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961 Beer - Brewmaster’s Select 02 - Lebanese Imperial Stout

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Brewed by 961 Beer - Gravity Brewing
Style: Sweet Stout
Mazraat Yachoua, Lebanon

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This beer is based on Sweet Stout. Our version has 7.5% ABV, with added cold water espresso coffee beans, The result is a discreet and delicate coffee aroma blended in with the roasted aromas from dark malts and other spicy aromas traditionally associated with Stouts. The taste is slightly sweet, medium bodied with a well balanced bitterness and after palate.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (993) - HONG KONG - MAR 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015

330ml bottle as “961 Brewmaster’s Select 02 - Imperial Stout” at abv 8% bought at High Wine China’s promotional booth at Spot in Sheung Shui. (Thanks Tomy!)

Looks: Deep soy sauce blackish brown colour with a ring of yeast sediments; Razor thin head with residual soapy beige foam which fades in 10 seconds. Very small sticky lacing with no carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with very strong cardamom, perfume, sugar, coffee beans, toffee, light cream, chocolate and faint grass.

Taste: Mid to light sweet strongly-roasted malt, with strong roasted nuts, very strong roasted coffee beans, strong cardamom, light smoke, alcohol, Cola, light molasses notes, dark chocolate, light caramel, light red fruits notes, yeast, lemon, moderate bitter hops and light grass.

Body: Mid to light body; Slick and slightly oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Despite the slick and thick feel, it isn’t all that malty for a RIS or Sweet Stout. Nevertheless it’s strongly roasted as you taste and the roasted nuts and light smoke come out nicely. The cardamom and roasted coffee beans are very expressive and they complement each other well. Sweetness is light, no soy sauce, and booze is very well hidden. The lack of carbo is quite a downer ‘cos it’ll boost its palate a whole lot. Still pretty nice!

Hoppiness: Thin grass in nose, lemon and faint grass in taste. Bitterness is moderate for a lasting, fair bitter-sweet finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Very roasty, spicey and coffee bitter to mouth.

Comments: These 961 guys are really putting traditional styles with exotic Middle East twist, with mixed results. This Sweet Stout cum RIS is on the better side, with nice infusion of cardamom and roasted coffee to grace the aroma and taste, but the severe lack of carbo and heads really dampens the enjoyment. If this is fixed, it’ll be up there. Still as interesting as always from 961!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sibarh (149) - Białystok, POLAND - MAR 7, 2015
Kolor - czarny, na dnie butelki osad. Piana - brązowa, wysoka i trwała. Zapach - wyraźny kawowo-słodki. Smak - wyraźnie słodkie, średnio kawowe, lekka paloność, średnia goryczka, spore nuty kwaskowate. Gęste, intesywne w smaku. Smaczne.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Hop and Props. The aroma is spice, cardamom, chocolate. Deep black color, tan head. The flavor is spicy, cardamom, earth,chocolate, coffee. The finish is roasty, spicy. Medium thick in body. Nice, and original.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Tap at Jimmy’s. Definite coffee hit in the aroma, and I can swear I smell the cardamom too, though it may just be suggestion. Spunky, spicy, raw flavor, some carbonic acid. Smooth and sessionable. I dig it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2220) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2013
Pours black with a small head. Nose shows fresh coffee, roasted barley and cardamon. A faint cardboard notes shows through. More cardamon as a flavour, the coffee is much less noticeable however. Seems to fall short quickly. Body feels watery.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1396) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2013
Slowbeer ontap (13-Sep-13) Sweet light coffee malt aroma. Black colour, low head and small suds lacing. Big veggie and cofffle sweet malt flavour. Coffee roasted malt finish and veg roast malt aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lyn_n (8) - Beirut, LEBANON - MAY 11, 2012 does not count
My favorite of the 961 collection. It pours a rich dark brown color and smells like coffee and coffee, even though there is no chocolate or coffee in it. It smells much better than it tastes but it does taste awesome. An amazing companion to rich tasting foods. Overall, veeery impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4608) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
330ml bottle pours black in color with a 3 finger light brown head that retains well and leaves some nice thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee with spices and mild herbal hops. Taste is roasted malt and coffee bitterness with enough malty sweetness to balance things out. Medium bodied with enough carbonation to leave a tingle on the palate. This brew was well beyond my expectations and was very enjoyable.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2011
Single bottle purchased from Enoteca Wine & Spirits in Calgary, AB on 05/07/2011. Colour: Black with tanned head. Once again, this 961 product produced enormous head, althought not when pouring, but instead it started to rise about a minute after and then for 10 minutes! Nose: Dirt, charred wood, pipe tobacco, middle east spices, burnt caramel. Taste: Light sweet, medium sour, light bitter. A distinct sour presence here and an overwhelming dose of burnt toast. Bad mouth feel, tonnes of foaming. Pleasing aroma then fail....

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Black body with a frothy, beige head. Roasted malts aroma. Notes of espresso, chocolate, ash. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Taste of burnt malts, coffee. Dry finish and a bit tangy.


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