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Island Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Island Reserve: Russian Imperial StoutIsland Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
78
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104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 19.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: codsmith on 02-25-2012)
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers that I just pick up on a whim and take home. It's also the last beer before a one month sabbatical. Hopefully it is worthy!

A: Pours black as stouts will, topped with a pretty intense brown head that takes a while to recede. Sparkling, rich, with big bubble bursts to release the aromas.

S + T: A surprising note of hops on the nose... some sweet and semi-burnt malt notes, but the big, piney scent is taking it. If I were to close my eyes and blind sniff this beer, I might suspect that it is a Black IPA. The flavour has a similarly unusual quality of citrus, some modest chocolate, and earthy, herbal spiciness. It's not really what I would think of an imperial stout as being.

M + D: Quite thin, as far as stouts go. It's not a terrible beer--not a drain pour--but it's definitely NOT what I would think of a Russian Imperial Stout as being. So... while it might not be a terrible tasting beer, I don't really see myself going back.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:49:11 | More by Proteus93
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deg

New Hampshire

3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a pint glass. The beer is very dark. The head is coffee with cream colored. I can smell something, but I'm not sure what. I got cherries on my initial taste. The beer is fruity in initial taste, I can't taste much malt or roastiness. The roasted flavors come out in the aftertaste. I notice an alcohol burn.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 22:44:40 | More by deg
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MarkDeming

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-03-2014 21:55:21 | More by MarkDeming
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-21-2014 23:54:05 | More by ADTaber
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

05-24-2014 00:53:00 | More by Latarnik
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-28-2014 21:15:37 | More by Axnjxn
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vande

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-26-2014 00:48:03 | More by vande
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

03-16-2014 04:39:23 | More by DrStiffington
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-12-2014 22:54:27 | More by muskiesman
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Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

03-02-2014 01:39:53 | More by runlikeakenyan
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Bartos

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-13-2014 16:22:05 | More by Bartos
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pveilleux

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

02-09-2014 02:55:34 | More by pveilleux
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +18%

01-26-2014 02:51:20 | More by PeteRiz
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lzepplin01

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

01-25-2014 00:20:13 | More by lzepplin01
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rudabegga9

Georgia

4/5  rDev +18%

01-10-2014 02:31:14 | More by rudabegga9
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

01-09-2014 21:06:15 | More by Griffith
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BuckettOfBeer

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

12-31-2013 03:23:47 | More by BuckettOfBeer
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kell50

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-25-2013 03:42:43 | More by kell50
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diverite

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

12-07-2013 03:49:18 | More by diverite
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admonster00

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

12-01-2013 00:53:41 | More by admonster00
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Jaspers, thanks for the Gift Certificate Mike.
Pours a solid black with a huge creamy tan head that persists forever and sticks to everything. Huge hoppy nose of pine resin and citrus with a solid roasty smokey sweet malty base. Mild papery oxidation on the nose as well. Sweet sugary malt flavor with bits of roast and dark chocolate. Plum and anise midway through before a sweet molasses and chocolate with a twinge of alcohol finishes us off. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet creamy silky mouthfeel. Nice imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 02:37:08 | More by johnnnniee
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-25-2013 20:58:41 | More by ncstateplaya
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.09/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

750mL bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 12.25. No discernable bottling date. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a deep, near-black brown with a nice finger and a half of mocha hued head. The foam lingers for a while before settling to a thin layer that actually laces pretty well for such a high alcohol brew.

Smell of cocoa powder, light licorice and sweetish dark fruit.

The first flavor I get is a big blast of bitter, semi sweet cherry skins followed by char, imitation dark bakers chocolate, pine bark, burnt cheap coffee, old marshmallow, bittering hops, licorice, moderate booze and a strange unpleasant vegetal astringency. What an ugly nasty mess of disjointed layers.

Oily, dense, medium heavy body with light carbonation. Bitter, caustic cocoa and fruit skin aftertaste.

Wow. This is one of the worst, overpriced calamities of a beer that I've ever had the misfortune of trying. Unlike so many of my favorite high abv stouts this one seemed to get progressively worse as it warmed. A real shame that I paid so much for something I could only stomach for about 8 ounces before drain pouring the rest of the bottle. Stay away. Seriously.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 05:32:44 | More by ThickNStout
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

11-15-2013 02:51:36 | More by smutty33
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18%

11-08-2013 22:33:54 | More by kiva_beer_club
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Island Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout from Cisco Brewers Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.