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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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 52
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 brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown body with a nice tan head; decent lacing

Smell: Nice and roasty with dark fruit base and definite coffee and chocolate tones

Taste: Rich and luscious; overwhelming abundance of long-lasting roasted coffee and chocolate flavors with a trace of almond

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a nice touch of carbonation

Drinkability: Among the very best Russian Imperial Stouts I have tasted; a tip of the hat to the brewmaster

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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 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 Evil_Pidde
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours black with a light brown medium large head that's rather thick.

S: Heavy roasted malt, dark dried fruit, chocolate and lots of coffee. Very complex.

T: The heavy roaste malt from the smell got a lot sweeter in the taste. Lots of dark dried fruit. Coffee and chocolate. Very "heavy" taste.

M: The aftertaste is both sweet and bitter and lasts for a long time. The body is full and the carbonation is richer than I expected.

D: This is like having a whole dinner - the range of flavours is grand. A very complex beer. This one I'll drink again and again...

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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 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 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 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 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 rarbring
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark dark brown, with a hint of orange, a beige head that leaves almost no lacing.

The smell is vinous, Madeira, dark malt - burnt bread, dry coffee beans. Sweet brown sugar.

A rich complex brew, sweet chocolate beans, licorice, brown sugar, Madeira, bitter almond notes.

Low carbonation, smooth oily sweetness going over in a coarse warm dryness.

A good imperial stout, needs to be drunk in small parts to not get a sweet over dose.

Vintage 2009.

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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 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 Absumaster
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle with a different, more modern looking label. It pours a very dark brown beer with red hues and a small head.

Smell is quite strong and intense. A big alcoholic smell fills the room. There are woody and oaky smells that go in the direction of a red wine. Off course a nice, a roasted addition that smells like chocolate and coffee.

Taste is roasted and dark, chocolate and a bit of coffee. A smooth roast with some oak vessel taste, which brings a bit of tartness and wine-like taste. Alcohol is very present and gives the beer a good warming feeling. Balance is good. Bitterness is reasonably high, although not as bitter as other counterparts of the style.

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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 Sigmund
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, ABV is 9.0%. Very dark reddish brown colour, nearly black. Excellent large and thick brown head. Lovely roasty aroma with strong notes of dark chocolate. Flavour is very roasty with strong notes of coffee, also some chocolate but not very sweet. Bitter finish, it’s hard to tell how much of the bitterness comes from the roastiness and how much from the hops - obviously both elements are plentiful. A first class imperial stout!

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

Fine small bubbled brown head tops a very very dark brown body. Great stout aroma. Deep roasty character, very chocolatey and herbal. Nicely balanced on the tongue, the copious dark chocolate working perfectly with that all but tedious roastiness. I couldn’t name too many flavors, I know there’s some fruitiness in there, but nothing to point out. The thing is: this had great integration of every component and felt better than the sum of its parts. Firm oily medium body, light-medium carbonation. This one does everything right without trying to show off. Cheers Per!

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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 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 baggio
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another classic swedish beer that i've forgot to review.

A: Black with a thin ring of beige lace on top.

S: Grain, Pear, Caramel, Dark chocolate, Roasted malts.

T: Cocoa, Prunes, Coffee, Fruits, Portwine.

M: Smooth and balanced with a nice dry bitterness at the end. Low carbonation. An easy drink!

Wow, this is way better than the last version i tried a couple of years ago. This is a really drinkable imperial stout and something
i should buy more often. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Waggman
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged since 2008, some rust on the cap. Low carbonation. Low hop character. Just enough bitterness for the style. LOADS of chocolate in the aroma and taste, some roasty character in the background. So smooth! Beautiful, and almost too drinkable.

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Photo of jreitman
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this from Høkeren based on a reccomendation from the store clerk. Poured a jet black with quite a bit of porous brown head. Aroma of chocolate, toast and caramel were inviting me into the glass. I found the mouthfeel to be spot on for the style, hefty, but not undrinkably so. Roasted malt was quite apparent with a nice sweet caramel undertone. Hops made themselves known on the back of the tongue and as the beer slid down it left a nice coffee and chocolate aftertaste in the mouth. Alcohol was well hidden in the flavor but definitely hits you after a while. Very well brewed. Hats off to the brewer!

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Photo of ricke
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008. Serving date: 2009-01-15. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date om label (Best before week 46 2018). Short descriptions of taste profile and Russian imperial stouts in general, and recommended food pairings on the label.

A: The pour is dark brown with red hues. The color almost resembles the color of Coca Cola. The head is very small and a bit uneven, and fades away fast leaving almost no lacings.

S: A very prominent smell of dark chocolate and cocoa is coupled with coffee aromas and notes of dark fruits - mostly plums and blackberries. A distinct, but not overpowering sting of alcohol can be noted in the background. The smell is quite nice with its distinct chocolate character.

T: The taste basically replicates the smell: Flavors of dark chocolate and cocoa. Strong coffee, almost like an espresso. Roasted, more or less burnt, malts. Dark fruits. A flavor of wood and metals, reminiscent of the taste you get when chewing on a wooden pencil, can also be noted. The finish is bitter with a complementary sweetness. A little bit of alcohol in the finish as well. The taste is good with a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness.

M: This is a reasonably thick, full-bodied and smooth brew. The mild carbonation - perhaps a little bit too mild - makes for a calm mouthfeel. The alcohol provides a nice warmth.

D: I enjoyed this one, a nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of dqrull
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a massive, but not huge, really tight head that really lasts longer than expected for the ABV.

Smells interesting. Fruity cookie dough with a slight lactic sidenote to it, roasted malts in the back, along with a little vanilla, almost oaky.

Taste is along the same lines as the nose. The almost barrel-ish vanilla is very up front, I also get bitter dark chocolate and a semi-sweet fruitiness, red apples, dark dried fruits like prunes, raisins and also cranberries, tastes much like a cranberry flavoured 80%-ish chocolate bar. Anyway, the fruity slightly tart chocolate teams up really well with the vanilla, and makes it all really soft and easy on the palate, without ever getting uninteresting. Finishes with a light bitterness that lasts quite a while.
The most surprising thing about this beer is that it gives a really mature impression, with its vanilla tones and fruitiness.

A soft, almost too light mouthfeel and a little weak carbonation, the only appearent downside of this brew in my opinion.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slottskällans Imperial Stout is an Imperial Stout in the "English"-school. I haven't tried this one since back in 2007, so it's exciting to try it and give it a proper review;

The beer pours a clean red/black color with a nice beige foam. It looks almost a bit gothic considering the new black & white bottle.

Aroma holds lots of roasted notes together with some typical English hops, East Golding maybe? Anyways, there are also some slight hints of dried fruits and oak (not in the whisky-kind-of-way though).

Taste is very bitter, I think from the hops, but maybe even more from the hardly rosted malts. You can really tell that this is an imperial stout and not an imperial porter since it's quite dry and not very sweet.

I tried it to some Figs & Almond chocolate, worked out quite nicely! Really interesting to try something sweet to a such an dry imperial stout. Highly recommended! Slottskällans at it's finest!

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