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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
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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4/5  rDev 0%

jlb502, Dec 16, 2011
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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

oberon, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev 0%

Shakerman, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

fionn13, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

TheBrk, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

ianjsullivan, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of azorie
3.2/5  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

azorie, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Metalmonk, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Ciocanelu, May 22, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Fatehunter, Jun 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

aztraz, Jun 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25%

mbenthall, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

GRG1313, Dec 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

crosenkrantz, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Brentnjen
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Brentnjen, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Bung, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Beejay, Jan 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25%

CEDAMA, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Immortale25, Nov 10, 2011
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4.44/5  rDev +11%

AndreasDif, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of SHODriver
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

SHODriver, Jun 14, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +20%

Rwalford74, Sep 27, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +12.3%

ProtonNinja, Oct 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

StroppyMare, Jul 30, 2012
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Old World Russian Imperial Stout from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.