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Big RICC - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 132
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 7.46%
Wants: 10
Gots: 40 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

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 Prager62
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -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 +7.7%
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 -3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +1.4%
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 he 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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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Viscous, a hint of lacing & zero head retention

S: Mocha, roastyness, ash, & caramel once warm, trend more towards coffee then, ghost booze

T: Follows the nose, some char & smokeyness & a little vanilla, a little booze warmth, along with some pumpernickel. Coffee, vanilla, char, & a little booze warmth as this warms. Finishes dry with coffee, a whisper of figs, char & vanilla

MF: A little chewy, subtle carbonation, warming

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, another winner from Tallgrass. Very impressed with this, will buy more if I see it for sure!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz, canned on 09/21/15
A - tall, creamy, light brown head holds excellent retention capping an opaque black ale
S - coffee, toasted barley, cacao nibs, and vanilla
T - nice blend of cocoa, creamed coffee, vanilla, roasted barley
M - very creamy & full body, smooth and rich, modest carbonation, earthy finish
O - I always love an RIS; add coffee and chocolate and I'm all in! This is great!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night and impenetrable to light with a fingernail of dark beige on top. All I detect in the aroma is dark boldly roasted coffee. The taste is a burst of dark roasted coffee with light notes of chocolate appearing at the back of the palate. This is absolutely packed with flavor and aroma of coffee! The mouth is thick, viscous, and chewy.

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Photo of JonathanR
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into sniffer.

Typical head for RIS: thin but not nonexistent. Excellent lacing, moreso than some other RIS.
Aroma: typical coffee,carmel with a smoothness that probably can be attributed to the chocolate. I did not quite get the complexity in aroma that you would get from some of the other well known RIS.
Taste: initial bite was their but nothing crazy. immediately moved to a refined,smooth coffee note with a dark chocolate finish. Not the mayple note that makes say eviltwin and rasputen great but still a very nice smooth tone. not enough complexity for me but for those that want a really smooth high abc chocolate RIS this would be highly recommended. masking of the ABV is very well done.

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Photo of Ri0
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into a snifter. Appearance is black as the abyss and it has a creamy tan 2 finger head. Retention was on par and it formed a thin collar with small waves of lacing. The aroma is a deep roasted malt, light espresso, and a hint of bitter bakers chocolate. The taste follows the nose for the most part, with the exception of it having some earthy and bitter hop flavors. The mouthfeel is thinner, but creamy and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden. Not quite outstanding as many RIS stouts, but overall it's a pretty delicious offering from Tallgrass.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a spiegelau stout glass. Canned on 9/21 and consumed on 11/6/15.
Look = 4.0 Pours a dark brown into an opaque black in the glass with 1 finger of brown head that fades to ring. Nice, dense lace.
Aroma = 4.5 Big coffee notes hit me first but milder dark chocolate notes come out as it warms. There is also some mild roasted malt and mild alcohol heat but coffee is the dominate player here.
Taste = 4.5 Follows the nose closely, big coffee flavors dominate but is complimented with bitter dark chocolate notes and mild roast. Alcohol is mild and there is a moderate to significant bitterness in the finish with lingering roasted malt notes in the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.5 Full bodied with low to medium carbonation, nice and creamy. Spot on for a RIS.
Drinkability = 4.25 Good drinkability despite being a big 10.5% RIS with coffee.
Overall = 4.4 Very impressive, big score for this one. Hits all the high marks you’re looking for in a big stout. Coffee dominates as the main flavor profile, but plenty of complimentary things to keep it interesting.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decided to go with something different for Stout Day this year. Why are we not all off work? So this was poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. It pours out black. A relatively small brown head quickly settled to a thin collar. The aroma is pretty coffee forward, and quite enjoyable. The chocolate is more muted, but picks up as the beer warmed. The flavor has some nice coffee bitterness, balanced with enough sweetness. The alcohol stays pretty well hidden, but there's a little heat. The body is full and smooth. Overall, I'd say it was a good choice for Stout Day.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

It only takes seconds to realize that chocolate and coffee are big time components of this beer as the aroma is thick with decadent dark chocolate, rich fudge, and dark roasted coffee beans. Hints of lactose sugar and hearty oats weave their way through the nose as well.

The taste is rich with thick chocolate fudge and bitter coffee grounds on the back side. There is just enough sweetness up front and the finish i really dark, roasted, and bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

The beer looks like a can of dirty motor oil poured into a beer glass. Oatmeal colored foam recedes to a thin collar with little dots of lacing, if any.

Overall: Big, bold, and really really rich. Tons of coffee roast and just enough chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of Keene
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the can Big RICC pours blacker than the tire tread on a stunt motorcycle with a thin, dusty-colored head of foam. The strong coffee aroma is joined by notes of deeply roasted chocolate malt and/or black malt and a whiff of fusel alcohol. Full bodied and relatively smooth, this Russian Imperial Stout suffers somewhat from a lack of balance. Bitter malts and the sharp coffee character come close to overwhelming the palate and crowd out other more subtle flavors. The tangy finish is long and lingering with a suggestion of dark chocolate or cocoa appearing at the end of the show. Good, but pairing with a scoop of ice cream would take things up another notch.

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Photo of phrimplepoot
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color and mouthfeel are excellent. Some prefer a flatter imperial stout. Not this guy. Chocolate and coffee flavors are world class. At $10 a six pack of 12 oz cans, his is an absolute bargain. Great beer at a totally reasonable price.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep opaque black with a two finger mocha color head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and roast malt. Taste follows with chocolate, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium and not harsh. Overall, a very good RIS that benefits from the addition of the coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of mschrei
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard Russian Imperial. Strong coffee notes, not much in the way of chocolate, though you can tell it's there. Less alcohol burn than 10% would suggest. Mellows out maybe too much if you let it warm.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is outstanding! Big ole stout that drinks well below it's abv. Only bought a single can, I will be getting the 4 pack next. The highlight is the smoothness and flavor. Big coffee and chocolate. Just fantastic.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste: rich and malty, deep coffee and chocolate notes, smooth with a clean finish.
Black/brown in color, mostly opaque.
Big cocoa and coffee aroma.
Full body but not sticky mouth feel.
Tan head of delicate lattice to lace.
65 IBUs

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Photo of morimech
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking imperial stout with a sizeable head that had good retention. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass. You can tell this is a big stout just by the aroma. Cannot really smell the alcohol but still you know that it is there. Notes of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Some fruity yeast esters as well. The alcohol is definitely the first thing I taste. But once I get past that I can get the mocha qualities from the coffee and chocolate that makes a nice combination. Mild roasted bitterness and flavor. Fruity esters of dark fruit comes in the finish. The alcohol heat keeps the stout flavors from lingering on the palate. Big body and really nicely carbonated.

A little too hot for my tastes but the coffee and chocolate comes through nicely and tastes nice.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can a dark mahogany-black with two fingers of dark tan head.

Huge coffee aroma with this one. It's actually the aroma of a cup of coffee. A touch of raisin comes out as it warms a bit.

Tasted of coffee, dark chocolate, raisin and roasted malts. The 10.5% abv is pretty well-hidden.

Medium-to-full bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised with this one from Tallgrass. You must give it a try.

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I agree with this beer being likened to FBS, only it hits a little harder. Thicker, boozier, more chocolaty, pricier (lulz), the only aspect of this beer I find subtler than FBS is the coffee flavor, which is welcome to me. I'm also digging this label. I'd like to take a ride on those handlebars, mmh. Despite the $14 price tag, I will be buying this sexy beast again.

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Photo of WreckedPalate
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is damn good!

Look: jet black, and thin tan head.

Smell: coffee, coffee, coffee. Small amount of bready grain and a little chocolate.

Taste: coffee forward without a doubt, malt bill starts to shine through, along with dark stone fruits like rasin and plum, bitter chocolate and more coffee in the finish.

Feel: minimal carbonation, wish the body was a tad more viscous, but overall, very pleasant.

Overall: Extremely solid, and I'm enjoying the intense amount of coffee and this puts something like Founders Breakfast Stout to shame, in fact I like it better than KBS.

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Photo of Cooldill
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a 12 oz can. 40 weight motor oil, slightly viscous yet not as syrupy. JET BLACK appearance, with some dark brown around the edges. Held a flashlight up to the glass... couldn't see light. This is one OPAQUE ale. One finger of brown head, fades away with time but stays around just long enough.

S: Bombshell. COFFEE BOMSHELL. Smells better than a Starbucks, roasted rich coffee explosion... the strongest coffee scent I've ever smelled coming from a glass of anything... including coffee. No, I'm not being melodramatic. Some sweet Hershey's syrup smell in the background, light, and similar to the Buffalo Sweat. No hops noted. If there are roasted malts, it's indistinguishable from the coffee. Fantastic aroma off this beer.

T: Roasted, rich, robust coffee, that is NOT burnt or bitter. Not bitter at all really, perplexing. The Hershey's syrup again comes through in the best of ways, pleasantly sweet yet far from cloying. This is about a two-note flavor, yet not quite. There is still enough going on in the background to keep you feeling like you're drinking something really worthwhile. Dang fine brewing. No doubt.

F: Moderate carbonation. Not as thin and flat as some other Imperials I've tried. It balances so, so nicely with the flavors and aromas. A bit slick, but not slide-down-your-throat oily like some. The mouthfeel is just wonderfully balanced. Not much for to say except "Bravo!".

O: Superb. I'm living in Manhattan, and that's why I picked this beer up. Sure the addition of coffee and chocolate might be a little forced, but who needs malts (did I just say that!?) when the overall balance is so fantastic?? Worth a try to say the very least. One little can full of perfection, delivered from the heart of the Little Apple.

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Big RICC from Tallgrass Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.