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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
okay

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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-03-2013 17:01:49 | More by cfaulman
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Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

11-03-2013 15:53:41 | More by EgadBananas
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beav19

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -11.5%

10-26-2013 00:35:17 | More by beav19
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

10-06-2013 20:08:40 | More by Carpentiere
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ejane

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +47.5%

09-13-2013 14:39:20 | More by ejane
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sendbeer

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

09-09-2013 22:19:05 | More by sendbeer
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Tiernan

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.5%

08-02-2013 13:36:03 | More by Tiernan
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Thedrizzle

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

07-29-2013 01:04:11 | More by Thedrizzle
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-18-2013 21:29:33 | More by ZEB89
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Juuroumaru

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours black with a nice 1 1/2-2 in tan head and a lot of particulates/sediment collecting at the bottom (small to large). head starts to dissipate at around 90s and leaves a nice lacing around the rim of the glass.

S- A nice chocolaty malt comes through and that's about all i pick up.

T- slight chocolate with a smooth roastyness with a very slight bitter after taste almost like eating very high % Cacao chocolate

M- Coats the mouth nicely with a medium body, not to strong up front or on the back end.

O- i really enjoyed this beer even tho i found it lacking in a few places. For the price im not sure if i would pick it up again considering there are so many great stouts out there for less. i give it a B+

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:20:59 | More by Juuroumaru
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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%).

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 18:44:15 | More by puboflyons
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:47:06 | More by montrealbcr89
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Mullen2525

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

06-24-2013 13:40:00 | More by Mullen2525
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

06-14-2013 22:55:56 | More by ScaryEd
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socon67

New York

3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 12:30:56 | More by socon67
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-10-2013 16:21:48 | More by eawolff99
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
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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SLeffler27

New York

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, very black, in a Dogfish Head snifter. A ring of fine dark foam forms a hazy layer above this viscous and syrupy Stout.

Strong roasted coffee and roasted chocolate dominate simply in this well-done aroma profile.

The flavor is almost exclusively malt with slight malt bitterness and trailing candy sugar. Semi-sweet chocolate combines with light wood notes in the middle, while modest sweetness fills out a short finish. Warmth develops these characteristics exceptionally well, while nonetheless mellowing and focusing the chocolate syrup flavors.

A dense, syrupy body with warming, yet controlled, alcohol for 13.5% abv.

This is a good sipper, perhaps best after dinner or with moist chocolate cake. While a bit too sweet for the style, it is still highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 14:48:54 | More by SLeffler27
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funhog

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

04-09-2013 21:52:53 | More by funhog
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Kooz

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark and opaque with a dark brown head. Smelled of molasses, which lingered throughout and was pleasant. Very nice taste. Chocolatey with a hint of coffee in it at the tail end. Mouthfeel was good--this stout had a good body to it, and despite the high abv, there was nothing boozy about it. Overall, i enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it, but one is plenty for a night.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 01:51:29 | More by Kooz
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +18%

03-18-2013 22:20:52 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

02-19-2013 01:49:09 | More by atone315
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oldedog

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

02-16-2013 02:57:53 | More by oldedog
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-07-2013 01:01:03 | More by doucmehu
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I've been sitting on this bottle for more than six months, easy. Had to crack this bad boy open after taking down the Christmas lights. This is the day before temps get UP to 15 degrees in the chi-town area.

Poured into my Lunar Brewing co. Neil Armstrong snifter.

Oil slick black with a medium brown head of maybe one finger. There's a residual ring of foam that thins out more and more with each sip.

Roasted bread crust, coffee beans, with a viney and warm alcoholic warmth. Perhaps, not the aroma I anticipated, but still pretty good.

As this beer warms, the palate gets thinner, and the abv. content becomes more and more domineering. I still get strong roasted malt flavors, still lots of coffee and dark cocoa. There's still a slightly sour, viney finish, along with the alcohol. Palate is a watery oil mix.

This RIS isn't "bad" per-se, but this something i would not reccommend to someone, or buy again. Glad I tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 00:07:35 | More by scruffwhor
Island Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout from Cisco Brewers Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.