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Barley's Alexander's Russian Imperial Stout - Barley's Brewing Company

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Barley's Alexander's Russian Imperial Stout
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley's Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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Reviews by zimm421:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

zimm421, Jun 12, 2014
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice to taste an RIS on cask. This one, though black and ominous in appearance with a lasting brown head, was a bit light and low in booze for an RIS. The aroma, likewise, contained all the right elements, charcoal, roasted malts, coffee, hints of vanilla and chocolate, etc..., but it did not have enough of them. Flavor matches the nose but with the addition of some dark fruit but is equally light. Still, this is a good beer and a pleasure to drink on cask.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -1%

OhioBobcat, May 25, 2014
Photo of Osiris9588
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bell's pint glass from a Barley's Smokehouse/Ale House #1 growler. Opaque black coffee with a chococlate milk head, about one inch thick, without much retention and slight lacing.

Full flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, a touch of cherry, cocoa powder, and a flash of rum. Pretty light on the front palate, then the malt asserts itself, follwed by just a buzz of coffee bitterness before smoothing into a finale of chocolate-covrered cherry sweetness and alcohol.

A very drinkable stout, balanced and not overbearing in any aspect. It is not bottled, so be sure to grab one when in Columbus.

Osiris9588, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of GrumpyGirl
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

GrumpyGirl, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Lanstrum, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

zonker17, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +23.8%

uziangis, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The most excellent Russian Imperial Stout from Barley's is worth the trip. Dark black with a solid head of tight beaded bubbles with good lacing. Coffee and chocolate on the nose with hints of crème brulee. Subtle coffee and bitter sweet chocolate up front, lots going on here. Crème brulee and chocolate in the aftertaste sprinkled with coffee. More aggressively hopped than in the past, but far from overly bitter keeping within the flavor profile of a RIS. One of the most memorable beers I have ever had that keeps me coming back to Barley's on my voyages up to Wooster Ohio. Enjoyed in a snifter.

Brutaltruth, May 21, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a growler at Barley's yesterday. It came in a clear growler. It is black and when poured into a glass it produces an inch of brown head. The aroma has your usual suspects, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. The taste is coffee and maybe some chocolate. I also get some faint hops. This is a nice thick beer. I'm on my second glass from my growler, and the drinkability is pretty nice. It is a solid beer. It's not a real stand out, but it is a good beer to drrink on a rainy 48 degree day.

Cheers!

buschbeer, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of tpet96
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must admit, this is one of the finest flavored Imperials I have tasted in quite some time. The alcohol content was low compared to other Imperials, but what do you expect when the recipe was made with Ohio's past brewing laws.

I've had both the cask (served with the air siphoned British Beer Pump) and tower versions of this Stout, and the Cask is extremely smooth and creamy. Both pour a dark black in color. They pour a carmel head, with the cask head lasting much longer as usual. The mouthfeel was very smooth for the cask, and a slight hop bite in the tower version. Both are still very drinkable.

Mostly chocolate and coffee malt flavors, with a slight undertone of carmel. Definately one of my favorite imperials to this day.

tpet96, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of briants
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark with ample dark tan head that lasts.

Smell: Wonderful roasted aroma. Slight sweetness hinting at the taste

Taste: Rich roasted flavor with a good sweetness to balance the biotterness of the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: A rich beer, but not quite as rich as the color and style would have you think.

Drinkability: What is lost in mouthfeel is balanced by the drinkability. Easy to drink as its not as heavy as similar Imperial Stouts, but I'd be hesitant to have more than a couple and even think of driving home.

Overall I think this is the best beer if theirs that I had. Its rich flavors and balanced sweetness make it quite a nice winter beer.

briants, Dec 14, 2005
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thick black, but not completely opaque. Creamy tan head as suspected that is very quaint.

Roasted malt and chocolate, and some funkiness. A little alcohol as well.

A nice smokiness to start things off that fades into roasted malt and dark chocolate. Very smooth and some hints of vanilla to fill in the gaps. Finishes incredibly smooth, creamy, and rich. Some pleasant woodiness. Not super complex, but the beer is nicely balanced.

Medium/Full body which appropriate carbonation. Not thick and flat, and not thin and highly carbonated. A nicely balanced RIS that isn't overpowering. I have finished an entire growler on my own on several occasions.

trep, Jun 28, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

....and for my 100th review! <insert trumpets and chorus here>
I had this down at the Alehouse #1 and then a growler back at the homestead.
Quantum Singularity Black. Forms a small beige head on top.
Cocoa, coffee and a slight drift of alcohol presence.
Chocolate malts, a slight coffee finish with a small hop bite (maybe some oatmeal) makes this easy to finish and hard to put down. It's not my favorite Imperial but it's very close.

Ahhdball, Jun 23, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

run4beer2112, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler acquired in trade with mcallister (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged to larger sized tan head. Aromas of roast, light chocolate, some smoke, vanila, and coffee. Tastes follow suit. Bitter coffee finish. Body on the thin side. Lacing left on the glass. I actually found this to be on the weaker side for an Imperial Stout and would have pegged this one as a Stout.

Notes from 2/16/07

hopdog, Nov 23, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1%

krome, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jaidenjb, Nov 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ScottJWing, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Geno78, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Though all of their beers are solid, when it's time for serious beer drinking, then it's time to order this stout. It's the top of their crop. Looks, well...black with a thick tan head--hard to fight through to get those first few sips. Smells heavily barley and roasty sweet. Marshmellow like with little hints of charcoal or astringency. Flavors have all of the boldness that you'd expect from a Impy Stout with the Marshmellow sweetness and smoothness of a Milk Stout. No lactose flavors, no cardboard, no roughness; only wholesome goodness. Hats off Mr. Barley's brewer guy.

BEERchitect, Sep 19, 2005
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4/5  rDev -1%

jgunther71, Apr 04, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, very inky. Light penetration does not exist. Quarter inch mocha head fades into a ring around the beer.

Sweet dark roasted malt, anise, unsweetened dark chocolate, hints of coffee, with a vanilla twist, as well as other dark fruit esters.

Textbook! This is a solid RIS. Deep & masculine, with a huge roasted chocolate malt, dark fruits galore, anise, black cherry, with a coffee finish. Some hops also show on the finish to balance out the roasted malt flavors. Creme de brulee and vanilla bean also fester in the background.

Rich creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

mcallister, Jul 23, 2006
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4/5  rDev -1%

kbrown, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of rabsten
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap following the Crew game.

Pours dark brown-to-black -no real surprise there - with lighter brown, large bubbled head that quickly evaporated. Some lacing but not much. I suspect there's sanitizer on the glasses here as this was the story all night.

Roasted malt and coffee in the nose, on the palate, and in the finish. Dry mouthfeel (which I've been enjoying lately, so my results may be a bit skewed). Decent to good drinkability.

This R.I.S. probably won't be winning any awards but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with it. A good, solid beer, worth picking one up if you're in Columbus.

rabsten, Apr 25, 2010
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Barley's Alexander's Russian Imperial Stout from Barley's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.