Brewed by 961 Beer - Gravity Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Mazraat Yachoua, Lebanon
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

pintbypint's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3074) - Edmonton, Alberta, - APR 10, 2009
330ml brown bottle. Deep brown pour. Head is light brown, creamy and sticks to the surface of the beer. Excellent lace. Coffee, chcoolate and trace alcohol in the aroma. Flavour has chocolate and strong black coffee. Long finish has big roasty notes. Dry and moderately bitter. Medium body, smooth and creamy in the mouth. A pleasing stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (4719) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2015
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2015. Spicy smell with cardemon, coffee and earth. Similar taste, dark malty and roasted. Christmasy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TychoJames (742) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
Provsmakning örebro ölmässa. Ganska tunn svartbrun kulör. Kraftfull doft av kaffe. Kaffe givetvis även i smak. Bitter och med rostad eftersmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyF (635) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
Flaska på Örebro ÖoW. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Kraftig doft av kaffe och kardemumma. Lätt och lite torr med syrlig kaffesmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (23691) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2015
Bottled@SBWF2015. Black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is strong coffee, some minty, roasted and alcoholic notes. Flavour is strongly coffeeish, some spicy, roasted and alcoholic notes as well. Long coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (14785) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle at SBWF2015. Opaque brown color, small off-white head. Aroma is mint chocolaty and fruit cake. Light-bodied to medium-bodied. Very easy imperial stout. Spicey cake. Minty. Weird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2015
33 cl bottle I’ve had in my fridge a while. BB 04/12/15, sampled on July 31, 2015.
Dark brown to black color, small dark brown head. Ash, alcohol, roasted scent. Roasted, ash, alcohol taste. Ash aftertaste, thin mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (8958) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle - Light sweet roast with a touch of coffee and toast. Jet black with a light brown head. Very carbonated and lots of toasted notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle at RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown beige head. The aroma is roast, spice, dark chocolate. Medium mouth, rich, dark chocolate, booze, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1219) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sibarh (154) - 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.

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