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The People's Pint Imperial Stout - The People's Pint

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The People's Pint Imperial StoutThe People's Pint Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

138 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 31
Gots: 14 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-01-2004)
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Reviews by EPseja:
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3.93/5  rDev +1%

Received this cellared 2007 vintage in a trade with tedstertm. Thank you!

Served from a hand numbered 12oz bottle (#436) in a brandy snifter at just under cellar temperature.

A - Pours a mean-looking black with oxidized blood-red highlights -- but not that fake Hollywood blood. I'm talking real blood. The subtle head forms like condensation collecting on the mirror in the bathroom -- cocoa brown and microbubbled -- and then slowly fades into a wispy film along with some misplaced soapy bubble patches. Lacing is very sparse.

S - Black-strap molasses and salted licorice. Old, dried coffee grounds. Brittle, dehydrated dark chocolate. Packed brown sugar. All atop a foundation of smoldering alcohol.

T - Molasses sweetness with some notes of dried espresso and ground dark chocolate. Alcohol blooms in the middle and on the back of the tongue where some of the yeastiness and super-drying hops come through. The swallow leaves you with a parched tongue, and some green bittering in the back of the throat.

M - Chewy and thick coming in, with just a bit less tingle and poof than I would have liked to have seen. Desserty and assertive swallow with a chalky, drying finish.

D - A very nice surprise to have found its way to my glass. This beer quickly leaves the sweet behind and focuses on all of the deep, dark, and luscious nastiness that makes a stout Imperial. Very nicely done, and very enjoyable for a chilly November evening.

EPseja, Nov 29, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of kaimcm
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

bottle poured into a People's Pint pint glass. I lost the label due to ice so dont know the bottle number. Winter 07 release.

A: Pours jet black, with a beautiful chocolate head. Dissipates quickly and never comes back however which makes me sad considering how nice it was.

S: rich and rich. booze for sure, but loads of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, rum, chocolate pastry, rich sugar.

T/M: medium viscosity, slick and oily with the 9.2 ABV. some chew in the mouthfeel, very nice overall. loads of pastry, chocolate and some woody bourbon character. a mild bitterness rises mid palette and holds through the drying finish. the sugar up front is balanced on the back end and enjoyably rich. some caramel and butter come along for the ride.

D: an enjoyable pour but a nightcap for sure. for the style however, the 9.2 goes down pretty easy.

awesome beer, thanks Peoples Pint!

kaimcm, Jul 13, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

2007 vintage

The computer printed label with the bottle number (#203) hand-stamped is a bit punk rock. We dig it!

Pours thick and pitch-black, with a creamy coffee-colored lace that clings to the glass. Massive malty nose showcases layers of toffee, chocolate, coffee and malted milk. Super silky on the palate with a sublime creaminess that makes your toes curl. Viscous base of malt beneath, thick and heavy on the palate. Up front it's intense with roasty characters of espresso, baker's chocolate and a rich sweetness of toffee, molasses and black treacle syrup. Splash of sherry. Hint of vanilla extract. Burnt raisin, orange and a smoky linger are also in the mix. Alcohol is there, complementing the spiciness of the 100 IBUs of hops packed in, but it's not hot. Speaking of hops, they fight the malts with just enough support from a smacking of bitterness, herbs and leafiness. Bready chocolate, smoke and tobacco in the finish--lots of chocolate, by the way. Palate is left dry, rough and begging for more.

This interpretation of a British classic is a most impressive find that could easily rival any of the top beer geek Imperial Stouts listed on BeerAdvocate. Molten chocolate cake, but with a kick! Road trip to Greenfield anyone?!

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
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2.68/5  rDev -31.1%

12oz bottle. Vintage 2007. Bottle #347

Pours a deep, viscous black with a small dark tan head on top that falls to a ring around the top of the brew. Aromas start out with an odd combo of diacetyl and sour cream. Some cocoa and roast make themselves known as well. Touch of fruit sneaks through, but overall the aroma is not very appealing.

First sip brings a roasty malt upfront that's immediately met by diacetyl flavors which brings notes of butter and sour cream. Quite off putting, I pull a bit of chocolate and a light fruit out of the brew, but that's a stretch. Overall, it winds up being undrinkable for me due to the flavor flaws.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy and flows down smooth. Good for an imperial stout, however it can't overcome the flaws in the flavor here. Unfortunately, this one ends up being undrinkable. I was really looking forward to enjoying this rare treat as well. I'll give it a second chance if I ever run across it again.

orbitalr0x, Aug 03, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +8%

In a tulip the beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.

A nice roasted malt aroma, both coffee and chocolate. Some sweet fruit.

Dark chocolate taste with strong, espresso-like coffee. They worked well with each other. There was also a bit of raisin.

This was a rich, flavorful RIS. Very enjoyable.

lordofthewiens, Mar 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

juicebox, Jun 02, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -1%

I believe it was McBrewsAlot that sent me a couple of bottles of this. Thanks brother!

Served in my Boulevard chalice... pours pitch black with nary a head.

Chocolate and boozy aroma. This is going to be on the sweet side, I can tell already. Pretty hot too for a year-old brew.

Tons of malts in the taste. Also, dark fruit, chocolate and more booze. Very minimal carbonation and is heavy-bodied. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and chewy.

This is a pretty decent stout as it warms, but still slightly forgettable.

rudylaw, Dec 13, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

2009 vintage, bottle #82, 12 ounce poured into snifter.

A - Ebony black with barely one finger mocha tan head which leaves some lacing. Great color, could use a little more head.

S - Roasted malt, nice burnt aroma, slightly boozy with faint coffee and bitter chocolate. Very nice.

T - Nice solid malt presence with some coffee and moderately-high level of bitterness. Finishes sweet, almost too sweet, but not cloying, walks the line. Alcohol is noticeable but not harsh.

M - Medium/full in body with moderate level of carbonation.

D - This is a great imperial stout, and nice to see one coming out of Mass. Certainly will not hesitate to have another one of these.

BetterDarker, Feb 22, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz. bottle (2008 bottle# 147) > Brandy snifter.

No question, this one is Obsidian black, opaque with a mocha-brown head, dissipates pretty fast though. Only a thin tan colored ring is left around the edges.

The nose has a very nice chocolate and fruit whiff up front, sour...zesty fruits, grainy heat, blackberry pie and cherries with cream. Very nice.

This is a hefty, medium-bodied feel at first with decent activity, then mellows with a slicker, full-bodied feel as time goes on and the temp rises. There's a Hershey's syrup-like choclate flavor to the malt, very smoooth... finishes with dry brownies stuck on the back of the palate. An herbal, bitterness from the hops rides in to chill out the malty goodness. Grain-alcohol heat adds some tingle and depth, all in good balance. The hops are coming through as high-alpha acids and dried leaves from early spring time. Some slight wheat and oats adds depth to the body and only pops out after the brew gets to just below room temp. The finish is a dry aftertaste and bitter, spicey in the back but also smooth. sticky lips for sure! Chocolate brownies and bitter spices sums it all very well. The slickness becomes pretty intense, although the flavors are bold the balance of flavor's holds it al together.

This one tows the line between classic IRS from England like, Courage and Sam Smith and the higher-alpha hopped-up West coast Amercian versions. The slick feel at the end might be too much and the heat is pretty high, otherwise it's a nice one.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 26, 2009
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Poured from 2008 bottle #475, pours thick and black with no head. A little swirl brings out a ever so slight amount of tan bubbles.
S- Dried fruit and raisins, some alcohol and heavily roasted malts.
T- Sweet dark chocolates, dried cherries, rich malt flavor and a bit of alcohol heat and burnt malt in the finish. A little bitterness in the aftertaste.
M- Thick and coating, this big, heavy beer is almost still. The ever so slight carbonation helps, but a little more would help this finish a better.
D- While this is a good example of an imperial stout, the 9% abv shows itself and I dont think I could drink more then one. Overall a good winter stout. Glad to have got to try this brew, thanks Scott!

nkersten, Nov 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jh1982, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of alovesupreme
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Vintage 07 Bottle
A thick substance fills my glass with a small head that quickly dissipates. Light penetrates the corners but is black in color.
Raisons and molasses are the dominating traits followed by berries and prunes.
An interesting and unique flavor dominates this beer. Its somewhere between prune and raison and molasses and coffee/chocolate. Warming as it goes down my throat but not noticeable alcohol which is a plus.
A thick beer with a good viscosity.
All in all a very solid RIS. I would like to try this beer fresh in hopes that the dried fruit character would be more of a fresh character.

alovesupreme, Mar 12, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Label reads: 2008, Bottle #879. Thanks to Speakorspasm for this one.

Yum. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is a tasty beer. I like the mild fruity, juice character in the middle of this beer. It's surrounded by smoke, roast, chocolate, and espresso, but the sweet cherry and strawberry make a tasty contrast. The aroma a bit like red wine for the subtle esters, however, there's still alcohol in the nose. The body isn't overly thick like some of the bigger RIS's, making this reasonable a dessert beer, but also decent for any time you want a big stout in your glass.

tempest, Sep 15, 2010
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2.38/5  rDev -38.8%

Received in craytonics grab bag. Bottle 207 from 2007

A: Black, just black. No light gets through at all. The head poured mocha at an inch thick quickly simmering to a quarter of an inch while coating the sides of the glass with webbing in its wake

S: Sort of sour actually. A mild amount of roastiness is detectable along with some coffee but really, this strange sour note prevades

T: Still slightly sour with a finish of deep roastiness and some coffee. Also a bit yeasty tasting

M: Somewhat chalky. It has decent body but still has a tinge of wateriness.

D: No thanks, as I struggled to get this one down

mikey711, Nov 12, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Bottle 76, I got this one from ppoitras, I feel honored to try such a rare beer!

Pours a ruddy ebony with 1+ finger of brown-tinged mocha head. Good lacing & super head retention

S: Dark fruit, especially raisins

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, dryness & dark fruit up front. Some boozeyness pushes past the dark fruit as this warms, plus oaky dryness & rich dark chocolate. Finishes plummy, dry, with vanilla & chicory notes

MF: Chewy with fairly assertive carbonation, maybe this needed more time? Not a huge detractor, but there to notice

Drinks great for the ABV & style, a very good RIS

russpowell, May 29, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz bottle into a snifter. 2008 Vintage. Bottle # 505.

Pours a dense black, with a 3/4 finger of smooth and creamy dark mocha colored head. This throws a big oily cascade of spotty lace and brown goo that slowly recedes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite robust in the nose, with a thick smelling mix of chocolate, burnt grains, molasses, coffee, dark fruits, soy sauce, and smoked meats. Very complex and assertive smelling.

The taste starts with some sticky feeling and chewy sweet notes of chocolate and molasses, before segueing into some fruitier tones of raisins and black cherries, and then it all finally comes crashing into just a WALL of burnt and bitter roasted malts and hops in the finish, which allows the profile to linger with an intensely assertive bitterness. The flavors are all there but a little more definition would have been welcomed. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick and viscous feel to it. Some alcohol heft is present, which does impart a slight sting in the finish but also gives an extra bit of a punch to that bitter finish.

This was a little rough around the edges but I like the effort here. A bit more polish and this would be really nice. I still enjoyed it.

Kegatron, Jul 09, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Kevincredible, Apr 10, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +20.3%

First off, this is one of the finest beers being brewed in New England right now. Served in a 10 ounce snifter glass, at slightly cooler than room temperature. Classic khaki head, lacing all the way down. As the beer warmed the nose profile improved, in fact, considering the pungency of the taste component, I was surprised that the nose profile more prolific. Anyhow, dark chocolate and prune nose. Heavy bitter chocolate, fudge and orange creamsicle on the palate. Simply divine.

At 9.2%, the beers' drinkabilty is off the charts, not weighing like some other Imperials, very fresh, very easy to consume...maybe too easy!

FLAbeergutinMASS, Jan 27, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours black with minimal head,,color is definitely inviting. Smell is rich, deep roasted malts with faint alcohol notes. Taste is likewise rich with deep malt notes, roasted coffees and hops also come through. Mouthfeel is deep, rich, creamy witha dry finsih...excellent. Very drinkable for a strong brew.

edchicma, Feb 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Kmlund, Oct 02, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

2010 batch. Bottle no. 18. Sampled on January 27, 2012. The pour is nearly black with a tocuh of brown when held to the light. Little to no head though despite a slightly aggressive pour. The aroma is of full, bold dark malts, something like dark cherry, a yeast strain, and bitter sweetness. The body is also full. An aggressive coffee and dark malt taste up front followed by a smooth but sweet creaminess and a near-dry hopped ending. A very high quality brew.

puboflyons, Jan 28, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Bottle #89 from the 2007 release. Thanks to ralflord for this bottle.

A: The stout is dark as night, a moonless night that is. No crimson, no ruby, no dark cola colors. Just black. A thick head, a dark mocha color, is thick on the first pour, over three fingers. A second pour was necessary to empty the 12 oz bottle. Lacing is rampant.

S: The nose is roasted, dark with fruits along for the ride. Hate to say it, but the nose seems to be a little long in the tooth (it is at least 3.5 years old).

T: Dark roasted and more than a hint of oxidation. Kinda gives the stout an olde world flavor. Still formidable, the stout leaves a roasted, chocolate and coffee finish. Plenty of booziness, a vinous character, peaks through. The age, as expected, lends a sourness to the stout, not overpowering. Dark fruits are a lingering presence.

M: The sourness can't be missed. That's not surprising considering the age, so I can't ding the stout. Plenty roasted, a contrast for the sweet sourness.

akorsak, Jun 15, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +10%

Poured into a tulip glass. Lazer printed label and hand numbered with a pen.

Jet black color. This one poured like motor oil. Minimal/no carbination in the body. Nice brown fluffy head that stuck to the glass.

Vanilla, buterscotch and carmel nose. Simular taste profile. It had a slight bitterness on the backend. No overly sweet and pretty well balanced.

A bit too sweet for more than one in a sitting. Perfect as a night cap. I scored a few bottles of this one and I am excited how time will change this one.

Overall a reccomended beer.

tendermorsel, Jul 18, 2008
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4.85/5  rDev +24.7%

2013 wax top bottle poured into my DFH signature glass...

A - Black as night, frothy brown two finger head. Sensational sticky lace left all over the glass. Exactly how a RIS should look

S - Milk chocolate, egg nog, plums, raisins, white chocolate

T - Dark chocolate, coffee creamer, vanilla, a hint of tobacco, milk, cranberry fruit roll up, coffee finish

M - Huge thick body, low carbonation, creamy madness, exceptionally smooth

O - HOLY SHIT, wow. This is awesome, friggin awesome. Unfortunately this is a Western Mass brewery I hardly pay attention too. The bottle caught my eye the other day and I figured what the hell. Glad I did, this is truly world class. Checks every category. Right up on the Mount Rushmore of RIS with Darkness and Expedition for me. Great job Peoples Pint!

rjp217, May 11, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

12oz bottle into small wine glass. Bottle 433 (handwritten). 2008 vintage.

Pitch black with a very thin light brown head, even with an aggressive pour.

Very light, smooth, and creamy aromas, but somewhat papery at the same time. Every aged Imperial Stout I have tried has this so it's just a characteristic that comes out. Also, walnut and a little vanilla is in there. Plenty of roasty malts.

Extremely oily feel, most of the carbonation must have left this one. Lots of heavy molasses, brown sugar, and some bitter chocolate. Heavily roasted malts. Full bodied (very full bodied). The burnt malts linger for a while, while the bitterness of the hops makes its way out toward the end.

This one seems to have done well over time. Not sure if there is a 2009 bottle out, so I'm wondering if this was a late release by the brewery after their own ageing. Recommended.

BeerSox, Aug 09, 2009
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The People's Pint Imperial Stout from The People's Pint
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