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Airing Of Grievances - Une Année

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87
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Can_has_beer on 12-13-2013

Classic Belgian and English yeasts combine fruity esters with a deep malt presence for a creamy, chocolate finish. After drinking this decadent beer, one may feel at ease to tell friends how they've disappointed in the past year.
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 5
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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Great, thick, eggshell-brown head. Maintains a 1/6 inch ring around the glass. Very minimal light penetration. Dark brown gradient to black.

S: Coffee, booze, wood, root beer, and grape, weirdly. I'm sure I'm wrong, but I got that impression.

T: Roasted malts, booze finish. Not much else.

F: Pillowy, soft, somewhat creamy, but more crispy carbonation is detectable.

O: A boozier, more expensive, less crafty tasting Deschutes Obsidian. I'd pick Obsidian.

Photo of Etan
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml into a teku.

A: Pours a solid red-tinged black with a huge thick tan head.

S: Roasty, slightly vegetal carob from the intersection of the yeast and malts, cola, cocoa, light anise.

T: Taste brings charred grain, mild raisin, more roast, bitter dark chocolate.

M: Medium-thick bodied with moderate carb.

O: A little too much roasted malt and the Belgian strain doesn't add much complexity. Meh.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, licorice, molasses, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, licorice, molasses, pepper, herbal, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy hop/roasted bitterness on the peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, licorice, molasses, pepper, light smoke/char, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian style imperial stout. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of homebrew311
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with light passages at the edges. Not much head, some lacing. Nose features milk chocolate, some fruity belgo notes, cocoa, roast, and honey. Taste has heavy dark chocolate up front followed by signing act Belgian yeast character and some licorice notes. Mouthfeel is moderate with medium carbonation. Overall, decent flavors here, not as hearty as I'd hope for a RIS.

Photo of Trifecta1
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage, black label.

A - Pours thin, very large head. Doesn't look like any RIS I've seen, maybe a RIP (porter)?

S - Chocolate, licorice, yeast, and hot metal shavings. The metalic smell is a little distracting.

T - Thankfully, this tastes much better than the appearance and smell would tell! Dark malt, nice taste of honey, belgian chocolate, licorice, belgian yeast esters. Figs roll as it warms up, but other dark fruits seem to be absent, or hidden. Slight alcohol sweetness. Lingering roast.

M - Medium; but for a RIS, thin. Pretty effervescent, small bubbles galore. Sticky.

O - A nice stout, but calling this a RIS feels wrong. To me, this resembled nothing what a RIS is generally considered. Nevertheless, tasty brew, 7.99 for 500ml is a decent price for a try.

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Airing Of Grievances from Une Année
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.