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Old World Russian Imperial Stout - BrewDog

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Old World Russian Imperial StoutOld World Russian Imperial Stout

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very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop (£7):
Black with a 0.5cm foamy brown head that turns to a patchy lacing 30 seconds later.

Sweet & quite boozy with darker fruits on the nose initially, some very dark malts too. Spice, faint grains & oak with hints of vanilla aren't far behind but the chocolate & coffee dominate. A great espresso like smell & the toasted/burnt notes work well with some dates & figs at the end.

Sweetness & chocolate, espresso & coffee with a little spice start things off. Some cocoa dominates the taste with some light alcohol flavours. Dark malts & fruits with some figs & dates, plus cherries & a little vanilla all make themselves know.

Medium to full in body, boozy from the alcohol but not overpowering. Some grain & spice with a smooth & almost bitter mouthfeel & medium carbonation.Some sweetness features throughout too.

I'm really enjoying my Imperial Stouts of late & this is no exception. Excellent stuff from the start, bold & complex with just enough alcohol to give it a good kick. Perhaps not quite as good as some of the other recent beers of this style I've enjoyed but a great beer nonetheless.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on a recent trip to Belgium.

From a 660ml bottle into a snifter.
ABV: 9.5%
Best by 17 October 2018

This one says batch #251 and is 9.5% ABV, which tells me it's a new batch of this and is perhaps on a new system. Not sure, as the older 8.2% ABV version was batch #400 or something.

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium-thick, creamy, tan head with great retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a nice full cap and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. A swirly wisp remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the sides. Really good looking.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark baker's chocolate, coffee, light sweet cream and vanilla notes, with hints of tobacco as well. Cocoa and some milky cream make this quite nice. Bold and well balanced. Enticing.

TASTE: Plenty flavorful up front, with roasted malts, toffee sweetness and some dark chocolate in there. Some spicy dark fruit, raisin for sure, accompany the roasted chocolate at the swallow. Big and lingering finish is lightly roasted with spicy yeast, dark fruit sweetness, tobacco and some bitter baker's chocolate. A hint of sweet cream lingers and some burnt notes show up well after the swallow. This is really good.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Some spicy alcohol lingers. Solid feel.

OVERALL: Unreal. Finally a good Brew Dog beer. I didn't think these guys could just make a good beer and be done with it. It's always marketing BS and horrible "experimental" creations that just suck. This was excellent, however. While the nose and palate didn't exactly match 100%, both the aroma and flavor were bold, complex, interesting, well-balanced and very enjoyable. Good look and feel on this one as well. Just an all round good beer that went down dangerously fast. Well worth checking out if you find it. Recommended.

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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. .

chinchill, Mar 13, 2014
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Old World Russian Imperial Stout from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.