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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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89
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
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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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks real nice. Plenty of head with decent retention. It allows lots of lacing. The beer is obviously black with only a little bit of light coming through on the edge.

S- Smells a lot like just about every beer from them Ive ever had only a little more roasty. It isnt that big in your face smell of coffee chocolate roast and all that stuff you want in an imperial stout. There is a lot of grain with moderate roast. Its pretty weak here.

T- A little better but its still very much like all their other beers. This isnt really exploding with imperial flavors. A little bit of dark fruits, licorice, roast but mostly lots of grains.

Im a little disappointed. Ive had this before. It seems to have been better in the past. I like it on cask.

Photo of zimm421
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of misfit1034
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from standard pint glass on site as their cask selection. Very dark appearance which is typical for Russian Imperials with a very nice burnt cream head that lingered almost to the bottom of the glass. Smell was above average for an Imperial Stout with hints of wood and heavily roasted malts. Taste was, for me, very good for an RIS and was very smooth. As I am not really an RIS guy, but do enjoy stouts overall, I would say that this is a good example of the style but don't think I would be able to drink this very often unless I was pairing it with something very sweet to balance the bitter roasted characters...

Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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!

Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Brewery last night. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Very appropriate, completely black body under a slight medium brown head. It looked like a glass of black ink.

S The darkest of the dark malts with some hops.

T Deep, dark malt with a sting of alcohol. All of that is expected and appropriate to the style.

M Thinner than the "pint of black ink" would suggest but this is a heck of a huge beer with high ABV (not listed but I would not be surprised if it were 10%) and deep, dark malt tastes.

D One and done for sure but that is what is intended with this style.

Notes: A nice RIS that I was not expecting from this well balanced Brew Pub in Columbus, Ohio.

Photo of Risser09
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass

Appearance: Very deep dark brown (ahem, black) with very little head. The lacing that is there is a tan color.

Smell: Dominant aromas are coffee and roasted malts. Not much other aroma that I can point out.

Taste; Wow. Coffee at first, roasted black malt, molasses and candi sugar. This beer is not incredibly complex but it is powerful with flavor and alcohol. The flavors eventually lose some steam and I drink on but the initial shock is great for a RIS lover like myself.

Mouthfeel: I think this is where the beer could improve. The body of it is just not thick enough to warrant a great score. I'd prefer it not to be so watery. The alcohol jolt is warming and pleasant, but I should have ordered this after my meal.

Drinkability: Poor, considering the alcohol, but I could have a few and be on my way in no time. This is a quality brew, but I could find better for $4.50 a pint.

Photo of run4beer2112
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ScottJWing
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of trep
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma and subdued taste with a rich, dark color. This was served colder than I expected it to be but I was impressed with the balanced flavor. Maybe now that the allowable alcohol content in Ohio has been raised they can make this more Imperial.

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.

Photo of Grundle20
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Arrived to my table coffee black with some scattering foam on top. There was minimal lacing from the residual head.

Smell:
The beer was rich with scents of bittersweet chocolate and cherry cordials. There was an underlying buttery biscuit note that I picked up on the tail end of the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The bittersweet chocolate taste has morphed into a full on flavor of cherry cordials upon first taste. The beer is thick and slightly "chalky" but rolls over your palette and coats your mouth with various chocolate notes. There's a slight bitter alcohol astringency but I'm assuming that's do to the ABV which I've been told is around 12%. The beer finishes with some more of those chocolate notes, not particularily clean but tasty none the less.

Drinkability:
I'm basing this off my information that this beer is 12%, with that said it's a little too strong and full flavored to really be a good drinking beer. I really enjoyed it's taste and loved it with my meal, but it would be a struggle for me to finish off a Friday night with this beer.

Bottom Line:
A fine stout to compliment their already great line up of beers. They also offer up plenty of acceptable food pairings so the beer deffinately has a place on their taps.

Photo of brew3crew
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black body with a tan head that sticks around for a long time.

S- roastiness and a little bit of chocolate

T-follows the nose. Roasty little bit of chocolate. Kind of bland.

M- medium body and smooth

O-good beer. Was hoping for more but it was still solid

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.

Photo of blakesell
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cask into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pulls jet black with a proper thick creamy tan head half a finger thick. Head lingers thick across the top for the duration of the beverage. Lacing clings and won't be letting go anytime soon.

Smell- Roasty and smoke laden with little hop and hints of yeasty esters. Anise, roasted non-malted barley, and slight chocolate malts.

Taste- Creamy and thick with the cask signature flavour. Roast malts, caramel cream, espresso, hops are strong and detectible, this is one complex beer. Some flaked oats, massive body, slightly burnt and buttery.

Mouthfeel- Full-bodied, creamy, flavorful, roasty, not carbonated, sticky, and lightly warming.

Drinkability- Smooth and creamy, somewhat warming, not too hot on the tongue. Swell drinkability.

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

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had 1/2 pint from the Barley's booth at the Columbus Microbrew Festival 2006. It was a nice black color but there wasn't much head. I like a thick chocolate milk foam on my RIS, but I guess it depends on pour as well as beer. The smell and taste were dominated by roasted malts, but there were small amounts of chocolate and sweet malts. But mostly roasted. A little light in body maybe but still a good beer.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Barley's Alexander's Russian Imperial Stout from Barley's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.