Old World Russian Imperial Stout - BrewDog
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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
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
01-13-2012 21:13:24 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -9.8%
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.)
09-07-2012 19:05:38 | More by stakem
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-21-2012 03:53:53 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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. .
03-13-2014 00:13:45 | More by chinchill
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
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
1379th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
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.
07-07-2012 02:48:03 | More by FosterJM
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
02-01-2012 20:32:25 | More by Pencible
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
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
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
11-21-2011 03:01:51 | More by Bung
3.33/5 rDev -16.1%
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
02-14-2012 20:51:15 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
Got this one on a recent trip to Belgium.
From a 660ml bottle into a snifter.
Best by 17 October 2018
This one says batch #251 and is 9.5% ABV, which tells me it's a new batch of this and is perhaps on a new system. Not sure, as the older 8.2% ABV version was batch #400 or something.
APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium-thick, creamy, tan head with great retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a nice full cap and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. A swirly wisp remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the sides. Really good looking.
SMELL: Roasted malts, dark baker's chocolate, coffee, light sweet cream and vanilla notes, with hints of tobacco as well. Cocoa and some milky cream make this quite nice. Bold and well balanced. Enticing.
TASTE: Plenty flavorful up front, with roasted malts, toffee sweetness and some dark chocolate in there. Some spicy dark fruit, raisin for sure, accompany the roasted chocolate at the swallow. Big and lingering finish is lightly roasted with spicy yeast, dark fruit sweetness, tobacco and some bitter baker's chocolate. A hint of sweet cream lingers and some burnt notes show up well after the swallow. This is really good.
PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Some spicy alcohol lingers. Solid feel.
OVERALL: Unreal. Finally a good Brew Dog beer. I didn't think these guys could just make a good beer and be done with it. It's always marketing BS and horrible "experimental" creations that just suck. This was excellent, however. While the nose and palate didn't exactly match 100%, both the aroma and flavor were bold, complex, interesting, well-balanced and very enjoyable. Good look and feel on this one as well. Just an all round good beer that went down dangerously fast. Well worth checking out if you find it. Recommended.
04-25-2014 08:48:44 | More by Jeffo
Old World Russian Imperial Stout from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.