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Russian Roulette - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Russian Roulette
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 62
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rye726 on 10-25-2008)
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Photo of MCImes
3.23/5  rDev -28.4%
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!

MCImes, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

bbadger, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Djsaturn1, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

striker2160, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Samwhyz, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Gotti311, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

thewimperoo, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Duff27, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Jspriest, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of kbutler1
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Hopped in hoping to have another Coconut Jack Frost but they had run out that day. In its place though was Russian Roulette! A RIS made with Belgian chocolate. Poured a pitch black color in a 10oz glass with a slight dark tan head. Aroma is of the chocolate first and foremost followed by the dark roasted malt aroma. The taste is dark, bittersweet chocolate that starts of sweet and transitions to a slightly bitter ending. Very smooth drinking. Medium to heavy mouthfeel.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

CoryR, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

lonewolfcry, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

egrace84, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Sparky44, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool Stone growler provided by Alex. Thank you, sir!

A - Pours black, slight bubbly carbonation, thin ring, some whisps on top.

S - Belgian chocolate syrup, burnt sugars, slight roast, creamy vanilla. Lots of chocolate that overtakes just about everything else...for the good. Very rich and enjoyable.

T - Pretty similar to the nose. Big chocolate, sugars, creamy vanilla, slight oak. Just a huge dose of rich creamy chocolate. The alcohol is basically non-existant...very nice. Rich creamy sweet finish.

M - Full, slight carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Excellent beer. If you're looking for a chocolate overdose, this is the beer for you. This beer was a hugely enjoyable right after the crash and burn that was Monsieur Zhukov. Get this.

Sean9689, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of scoand
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow haven't reviewed in a while but when MTH is this close..

A: black w/ think cream head that dissipates to just a fine film on the glass.
S: roasted malt, chocolate (more coco than milk)
T: chocolate in the front, vanilla, oak?, wait, no that's the malt character.
M: creamy, medium mouth, dry coco finish.
O: Freaking delicious. Big choco bomb up front but really is balanced over. Sweet but not cloying with a dryer finish that makes me want to keep taking more.

Imma finna polish off the rest of this keg tonight.

scoand, May 18, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

morimech, May 25, 2013
Photo of ChrisPro
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

ChrisPro, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for hooking up the growler share.

A - Black beer, bit of a brown head that settled down to a nice ring.

S - Big chocolate, nice roast, little bit of nutty smell, some vanilla. The chocolate is quite decadent and rich, not real subtle, but smells very appealing.

T - Big, sweet chocolate. There's some vanilla, a bit of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, and just a touch of oak.

M - Creamy, lower carbonation, full bodied.

O - Really good beer for something with this much chocolate. I'm not usually a fan of the sweet stuff but this was a nice beer. The addition of the chocolate was a nice plus to something that was already quite good.

AgentZero, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark brown/black with a thick, well-retaining tan head. Head left caking lace.

S-Roasted malt, toasted biscuit and deep, earthy dark chocolate. A bit of smokiness and oak in the background.

T-Deep roasted malt flavours with a battle royal of sweet/bitter chocolate and earthy, smoky notes. This one was very complex and got better and better as it warmed. Oak and vanilla notes sneak in at the edges.

M-Medium-heavy bodied with a luscious, viscous feel, like liquid velvet on the palate. Long lingering smoky sweet notes and a dry finish.

D-Wonderful stuff....as good of a RIS as Masala Mama is an IPA! well done MTH!

Deuane, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stone growler purchased at Great Taste of the Midwest after numerous 5oz pours. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - A thin tan foam settles to some wisps and a thick collar. Not much in the way of lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Belgian chocolate, roasted grains, cake, dough, a touch of yeast, and absolutely no perceptible alcohol. The addition of Belgian chocolate to Ol' Jack Frost has largely obliterated the subtleties of the base beer, but this is still quite good.

T - Taste is actually better in my book. Reminds me of Nestle Quik a little bit - just massive amounts of delicious milk chocolate. There are some other stout flavors in periphery, roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, etc. but this is pretty much a chocolate bomb.

M - Feel is a huge improvement over the base beer. I could literally feel melted chocolate on my tongue as I drank this beer. Carbonation is lower, but style-appropriate. Nice sticky medium-full body. I can't imagine how the feel could suit the flavors any better.

D - If you like chocolate, this is the beer for your. A great take on an already great beer. I kept returning to the growler throughout the evening - there are probably a gazillion calories in this though, so I better get to the gym today.

MasterSki, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Philly82785
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a black as night, minimal amount of frothy tan head with moderate lacing.

S- Huge chocolate aroma, dark roasted malt, & a bittersweet aroma.

T- True a chocolate delight, roasted malts, dark chocolate, rich vanilla flavor, & a slight coffee undertone.

M- Thick & meaty, well carbonated, really smooth and creamy, rich flavors flow across the palate, with an excellent finish.

O- Amazing beer, I really enjoyed this chocobomb. It was my first trip to Town Hall. Needless to say I'll be back plenty. I'll probably be back before then end of the week to catch another pour.

Philly82785, May 20, 2013
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Russian Roulette from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.