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Russian Gun Imperial Stout - Grand River Brewing

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Russian gun (or Gun as we call it) is named after the Queens square cannon that sits downtown Galt, Cambridge. The cannon was awarded to the town of Galt for its support of the English troops during the Crimean war which ended in 1856.

That year to celebrate the victory during Victoria day the Cannon was fired at noon. The men firing the cannon successfully fired three shots however during the forth the powder prematurely exploding killing both men charring their upper bodies beyond human recognition and dismembering the arms and hands of both men; two children were lightly scratched.

We have crafted the Russian gun to commemorate this local tragedy taking the recipe from an old English recipe dating back to the early colonial times.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 04-03-2009)
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Reviews by Ralphus:
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally I get an opportunity to try this beer, thanks to a friend of mine who graciously offered it up. Cheers!

It pours midnight black with an offwhite head that is rich, creamy and an inch thick. The head has some staying power and leaves thick gobs of lacing. I'm not sure what more you can ask of a Russian Imperial Stout.

The smell is slightly muted, but there is complexity. Chocolate, coffee, malt pine and wood smells come through. V. Good.

The taste is really well done. There is layers of complexity, folded between bitterness and chocolate, coffee and sweet malts. The volume is quite high but its really well done in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is soft and silky thanks to some pinpoint sized carbonation.

Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength. There's something moreish about it. Anyway, well done GR - you've moved up a notch in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 23:05:05 | More by Ralphus
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-05-2014 05:27:50 | More by ohiobeer29
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-03-2014 03:55:22 | More by valianes
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Bung

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-31-2014 01:53:15 | More by Bung
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Brutaltruth

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Russian Imperial Stout from Grand River Brewing. Decent but not a monstrous head with great lacing on the glass. Thick and black in color, opaque. Smells of coffee and roasted malts. Coffee comes through on the front with smoked and roasted malts, licorice and tobacco with a light dose of sweetness to carry it through. Dry but succulent on the aftertaste, with warmth coming through from alcohol level. Very nice offering and would purchase again. An excellent Russian Imperial Stout from Canada.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 19:35:55 | More by Brutaltruth
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

04-09-2014 23:07:18 | More by kevinlater
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

04-02-2014 00:55:32 | More by tabhill
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dreamchaser

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-04-2014 23:09:11 | More by dreamchaser
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Cycle69

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-22-2014 00:30:25 | More by Cycle69
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-13-2014 03:47:43 | More by yancot
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $4.95 CDN. Served chilled into a room-temperature glass.

Appearance - Dark opaque chesnut brown colored beer. 1.5 fingers of opulent tan head that lasts a long time. Reddish hues viewed while pouring. Nice foamy little cap that rests on to after the head subsides a bit. The head actually looks like a creamy whipped dessert after pouring. Some sediment noticed at the bottom of the glass. Excellent looking beer.

Smell - Chocolate (dark) and coffee mostly, not a lot else. There is some nice interplay between the two malty aromas, but on the sparse side when comparing the number of aromas to others in the style. Trace smoke aroma.

Taste - Coffee mostly also much smokier than would have been picked up on the nose (which was minimal). A bit of a leather and tobacco combination blended in there for good measure. Slight graininess and breadiness too and ends with a bitter and malty taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - velvety smooth, heavy body and a delightfully dry finish that strikes the right chord between "nice and dry" and "too dry" . Excellent feel and weight here. A "big" beer.

Overall - Well executed, wish the nose was a little better a little closer to the taste, since there is significant disparity between the two, but absolutely love the feel of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:50:01 | More by DenisKolkin
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

12-24-2013 03:13:09 | More by Cramshawbar
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad Stout from Ontario....

500ml bottle served at 12deg C in a chalice.

A- Very dark. Nice dark brown foam head nearly 1" thick in a standard chalice

S- Alcohol, nuts, chocolate and spice

T- Pretty darn good. It's the saving grace for this brew. Otherwise not so good.

M- Creamy. Very good chocolate sliperies Touch of the bitter nuts you find in Guinness.

O- Pretty good. Have a few to age.

Not bad. Will try them as the months pass. Don't want to save for years.

Food Pairing

This creamy chocolate gem can be enjoyed with....Rack of Lamb with a Chocolate Sauce

Definitely compliment each other 100%

Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 23:13:13 | More by DaveBar
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-09-2013 14:07:22 | More by Vyronian
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nullbort

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-02-2013 19:14:18 | More by nullbort
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark black coloring with a frothy, bubbly, light tan head that settles into a sparse surface coating. Aromas of roast coffee, vanilla, mocha, and some earthy notes. Flavors are very bitter forward, with coffee heavy, followed shortly by a heavy roast and slight char to add to the bitterness. Wow. Notes of chocolate to highlight, but leans to the bittersweet side. The body is lighter than most RIS, but solid enough to handle the flavor profiles. Dry, slick finish with a lingering bitterness. The aftertaste is roasty and bitter, with a blend of coffee, chocolate, and hints of booze. Interesting, and lighter bodied than you may be used to for the style, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 02:01:57 | More by GarthDanielson
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gloryhole

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

08-16-2013 04:17:53 | More by gloryhole
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-05-2013 20:52:39 | More by Bf_89
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-16-2013 15:22:47 | More by TheBeeraholic
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-29-2013 01:04:54 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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AddyCanuck

Ontario (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Can't say much other than I couldn't see through the bottle.

S - Roasted malts and slight chocolate where all I could pick up.

T - Really bitter dark chocolate taste. Has a slight burnt taste to it. Bitter follow through. The alcohol taste is a bit overpowering.

M - Dry and very easy to drink.

O - It's a good stout. I don't recommend drinking it by itself. Have a heart tomato based meal with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 04:00:08 | More by AddyCanuck
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-13-2013 04:05:54 | More by DaPan
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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JMBSH

Colorado

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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Dec 5th, 2012
Consumed while homemade bread was rising Jan 6th, 2013.

Oily black, totally opaque pour with a 3 finger dense tan head. Gobs of lacing on the side of the glass.

Dark chocolate, burnt coffee and the molasses added really stand out in this. It smells much better than I remembered from the first time I had it years ago. Slight sweetness of raw sugar with a touch of licorice.

Burnt coffee, dark bitter chocolate (85%+) very little sweetness coming from the molasses. Good sipper with zero alcohol present.

Medium body, low carbonation. Really sticky on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:10:54 | More by korguy123
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Russian Gun Imperial Stout from Grand River Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.