Island Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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Reviews by puboflyons:
4.03/5 rDev +18.5%
From the 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 28, 2013.
Wow! Tough audience here as I look at earlier reviews. I think it has a fabulous A++ jet black pour with a moderate tan silky head that lingers.
There is a ton of aroma coming off the bottle and right into the glass. I get esters of dark roasted malts, mild chocolate, and dark fruit like plum or fig.
The body is not as heavy as I might like for the style. It is medium to heavy but there is also a strange astringency.
The taste tends to emphasize the dark fruits more than the chocolate or malts so that is a little unusual for the style. But at the same time it makes it unique. It finishes dry. I enjoyed it (slowly at 13%).
06-28-2013 18:44:15 | More by puboflyons
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3.15/5 rDev -7.4%
In a tulip this beer was a very dark brown, nearly black, color. It had a tan head that left a little bit of lace.
Roasted malt aroma, chocolate and coffee. It wasn't very sweet. Alcohol was noticeable.
Bittersweet chocolate taste. Espresso. I thought there was a bit of charcoal in the taste. And don't forget the alcohol.
This beer was a big mouthful. Nice enough, but not something I would want to drink often.
04-07-2012 10:23:44 | More by lordofthewiens
2.8/5 rDev -17.6%
From 2011 I think.
Thin fine tan head. Dark opaque brown body.
Nose has some booze and a trace of hops.
Taste is mostly of grassy, medicinal hops. Like hop cough syrup. I let this one sit for a while but it hasn't calmed down. Kinda disappointing.
Mouthfeel is generic as well.
This was neither worth the money nor the cellar space. Glad I opened it rather than face disappointment later, but maybe it would get better with time.
08-18-2012 00:20:54 | More by zaphodchak
3.66/5 rDev +7.6%
Had at the Cisco event aboard the Ligthship Nantucket at Hudson River Pier
A - Black pour with a high cola colored foam. Lacing is not too pronounced; half moons of sticky lace on the glass.
S - Scents of cocoa and roasted malt. Has a lingering boozy smell and some smoky qualities as it warmed.
T - A chocolate malt bomb. Perhpas a tad too sweet. There is a slight warming burn in the finish.
M - Pretty much was a one and done for me. The high ABV and sweetness made this sipper. This is a beer people can satisfy a sweet tooth, and then feel sick afterwards.
O - A pretty good dessert beer, but maybe the malt was a bit too sweet and too heavy. Overall fun but really a nondescript RIS.
05-14-2013 12:30:56 | More by socon67
3.15/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
04-01-2012 03:49:11 | More by Proteus93
3.85/5 rDev +13.2%
A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: There are strong flavors of dark roasted malts in the taste along with notes of burnt malts. There are some hints of citrus from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a beer that is 13.5% abv, the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste.
07-09-2012 20:43:05 | More by metter98
3.13/5 rDev -7.9%
A: Pours a dark brown with a 2 finger mocha-colored head with very tight, creamy bubbles.
S: Did not expect this. The nose is almost straight hops with some alcohol. Smells almost like a black IPA. Only after REALLY getting my nose in there did I detect some chocolate or roastiness. Certainly not what I would expect for a 13% RIS.
T: Immediately hit with some hops. And then...sourness? Im confused. It doesn't taste "bad" but I am a SLIGHT chocolatiness up front, and then it moves to some sourness towards this middle (with a slight metallic taste) and finishes with a mild coffee flavor.
M: Less than medium. I like the fact that it is not overwhelmingly carbonated (that is what really kills an RIS for me), but its is too thin for the style.
O: Strange. It's not necessarily a "bad" beer, but does not fit the style. All the core components of an RIS are almost nowhere to be found. And the sour/metal notes are confusing me further.
I wouldn't pick this up again, but it was interesting to review. Really threw me for a loop!
06-25-2013 00:47:06 | More by montrealbcr89
2.09/5 rDev -38.5%
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.
11-20-2013 05:32:44 | More by ThickNStout
3.68/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a dark brown color, very large head, in fact, be careful since it very well could overflow like it did with mine, fades at a slow rate and leaves some good lacing on the glass.
Smell is a bit of a surprise, huge aroma of piney hops, based on aroma alone I'd say it would have been an Black IPA, roasted malt and cocoa does make an appearance behind the strong pine forefront.
Taste starts out with the piney hop flavor which is quickly balanced by the roasted malt, a burnt coffee-like presence makes itself known in the aftertaste, body is thin for a stout with high carbonation, the strength is very well hidden though and I would not have thought this to be anywhere near 13.5%.
A bit torn, drinks more like a Black IPA than a RIS. As a RIS it fails, as something else it's quite good.
06-30-2012 21:54:00 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.88/5 rDev +14.1%
Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7, courtesy of ShogoKawada.
A - How much more black could this be? None. None more black. The head is awesome. It's sort of a cinnamon creme color, very thick, and leaves wonderful lacing.
S - Rather hoppy, surprisingly. It reminds me of smelling a bag of hop pellets, though not nearly as intense. Also a touch of roast. I'm thinking this'll be a interesting blind experience.
T - A whole lot of things going on here. Licorice, molasses, coffee, and sweet fruits, with those same hops as in the aroma ever-present (not a ton of bitterness, though).
M - Full and thick and smooth. Lowish carbonation. Almost no hint of alcohol.
Overall, I like this quite a bit. It's rather hoppy, but otherwise seems like a pretty normal imperial stout.
11-02-2012 14:56:31 | More by abraxel
3.8/5 rDev +11.8%
A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, possibly a little burnt. Lighter aromas of dark fruits and chocolate. Maybe just the slightest hints of licorice.
T: Very similar to the smell but possibly even a little more intense. There is a strong flavor of the dark roasted/slightly burnt malts along with dark fruits, chocolate, and licorice. Additionally there is the slightest (barely present) hint of citrus hops at the very end of the finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly sticky with a light amount of alcohol heat in the finish.
O: Alcohol is very well hidden in both the smell and the taste making this beer pretty easy to drink - though at 13.5% it is most definitely a sipping beer. Nice amount of complexity, possibly a little sweeter than I expected for the style, but very enjoyable.
07-08-2012 20:52:02 | More by dbrauneis
Island Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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