Temporary Insanity Imperial Stout - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.

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Temporary Insanity Imperial StoutTemporary Insanity Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue & Gray Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: oelergud on 12-09-2006)
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of ZachKelly
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of dmk91
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at B&G

Dark brown-black pour with a small cap of tan head that retained as a ringlet. Aroma of dark malts, cocoa, anise, indistinct berry sweetness. Taste was not quite what I would have expected. Typical stouty dark malts, notes of bittersweet chocolate, a pretty distinct licorice flavor, accompanied by a somewhat phenolic cherry cough syrup. Awkward, and maybe off, but I actually liked it to some degree. Body was on the heavier side of medium, mouthfeel was pretty smooth, despite the unusual taste, carbonation was on the lower side. Overall...interesting. Probably "a bit messy" would be my official stance, but I still found it enjoyable.

Photo of PoolFishGolf
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of TracyfromVA
5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is excellent! It's got a beautiful dark color and tastes exceptional with citrus notes mixed with roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. There's a lot going on in this complex beer and savoring the flavors afterwards to taste all it has to offer is a treat. While not a session beer, it's definitely one you'll want to try again.

Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black ruby with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled surprisingly like strong orange hops, with some light caramel malt and cocoa powder and a hint of coffee.
T: It tasted like bold citrus hops with some roasted coffee and dry dark chocolate, and a bit of brown sugar. As it warmed, the hops died down some and the overall flavor became much more balanced. The aftertaste was bitter and initially had a strange mint flavor, but that turned into more standard stout bitterness.
M: It was quite thick, almost chewy, with a bit of carbonation.
D: This started out very hoppy, more like a black IPA than a double stout, which was unimpressive. But once it opened up, it turned into a fairly tasty brew. It was a bit hot, but not difficult to drink. It would be interesting to see how cellaring affects this, and I could definitely see how this might make for good bourbon aging.

Photo of deereless
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Inch of thick frothy head, near pitch black in color, serious lacing and sticky spots along the interior of the glass - 3.50, S: Smells like ash with a hint of sour cherry, thin maple syrup-like sweetness - 3.00, T: The flavor prompts likenesses to burnt cherry and pine needle tea, quite sweet almost cloyingly so but the ash flavors tend to pull the sweetness back, some astringency - 2.75, M: Thick and slightly chewy - 3.50, D: I see with Blue & Gray was trying to do but the burnt grain has way too big of role in this beer and really takes away from the ability to enjoy it, not one I would probably drink again - 2.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours an opaque deep space black with a small bit of oatmeal head. The smell is mostly dark malts, with some vanilla, rubber, plums, and anise. The taste is disappointing after the tasty aroma, with a harsh leather or rubber dominating the tongue, beating it into submission. Fringe-relegated notes of those dark malts and a very faint caramel (and possibly some woodiness) save the taste from sinking into the depths of abject negativity. The body is on the heaviest notch of the medium ladder, with only a hint of carbonation. Although this brew is pretty smooth, the overwhelming taste of rubber, which, thanks to the body, malingers on the tongue, weighing down the drinkability along with it. Gotta say, I'm pretty disappointed overall.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing that makes me raise my eyebrow is that upon opening, the pffft was like a homebrew bottled yesterday, very slight and a little curious.

As a result of the above, I gave it an especially vigorous pour and as I expected the resulting head is fleeting; as if this beer were not intended to be carbonated. I'm still feeling a little suspect.

Weak smell, not much to pick out. I'm having a hard time getting anything. Either my nose is broke or there is little emphasis on aroma for this one. I'm drawing a blank.

Tastes of oak and leather aged in a licorice barrel. Licorice is a dominant flavor. Black licorice, not Twizlers. Coffee grounds bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is smooth and practically without carbonation as one may have previously guessed. The body is medium to heavy with a strong syrup quality. This is not a beer I would wish to warm too much. Keep it in the 40s and you should be OK.

Drinkability. Well, after seeing the brewery it all makes sense. this is a spectacular homebrew but somewhat short of a commercial success. I'd gladly accept another if offered but I would not go out of my way to get one.

Worth a try if you happen upon it.

Photo of esv
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber - 22oz

A) Black. Almost zero head, despite a vigouros pour. No Lacing

S) Very meager nose. Just a hint of malt and I might be imagining it. Maybe a processed/plastic smell.

T) No plums. No raisins. No Chocolates. Lacking in complexity. Sweet up-front but not malty-sweet. Balanced with a hopy bitterness rather than burnt malts. No bitter chocolates or coffee. Some kind of raspberry flavor is lingering with the bitterness ... not altogether unpleasant.

M) Medium-Full. Nice and Heavy. My lips are not nearly as stickky as they are with most imperials, dubbels, barley wines and other high-malt beers.

D) This beer is drinkable enough.

While not a great or even good imperial stout, it's not offensive. I wish I could write a better review. This is a local beer for me and I intend to make it a point to drink more of their offerings.

Blue and Grey, I look forward to your future offerings and pledge to funnel more of my beer funds your way. I'm glad you are out there in Va, diversifying the offerings. Thanks!

Photo of dmamiano
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow... all I can say is I expected more. This beer was one on a bet from fellow BA and friens, Swillbilly. BTW, go Panthers!
This beer looked good enough, but when I smelled it, I was thinking something was amiss.
Smell was a bit roasty, sweet, but had a weird plastic like smell going on.
Taste reinforced the bad smell. Initial reaction to the taste was rubber! It tasted like a rubber bung had been floating in this beer. It was weird.
Not happy at all with this beer.
For an "Impy" stout, it left a lot to be desired.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This RIS looked nice in the glass, dark black with a nice tan head. Looks is about as far as I got with this beer unfortunately.

Aroma was fairly average, some nice roast character ans chocolaty goodness. A little funkiness though upon breathing deeply, and this became more evident in the taste. There is a serious synthetic almost rubbery taste to this beer that makes it almost undrinkable. Dries the mouth out even before the swallow. I sipped my way thru about half of my glass and unfortunately had to pour the rest down the drain.

Body and mouthfeel are OK, but you'd have to hold your nose to appreciate it at all, and what's the point of doing that?

Not a recommended beer.

Photo of wcudwight
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I wanted to like this beer. I really tried hard to like it and in many aspects I did like it.
Good appearance that is typical of the style. Black in color with nice mocha colored head that held well enough.
There was a high powered cleaner smell in the aroma. Underneath the awful cleaner smell lied some chocolate and coffee smells but I had to sniff hard to find them.
Strong muscadine juice in the flavor. Personally I like muscadine juice, just not in my beer. And definately not in a RIS. Again with much effort from my tastebuds I find some chocolate flavors that I really think I would enjoy if it was not mixed with the muscadine juice.
Mouthfeel is good and par for the style.
This beer was a gift from Swillbilly for finishing 3rd in the BA fantasy racing league. That's why I tried real hard to finish the bottle and felt real bad when I poured it down the drain.
SwillBilly I'm sorry and will try to do better next time.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. into Duvel tulip...

Pours a thick espresso-dark body with thick bready head and moderate lacing. Head goes somewhat quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Ample but subtle sweetness on the nose - a little wine characteristic - from carbonation emerges a little champagne - not a huge amount of roasted malt character. Not what we're looking for in an Imperial Stout but so far interesting nonetheless.

VERY austere...can feel the grain but not the roast. Quite alcoholic and thin but with a white winey character...chardonnay? Only a bit of slate roasted malt at first but starting to come out with warmth. Still mild. Spiced apples emerge, too. Not getting much of any hops.

Finish is a bit astringent with the dry white wine character. A little slate. Not much malt. Quite austere for an Impy.

It's light enough to drink but doesn't bring about the desired flavor profile. Rather aastringent, a bit winey with light chocolate/roasted malt (FINALLY!). Not entirely unpleasant but definitely not what we're looking for with the style. Recent threads about brewery QC issues make me wonder. Looks like an Impy but sure tastes like something a bit different. By no means horrible just definitely not true to style. The label, on the other hand, is quite informative and entertaining on at least some level. Best of wishes to the brewery for resolution of their QC issues which were so graciously addressed in this forum.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing this bottle:
22 oz. bottle:

Pours blacks with a foamy/rocky tan head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of dark malt with some sourish fruit, cocoa and bready notes.

The taste is of dark fruits - sweet and a bit sour - and cocoa. Restrained bitterness. Nothing really pulls through on this to make it really noteworthy, and the sourness doesn't really help it (though it is only a touch) Slightly boozy finish.

Not quite as hefty as it could be for the style.

With so much great competition out there in this style, I can't say anything really great stands out. Pretty good, though a bit weakish.

Photo of auxiliary
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Poured black color with a small head that didn't stick around.

smell - Roasted smells here. Smoky.

taste - Roasted malts, bitter chocolate. Some hops are present. Adds a nice balance.

mouthfeel - Thick side.

drinkability - Not bad, have had better, could of had more taste here.

Photo of blackie
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

small blurb about Gen. Daniel Sickles on the label, the first to plead temporary insanity after killing Philip Key, son of Francis Scott Key, who had slept with his wife

a: Pours a slight, dirty white head that recedes to a thin ring. The beer is a deep roasted brown in color, nearly black.

s: Initial aromas of one-dimensional roasts, with a touch more depth coming out later. Has an unusually yeasty, perhaps phenolic smell that gives it an almost Belgian character. Papery American hop aroma. Different, not really sure what to think.

m: Carbonation on the lighter side, pretty smooth, with a body on the light side of full.

t: Carries the same characteristics as the aroma...uneventful roasts, old hops, and a strong yeast flavor, moderately sweet. Possibly phenolic, detracts a little, with something a little off in the finish. Lingers a little with a light bitterness.

d: pretty drinkable for the ABV...smells/tastes more like a standard stout...still a little too off to be above average

bomber from Rick's in Alexandria, VA

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cool from a bomber into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance is dark brown, but a ways from black. Very little carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is dominated by band-aid smell. Couldn't really pick out grain aromas, maybe a little bit of alcohol.

Flavor is slightly yeasty, no distinct dark grains. Medicinal and slightly warming.

Mouthfeel is very thin, watery.

At the end it was still drinkable, not a drain pour.

Photo of davidt
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Russian Imperial Stout pours with a thin cream-colored head which quickly dissipates. The aroma is a slightly smokey malt. The color is dark, but not black. Light shows through the brown edges. The flavor is bitter chocolate, with a bit of molasses. The hops are noticeable but not over-powering. The mouth feel is lighter than some beers in this style which makes for a very quaff-able drink. The alcohol is well masked. There's a light carbonation on the tongue. When we shared some with friends last night I was surprised how quickly the glasses emptied.

This is an Imperial Stout that is easy to drink and would be enjoyed by folks who aren't into "big" Imperial Stouts. Even for fans of the RIS style, this is an enjoyable beer. I also kept a couple bottles of last year's release in the refrigerator. The bottle I tried a few weeks ago was still quite tasty and very smooth. I've opened the last bottle I had in the house so I'll be going back to the brewery to pick more up. It's a beer to keep on hand this Winter.

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my second bottle via oelergud...
Appears a near black with just a hint of dark brown when held to the light. A dark tan head quickly fades into a mild, fizzy cap. Spots of lacing slowly droop down into the collar.
Smell is of slightly tart berries, chocolate malt, roasted nuts, with some black patent, burnt abrasiveness coming through.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a tartness and light woody astringency coming through that seems to take away from how much I want to enjoy this beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, effervescent, with the tartness tickling the tongue. Slightly odd. I'm thinking that they should go back to using the bourbon barrels instead of the oak minus bourbon.

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Temporary Insanity Imperial Stout from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
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