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Big RICC - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 211
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 14
Gots: 61 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jaydoc on 03-08-2014

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black from the can with a healthy chocolate head. The aroma is primarily warm chocolate and vanilla. Those are present on the tongue, but coffee predominates. The finish is nicely bitter. Medium thick mouth with just a bit of oil. Finally, a Tallgrass stout that's not horribly thin. This is a really nice coffee stout.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A: deep coa blavk not much of a head but there is a film around the glass that is mocha colored

S: lots of a nice coffee smell smells like brewed coffee that is cold a light bit of bakers chocolate and some licorice as well

T: lots of coffee right through the swish n the tongue and then even more when you swallow with a splash of bitter chocolate on the end the beer has nice hints of licorce and malty goodness throught out but the coffee definately runs the show

M: medium mouth feel edging toward full but not quite beer finishes dryer and not as sweet as a lot of stouts

O: really solid stout I don't get a whole lot from the chocolate but the coffee is hige and it is a pretty damn good beer.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a jet black, topped with a medium sized, foamy, dark creme/motor oil colored head. Gorgeous. Lacing is medium. Roasted malts dominate the smell with coffee and chocolate aromas lingering in the back. Smooth, roasted malts open up the flavor palette, before swinging into chocolate, and coffee notes. Also on the tail end, is a little bit of a bourbon burn. It's a lovely transition from sweet malts, to a little boozy burn, although it's kept in check. Mouth feel is robust, and smooth. It's a pleasure to drink. Overall, wow. This might have just topped the list of my favorite beers. Plenty going on from the moment you pour it into a glass and take a look.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is truth in advertising here. This is a coffee and chocolate tasting beer. Aroma is coffee dominant with the melding of the chocolate is a soft and creamy way but it is not foreground.
Moderate thin pour but very dark with browns and a dark and not dense head - more foamy and showing some big bubbles.
The chocolate is more in the flavor and to me comes across as more milk chocolate than semi-sweet or bitter. This is blended more with the coffee, which has a less intense presentation than in the aroma but still holds a fresh ground more than fresh brewed quality. A little more of the RIS here but it is certainly background. With a little alcohol heat and a strong shot of warmth to the gut the alcohol shows itself.
A bit bigger than moderate. More carbonated than most for style but still pretty smooth. A big hit of drying noted earlier but later takes it was softer and had more coffee and a bit of sweetness to it. Nice lingering taste.
This is a fun beer. Not exceptional but a pleasure nonetheless.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding RIS. Pours beautifully with a generous, pillowy head that kicks up nicely. Seriously good looking - I wanted to bury my head in it. Every element here comes together very well. The body of the beer is thick, chewy and most definitely has all the pieces that make for a good breakfast or dessert stout. As this warms you get more to the coffee and chocolate notes, with plenty of hops but not so much that it overwhelms the melding of the malt notes. Rich and creamy.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one thick brew....black and intense. The aroma is smokey, with roasted grains. It is a thick beer...full and intense. The texture is almost chewy, with lots of warmth and strong bitterness. There is some sweetness underneath....lots of carbohydrates, but alcohol and the bitterness keep them at bay. This is a complex, satisfying, and resonant beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from trailer can into globe snifter.

Appearance is black licorice, with a 2 finger pinkish brown head, receding fairly quickly to a small ring.

Lots of coffee on the nose, with milky lactose sweetness, oatmeal raisin cookie, some black licorice. As it warms a bunch of rubber cement comes out.

Lots of bitterness and alcohol out front, with a short lived milk chocolate sweetness...then destroyed by antiseptic licorice and anise, kerosene, and rubbing alcohol.

Feel is creamy but not super thick like expected. Heavily carbonated, and a sticky sweet dryness on the finish.

Overall, this may be the worst Russian Imperial Stout I've had so far...and I had high expectations for this. There's no fruits, little chocolate, and mostly rubbing alcohol and kerosene. I want my $3.25 back.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The odd thing here ... is that this smells like shit when it's cold. Chemical, plastic, acrid horror. Mouthfeel and taste are great, even cold, but flavor is abominable. But ... I let it warm. And it smelled like coffee infused chocolate. Nice candidate for barrel aging - make it so!

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Photo of mflamar
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First tried at the Tallgrass taproom and then picked up a four pack. Delicious RIS. Pours jet black with strong chocolate and coffee flavors. One of the best stouts I've ever had. A gem coming out of Kansas, wish it was available in my area.

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Photo of beersdmf17
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy Coffee. This is one of the most coffee forward beers i've had. This is a solid imperial stout that serves as a good base for the adjuncts. Tons of coffee with hints of chocolate and some bitterness. Not overly sweet, drinks like a strong iced mocha. Nice creamy and rich body to help the huge amounts of coffee, you can tell this has a higher abv. This needs to be a regular offering, not just in a mix four pack.

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Photo of Elumbeer
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a stout glass. Initially fridge temp, allowed to warm. Best flavors came through around 51-53 degF (I was playing with my laser thermometer, but most stouts rock in that range).

Dark brown body. Lovely mocha-tan colored head. Small but noticable head. Minimal lacing.

Standard roasty-sweet smell. Coffee is more evident on the pour.

Nice balance of roast, coffee, and chocolate in the taste. Balances the [potent] sweetness well (at least for my tastes).

Very nice texture. Smooth, thick, not cloying.

A very solid RIS. Nothing super special, but worth mentioning in the same breath as Narwhal, etc. It's about as good as is possible when just sticking with coffee & chocolate flavors, and not throwing-in more complexity, nitro smoothness, or barrel-aging. Probably one of the best beers I've had that came in a can, for whatever that's worth... maybe next time I'll try it straight out of the can and see if it's a portable beer?

Note to self: I liked it slightly better out of the XL snifter than the stout glass. Would probably give it a 4.25 from the snifter.

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Photo of Nine2five03
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark with almost no bubble. smell is very coffee forward with hint of little chocolate follows.
I Loved this beer and I would recommend it to anyone to try it out.

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Photo of gibgink
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy this outing from Tallgrass. It took me a while to "get" the acronym, but it finally set in. This is a good take on the Russian Imperial, and the chocolate and coffee add to the flavor profile without overpowering them.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a tulip.

Pours viscous and thick and produces an impressive oatmeal-colored frothiness. It all looks chewy and edible. 4.75

Chocolate, coffee, sweet malt all hit on the nose. A bit of booze and spicy hops. 4

Consistent with the nose, coffee and cream with some spiced notes like cinnamon or nutmeg. Creamy caramel and vanilla mixed with dark chocolate and some hop flavor. The finish sort of disappears except for the booze, but otherwise this is nice. 4

Creamy, sweet, robust up front, then dry, solvent-like and bitter with hops on the finish. It feels a bit hot, but not to the point of undoing the beer. 4

After having the underwhelming BBA Buffalo Sweat, this is an excellent redemption. Very flavorful, rich in body and flavor, and seeming to be a beer that will age superbly.

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Photo of mlockman
3.27/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Certainly a Russian Imperial Stout, and to be confused with an American Double/Imperial Stout, as bitter hop flavor dominates the aroma and palate until the beer warms significantly; only then are coffee and chocolate subtly perceptible.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of tan head that settles into a thin patch. Lots of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty and rich dark malt driven aroma with a good scent of coffee beans and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of coffee beans, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, grains, biscuit, oats, caramel, smoke, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses and brown sugar. Subtle hints of dark fruit and earthy hops. A pretty nice roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with big notes of coffee beans, chocolate, cocoa nibs, oats, grains, biscuit, toast, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar and molasses. Light dark fruit undertones of raisin and cherry. Subtle notes of earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and fairly slick. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good Coffee Imperial Stout. Good roasty malt flavors with a smooth creamy body.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Big coffee and vanilla on the nose with bits of caramel and chocolate. Roasty big coffee flavor dominates. Hints of vanilla, caramel, earth, and bitter chocolate. Creamy mouth, big body, light carbonation. Coffee seems a bit much at times, but this is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Great roasty dark and smokey! Man what a great taste profile. Leaves u always wanting more! Very diverse, with great flavors of chocolate, and roasted beans. Had a crisp carb to it that was refreshing. Great job brewers!! Damn Good!

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with almost no head.
Aroma is very coffee forward with a little chocolate in the background.
Taste is a lot of coffee and chocolate with some boozy sweetness.
Mouthfeel isn't as thick as I'd like, it's medium/thick and finishes extremely smoothly.
Overall great beer, I'll definitely be buying more.

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Photo of Prager62
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in a recent in person trade. Canned on 10/13/15, poured into a twelve ounce snifter.

Look- Pours an oily dark black with a generous finger of mocha foam.

Smell- Dark robust coffee and decadent dark chocolate. If there's anything else, it gets buried in these intense aromas.

Taste- Dark roast coffee followed by bakers chocolate. There is a dark cherry flavor in the finish.

Feel- Thick and oily with a dry finish.

Overall- A very robust coffee forward beer with wonderful chocolate as a bonus. It has the rich mouthfeel like a well done milk stout to round it all out. A well done coffee stout!

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Photo of pagriley
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours as expected, with a thixk mocha head. Smells if coffee and tastes of coffee. Base stoutvis there but coffee dominates. On the lighter side for body, but big coffee nose and flavor. Worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a good amount of tan head. Smell is coffee and malt with a hint of chocolate. The taste is a boozy chocolate with a lot of coffee. you van also get a hint of raisins or dates. Absolutely delicious. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. This is an amazing beer that I hope Tallgrass will keep making.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a great stout with tons of complexity and a lot of flavors. The nose is really nice with dark chocolate and coffee. The taste and mouthfeel are really nice initially, but the bitter coffee is a little rough on the backend finish.

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Photo of donspublic
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively from can into 16 oz tulip. Dark as night with a good 2 finger tan head that slowly disappears. Nice carbonation, little tan bubbles floating from the bottom. Nice not overwhelming coffee to the nose with a little chocolate mixed in. Great tasting beer. Picking up the chocolate and coffee, no bitterness. There is some residual sweetness going on which is welcomed. Like the mouthfeel here, wouldn't call this a thick beer, but it has a great mouthfeel, somewhat coating your mouth. I love the chocolate with the coffee on this, they are playing off each other very well. I hope they make this one of their regulars. Going to try and find more of this when I am up in OK next month.

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Photo of brewskis
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night with a finger and a half of a dark mocha head.

Aroma is of roasted malt, char, roasted coffee, carmel sweetness, slight vanilla, and fig.

Taste follows the aroma quite well. Get roasted malt, gourmet coffee, dark fruit, bitter dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, and carmel and vanilla sweetness to balance it all out.

Medium body. Smooth carbonation, creamy, and slick. Finishes oily and slightly sticky.

This is an excellent adjunct imperial stout which definitely came out of left field. This exceeds expectations and is definitely one of the better RIS's I've had in a while. It's balanced while still being full of complex flavor.

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Big RICC from Tallgrass Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.