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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
87
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
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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Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

tectactoe, Sep 16, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of nickadams2
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

nickadams2, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Sammy, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

beergorrilla, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

zonker17, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Rostie
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Rostie, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, viscous black with a deep tan head that leaves spotty lace.
Aromas of chocolate, some raisins and dark citrus fruits. Very light coffee hit in the background.
Flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted barley and some resined residual bitterness.
Mouthfeel is hyper sweet cut by some roasted nuttiness and charcoal with some gritty bitterness.
Drinkability is smooth and easy to drink. Not a super memorable taste but very pleasing aroma and mouthfeel.

CRJMellor, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of chrisbokmuller
4/5  rDev +1.5%

chrisbokmuller, May 10, 2012
Photo of detroitpat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

detroitpat, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears an inky black with a dark tan head that is unmistakable of the style.
Smell is of chocolate cake, dark roasted malt, rich oak barrel aging.
Taste is of chocolate richness, dark roasted malt, and a deep roasted taste that is in need of aging to be world class.
Mouthfeel is roasty, bitter, and hitting the middle of the tongue before quickly dying out.
Drinkability...dry and in need of age.

weeare138, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of IlPostino
4/5  rDev +1.5%

IlPostino, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of meathookjones
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a dark tan head that leaves streams of lace around the glass. Roasty malt with a lightly bitter dark chocolate. Notes of dark fruits as well. Some light scents of sweetness and coffee as well. The flavor starts with some bitter sweet chocolate and deep roastiness. Some alcohol peaks through before being covered by sweetness. Bitter dry roasted malt finish. A bit on the thin side but smooth and easy going down. A tasty version on the smaller end of the RIS spectrum.

meathookjones, May 16, 2006
Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of hopdog
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

hopdog, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Morakaton, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of BMoney575
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

BMoney575, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of BlueAndBrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

BlueAndBrew, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of david131
4.53/5  rDev +15%
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.

david131, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

mcallister, May 01, 2007
Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate, coffee nose. Awkward, sour roasted graininess in the attack but it recovers nicely with more creamy, velvety texture (like all of these brilliant beers). Nice burned grain on the finish. If your like me, and you like your grilled franks blackened, try this.

putnam, Oct 18, 2002
Photo of jayb
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First brew sampled at Dragonmead. Appearence was black, no question. No light can get through this beast. Lacing was rich, a color that resembled chocolate milk. Lacing was cakey. Aroma and taste where a match made in heaven. both were of rich, roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolates, and caramel. This one, however, had a bit of an estery aroma as well. Nice. Alot smoother than other imperial stouts ive had, it had all the flavor expected from such but none of the "knock-yer-socks-off" harshness. super smooth and delightful. glory in a glass.

jayb, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of strohme2
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

strohme2, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received a growler of this from BA member nisjer05, as a Christmas gift! Thanks, Jeremy!!!

Poured into a snifter glass, at almost room temp.

Black as night in color, no light could pass. About a half inch creamy tan head, that dissapated quickly, leaving a super thin tan ring around the snifter glass. A slight oily texture.

Heavy aroma of roasted malt, followed by a good amount of chocolate, and just a hint of coffee.

Lots of roasted malt flavor, along with hints of nuts, mocha and ends with a smoky bitterness flavor.

This stout is a bit too thin for me, maybe it needs some aging. Not a full bodied stout.

Good drinkablity, I could drink this stout all night long, not filling at all.

A decent brew from Dragonmead, my first from there, many return visits are planned to sample more of the 30 some odd brews, that they have on tap.

BigDaddyWil, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black colour topped by a thin, dark brown head. Good retention and moderate lacing. Complex aroma, rich and malty, chocolate, roasted that's just short of coffee, and slightly vinous. Big, malty flavour, with plenty of roasted and chocolate on top of a toffee backbone. Medium bitterness that justs balances the sweetness. A light dryness appears at the mid-point from the dark grains, and this carries on through the finish. There's a little dark fruitiness that becomes more vinous at the finish. Full bodied with medium/low carbonation and a slick, creamy texture. This is a great beer, one of the best that I've sampled from Dragonmead. Well done!

DrJay, May 27, 2005
Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

webmanspidey, Jun 28, 2009
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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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