Island Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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1.63/5 rDev -52.1%
750ml bottle poured into an oversized snifter.
A: Pours black with a creamy tan head. Decent retention, broken webs of lacing.
S: Chocolate cookies, sugar cookies, vanilla bean, creamed coffee, nutty and woody scents, and cherry and plum darkfruit. Citric and herbal hop scents. Plastic and band-aid. This doesn't smell right.
T: Roasted tastes get acrid and smokey, a hit of citrus from the hops, powdery chocolate and some darkfruit, but there's also that horrible plasticy taste that overshadows it all. Very hot and boozy too. Rubbing alcohol, even. Something is very off with this beer.
M: Full and creamy mouthfeel. Smooth enough. Low carbonation. Mouthfeel is good.
O: I don't know what went wrong, but there is something very off with this beer. Tastes like lots of phenols. I'd be inclined to guess too high a fermentation temperature, or maybe sanitizer in the beer. Not sure what happened here, but this should not have been allowed out of the brewery.
06-15-2012 03:59:27 | More by ryan1788a5
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
2.15/5 rDev -36.8%
Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with a finger of short lived dark mocha head.
The aroma is kind of a mess on this one. Pretty hoppy with a little bit of a vinous with salty black olives lingering in the background. Has a bit of a leathery and roasted malt aroma but there's something off here. Boozy as all hell with small notes of chocolate. Not really to bad but certainly not especially good. A bit of a rubber flavor here.
Hot and full on the feel with soft carbonation. Overall this is just bad. No real redeeming qualities.
02-27-2012 01:36:08 | More by Bendurgin
2.35/5 rDev -30.9%
Bottle into snifter, no freshness date. Purchased 07/07/12
A- Opaque black pour with brown around the edges. Finger width dark tan head, lacing is decent.
S- Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee and a healthy dose of alcohol. The alcohol kind of muffles everything else. There is some brown sugar and molasses.
T- Booze up front, dark roasted coffee, burnt toast and a slight medicinal taste.
M- Slightly thin, lively carbonation, sticky on the lips.
O- Wow this thing is a mess from sip one. The booze in this really just overpowers everything. I've had 19+% beers that you don't taste the alcohol, this one tastes as it is a 30% abv and only 13.5... I've never had anything from these guys before (or heard of them) but I'll give anyone a chance, especially a RIS but this is a train wreck.
08-09-2012 23:28:42 | More by korguy123
2.48/5 rDev -27.1%
750 mL into a CBS snifter
Dark brown translucent pour with a thin tan head. No lacing,
At first I smell strong alcohol presence with a subtle backing of roasted malt and molasses.
Tastes like it smells - hot, and not much flavor behind the alcohol
For a RIS the mouthfeel is fairly thin, though well carbonated. Kinda watery.
Overall nothing I will pickup again or recommend - many other RIS's available at the price point ($11) that are much more worth it.
10-01-2012 00:29:45 | More by TheBeerologist
2.53/5 rDev -25.6%
Poured into a tulip. The color is black with a nice creamy tan head.
The aroma is very hoppy. There seems to be a bit of olive in the aroma as well. This doesn't smell quite right, though I will still venture a taste.
The taste is bitter and alcoholic. I love hoppy stouts, but the malt profile doesn't hold up to the bitterness. The finish is off-putting. The taste doesn't deliver typical chocolate or coffee notes of a stout; perhaps the flavors are muted.
The mouthfeel is creamy, not quite heavy bodied.
I don't know anything about this beer except it's a RIS. This doesn't really come together. I'm not sure if it's a little green or what. Pass.
02-27-2012 01:34:52 | More by andrewinski1
2.6/5 rDev -23.5%
750ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep, opaque brown color with a thick, dense tannish brown head. Great, thick rings of foam are left on the glass with each sip, especially if some time elapses between sips. Really excellent head retention with great lacing.
The nose is pretty subdued when chilled and definitely doesn't get better as it warms. Some nice roast is present when chilled with light chocolate and perhaps a touch of coffee. There is some dark fruit here but it's a bit off, something I can't quite put my finger on. When the beer warms the roast lightens up a bit, the chocolate and coffee become almost non-existent and the fruity notes get stronger. A substantial amount of alcohol is present when the beer warms.
The taste is muddled when the beer is chilled and even more so when it warms. There is a touch of roast with some light chocolate and the odd fruit notes up when chilled but a good amount of alcohol is present and it takes over as it warms. It's a bit odd because the alcohol isn't really harsh nor does it have the warming affect that some higher ABV beers have.
The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation, while low, is a bit prickly on the tongue. The carbonation probably helps the beer feel as thin as it does.
Overall this was an odd beer for me. It looks fantastic but things head downhill from there. The body is thin, the nose is a bit weak and the fruit and alcohol tastes are off. The fruit almost wants to be tart but it never quite gets there. It's not the normal dark fruit expected from an imperial stout. The alcohol is odd as well. It's not harsh and doesn't have the burn, it just seems to be "there". It really just seems like a beer with no definition, nothing that makes it stand out.
04-14-2012 03:30:07 | More by ms11781
2.73/5 rDev -19.7%
Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip. Pours a slick black with a huge 4 inch head, with thick lacing left behind. Smell is huge pungent hops, some roasted nuts, roasted garlic, and some mocha. Taste is all of that, not what I expect from a stout the horror. The body is big, plenty of life, not overly dry, and so over the top drinkability is kind of low. The biggest problem with this brew is the nose and flavors are so uninviting. I love HUGE STOUTS, but the flavors here are so wrong.
05-11-2012 01:15:30 | More by SawDog505
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
Island Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout from Cisco Brewers Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.