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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
88
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 05-01-2007)
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 23:18:16 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Michigan

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Michigan

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Michigan

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Michigan

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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adamant1912

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02-03-2013 19:02:25 | More by adamant1912
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 02:49:03 | More by tectactoe
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chrisbokmuller

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-10-2012 02:25:20 | More by chrisbokmuller
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Rostie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Michigan

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IlPostino

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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nickadams2

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 17:44:26 | More by nickadams2
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 04:16:11 | More by webmanspidey
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-03-2009 02:41:37 | More by hopdog
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BMoney575

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-24-2008 22:44:36 | More by BMoney575
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david131

California

4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-24-2008 02:13:04 | More by david131
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barleysangel

Ohio

2/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was dark, but you could still see through. It had a greenish tinge to it, which was a little scary. I felt that it was too chocolately (yes that's what I said) and too smoky. It had a very heavy aftertaste. I would not have another one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 22:42:06 | More by barleysangel
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, this brew pours black with tiny lighter brown highlights. A relatively thin tan head leaves little lace.

Not particularly aromatic but there is some coffee and a decent amount of roasted malt. I would have liked to get a more robust aroma from a RIS.

The flavor is moderately acidic which often is not conducive to the type of stout I prefer (i.e. bitter/sweet/chocolate/coffee/roasted malt). This selection's flavor focuses more on dark fruit with just a hint of espresso to mellow the brew. A small amount of earthy cocoa is present as well.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that becomes a bit dry in the finish. Some warmth but not as robust and full bodied as I would have liked.

I can not, however, criticize this beer for its rendition of the style. After having several beers from Dragonmead, I have noticed a trend in their brewing style that focuses on well balanced, tidy, and often mellow brews. None of their beers are too malty, hoppy, heavy, light, etc. Everything is very consistent and deliberate. This can be a very good thing but somewhat boring at the same time. A very high quality beer none-the-less.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2007 16:57:03 | More by letsgopens
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TheBierBand

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first bier I tried at Dragonmead. It arrived to our table with a 1/4" froathy tan head peeking out over the top of the edge of the pint glass. The bier itself was a black as black can be.

The aroma was understated.... but you could still pick up dark chocolate and a roasty malt smell.

Taste... WOW!... FANTASTIC RIS! The deep dark chocolate comes through right up front with some hoppy bitterness to balance off the sweetness. Very complex roasted coffee flavors and some fruity taste as well.

Mouthfeel was great... carbonation was just right... not too fizzy. Very thick and chewy like a RIS should be.... the bier that drinks like a meal!

Drinkability was also GREAT! I wish I would have taken a growler of this fine bier home with me.

Serving type: cask

05-21-2007 12:48:39 | More by TheBierBand
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mcallister

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black like midnight. Head is immaculate! Mocha colored, thick and creamy with great retention. Just a great looking stout.

Big roasted burnt chocolate aromas. Fresh ground coffee with a touch of french vanilla. A thimble of mollasses and a hint of floral hop as well.

This is a great RIS and absolutely perfect for cask conditioning. Mouth is big, rich, creamy, and silky smooth. Chock full of roasted smokey chocolate flavors leaning toward the tannic side of things (pure cocoa). Coffee, black currant, plum and a bit of raising fill out the mid palat. Nice bittering hop on the finish. Thick mollasses deliciousness. If they didn't have over 30 taps I would drink this on cask all night long.

Serving type: cask

05-01-2007 19:49:15 | More by mcallister
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Dark colour with a good head. Light mouthfeel. Chocalety malt sweetness with a finish of sour astringency to it. Ovaltine beer. A tad of coffee and roast. Drinkable but below the high standards available elsewhere for this style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 04:16:22 | More by Sammy
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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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