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Abbey Russian Imperial Stout - Abbey Brewing Co.

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Abbey Russian Imperial Stout
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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 23.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Abbey Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: StevieW on 07-18-2002

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is actually called "Father Theodore's Imperial Stout". Dark as hell, with thick ran foam on top. The smells were very complex, including roasted malts, a bit of black licorice, some chocolate and maybe a thin aroma of coffee. The flavors were massively packed into each sip, so many tastes competing to lead the pack. Probably roasted malt and coffee lead the pack, but the anise seed was stronger in flavor than smell. Really really nice.

Photo of Flyer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lately I'm coming across a lot of great imperial stouts, and this is up there with the best of them. Pours inky black with a minimal head, common (but not necessarily typical) for the style. Aroma of coffee and vanilla. To me, there are two types of imperial stouts, those that evoke a port wine, and those that have that great roasty flavor. This one seemingly bridges that -- all roasty up front, with a long port middle, and more roast on the back end. Chewy and delicious, with a mildly boozy undercurrent throughout. Just the right alcohol-ish finish. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jredner
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Florida Brewer’s Guild 06 Fest and the following day The Florida Brewer’s Ball

Aroma was chocolate and roasted malts, but it was very low intensity. Deep black with a firm thumb thick mocha head. Fore is roasty chocolate malts and a touch of coffee, but scant else. Everyone raved about this beer at the fests and I thought it was pretty dang flavorless and watery tasting. Lacked any real flavor intensity.

Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The highlight of a very good quality lineup. Very possibly the best Russian imperial I have had yet. Full mouthfeel, creamy thickness but not over-the-top. Well ablanced with a variety of malts including of course chocolate malt. Roast but not overally. Raymond has promised me a bottled version, with the warranty that this can age some, and I am going to hold him to it.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: If you want stout, this is about as stout as it's going to get. Inky jet black; backlight offers only the slightest hints of mahogany. Very little head, but what's there is nearly chocolate brown and has very good retention.

Smell: It's poured a bit too cold, but once it warms, it's all black fruit, malt and burnt sugars. Sweet and thick, thick, thick.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is super smooth and syrupy, with low carbonation and a chewy, coating feel overall--good stuff. The taste is what you might expect; deep, dark and sweet. It has a strong raisin/date flavor, but with almost no hop bitterness to balance it, it's a bit overpowering and has that slightly sulphur flavor you usually find in molasses. Even for this over-the-top style, it's a bit much.

Drinkability: One's enough for me.

I absolutely praise The Abbey for having the courage to open in the sweltering disco hellhole that is Miami a wonderful oasis of good folks and great beer. This is a strong effort, but isn't quite up to the level of a Rogue or Rasputin. Still, it's a worthy stout and one of a very strong roster of brews. Rock on, Abbey!

Photo of StevieW
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super thick black pour, yeilds a pillow soft tan head. Ruby tints near the rim. Soft thick hop bubbles slowly break the surface...oh my this is going to be good ! Smells of roasted candied fruits, plums, pears, berries all hit your nose. Deep roasted malt taste, balanced with serious noticable hop kick. Sweetly subtle roasted smooth chocolate finish. Finishes smooth and long, lets you savor the flavors. Not as bitter as other Imperial stouts, but every bit as good. A very pleasant surprise for a beer made in South Florida of all places !

Abbey Russian Imperial Stout from Abbey Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.