Russian Roulette - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Russian Roulette
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.89%
Wants: 66
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: rye726 on 10-25-2008)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a Town Hall Chalice glass.

Appearance: Color is a near pitch black. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of tan head that slowly recede into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A very roasty and sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Dark roasted barley malt with a huge scent of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, vanilla, and cream along with some hints of burnt toast, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Subtle hints of dark fruit with some cherry, raisin, and plum. Sweet scent of molasses. Also some slight hints of oak. Hops are pretty faint. A very good smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with a big presence of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Upfront dark roasted barley malt with a big taste of chocolate that literally tastes like a liquid dark chocolate bar. Also some good notes of coffee beans, vanilla, cream, toast, caramel, oak, and yeast. Sweet taste of burnt molasses. Undertones of dark fruit with notes of raisin, cherry, and plum. Hops are pretty light. A really good robust taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly syrupy. Sweet but not quite cloying. Alcohol is masked pretty well.

Overall: A really great take on a Russian Imperial Stout. Great taste of chocolate and other roasty notes. Big and sweet but still smooth enough to get down.

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4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ GTOM

Three times I went back for pours of this amazing, best in show, stout. Pours a lush black with a huge chocolate, foamy head.

Lots of chocolate, candy, toffee, molasses... sweet! The taste is just amazing and completely out of left field. This goes down in a flash. I wish I could pick out more of the individual notes and subtleties, but on a day in which I sampled a dozen stouts, this was by far the most memorable. Awesome stuff!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark black with a long lasting tan head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is full of chocolate and dark malt aromas. Not terribly complex but cannot really get to indepth at the bar.

Impressive flavor for chocolate and malt flavors. A little roast and licorice. Notes of vanilla as well. Some alcohol is detected in the flavor. Excellent big stout flavors.

Big body and smoothly carbonated. Wonderful texture.

Sort of reminds me of Expedition Stout that is not nearly as hot. Town Hall should always have one of their wonderful RIS on-tap all the time. They do them very well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for the growler share. Tasted on 8/20/11

A - jet black, thick, oily with a smattering of bubbles from the pour.

S - Delicious chocolate fills the tulip, but that's about it. I'd normally knock a beer for being so one note, but the chocolate nose was just incredible. As it warmed in my glass, it opened up to a little bit of caramel and fig, but the chocolate dominates.

T - Sweet, sweet sweet. But this is how I like my RIS. Interestingly, there was little roast on the nose, but there is a subtle bitterness to finish the beer. Still left a creamy sweetness, but not cloying in the least.

M - Light carb, very full-bodied and incredibly creamy. No alcohol detected whatsoever. Just fantastic.

O - Best chocolate bomb I've had. Lacks the complexity of some other world class RISes, but for what it attempts to be, it is a big big winner. Had multiple tastes throughout the night and this was one of the highlights for me.

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3.23/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I know this beer gets a lot of love around here, but it doesnt do it for me.

It looks like a RIS should. Nice and black, not much head.

It smells good, the usual dark fruits, coffee, roast malt, booze.

The taste however was far too sweet for my liking. The overall flavor is good, but I couldnt take the sweetness and thick body as a result of that residual sugar. I like imperial stouts in general, but this didnt do it for me.

Mouth feel was thick, not in a good way. I like thick beers (KBS, BCBS, BA9k ect), but this was too much for me. I think it is because the sugar seems to create the thickness in this beer as opposed to a ton of malt like some others.

Overall I actually hate to say I didnt really like this. I know a ton of people love it and Town Hall nails their beers consistently, but this one isnt for me. That said, I suggest you try it, because I am in the minority with this opinion, and odds would say that you'll love it!

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Poured into tulip.

A. Black. Half inch dark brown foam that fades fast. Pencil thin lacing remains down the glass.

S. Vanilla. Toasted malts. Cream. Chocolate.

T. Mimics smell at first. Like a vanilla milkshake. Followed by a hit of dark chocolate. Big blast of coffee in the end.

M Full. As mentioned, like a milkshake. Creamy. Thick as hell but really smooth.

O Awesome Imperial stout. Not boozy. Smooth, layered and complex, delicious. One of the best of the style I've ever had.

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Russian Roulette from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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