Black Friday Russian Imperial Stout - Amherst Brewing Co.

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Black Friday Russian Imperial Stout
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Amherst Brewing Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012

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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 2
Reviews by ryan1788a5:
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4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml wax dipped swing top bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle number 75 of 100, released exclusively at Table and Vine.

A: Inky, oily black on the pour. Even an aggressive pour yields little to no head. Lacing is spotty and patchy.

S: Fudge, brownie batter, french roast, bakers chocolate, hint of chocolate covered black cherries, bruised plum, currant. Earthy and yeasty undertones. Touch of spicy alcohol in the background. Great nose.

T: Distinct bruised plum and currant. Acrid roasted malt flavors build, but never go overboard. Black cocoa powder and brown sugar. Acidic black coffee. Bakers chocolate. Undercurrents of earthy yeast. Bruised darkfruit comes back to the forefront. Whisper of spicy alcohol stays far in the background. Dries a touch toward the finish and ends with lingering black cocoa powder and black coffee.

M: Very hefty body. Thick, heavy, and sludgy in the mouth. Smooth and silky. Very little in the way of carbonation, though it isn't necessary. Absolutely no heat despite the 9.5% abv.

O: This is one big, rib-sticking Russian Imperial Stout. Very true to style and a real treat to drink. One of the best-kept local secrets at the moment, though I hear it has started to make a name for itself at some of the bigger Boston-area beer fests.

Notes: Two quick criticisms: 1.) It needs some carbonation. Although it didn't affect my score or enjoyment of the beer too much, a little more carbonation would certainly enhance the mouthfeel. As it is the beer is almost dead flat. 2.) I'm going back and forth with myself as to whether or not I was detecting some oxidation. There seemed to be some of that wet cardboard kind of thing going on, but it wasn't very noticeable. I'll have to revisit this one again to see if this is the case.

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2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle #13/100, purchased at Table & Vine, West Springfield, MA

a: thick and black like used motor oil with no head whatsoever

s: tons of soy sauce with little else, but it does hide the alcohol fairly well

t: just like the nose, i'm getting straight up soy sauce with very slight hints of dark roasted malts, coffee and very dark chocolate on the finish

m: rich, thick, viscous, no carbonation

o: quite disappointed with this one actually. luckily I was able to get two more bottles so hopefully they will develop nicely over time.

Black Friday Russian Imperial Stout from Amherst Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.