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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: putnam on 10-18-2002

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 27
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3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from growler into tulip because the pint glass pissed me off. Two fingers dark brown, fizzy head that's gone, gone, gone with no lacing. Brew is a black hole: no light escapes. Except for the disappearing head, so far, so good. Smell is bitter cocoa, roast coffee and cream, sometimes a sharp tang of booze. Overall, okay, not really strong. The smell is more suggested than anything. Taste follows through. Not surprised to find this is kinda weak ABV for an Imperial, booze is well masked on tasting. Thin mouthfeel, surprisingly thin.

Photo of Alextricity
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler into Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Appearance: Pour down the middle gave a creamy dark brown head two fingers in height that went to one. (4/5)

Smell: Decent. A lot of roast and some dark chocolate and coffee, but not super pungent. A bit of a char, too. Smells more bitter than sweet, and seems to be lacking any kind of dark fruits. (3.5/5)

Taste/feel: Even being from the tap, this is a pretty thin Imperial Stout. It has a bit of creaminess to it, but it's still thin -- like skim milk or something. The taste is kind of ordinary. It doesn't have "oomph." There's a decent black coffee roast and a little dark chocolate with a trace of alcohol and maybe a tiny bit of warmth, but there's not really any depth here. (3.5/5, 3.5/5)

Pretty good beer, nothing special. The ABV is low-ish for the style, and so everything else seems low-ish: weak nose, one-note flavor, skim milk body. I'm not sure what this beer costs, but I wouldn't pay much for it. The BBA version of this beer when I had it (as far as I can remember) tasted completely different and seemed to have quite a bit more depth. Worth a try if you don't have to pay more than $7ish for a pint or $5ish for a tulip.


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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Dragonmead's brewery. Black-hole black with literally no head, most likely (or at least partially) due to the pour. Just a slightly tan-ish ring that outlines the circumference of the glass.

Aroma is pretty "safe" and generic for a Russian Imperial Stout, although even benchmark RIS's smell pretty darn good. Roasted malts, burnt coffee beans, some slightly residual sweetness, maybe mild licorice, some bittersweet chocolates. As I said, pretty "standard" but still pretty good. No detectable heat (yet), but at 7.5% ABV, it's at the low end of the spectrum for alcohol content given the style.

The taste matches the nose almost perfectly, which is always good to see. Malt bomb; roast, coffee grounds, light anise and black licorice, dense dark chocolate. Certainly a bit more roasty than sweet which is typically the style I enjoy. Hop character is surprisingly low, maybe a slight touch of ash and leaf on the very back end, giving a mild bitter feel, however I believe most of the bitterness in this brew comes from the heavy roast.

Body is fairly robust, medium-thick, but I typically like my RIS's a bit thicker than this. It's erring on the side of slick and oily rather than thick and chewy, but it doesn't distract too much from the beer itself. Mild carbonation. Overall, this one might be "just okay" compared to those big-boy RIS's out there, but it's still pretty damn enjoyable. Definitely one of the best Dragonmead brews I've enjoyed, though that's not saying much.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, chocolate syrup, sweet malt, and roasted malt. Flavor was somewhat of a let down -- very sweet and sugary, not as robust as the aroma would suggest. A touch of roasted malt, but mostly just sweetness.

Photo of nickadams2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dragonmead.

A_Deep black with a thin mocha head. Little lacing.

S_Roast,chocolate,and smoke.

T_Very roasty. Has a smokey/charred flavor. Chocolate and a little burnt coffee as well.

M_Thick and full bodied.

D_Very drinkable especially for a impy.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a Russian Imperial Stout, this is pretty light in strength and overall complexity. It is however, very drinkable and smooth for the style. Not too heavy on malt or hops. Smell and taste are dominated by smokiness, light chocolate, and possibly coffee. One of the better beers I've had from Dragonmead, worth trying.

Photo of hopdog
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dragonmead Brew Pub. On Cask.

Poured a deeper black color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, and some dark fruits. Tastes of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and lighter coffee. Chocolate in the forefront of both the aromas and tastes. Lacing left on the glass.

Photo of BMoney575
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-24-08
Bottled on 10-18-08

Pours an absolute pitch black, with a wispy tan head that settles to a micro-thin layer.

Smell is tons of coffee and anise, lots of smoky roasted malt, and a little bit of chocolate if you look for it. Outstanding.

Taste is surprisingly meaty, dominated by a smoky, malty quality. The finish is quite bitter, which adds to the intense coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great, maybe a tiny bit too thin, but with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the reasonable abv means you can session a great beer.

Overall, I've been disappointed with Dragonmead in the past, but this totally redeems them. Too bad they don't bottle more of their beers.

Photo of david131
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black as they come with a small and patchy brown head. This looks menacing and mean. As appealing as they come.

S- A massive amount of chocolate, some anise, somkiness, coffee, and earthiness to boot. Pretty roasty with some sweetness in there too. A little restrained.

T- This is damn tasty. Its got a lot of excellent flavors such as coffee, chocolate, smokiness, anise, and some roastiness. Nothing is overpowering and everything seems to be mellow and smooth. It's got the flavors of an Imperial Stout, but it is not a monster. Very refreshing for once.

M- Very smooth. The carbonation level is perfect. Leaves a nice, slightly dry feel to the mouth.

D- A very easy drinking beer. I am really impressed. I wish they would bottle this.

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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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