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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

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of sideshowe
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

sideshowe, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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
Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

rootbeerman, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

TicoCali, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of weller1js
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

weller1js, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of kennylopez
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
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!!!

kennylopez, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of biglite351
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

biglite351, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of NarcoSolo
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

NarcoSolo, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of meich75
4/5  rDev +0.8%

meich75, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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 bobarc
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

bobarc, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

ygtbsm94, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +0.8%

GRG1313, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jlb502, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of mbenthall
5/5  rDev +25.9%

mbenthall, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Dan25D
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dan25D, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.73/5  rDev -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!

PaulStoneAnchor, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

AdamBear, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

ianjsullivan, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

TheFightfan1, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of MarkVegas
5/5  rDev +25.9%

MarkVegas, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of DavyTheFatboy
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

DavyTheFatboy, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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

whatthehull, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of xpdrinker
5/5  rDev +25.9%

xpdrinker, Nov 21, 2011
Old World Russian Imperial Stout from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.