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Old World Russian Imperial Stout - BrewDog

Old World Russian Imperial StoutOld World Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.8%


Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed exclusively for sale at Total Wine locations.

(Beer added by: Immortale25 on 11-10-2011)
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chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, aged for about 1 year, served in a Belgian snifter. Batch 406; best by 21 Sept., 2014 stamped on label.

Pours dark brown and sits basically black in the glass, covered by a dark tan head that has decent retention. Good, spotty lacing.

Aroma: inviting and loaded with dark fruits, if a bit boozy

Flavor: rich and moderately complex, with a the solid base of dark roasted grains coming to the fore in the finish and aftertaste, along with hints of black coffee and chocolate. More dark fruits at first. Lasting and pleasant aftertaste. Low bitterness for style.

Feel: the full body is smooth, with nice, soft carbonation. Warming.

O: has all the traits of a fine RIS without any detectable flaws. Still, not quite as tasty as the Moylan's I had last night. .

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:13:45 | More by chinchill
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craftbeersweden

Sweden

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 660 ml bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden.
Clear black beer with a two finger high, brown head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Cardboard, dark chocolate, dark bread, coffee, licorice, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, dried fruit, molasses, ash, raisin, dark chocolate and hops.

Medium body. A little to watery taste. Still very good though!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 16:04:43 | More by craftbeersweden
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours with large, dark mocha, creamy (small bubbles) head. Has a steady, slow, delicious retention. Mostly diminishing, thick solid layer stays on top, leaves lots of random but fine lacing. Dark, dark brown. A good looker.

Smell: Milk (with some dark side) chocolate notes at front, roast, fat sweet malt. Also some light coffee, dry fruit and fresh, herbal (maybe floral) notes. Light burnt caramel, molasses, reminds of bourbon comes into play when the beer warms up a bit.

Taste: Lovely medium roasted malt sweetness with strong milky chocolate notes that transfer into light/medium dark coffee and continues into pleasant medium roasted/coffee bitterness with some hop notes. Long in the after a bit of milky chocolate crawls out. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Full body, but not as creamy as I wanted it to be. Still smooth, maybe very light alcohol warming to detect. Alcohol well incorporated tho, nothing in taste or smell.

Overall: Solid, easy, chocolaty; good opener for a nonbeliever to imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 16:29:01 | More by tmzl
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dcmchew

Romania

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a big light brown head. Lasts a lot and leaves lots of traces on the glass.
Initial smell of coffee, right after popping the cap. Roast, cooking chocolate, licorice, dry berries.
Sweet and rough roasted malts, with dark chocolate, sweetened espresso, cocoa powder, then some dark fruit, dried but also juicy, with a bit of citrus zing, followed fast by big charcoal notes, dry wood, burnt hay and fresh ground coffee coming back in the finish. Dark spices and vanilla. BrewDog hoppy character throughout the beer, with green, herbal and fruity notes.
Booze fits right in, reminding of black rum and, irish coffee. Aftertaste is bitter and dry from the roast, not especially from the hops. Smooth, a (very) tiny bit too crisp.
A by-the-book RIS, nothing bad to say about it, but also nothing extravagant, which is weird for a BrewDog beer. Good one.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 18:01:18 | More by dcmchew
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shand

Florida

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The owl on the label made me buy it. I'm a sucker for owls. Old World RIS has an awesome black pour with a large head. Roast, licorice, and leafy hops on the nose. Taste-wise, it's got a nice roast presence that goes with the leafy hops, but not really much to stand out. Tasty and drinkable, but this beer won't knock you on your feet by any means.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 04:58:33 | More by shand
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a dark brown/black pour with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head leaving behind nice lacing. smells of roasted barley, chocolate, dates, coffee. the taste is of light roasted coffee, toasted grains, cocoa, burnt caramel with a nice bitter dark roast aftertaste. medium body with low carbonation.. actually drinks really nicely and still leaves behind a creamy mouthful like a full body beer.

this is a very nice affordable beer, perfectly aged for about a year. maybe i'll pick one up again if i see it this winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:23:48 | More by facundoCNB
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased and consumed while on vacation in florida back in July. Poured in a snifter, the brew appears black in color with brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A dark tan to mocha colored head appears with a finger strength that recedes leaving fingers and patches of lace on the glass.

The smell includes notes of licorice and dark fruity quality. Some sweet milky chocolate is also thrown into the mix with herbal hop quality emerging as it warms up.

The taste includes a bit of licorice, dark roasty quality that brings out some espresso roast character but with raisins and a herbal bitterness along with fruity fusel alcohol. There is a bit of milk chocolate aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking for the level of alcohol. A bit more on the fruity side than what I would prefer but not a bad brew. The price point on these makes it worth a try if you get the chance (much unlike nearly every other brew they have.)

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 19:05:38 | More by stakem
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1379th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

Batch 406, bb 21-09-14
Thanks to Heatwave33 for this gift,

App- A very dark brown pour. It borders on black, had a huge 3 finger head that fell quickly and was fairly dense with some cling as drink falls.

Smell- It had a few things going on booze, roast, anise, chocolate, cherry. Was pretty straightforward, but wasnt bad.

Taste- This had a taste akin to the nose. It was more like the nose than most, had a ton more bitter with coffee, a prickly malt and a rich dark chocolate.

Mouth- A full medium with a medium prickly carbonation and a malty chocolate residual flavor.

Drink- Not always a fan of brewdog but this was tasty and sneaky good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 02:48:03 | More by FosterJM
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. A big two fingers of tan head on top of a black body.

Smells of rich chocolate, roasted malt, dry barley and a hint of burnt malt at the end.

It tastes like a dark chocolate bar, bittersweet, a little boozy, and burnt wood. Delicious.

Thick and sticky body, low carbonation.

A big and bold stout. Bring your friends to help you with this powerhouse.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 04:12:37 | More by Fatehunter
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SHODriver

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a deep black with a finger of tan head
S: smells sweet with notes of chocolate, dark fruits, roast malt and a bit of coffee. some caramel and vanilla too. it has a nose similar to many bourbon barrel aged beers. I just can't stop smelling it
T: almost char like roastyness with some sweet chocolate flavor. more roast malt and caramel like sweetness, a bit of coffee as well and on the swallow some bittersweet roast malt that lingers for some time.
M: medium to full in the mouth with a decent amount of carbonation. a bit toward the heavy side but not over the top. soft though bordering on prickly at the front
O: this is a very good beer with a lot of complexity and great flavors. BrewDog did this one right.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 11:40:23 | More by SHODriver
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catchy label. Doesn't it look like the castle to "It's a Small World"? I swear, me and my brothers must have rode that thing until our dad....sorry, on to the beer:

Polished obsidian in a glass. Good formation of head, the lace it brings is good quality, and the retention is good as well. The nose brings some common characterisitcs of an imperial stout; semi sweet chocolate, charred mmalt, also some raisin and other fruitiness.

This definately has an English thing going. Despite being brewed by a Neo-American brewer in Scotland, Old World RIS is strong but not overpowering/over the top. Similar to the nose, flavors of dark chocolate, grapes, charred malt, brownie mix, pleasant astringent finish. It's not quite full bodied, though certainly bigger than medium. Carbonation is easy to notice, just enough to keep it from feeling "flat".

This is a nice strong stout from BrewDog that is also easy to drink. Far and away a much better effort than that bottle of Rip Tide I had a long way back.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 03:53:53 | More by DoubleJ
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome all around super drinkable nice clean stout! Brew Dog does not disappoint with this nice stout. A bit light compared to some of the more recent "big" stouts, but really nice overall.
A: Brown/Black, nice head
S: See Taste
T: Molasses, fig, earth
M: Silky and smooth
O: Really nice stout....very drinkable..

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 05:36:11 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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thetwins722

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to find this at the crappy beer store (they're really not so bad I guess) down the street from me.

Look: Pretty good head retention, it took a little work to get foam on this beer. No real lacing
Smell: Deep chocolate notes, with a slight floral hop presence. Some earthiness
Taste: Rich Cocoa notes. Slightly burnt malty taste too. Some toffee notes and a slight hoppy finish. Honestly, it tastes like I've been chewing on a stick (which I think is a good thing).
Mouth: Great body and ultra smooth with a little carbonation. Goes down as fast as you want to drink it (which can be dangerous).
Overall: Amazing imperial stout, I rank this one up among my favorite RIS's. Similar to "Rabid Duck" from duck-rabbit, but a little bit more drinkable. Brew dog got another one right.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 19:38:40 | More by thetwins722
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the snifter an impressive deep oil black, with a mocha/tan head that remains fluffy and thick for a minute before chilling to a skim across the top.

Now THAT is an incredible aroma. Heaps of chocolate abound, with lighter shades of anise, coffee grounds, mineral, plum/fig, and steamed milk laying the bedrock. No alcohol detected, and wow...just wow.

At first the taste seems masked by the tickle the carbonation offers, but gradually a seriously delicious personality emerges. Still big on chocolate, almost fudge-like even, with more anise, coffee, mineral, dark fruit and sweetened vanilla almond milk coming into play. So, quite a bit like the aroma, with hardly any of the alcohol on the tongue. A totally wonderful taste, with lots going on but never overly busy, and just a total treat to drink.

Texturally this beer isn't quite as round, thick and/or soft as I'd hoped. Would have been that much more amazing of a beer if it had, but it's certainly not bad. Just a little thinner than expected, but smooth, and with a soft tickle that offers some textural energy. So, not bad at all, just maybe not right for this particular style/flavor.

As said above, a total treat. Period.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 23:44:03 | More by Metalmonk
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dedrinker

Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pure oily black with garnet edges and a smallish tan head due to my getting my greasy possum beard into it.

Deep roasted malt aroma evoking a chocolate camp fire.

More dark chocolate on the tongue with some mocha notes amidst the bitter hops and burnt malt. My moustache melted off my face like Montgomery Burns' finger nails into his bowling alley beer.

Full bodied with a robust roasty malt finish. It's like I'm licking the Czar's polished boots.

More than the sum of its parts, I place this Imperial Stout on the top shelf with my other favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 04:39:33 | More by dedrinker
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a cigar city tasting snifter. It pours with a thin white head, good retention, good lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, cocoa notes. The beer is very roasty, bitter chocolate, burnt toast, finishes lingering bitterness. The body is full, average carbonation for style, easier drinking for style. Solid stout, something is missing that I can't put my finger on.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 23:56:34 | More by bonkers
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to UCLAbrewn for sharing this one

Look: Black with brown rings around the edges. 1/8 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Very malty nose with touches of chocolate and floral hops

Taste: Much of the same as the nose. Starts off very malty with some chocolate and coffee trying to find its way through the malt but the malt is just too much. Finishes with a hoppy backbone

Mouthfeel: Full body mild carbonation and a bit creamy

Overall: Its a decent RIS unfortunately I had this one the same night that I had some exceptional RIS's so that may have hurt this one slightly

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 20:51:15 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured slightly chilled on Superbowl Sunday

A: solid black, great head; too dark to see carb; good lacing
S: beautiful leathery smell; classic RIS
T: very rich, complex RIS; high ABV, high flavor; hoppy; chocolate, cocoa, bass notes; clocks in among the best RIS's I've had; one will do ya

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 00:45:06 | More by Arithmeticus
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

2.38/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma of charred grains, mocha, burnt cereal, and molasses. Though it was very difficult to pick up anything in the nose. Taste wasn't pleasant at all. Reminded me of flat/stale coffee though I am not a drinker of coffee, burnt sugar and licorice root and some distant dark fruit. Wooded bitterness and bitter licorice. Lingering bitterness of the palate blends well with residual sugar left on the lips. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation throughout. Not my choice of beer, the label was the coolest thing going on with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 22:36:20 | More by CuriousMonk
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pt, 6.4fl oz. bottle into tulip. batch 406. best before 21-09-14.

A: black opaque body. rich, frothy coffee hued head. reasonable retention and some good sticky lacing.

S: a robust coffee aroma starts things off. rich sweet milk chocolate aroma follows. vanilla and caramel. aromas are very malt forward, but that is how i like my RIS's.

T: roasted, slightly burnt grain. dark chocolate. finish is bitter. sort of earthy. there is a distinctive sweetness in there as well. so in conclusion, the finish is bitter sweet. but a little bit more bitter than sweet.

M: pretty moderate carbonation on a pretty much full body. wouldnt hate more of a creamy mouthfeel here.

D: a good RIS offering, but nothing exceptional here. the body is a bit too bitter for me. wouldnt hate for some of the sweetness that was in the nose to come through on the body.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:29:45 | More by Jimmys
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Pencible

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate, and a little alcohol.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and dark chocolate, with some licorice and earthy copper. It had a bitter and somewhat hot aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent RIS, but not anything special. The scent and taste were simplistic, but the body was solid. However, the finish was a little harsh, so it wasn't super easy to drink. May improve with age. Not bad, but not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:32:25 | More by Pencible
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Beejay

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown as it pours. Deep black in the glass, with no visibility. Thick dark head rises out of the body of the beer and forms a giant creamy head.

S: Dark chocolate, and a bitter earthiness. There is a bit of a maple syrup type of smell, and something else in the finish, almost a salty, or sea breeze smell. Some caramel, and coffee in the finish. As it warms it looses a bit of the harshness and salty scent, and picks up more sweet caramel.

T: Dark chocolate, and burnt coffee in the front of it. There is a bitter earthiness that is present throughout. The finish has a creamy coffee flavor.

M: Thick on mouthfeel, it is somewhere between syrupy and creamy in texture. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

O: Overall I enjoy the beer a bit, but there is something in the flavor that I am not in love with. Maybe as it warms I will enjoy it a bit more. It is just a touch too bitter perhaps.. Regardless, for the price I think it is a pretty good deal.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:57:58 | More by Beejay
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pour black with a two finger light brown head. The head leaves thick lacing on the glass.
S: dark roasted malts, give a sweet aroma. More chocolate and a bit of coffee as it warms. There also is a light hint of alcohol.
T: very upfront roasted malt flavor. Roasty, chocolate,and very light coffee flavors linger for a while.
M: its Russian imperial stout, it thick, enough said.
O: exclusive to total wine, I like the idea sort of, I would really want to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 08:24:10 | More by rootbeerman
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weller1js

West Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a clear yet heavy dark brown, with orange-red hues noticeable at the edges when held to light, creamy-foamy carbonation with similar head and lacing.

smell: malt aromas are complex, essences of toffee and chocolate, further enhanced by the floral hop notes (yet with notable slight bitterness); well-balanced, very pleasant and elegant scent.

taste: begins boldly with malt notes presenting themselves outright, rapidly followed up by notes of smokiness and burn of alcohol, bitter hop notes follow; factoring in all elements, the taste becomes very balanced and lingers in the finish as such.

mouthfeel: heavy bold body and complex balance provides for a notable mouthfeel.

overall: above-average imperial stout, well balanced yet complex, adequate abv, very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:03:33 | More by weller1js
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kennylopez

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter that has a big tan/light brown head floating atop a dark black colored brew leaving beautiful lacing. It smells of slightly roasted malt and a heavier hop note. The taste is what the nose insisted yet has a sweeter chocolate hint that leaves a lingering aftertaste that balances the 8.2% good. I enjoyed this brew and for less than $10 a bottle if it stays year round I would pick it up on a regular. good job BrewDog!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 23:30:00 | More by kennylopez
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Old World Russian Imperial Stout from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.