Bolshoi - Sixpoint Brewery
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Reviews by johnniemarg:
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Batch 74, Bottle 117.
1 pt 6 oz bottle, with the cap sealed in wax, poured into a delerium tulip.
Pours pitch black with a dark brown 4-finger head. The head doesn't want to go anywhere. Looks pretty awesome, but dammit...let me at the beer! Fairly thick layer of sediment is visible in the bottle. Leaves an almost solid blanket of lace in the glass.
Brown sugar, molasses, heavily roasted malt, chocolate, and then as the head fades it gets sweeter with a malty smell like a baltic porter. So far, I don't smell the hops everyone else talks about. The dry spice I smell is roasted malt for sure. This is a little cold though, so I'll come back to it in a few. Yeah, I guess there are some hops in there, but I don't think they're too much.
In the flavor I again am not getting hops. I get a heavily roasted grain flavor that sticks to the tongue. A this warms, hops come out and mostly replace the roastiness in the finish but not in the aftertaste. Chocolatey aftertaste sits in the back of my mouth. Like after letting a quality (70%+) dark chocolate melt in your mouth...dry, roasty and chocolatey. In the finish, alcohol just makes an appearance but it can't stand up to that dry, roasty, chocolatey aftertaste. I like this a lot.
Creamy and fairly full mouthfeel. At first seems a little overcabonated, but it mellows to a nice creaminess. Prickly mouthfeel from the hops.
This is a nice imperial in my opinion. A bit dryer than many imperials, but there isn't much about this beer that I don't like. Yes, I'll admit that as the beer warms the hops become more apparent, but I don't have anything against that. One tasty RIS.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2006 02:43:04 | More by johnniemarg
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3.96/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I had this on tap at Barcade in Philly, served chilled in a goblet.
The color is black with viscous appearance when swirled with light thin tan cap w/ fine bead, moderate amount of lace sticks. The smell has a cocoa powder and light caramel combination with deep woody and almost molasses nose with strong alcohol aroma and light roast scent with dried fruit sweetness. The feel is very good with fruity tanginess from the yeast and medium carbonation with strong warming alcoholic body with semi-dry finish and spice elements throughout.
The taste is good with dark fruit like raisin up front and chewy caramel with mild toasted grain and woody hops more toward mid palate with mild alcohol increasing with a cocoa/dark chocolate flavor blending with light caramel in the finish and a slightly prune-like flavor which seems yeast derived. The overall impression is good, a quality imperial stout with lots of malt and alcohol in the taste-worth a try.
Serving type: on-tap
12-23-2013 15:07:32 | More by Slatetank
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this one at our recent gathering. Gold waxed bomber into a snifter. The brew appears dark brown in color. A brown cap holds fairly well across the top and displays some clarity around the edges. Overall a nice looking brew.
The aroma includes quite a bit of sweet grain. Suggestions of something like oatmeal and mild dark fruity tinges of raisins or prunes meets soft alcohol. A little bit of neutral yeasty character comes forward as the brew warms up.
The flavor includes the previous mention of oats and mild dark fruit quality. Some bitter chocolate and a hint of earthen aspect. As it warms up, some solvent alcohol is also noted blended with a hint of yeast.
This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth level of carbonation. For 10% it was integrated pretty well but you never feel like you are drinking a bigger beer. Thanks Jason for the chance to try this one.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2012 14:00:20 | More by stakem
Bolshoi from Sixpoint Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.