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

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Barley's Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

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Photo of 17acresoforganichops
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah, that's right, I gave this brew a perfect score.
I've been in 15 countries, had beers from several more as imports, and have measured every single one against Barley's Alexander's Russian Imperial Stout over the last 16 years. The truth is this particular brew was what I was looking for for years before I found it.
What does it compare to? Your first love.
Now, the high street location usually has a more robust finish than the Riverside Drive batches, but I'll bet I'm one of only a handful that would even notice. I prefer the High street version but the truth is either hits all the right spots....so I just pretend I'm dating twins and don't notice.
Years ago I would turn friends on to this brew bit I quit doing that because it seemed to not be as available after I gave away a few growlers to friends and I think I made some competition...so, coming from a palate that can discern Osetra, Sevruga, or Beluga, an eye that has found diamonds in Ohio waterways, this lone brew has been more satisfying than marriage.

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of tat2dhllblly
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of briants
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Ahhdball
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Chrysostom
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Dansting
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewpub. Poured a dark purplish-brown color with a thick light-brown head. Strong lacing. Nice aroma with a blend of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is smooth, with a nice malt taste and a coffee-like finish. A very nice offering from Barley's.

Photo of OB1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Osiris9588
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of tpet96
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of klewis
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served at room temp. from a cask sitting on top of the bar.

A: Like staring into a black hole. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

S: The aromas of black coffee and roasted malt slammed into my nose as soon as the server put this one in front of me.

T: Very full flavor that was similar to the smell. Very tasty.

M: Dry and heavy.

D: This is an excellent stout and a must have when it is available. The fullness of the flavors and weight of the beer can be a little tiring on the palatte, so I wouldn't want to have more than one in a sitting, but it's a beer that I would drink everyday if I could.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from the cask is definitely a much improved version than from the tower. This rendition really allows the characteristics of this beer to shine. It's a little sweeter than I like my stouts but it is still true to form. Deserves to be tasted...at least once or twice. Goes great with the pulled pork sandwich.

Photo of misternebbie
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of mentor
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler provided by justcas as part of BIF33. Super-huge treat..thanks a million! Pours a strong one finger brown head over a pitch liquid. Thinnest edge of brown when held to light. Smells coffee and caramel. Dark chocolate and molasses. Some black patent cherry sour and a bit ashey.

Tastes creamy smooth with rich dark coffee, caramel and chocolate. Wow, that was malty sweet delicious. Has a taste like a marshmallow that I let burn a while after catching aflame in the campfire. Vanilla and chocolate. Slightly woody hops, not quite fuggles..perhaps willamette? There is a drying carb on the tongue late that keeps the beer from sticking. Milky smoothness about it, this beer is delicious...fill my pint again and again. Like a quality milk chcolate bar.

Super thick mouthfeel sticks. Some dryness from the roast helps out, but the beer is a bit too sticky for a summer night (this could be great in the winter). Alcohol sting is present, but refreshing. Moderate carbonation supports the style.

Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is a nice black with light brown in the light. The head is very nice, about 2 fingers high of medium tan heat that is just beautiful. It is full and creamy and lasts forever with nice lacing.

The aroma is light and sweet with chocolate, vanilla, toffee and caramel.

The taste is all malts, very very sweet, too sweet for me without it being balanced out by some nice hops at the end. Sweet chocoloate dominates the taste and you can also pull out some vanilla.

The feel is too light decently drinkable.

Photo of GrumpyGirl
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of donovado
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GimpyCane
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drove into Columbus and stop at Barley's for a microbrew. Had the pleasure of ordering their Alexander's Russian Imperial Stout. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and dug right in. The aroma was heavenly, blast of roasted chocolate malt and a hint of burnt caramel. The taste was robust with the same complex and balance of roasted elements, sweet, medium body, soft carbonate and nice low content of alcohol. The appearance was as expect from a RIS, black and small mocha head. What I mostly liked about this brew was the low level of alcohol at 7% ABV. Don't get me wrong I love Stone's RIS intensity but this was a different approach and a welcome one. If your in the Columbus, Ohio area stop in at Barley's and enjoy their brews, it's a plus.

Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of genog
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling for a second time with a fresh batch from this great local brewpub. Had it the first time at Barleys #2. Last night had this at Barleys #1 downtown.

Pours a thick black color with a creamy light brown dark brown head. With a simple swirl of the glass the head swirls around into a milky way pattern. Smell is sugary, molasses, toffee, some burnt malt and roasted coffee beans. Taste is smokey at first, then a bitter hop and roasted coffee finish. Mouthfeeling is outrageously creamy with a little warming presence.

Photo of DrJGR629
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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