1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Russian Gun Imperial Stout - Grand River Brewing

Not Rated.
Russian Gun Imperial StoutRussian Gun Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

120 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev +8.4%

ohiobeer29, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of valianes
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

valianes, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bung, May 31, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.95/5  rDev +7%

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.

Brutaltruth, May 26, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +8.4%

kevinlater, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of tabhill
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

tabhill, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of dreamchaser
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

dreamchaser, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Cycle69
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Cycle69, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +8.4%

yancot, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.8/5  rDev +3%

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.

DenisKolkin, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Cramshawbar, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of DaveBar
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

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!

DaveBar, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Vyronian
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Vyronian, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of nullbort
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

nullbort, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

GarthDanielson, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of gloryhole
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

gloryhole, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Bf_89
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Bf_89, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

BigGruntyThirst, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of AddyCanuck
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

AddyCanuck, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of bigox420
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bigox420, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +8.4%

JMBSH, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of korguy123
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

korguy123, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of lwadd
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

Picked this up from the local lcbo over the Christmas holidays. Poured very black, with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The initial flavourful was rich with, I think, burnt coffee and toffee. The after taste was a little on the bitter side for me.

All in all, I would drink this again, but I feel I've had better. I had it on it's own though, and it might have been better paired with a nice holiday meal.

lwadd, Dec 30, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Russian Gun Imperial Stout from Grand River Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.