting layer through the whole session. It leaves a lot of lacing on the glass and it appears somewhat bubbely.

S: The first two things I get are classic smells, chocolate and raisins. I also get wet hay, esters and roasted smells, tending towards coffee. Some alcohol comes through as well.

T: The roastedness is the first thing that shows itself as it hits my pallate, together with alcohol. I also get some fruity esters and dark chocolate but not as much as the smell makes me anticipate. I also get peppery tastes of English hops, an easy recognisable bitter taste. The aftertaste is sweet and has some vague notes of honey.

M: In my opinion a bit carbonated for a RIS. The body is smooth but I would say medium and not full. It has an alcoholic warmth.

O: In my opinion it´s a bit too dominated by the roasted notes and the English hops. I would like some more fruits to it. But still a complex and qualitative beer, it gets downrated because of the stiff competition that is among RISs.
It would probably evolve good with age.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a Westvleteren goblet in Stockholm, Sweden. Reviewed live. 2010 vintage.

A: One finger head of wonderful tan cream lacing, excellent thickness, and great retention for the ABV and serving vessel. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Heavy cream and caramel, stawberry fruit ester hops, and maybe raspberry esters but I can't be sure. All apologies for me inadequate broken nose. The scent is of mild strength all around.

T: Strawberry and raspberry fruit ester hops, heavy cream undertones, and a powerful barley foundation with caramelized malt for additional support. Wonderful. The finish is especially fruity without yielding to what could be overbearing flavours of caramelized malt and faux-vanilla. No alcohol comes through. It's pretty well balanced and nicely built. I rather fancy it meself.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but just a touch too thick especially in the third act (it actually gets more thick on the third act somehow - curious). Complements the flavours of the body for the most part.

Dr: High ABV doesn't show. The quality is good and the beer is very drinkable for the style and ABV. Quite lovely, but at a high cost especially here in Sweden. The export price can't be much better/worse. Worth a try if your wallet can take a lubeless rape.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rapax
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting vintage 2010.

Pours reddish black. Tan head that disappears quite rapidly.

Smell is a bit disappointing. Hints of coffe and cocoa but weaker than I expected.

Taste is another thing altogether. Coffee explodes in my mouth, cocoa and raisins come up as well. Bitterness is almost instantaneous, and quite heavy too. Some sweetness exists but it finishes dry, with more coffee. Really nice.

Carbonation is a little on the high end for an imperial stout, but it masks the 9% alcohol so perfectly that I am willing to let that one slip. Good body.

Overall a nicely balanced imperial stout.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Maria, this RIS was dated 2007 edition.It pured jet black with abundant soapy white head that took several minutes to clear. More of what I recognize as a porterish aroma. Above average mouthfeel. An odd bitterness for me, not quite astringent or musty, but certainly not wither the RIS produced here or sent here normally from Europe.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The second and final beer I managed to review while in Europe.
A - pitch black, one finger of creamy head dissipated to a thin covering
S - burnt malt and rich dark chocolate, light nuttiness with vanilla
T - burnt malt with light caramel, very subtle dark chocolate note, and subtle alcohol sweetness
M - smooth creamy, moving to a slight thinness from the high ABV
D - the alcohol decently hidden, nice flavours, not the best imperial I've had but a nice offering

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Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bosse for this one.

A: Pours a nice brownish black hue with a small tan head. No real retention with a few patches of spotty lace.

S: Malty with bold chocolate notes. Light coffee notes.

T: Mostly chocolate up front with a rich dark fruit middle. Big blast of roast with hints of caramel and bitter coffee.

M: On the thinner side of full bodied. Light carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable. A pretty good RIS.

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Photo of stcules
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is absolutely a dark black, with a foam cappuccino-like.
And a good cocoa/coffee smell. Good. Not too sweet, more on the coffee side, and chocolately.
The taste is more bitter, but still very smooth. Intense.
Bitterness in the aftertaste.
Good one.

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Photo of rastaman
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stuff. Rich roasted coffee/chocolate flavour. Bitter coffee/choclate flavours, vanilla, with some grapefruit/citrus in the finish, i guess due to the hops. Full rich mouthfeel, smooth, with a well balanced alcoholic kick and bitterness, nicely balanced, tasty. Thanks Per.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a 2005 vintage at The Delirium Cafe in Sweden.

Clear, deep, dark mahogany, almost opaque. Medium sized mocha colored head. Faded fast, but easily renewed.

Aroma was port and alcohol. Raisins and other dark fruits. Earthy and some toast.

Taste was sweet and malt dominant. Almost a bit cloying. Picked up toast, coffee and chocolate. Had just a bit of hop bitterness to balance, could definately use more. Struck me as a dark barley wine...

Fairly heavy, with low carbonation. Very sweet and non-drying.

My second "heavy" Swedish beer, and they are doing quite well. Not as good as the Stormaktsporter, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Baggio for the beer. MUCH Appreciated
330 ML poured into a CCB snifter

A-- Poured a cola color and settled a murky brownish black. Short lived half finger that was light brown color that went to film. Decent head retention but also quickly fades away leaving bits of a soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Roasted coffee, roasted malts, rootbeer, candied sugar, and slight amounts of licorice. Well hidden ABV. Like the smell. Inviting and warm, as in the roasted coffee part.

T-- Coffee, sugar, dark fruits and roasted malts. A bit thin but more like a watered down strong coffee with sugar. Well balanced taste.

M-- Lighter style IS and higher carbonated. Still works as get a lot of hop bitterness and coffee in the mid and back. Finishes a sort of sweet dairy milk with sweet coffee finish and a bit of an acid burn to boot. A lot of tannins on the gums and dry after taste.

O-- Not bad. A little sweet at times but the feel is really nice. Not big or over the top at all. Easy drinking IS and is a good change up from what I have been having of late. Nice little find and would do this again.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hope I have the right beer. Bryggdes Ursprunglicen for ryska tsarinnan Slottskallans Imperial Stout 2012

A - Near black with amber hues, Small head leaves fast. Some spot lace.

S - Herbal, spicy note hits first, followed by malty cocoa goodness.

T - Nice malt and hops mix, a little hot, cocoa is really present.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb, nice balance.

D - Would drink a few!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage - given to me by the amazing bosse. Served in an Upland pint glass.

A - A hard pour generates a good finger of tan foam that dissipates to a cap with a bit of lacing. Slightly transparent dark, dark, brown color with some red highlights at the fringes.

S - It smells like an aged stout - fruity, port flavors, a touch of oxidization, vinous, dark fruits, berries, chocolate, a touch of roastiness. Good example of an aged stout.

T - The taste has some more burnt sugar, molasses, and roastiness to it, in addition to the dark fruits. A nice balanced roasty bitterness in the aftertaste rounds things out. There's a touch of cardboard creeping in, so I think this might be the end of the line for this brew.

M - Feels a little flat, and a little thinner than I'd like for a 9% brew. There's a decent amount of residual burnt sticky sugar feel to it, but I wish there was more viscosity.

D - A half bottle was plenty. I was glad I got to try this one, but I'd be more interested in having it fresh. I find that a lot of aged stouts/porters end up tasting very similar after a while - just a mix of dark fruit and port/sherry. ABV is well hidden, but the body needed a little more to it.

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Photo of anders36
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This imperial stout pours a brown-black brew into the glass, with a brown grey head, that disappears quickly. It has a big taste, a big bitterness and a big roasted taste. With some hint of coffee and chocolate. The smell is a little burned with some nice hint of chocolate and coffee. This is a strong beer, but you don't feel the alcohol in the taste. I like this beer and i think it will taste even better with a chocolade cake

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Photo of Hammarby
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black (red overtones). Practicly no head. At the finnish: dark amber with black fallout (? Is it fallout?) Makes you wonder if the dark color is really the result of a very, very cloudy beer.
S: Chocolate, roasted malt, burnt caramel, fudge, pear, dried fruits.
T: Coffe, chocolate, dark roasted malt, bitter after taste that lingers.
M: Large body, low carboration with tiny bubbles.

Very nice look and feel. Winelike qualities, madeira without the sugar. But one will do, not something you sip the evening through. A bit to strong for that anyhow.

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Imperial Stout from Gamla Slottskällans Bryggeri AB
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