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Russian Gun Imperial Stout - Grand River Brewing

Russian Gun Imperial StoutRussian Gun Imperial Stout

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%


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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Final Grade: 4.04, an impressive A-. One of the best beers in Grand River's portfolio, their 2012 Russian Gun Imperial Stout is a satisfying, full-flavoured brew that I wouldn't hesitate to pick up more of in the future. It's not easy to find a good RIS around here, but this is a solid choice that falls right up my alley - with its relatively low abv, smooth mouthfeel and pleasant, drying finish that contrasts nicely with the big malt flavours. I would definitely take this over Wellington's RIS, and will probably pick up a few more bottles before 2013 is upon us. Well worth trying for anyone seeking out a 'bigger' stout that won't have you slurring your speech after the first bottle.

[Updated Nov. 1 2013]

Another bottle, dated Oct. 30 2013 (so extremely fresh), and listed at 8.5% this time. I'm getting a lot more dark chocolate off of the aroma than last time, but other than that I can't really think of anything to add. While this tastes fine (and it drinks more lightly than most beers of this style), it doesn't really have the intensity or complexity I seek from an IRS. Maybe I'll hold onto a bottle for a few months/a year and see if it develops any.

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12-17-2012 19:43:21 | More by thehyperduck
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Russian Gun Imperial Stout from Grand River Brewing
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