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Big RICC | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jaydoc on 03-08-2014

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

A - Dark black body, brown-red highlights, tan head with red tint, some minor lacing.

S - Boozy, as you might expect, with roasted malts giving off ashy notes, and a hint of bitter cocoa.

T - A lot of dark chocolate, a definite over-toasted bread note, and a bitter bite in the close. The flavors are rich, but not particularly complex.

M - Brisk carbonation, a bit slick, but surprisingly drinkable, with just a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

O - Not a revelation, and perhaps too much toasting for my taste, but a rich and warm, big boy of a beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black body, one finger mocha head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smells of rich coffee, char, cocoa, bit of milk chocolate. A bit smoky. Flavour is a fair amount of cocoa, smoke, milk chocolate, a medium boozy heat. A bit too much booziness for me. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the slightly thinner side than expected. Fine carbonation. As before, a bit boozy on the backend. I was hoping for more.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, canned on 09/21/15. Acquired a single can of this stuff at the local bottle shop for something like $4.25. "Russian Imperial Stout with Coffee + Chocolate".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Thick dark black pour, just a few shades away from opaque. One finger of thin mocha head. Minor spotty lacing that doesn't really stick. Looks good.

S - Aroma is of average duration and intensity. Light milk chocolate & malt roast. Not pulling much coffee from this. No freshly grinded coffee beans / cold brewed coffee roastiness. Minor note of alcohol fumes & dark fruits in the vain of cherry.

T - Flavor is dark, roasty, somewhat charred. Coffee beans / cold coffee isn't exactly prominent either. The malts are very dark, charred & roasty. Lots of burnt barley malt / dark baking chocolate flavors. Subtle notes of creamy milk chocolate.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy with semi-crisp carbonation. Not as thick / creamy / syrupy as other high abv examples of the style (I was far more impressed by Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, which i bought with this one). Easy drinking stuff for the high abv, but glad i only got one can.

Overall, i will go with a final rating of 4, but there are better examples of the style, especially for the price.

Tallgrass Brewing Big RICC -----4/5.

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Photo of Mike1958
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm gonna say this is a good beer. It pours dark as oil with a decent head. Lot's of chocolate and coffee... my wife says almost enough coffee to make it good. She always says in my coffee stouts, MORE COFFEE. This one she said, almost. LOL. Has a bitter finish which means it would benefit from a couple three months in a bourbon barrel to get a little sweet flavor.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep black with a small but sustaining mocha head. The aroma offers up a massive mount of dark chocolate and coffee, with background notes of plum and date. The flavor starts with a slightly sweet hit of coffee, followed by dark chocolate, as well as fig, burnt toast, grape juice, and a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel is full bu not thick. Overall this is a rather lovely chocolate stout. The chocolate is present but not overwhelming, and here are other lovely stout notes as well. While this might not be a blockbuster, it is a solid high ABV chocolate stout.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, wood, and a hint of coffee. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, wood, and coffee. Overall, weak appearance, great aroma, good body and blend.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

True hi-ABV American imperial stout. Pure black, nice tan CO2 head that lasts a pretty long time. The smell is amazing: with lots of caramel chocolate and coffee. The taste is good, although I'm tasting the alcohol more than I do in some similar ABV selections. Enough so that it seems to be obscuring some of the other more subtle flavors. I like it a lot, but not as much as Prairie Bomb or Old Rasputin.

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Photo of martinpfal
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first step into what tall grass has to offer. I was hoping for more from this one. No fault of the Brewer, just the hype around this brew. Pours very dark -to be expected in a stout. Smell of coffee dominates with dark chocolate a close second. Taste is just the same with some slight tinge of too bitter on the finish. Toss it in a bourbon barrel for a few months to add some sweetness and that would put this one thru the roof!

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Photo of joeseppy
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Normal pour yields two to three inch head. Looks like I dropped a scoop of vanilla ice cream into rootbeer. Thick pillowy bulbous foam. Deep mahogany. On the nose vanilla and cocoa prominent. Charred oak and roast coffee. Molasses sweet aroma. Taste is big roast coffee bean, raw vanilla bean and dark chocolate. Burnt sugars and unsulphured blackstrap. Mouthfeel is ultra-creamy with lively carbonation. Bitter lasting finish extremely noticeable on the back of the tongue. Overall everything comes as advertised on the can. Imperial, check. Coffee, check. Chocolate, check. Pure pleasure here and does not disappoint my session. Very impressed with mouthfeel and the visual.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/13/15.

Aroma is very coffee forward, with roasty malt to accent and significant chocolate presence.

Flavor is very roasty, with a slightly acidic finish that is slightly offputting. The coffee is not overwhelming, and chocolate really shines in the aftertaste. Finish is fairly bitter.

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Photo of maximum12
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single. 12 oz. can. Every time I look at it I think it says “Big Rico”.

Pours black. The smell is like licorice that’s been soaking in coffee for a couple days.

Big RICC is big on scorch. Scorched, bottom-of-the-pot coffee that’s been exposed to too many sunspots & flares. Then there’s burnt anise, bitter chocolate, charred smoky twigs. The aftertaste is anise all day, & possibly into the next morning. Nice & thick, but a short pour of this is plenty.

As a Tallgrass fan this was a let down; the roast tips like a Wisconsin cow right into the campfire. Reaching for pretty good.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really seem to like what Tallgrass does with big beers in cans. Pours jet black with an inch and a half of deep tan head. Nose has a soft coffee feel with bit of smokiness and slight vanilla. The taste is black coffee and very dark dry bitter black chocolate. If you have some high cacao % dark chocolate try it with this beer. It really brings out the sweetness of this brew, because there wasn't much sweetness going on in the flavor. Solid brew that would epic bourbon barrel aged.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Aroma is a deep roasted almost burnt malt. Flavor is a little bitter followed by a super roasty malty profile. Almost burnt but not quite there. Has a nice body and overall a solid stout.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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 +0.2%
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 +6.2%
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 -1.4%
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 +6.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -22.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +7.7%
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 +4.5%
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 +1%
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 +19.6%
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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Big RICC from Tallgrass Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.