Island Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
3.71/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A-Pitch black with nearly zero head. Barely any lacing too.
S-Big and bold. Booze emanates. Nose isn't exceptionally aromatic. Coffee/chocolate of course. Also get a decent amount of dried dark fruit (nearly Belgian-esque)
T-Again, the flavor is not as overwhelming as it should be. The booze stands out just as much as any of the flavors. Its not exceptionally roasty. I get way more dried dark fruit than roast. It reminds me of a Belgian Imperial Stout. Chocolatey and plummy but not supremely roasty.
M-Big and boozy but the body is somehow thin.
O/D-They either messed this up or they wanted to carve out their own niche here. I was shocked to find out this was nearly 14%. Its thin and lacks flavor yet its uniqueness is oddly addictive. Definitely the most curious pint I had tonight.
Serving type: on-tap
05-04-2013 03:12:44 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.79/5 rDev +12.1%
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
2.09/5 rDev -38.2%
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
Island Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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