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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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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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 PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mcallister
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.

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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!

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mentor
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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 adamette
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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 MbpBugeye
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
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 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 Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This probably my favorite beer that Barley's makes. It pours out a wonderful almost black color and I love the body. Forms some lace. Nice aroma of malt and hops with elements of coffee. It's not as good as some of the other imperials out there, but it may suffer from being made in Ohio, which is a little more rigid on alcohol levels.

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mattcrill
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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 joepais
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bb8189 for sending this brew my way.
Spit it among friends in tulip glasses, the beer produced a nice finger of tan head on a black body brew.

The aroma was nice subtle roasted malt with a light chocolate note in the finish; there was no notice of the alcohol at all in the nose.
I must say that this was an easy brew to drink. The flavor was roasted malts but not to astringent to dry out your mouth. I enjoyed the balance of the sweetness that came from the malts as well. One person pointed out the British yeast flavor reminiscent of a Samuel Smith's but a ton better in my book. It had a medium to full feel in the mouth with good carbonation for the style.

It was an easy beer to session the alcohol was unnoticeable. I easily finished my two pours. If it was my local brew house I be proud of this one for sure

Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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Barley's Alexander's Russian Imperial Stout from Barley's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.