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Brewed by Hantverksbryggeriet
Style: Imperial Stout
Västerås, Sweden
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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From the city of Vasteras in south central Sweden come the wholly unique ales of Hantverksbryggeriet. Beginning as a small hobby brewery in the basement of an apartment building just a few years ago, the Hantverksbryggeriet remains a two-man operation devoted to crafting inspired, artisinal ales via traditional brewing methods


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
obguthr (4081) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2012
Licorice, tar, tobacco, and fudge nose, pretty strong. black, thick, beige head. Light body considering the robust aroma. Licorice and fudge flavor. tobacco throughout. Finishes with tar. Will not have broad appeal, but I really dug it, just a little thin.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
11.2 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is quite strange. It is a bit salty with some mild smokiness and some metallic roastiness. This is pretty difficult to enjoy. Opaque black body with a moderate tan head and not too much in the way of lacing. Starts salty, cloying, and mildly roasted. Lots of mineral body here. Becomes a little floral, before a roasty and somewhat coffee flavoring comes through towards the end. Kind of swampy and thin. Not such a great example of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2012
Draft at Churchkey. Oily black pour, small tan head. Nose and flavor are marked with some nice roasted malt, coffee, touches of milk and bitter chocolate, and some plum and fig dark fruit tones. Soft, pretty light on the body for an impy, which fits the 7.5%. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6332) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2012
Bottle at Hamiltons. Not a big Impy, but decent. Pours a pure black color with a small white head. The aroma is a milky roast, light coffee. A mellow stout with roasted malts, sweet milky coffee, vanilla. Pretty nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5902) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Draft at the Birch. Thick as oil and super viscous. Drinks with many of the expected character of an imperial stout, but the fundamental flavor is hard to pin down ... one of my buddies claimed he detected some whiskey. I tend to label it more as a prune or dark fruit. What’s different in this is that there’s absolutely no alcohol kick or warmth ... means this finishes with less than the oomph that you might want. (#4554, 3/13/2012)

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kindacold (213) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Pours almost black with no head. Mild sweet smell. Tastes sweet and malty, with distinct chocolate flavor and spicy hop finish. Bubbly mouthfeel with relatively clean finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5101) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Tap. Very dark, almost pitch black pour with a one finger frothy dark brown head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is a bit acrid and burnt with some heavy coffee burnt caramel. The flavor is kinda similar, just a little too roasty and burnt for it’s own good. There’s a missing level of sweetness here that could help balance things out. Just not one for me. Medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. No perceptible alcohol except for a bit of a warming sensation on the finish. Meh.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2012
Tap, pours black with small tan head. Aroma is very roasty with licorice, some chocolate and something like vinegar. Taste is strangly acidic and sour i think with roasted coffee and hints of chocolate. Alcohol is not hidden well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbon. Too harsh and strangly acidic for me. Not good

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012

Name: Kosacken
Date: January 11, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, light roasted, hint of lactose
Overall: dry roasted aroma, bitter dark chocolate, just a hint of sweetness begins to emerge to bring out more of the chocolate, same strange sweetness or something from the aroma
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Sampled in a small bottle. Big time stout with a ton of debris in it. A well made brew that was thick and creamy.


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