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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
88
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.20% 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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Bonko_the_sane

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -74.7%

04-05-2012 03:40:13 | More by Bonko_the_sane
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

03-11-2012 14:55:39 | More by Rochefort10nh
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

2.38/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 22:36:20 | More by CuriousMonk
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azorie

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -19%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 21:03:06 | More by azorie
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:28:24 | More by TheFightfan1
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Brentnjen

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

07-18-2012 07:05:18 | More by Brentnjen
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jeff1973

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

04-15-2014 03:53:57 | More by jeff1973
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kennylopez

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 23:30:00 | More by kennylopez
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 20:51:15 | More by DarthKostrizer
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:18:41 | More by biglite351
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-28-2011 05:52:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-23-2012 14:32:23 | More by sideshowe
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Mappies

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-24-2012 21:54:20 | More by Mappies
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TicoCali

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-22-2012 04:10:33 | More by TicoCali
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NarcoSolo

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-17-2012 22:01:07 | More by NarcoSolo
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gunpwdr

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-14-2013 01:10:11 | More by gunpwdr
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DavyTheFatboy

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:16:58 | More by DavyTheFatboy
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 19:05:38 | More by stakem
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:29:45 | More by Jimmys
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Pencible

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:32:25 | More by Pencible
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craftbeersweden

Sweden

3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 16:04:43 | More by craftbeersweden
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:42:32 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-20-2014 22:27:17 | More by aztraz
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-30-2013 01:26:43 | More by crosenkrantz
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caverog

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-25-2012 03:01:06 | More by caverog
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Old World Russian Imperial Stout from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.