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Motherland Russian Imperial Stout - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Motherland Russian Imperial StoutMotherland Russian Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: artoolemomo on 11-24-2013

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Photo of jondouchen
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zander4dawin
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light on the hops, a smooth imperial stout with foggy dark fruit flavors.

Photo of Derek
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PacNWDad
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black, and opaque. Pours with two fingers of beige colored head. Lots of lace. Aroma is what you would expect with a stout - roasted malt, a little coffee and cocoa, a bit winy due to the high alcohol content. Pretty sweet, almost as sweet as a milk stout, with a little bitterness in the middle and then sweet again. Not much carbonation, a bit thick and some fire from the alcohol. Overall a very enjoyable beer..

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Red Hot. The beer was very much on the dry side, with a lot of licorice, coffee and light vanilla. Not my favorite style of RIS, but still a pretty tasty beer from HUB.

Photo of Lucnifter
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, lots of pseudo Soviet Russia imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a very, very dark brown cola colour, with prominent basal highlights, and one skinny finger of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some scaly momma Alien head lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of biscuity, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet milk chocolate, some further fanciful treacle/toffee sweetness, Twizzlers-style black licorice, muddled dark orchard fruit, wet ash, and a sidling metallic booziness. The taste is semi-sweet grainy caramel malt, chocolate ensconced toffee, molasses, fleshy cherries and perhaps a few of their understated friends, ethereal tobacco, subdued sugary anise, a plain earthy, leafy hop bitterness, and more bristling and bridled alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is quite light and innocuous for the most part, barely registering on the venerable frothometer, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a hollow fruity booziness attempting a certain bottoming-out maneuver here. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and mild char holding fast against that still threatening boozy ingress.

Not a bad rendition of this heady style, the organic nature of it all hardly noticeable (mostly due to my own ignorance, I suppose). What is appreciable is the big malty sweetness, and the more or less well-restrained, near 10-points of boozy-booze. Yeah, this one puts it right to my chilled to the cockles disposition, and I am duly thankful for it.

Photo of BeerNW
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just had the 2013 and man this is drinking greay. The 9.8 ABV is super smooth but still there. Great beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle pours near black with a decent head.
The aroma is sweet and lightly boozy.
The flavor largely follows, with pronounced notes of toffee and dark fruits. Some coffee in the aftertaste.
Smooth, full body.

Photo of Donkster46
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chossboss
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbbailey
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of hreb
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours on the brown side of black, thick but not oily, and reluctantly forms a respectable chestnut brown head. Mild and slightly ethanolic aroma. Flavor is more of a straight ahead roasted barley kind of deal than the chocolate and coffee notes often featured in a RIS. I'd actually say the flavors are a little muted from having been served too cold, but the alcohol is pretty big, too, so I'm concerned warming will have adverse affects.

I love RIS but overall I'd say this one is just average.

Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: black. Deep, ruby when held to light. Thin, brown head. Nice lacing.
Smell: faint raisin.
Taste: light roast. Light fig. Light tobacco.
Mouthfeel: medium to medium high carbonation. Big body. Slightly sweet.
Overall: great imperial stout. Well balanced. Tasty. Feel lucky to have found this one.

Photo of hopheadgeoff
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black and a little opaque. Big khaki head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Dark chocolate and molasses. A little licorice and booze.

Taste - Molasses maltiness. Milk chocolate. Dark roasted bitterness. Sweet nuttiness im the finish.

Mouthfeel - Chewy. Kinda boozy. Rich and heavy.

Overall - The flavors don't blend so well, but it tastes ok. Too big for its own good.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hefty jet black with a nice brown head accumulating as it pours...when it finishes a nice khaki pillow of suds is left

S: A little bit of anise, a good dose of coffee and roast with loads of cocoa

T: Initial taste is roasty, cocoa and heat with a bit of anise. But the flavor has a nice blend of fruits as well; dark fruits with cherry pits. Awesome. The finish has a lingering booze presence, lots of roast and flavors.

M: Full. Very happy with this beer. Lots of body here.

O: A great RIS!

Photo of bennetj17
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black color, not super thick or viscous looking. Medium tan foam holds for a minute before dissipating. Toffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol nose. Not too intriguing of an aroma but decent.

The flavor comes off a bit on the sweeter side for style, with lightly roasty, chocolate malts dominating. Finish is moderately bitter with warming alcohols. Mouthfeel is a little chewy, but not overly thick really. Decent carbonation, fine but lively.

Overall a very average Imperial Stout. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing too exciting either. It's a bit warm, and perhaps some aging could mellow the alcohol some, but overall I don't see the potential for the beer to improve otherwise. Worth a try I suppose.

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Braz
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of snaotheus
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split between a couple pint glasses. Fridge temperature. If there's a bottled on date or code of any sort, I don't see it.

Pours black, little or no head. Little if any active carbonation. Fairly long period of time (~10 min) between pouring and starting to review. Smell is chocolate and coffe, maybe some plum or date or other dark fruit.

Taste is sweet, fruity, bittersweet chocolate, lots of cherry flavor, maybe a small amount of anise, plums. Surprisingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is syrupy with a slight grittiness. Overall, I'm happy with this beer. But it's nowhere near my first beer of the night, so take that for what it's worth...

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Motherland Russian Imperial Stout from Hopworks Urban Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.