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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of meathookjones


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2006 19:16:32 | More by meathookjones
Photo of walleye


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 BigDaddyWil


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 weeare138


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 nomad


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 bozebus17


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 francisweizen


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, opaque black that no light is gonna get through (in this brewpub at least). Big tan/mocha head of foam that lasts until the drink is done leaving excellent lacing patterns all over the place. Aromas are big and bolshy with dark patent malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate, and just a bit of hot alcohol. Taste is great with a nice blend of nearly medicinal funky hops and chocolate, coffee and caramel as well as milky lactic notes. Middle is maltier still, roasty, and a bit smoky eve, finish is drier and hoppier. Mouthfeel is thick and gratifying, drinkability is excellent. A great imperial stout sampled at a great brewpub on a great day...

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2005 18:31:00 | More by francisweizen
Photo of DrJay


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2005 02:18:40 | More by DrJay
Photo of CRJMellor


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 jayb


4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2004 21:13:49 | More by jayb
Photo of marburg


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aaaah...Appearance: Black. And, um, black.

Chocolate, coffee, carmelizing sugar, prunes, vanilla, oak... What isn't going on in the aroma, I wonder?Sticky, burnt sienna head. Lays on the tongue and just kind of ruminates, thinking about itself. Fairly viscous just-past-medium body. Develops a snappy burnt bitterness at the end as though someone went ahead and grilled this with the chicken and beef. Moves towards more coffee beans. More or less what an imperial stout should be.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2003 21:07:48 | More by marburg
Photo of Mitchster


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque ink-black, forming a thin dark brown head atop medium-sized bubbles, fading quickly into a scum. Retention and lacing are poor. Aroma is of cocoa powder, vanilla, tobacco, black licorice, soap, black patent and chocolate malts. Carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is surprisingly mild, with a moderately dense body. Flavor is dominated by french roast coffee, strong herbal flavor hops, bittersweet chocolate, subtle grainy tartness, black patent, and a note of mild fusels towards the highly bittersweet, and sometimes abrasive finish, though the level of hops is rather well-balanced. The sweeter, as opposed to darkly roasted, malts are somewhat restrained compared to other examples of the style A decent, enjoyable Imperial, but not something to get excited about.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2003 19:33:09 | More by Mitchster
Photo of putnam


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
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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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