1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout - Dragonmead Microbrewery

Not Rated.
Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
88
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 05-01-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of barleysangel
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
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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
Photo of strohme2
strohme2

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

07-11-2014 00:23:54 | More by strohme2
Photo of walleye
walleye

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had is a while ago. sampler from the brewery. poured black with a tan head. aroma burnt molasses, dark chocolate. coffee and hints of alcohol. flavor, smokey and that made it hard to get anything else out of it but did get some malts a nice dryness. not to bad

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2006 00:06:11 | More by walleye
Photo of Sammy
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
Photo of nomad
nomad

Kansas

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a sudsy mocha head and no retention. Smell is light chocolate and coffee covered in smoky black patent phenols and nutty accents. Low in impression and not the most captivating aromas. Flavor procedes with minimal complexity, just low-to-medium roasted coffee, nuts, and chalkiness. Little caramel or yeast presence. Mouthfeel is medium at best with a plain texture. The malt at the core drank quite flat, like industrial two-row.

Quite a plain jane imperial stout, really expected more and never received much, even with time and warmth little complexity showed up. Drinks like a run-of-the-mill session stout despite being relatively fresh on draught if indeed it is a weekly rotating tap as advertised.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2005 21:58:33 | More by nomad
Photo of beergorrilla
beergorrilla

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-03-2013 14:00:52 | More by beergorrilla
Photo of letsgopens
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
Photo of BigDaddyWil
BigDaddyWil

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2005 22:38:50 | More by BigDaddyWil
Photo of CRJMellor
CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2004 03:42:42 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of zonker17
zonker17

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-20-2013 01:17:46 | More by zonker17
Photo of detroitpat
detroitpat

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-23-2013 20:21:22 | More by detroitpat
Photo of jlmathis
jlmathis

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-04-2014 05:59:30 | More by jlmathis
Photo of hopdog
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
Photo of tectactoe
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
Photo of bozebus17
bozebus17

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured pure black with a modest white head that struggled to last the entire glass.

It smelled like all malt with hints of toffee. The scent also seemed a bit woody.

This beer is like an explosion of flavor in your mouth. I was at with coffee, malt, and sweetness all at once. It finished with a smoky flavor that lasts after the beer is swallowed. The alcohol flavor also kicks in at the end, but tastes kind of sweet and is masked.

This beer is extremely full bodied with a creamy milky feel. The only thing I don't like about it is drinkability. Although it is a great beer I couldn't imagine having more than one pint in a sitting. Not for the faint of heart (or palate).

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2005 23:04:29 | More by bozebus17
Photo of weeare138
weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2005 22:48:50 | More by weeare138
Photo of nickadams2
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
Photo of Rostie
Rostie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-19-2012 11:07:01 | More by Rostie
Photo of chrisbokmuller
chrisbokmuller

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-10-2012 02:25:20 | More by chrisbokmuller
Photo of IlPostino
IlPostino

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-04-2011 16:03:06 | More by IlPostino
Photo of Morakaton
Morakaton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-16-2013 08:09:51 | More by Morakaton
Photo of Kerrie
Kerrie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-20-2014 15:47:19 | More by Kerrie
Photo of putnam
putnam

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2002 05:50:58 | More by putnam
Photo of webmanspidey
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
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout from Dragonmead Microbrewery
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.