Old World Russian Imperial Stout - BrewDog

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Old World Russian Imperial StoutOld World Russian Imperial Stout

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 17
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Immortale25 on 11-10-2011

Brewed exclusively for sale at Total Wine locations.
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Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good to see something new at TW for those who know the selection there can sit forever on the shelves.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep dark chocolate color with a large blooming beige head that tsettled very slowly into a creamy mass atop.Dark fruit stands out most in the nose along with bitter chocolate,the alcohol seems to be well hidden.Dryish and roasted on the palate with only mild molasses-like sweetness,unsweetened bitter chocolate,dark roast coffee, and dark fruit are the dominant flavors with a nice earthy finish.This really seems like a modern version of the style,I like the dryness of it,not bad.

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. .

Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 1 pint 6.4oz poured into a snifter. The bottle lists the ABV and a BBD. The batch number is 406.

A: Espresso bean black with a half-a-fingernail hot chocolate brown head, which disappears quickly leaving small bubbles and and misty patches on the surface.

S: Sweet roasted malts, coffee bean, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol esters.

T: Roasted and slightly burnt malt quickly joins bitter chocolate and coffee bean. The finish leaves strong smoke and slight dry char without much sweetness. It leaves nice warmth in the back of the throat.

M: Heavy and dry.

O: As its name suggests, this beer was brewed to be like the old world stouts the Czars loved. If you enjoy sweeter stouts, you will not like this beer. This stout is very bitter and smokey, though it does soften as it warms. It has a nice warmth that, I am sure, would have been enjoyable in Russia. I think it is a well balanced beer (the alcohol is blended well), which is perfect for cold weather.

Photo of azorie
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was recommended by TW manager. I guess its still porter/stout month at the old homestead.

A: hard pour into a mug at 43f, got a big 3 inch head. lots of tan lacing, the beer is the expected pitch black in color. to style

S: a very interesting mix of mild coffee, burnt dark chocolate. Kind a biscuit like in the yeast/malt profile. no hops detected.
Did not seem very boozy to the nose.

T: slightly bitter coffee, not very strong, but then again its strong enough alcohol wise. it has a chocolate tang to it, and a nice after taste. Still not much to it, its a tad thin taste wise. Lots of malt, no hops etc. let it warm up more. Humm a decent RIS about it.

M: smooth, creamy, not as rich as I think it "should" be. decent though.

O: overall its an ok RIS, nothing I buy again frankly

Photo of Metalmonk
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Total Wine. Deep black pour, thin layer of tan head.

Roast malty aroma, caramel, chocolates. Maybe some molasses and anise.

Taste, Some more roast here than in the nose, meshes well with the dark chocolate. Fades to coffee cocoa and anise. There is some hop bite here as well. Lingers nicely. If there was a 4.25 I'd use it here.

Solid medium body, just shy of creamy carbonation. Drinks very well, reasonable abv for an imperial is hidden well.
Solid effort.

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. Label says best before 27-09-14 which, since it's from Scotland, I presume translates to September 27, 2014. I guess this beer is meant to age but I'm drinking it fresh off the line. Was so new at Total Wine & More that it wasn't even on the shelf yet.

A- Pours a black color with no light shining through and a light tan two finger head that goes down to an 1/8 inch head with a lot of brilliant lacing and plenty of retention. I noticed dents in the foam on the way down that indicate the beer's freshness as far as yeast and carbonation goes. Possibly bottle-conditioned.

S- Burnt, roasted coffee aroma indicating this is gonna be one heavy beer. A bit of alcohol fumes.

T- Comes on full-force with all the cumbersome properties of an RIP. Loads of roast and dark chocolate followed by the usual metallic aftertaste. A good amount of bitterness that could be brought on by the hops. Heavy indeed, but manageable.

M- Medium-high carbonation brings a lively element which isn't detrimental to the style at all in this case. Thick but not intensely so which is cool since RIS's tend to go overboard in that area.

O- A lot to sink your tongue and stomach into but is quaffable all the same. Took a chance with this one and I'm glad I did because I would definitely have it again.

Photo of SHODriver
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of DavyTheFatboy
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another review from a Total Wine Geek.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours deep brown, black with no light penetration. Two-finger dark brown head that hangs around for quite a while.

Smells utterly of coffee and chocolate. Although I have to say it seems a little restrained on the nose. Probably because I pretty much dumped it into the glass.

In-folded malts that hit the middle of the palate hardest. Big coffee, baker's chocolate mellowing to milk chocolate, and molasses. Tasty! For better or worse, the alcohol content is clear on this one, but then the fine people at Brewdog aren't really known for subtlety.

Feels really creamy, almost glassy. Just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue, it's actually great for breaking up the boozy finish.

Overall, get yourself a bottle. The last RIS I had before this was the Bitches Brew and that's a tough act to follow, but at $6 per bottle I'm pleased with this and consider it very worthwhile. Pair it with breakfast for dinner and your night is made.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
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

Photo of shand
3.97/5  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.

Photo of thetwins722
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a best by date of 21st day ,9th month and 2014th year.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a coca cola color (semi transparent) leaves a light coffee colored heading. Settles to thin edging and leaves some globbage behind.

Nose has a heavy burnted malt aroma as well as burnt chocolate. Slight molasses in the backend.

Taste starts with a heavy coffee taste which settles into a bozzey - anise.A slight burnt tobacco middle and a hoppy bite is introduced towards the finish and leaves a heavy hop oily linger.

Medium bodied ,decent carbonation, and decent balance.

I like my stouts full bodied and malty. This seemed to be lesser of the two being a bit too hoppy and a little too light in the ass.

Photo of weller1js
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.41/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.)

Photo of PolarBear3
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black colour with large foamy brown head that dissipates to a thin film

S - Sweet dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel very prominent and slightly boozy on the nose

T - Similiar to the nose with sweet malts, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, dates, cherries fairly prominent..but definitely get some vanilla and spice at the end. The alcohol seems to be hidden nicely and its not overpowering.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation and very smooth

O- A fairly good quality stout and definately worth a try on a colder evening.

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich coffee color which comes with a beautiful tan foam.

S: The aroma comes with some coffee, dark chocolate, and roast malts.

T: Almost all coffee along with some dark chocolate. It has some earthy hops and some nice roast malt as well.

M: It has a medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

O: This has a lot of the English Imperial Stout character which comes with lots of coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, and some tobacco. I enjoyed this Imperial Stout, because you cannot regularly enjoy an English Imperial Stout all that often. This stout is different from other Imperial Stouts, in that, it is not sweet, but that it has some rich bold, savory characteristics. If you love rich coffee this is a great beer to enjoy with a scone or two!

Photo of tmzl
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed by JBW 77 (BrewDog) for Total Wine.

Batch 406. Best before 9/21/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 3 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to an island of foam in the middle of the glass. A nice latticework of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee beans. Taste is pretty much exactly like the smell but with a strong emphasis on almost burnt tasting malt and roasted coffee beans. The roasty bitterness is pretty assertive after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good and very tasty RIS that is quite impressive. I had no idea these were being brewed for Total Wine and I just picked one up on a whim for a decently priced RIS in the new beer section. I am definitely going to go back and stock up on more of these.

Photo of dedrinker
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Old World Russian Imperial Stout from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.