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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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of dqrull
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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 tpd975
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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 mfkr
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black liquid with a small light brown head that leaves some lacing.

S - Chocolate, Coffee, roasted malt.

T - The chocolate is dominating, while the coffee is more in the background. Some bread tones and hops.

M - Thicka and a bit creamy. Nice carbonation and a very faint alcohol burn.

D - A great beer to enjoy on its own or together with some dark chocolate.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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 MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Bananaman
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of ricke
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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 krunchie
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brownish head. Nice dark brown lacing 3 min. after pour

S: Bread and sugar. Dark, roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate. Not too different from belgian dubbels.

T: Bread and chocolate again. Especially chocolate. Lovely dark chocolate flavor, reminds me of expensive chocolate with 70%+ cocoa. Once again, roasted malts. Surprisingly, this beer taste wonderful!

M: Thick and full bodied, quite deep and complex but still satisfying. Smooth and clean.

D: Despite the tihckness, this brew is easy to drink, mostly thanks to its lovely taste. Served with chocolate, it's a real hit!

Summary: Great chocolate, roasted malts and coffe smell and flavor. Goes extraordinary well with dark chocolate and is quite easy to drink compared to other, very heavy imperials. Still the overall feel is complex and smooth. I didn't expect this brew to be any good, but boy was i wrong! Highly recommended.

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Photo of Janbobbo
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black and fairly thich beer, with a weak head. A great strong aroma with roasted coffee tones and chocolate. A very well balanced RIS with some sweet tones towards the end where most other imperial stouts turn more or less bitter.

In my opinion a top class RIS which I definately will enjoy again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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 kackerlacka
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2008. Poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a dark, calm brew with a finger high head that recedes into a thin circle. The smell is thick, reminding of mature pears. The mouthfeel could also be described as calm, letting you focus on the taste. A dark cocoa taste with an aftertaste of cherry chocolate.

A really great imperial stout, and I will probably serve it to friends who are afraid of trying less mainstream beer styles.

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Photo of Crosling
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
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 Absumaster
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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 baggio
4.3/5  rDev +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 stcules
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Hammarby
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 jreitman
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Sigmund
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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 brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Rastacouere
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 stjarnflikka
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a very dark black colour with a medium thick foam that stays throughout the drinking.

A superb aroma with strong coffee and chocolate smells, some roasted and fruity traces.

Taste close to perfection. It gives a sprinkling first impression, then comes the dark chocolate and fruity taste. Citrus, coffee, chocolate, roasted and yeasty it lingers in the mouth. Theres is a tasty bitterness that fills in after a while and leaves a long and soothing aftertaste.

Would be interresting to lay this down for some years. Impressive swedish brew aswell.

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Photo of rastaman
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Naerhu
2.92/5  rDev -26.6%
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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