Old World Russian Imperial Stout - BrewDog
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4.93/5 rDev +24.2%
Strong, smoky aroma has firm tones of molasses and chocolate as well as hints of licorice and caramel. It all but screams "Drink me!" to a lover of good stouts. It pours a dark, slightly reddish sable with a thick, fluffy, and fairly persistent tan head that leaves heavy lacing. Mouth-filling flavor has smoky, chocolate and molasses tones with hints of coffee and caramel. It is slightly sweet, which balances a subtle bitter tang. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and just fizzy enough to let you know this is beer. Very satisfying.
11-19-2011 01:16:23 | More by Cyberkedi
4.88/5 rDev +22.9%
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
02-12-2012 00:45:06 | More by Arithmeticus
4.53/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
01-21-2012 02:03:33 | More by weller1js
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
02-29-2012 23:44:03 | More by Metalmonk
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
06-22-2012 04:12:37 | More by Fatehunter
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
03-17-2012 19:38:40 | More by thetwins722
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
11-13-2011 06:49:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
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..
05-08-2012 05:36:11 | More by 4thelvofbeer
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
01-31-2014 18:01:18 | More by dcmchew
Old World Russian Imperial Stout from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.