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Old World Russian Imperial Stout - BrewDog

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87
very good

41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 124
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 6.87%
Wants: 19
Gots: 18 | 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 CuriousMonk
2.41/5  rDev -38.7%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of azorie
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
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 (789 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of kennylopez
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
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!!! (454 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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 (579 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A good bit of red around the edges. Thick creamy tan head.

S - Dark ruit then roasted nut and malt. Bitter chocolate under the finish.

T - Roasted malt motsly. Some fruit and baking chocolate. Not nearly as good as the smell. An unfriendly bitter hit in the finish.

M - Thick but only a medium amout of coating. Tingle on sides of tongue.

O - Wouldn't kick it out of bed, but probably wouldn't be first choice to take home either. (438 characters)

Photo of DavyTheFatboy
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.) (1,019 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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! (367 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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! (760 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown with a nice thick tan head

S-malty, creamy, some hops and some roasted chocolate smell. faint though

T-comes in with a creamy taste of bitter dark roasted malts. very full flavored. the bitterness really builds and leads to a decent after-taste. some coffee in there as well.

M-very thick. dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-the Russians had good taste. this is a great stout, not much different than what we have today. abv is well hidden. the whole bottle is easy to finish. i wouldn't mind having more of this. (543 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tulip

A - deep dark brown, very off white almost deep tan head and no lacing

S - very toasty, lots of sugar, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, lots of malts, roasted nuts, light molasses, wet wood, slight soil, dried flowers and dry wood

T - very toasted, nutty, boozey, very dark chocolate, tons of dark and toasted malts, burnt wood, lots of earth, almost sour yeast, crisp water and more chocolate

M - full bodied, medium balance, medium complexity, low acidity and long finish

D - Drinks very old world. Very nutty, a decent amount of acid and I don't think I could do 2 bottles in one sitting. All in all a very drinkable beer with a nice flavor and nose

Final thought - for an exclusive, not bad at all. Pretty tasty beer. You like stouts, you will enjoy this and $6 and 8.2% not a bad deal (805 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,320 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (388 characters)

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. (349 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. . (777 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (477 characters)

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Old World Russian Imperial Stout from BrewDog
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