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Sputnik - Austin Beerworks

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

80 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerZack on 12-30-2011)
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Reviews by GrayHam:
Photo of GrayHam
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

On tap at Hopfields.

A: Black, not quite opaque. Light brown head with medium
retention and good lacing.

S: COFFEE! Actually, the coffee combined with sweet malt
makes this smell better that coffee. One of the most
aromatic beers I've come across.

T: The smell doesn't lie. There is coffee in this beer. It
tastes like a carbonated iced toddy. In the best way
possible. Might be too much for some people, but I really
like coffee.

M: Thinner than I had expected for a Russian Imperial, but
that made it more drinkable. Carbonation was also higher
than I was expecting, but that helped to bring out more
coffee aroma. The oats did lend a nice smoothness.

O: A really cool and unique beer. Never had anything like it
and I look forward to trying it again.

GrayHam, Jan 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Tiernan, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of BeerZack
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

The brewery calls Sputnik a Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout.
Smells straight up like an iced coffee. Intriguing. Cream, sugar, roasted coffee beans, its all there. The similarities don't end there. The impression that Im drinking an iced latte or other sweetened cold drink from a coffeeshop continues as I sip. The astringency that adding coffee to beer sometimes brings out is gladly missing in this brew, but I think the body of the beer may have absorbed the shot. While its still very much medium to medium-full bodied, I prefer my RIS's to be pretty weighty. There is a bit more flavor development on towards the finish which brings out some chocolate and a deeper roastiness that keeps it from being cloying, which still reinforces the whole iced coffee ideal. Overall, this beer is pretty delicious in a unique way.

BeerZack, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Dwtucker90, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

zonker17, Dec 08, 2013
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JamLand, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bccocx, Jan 18, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Had this a couple of times over the weekend. Once at Hopfields and once at a NYE house party. Excellent. Just excellent. Reminded me a lot of Peche Mortel, but the coffee flavor was much stronger in this and IMO better.

The beer was black. I can definitely say that. When I served it at a NYE party, the beer definitely stained the red Solo cup (not just a cup... a friend) that I poured it in. Nothing special, but not bad either.

The smell was coffee. Whoa, boy. Coffee. Nicely rounded and full-bodied coffee. Cuvee knows what they're doing. When I popped open the growler at the NYE party, you could smell this thing from across the room. Mmmm... strong.

The beer was fairly dry and relatively light. Good carbonation kept it feeling fresh. The taste was mostly the coffee, but there was also a roasted, chalky background that complemented the coffee quite well. This isn't really a RIS, but who cares about styles anyway? Damned tasty. The sips definitely brought back Peche Mortel to my mind, but the coffee in this thing was much stronger and much better.

Overall, this was excellent work that nailed the RICO style. I was glad to have it again and this beer once again cements the quality of ABW in my mind.

UTCengOwl, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
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Sudsday, Jul 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

mgr78704, May 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

kevinscott, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Theortiz01, Aug 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

JGlitz87, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

cyde, Dec 12, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

This RICO (Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal) on draft pours up regular lookin. Dark brown. No crazy head. Aroma is coffeee, Dark malts, vanilla bean, nothin too out of the norm. Tastes of coffeee, and same as nose, not too out of the yoosh ('usual' for the dummies), malty, hop balance, doesn't take a scientist to guess this brew. Full bodied, easy carbo. I give this beer a Lil better score just cuz I loooove coffee beers. And this beer is coffee loaded! I can't ever taste oatmeal so that's whatever here. Any-fart, drink this beer

stumac, Jan 02, 2013
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greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Draft at oddfellows...
Pours a dark brown color, oddly enough, with about a finger of head. Figured this would be jet black.
Nose is coffee. That's about it. A nice coffee though.
Taste is much sweeter than I thought. It is not just carbonated coffee as a lot of coffee stouts are. VERY creamy mouthfeel, a bit thinner than I wanted... I assume the oatmeal helps a lot on the creaminess factor. Despite it not being overpowered by coffee, there really isn't much else there but the coffee... glad I tried it.

crusian, Jan 06, 2012
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Sputnik from Austin Beerworks
94 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.