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


on tap


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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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

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Braudog (6710) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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)

kindacold (235) - 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.

kramer (6682) - 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.

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

kp (10882) - 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

rmussman (1701) - 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.

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2012
draft at Blue Monk, dark black pour with darker tan head. Big heavy roast in the aroma, notes of dark chocolate & slightly burnt coffee. Flavor had heavy roast, ligh sweetness, chocolate, touch of dried dark fruits. Pretty sweet finish. Nice solid flavor & aroma. Nice stout

ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Appearance: Pours a matte black body with a quick accruing froth comprising a mocha-hued head.

Smell: A sharp slice of roast with bitter chocolate, fire-charred licorice twists, burnt fruits, a splash of liquor, and a little umami.

Taste: Strong roastiness upfront cut with bitter chocolate, a puff of smoke, basic licorice, and some sugary caramel. Incidental hop profile. Some peppery alcohol. Some sips yield rich chocolate and caramel, but some sips press upon you the less desirable harsh tones. Drying, lightly bitter, slightly savory finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, it’s a bit different, and, maybe, in an ideal mood, I could even give it a half-nod of approval.

chrisv10 (17418) - DENMARK - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, little sweet, hops and medium bitter.

teddybeer (3782) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 1, 2012
33cl bottle. Poured a black beer with frothy tan head, good lacing and perfect lasting on the glass. Aroma has toasty and roasty notes, dark chocolate and coffee hints. Flavour is toasty, traces of dark coffee, hints of vanilla, dense on palate and a final slightly bittery. Carbonation is soft. Texture is oily. Body is high.

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