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Berkshire Russian Imperial Stout - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Russian Imperial StoutBerkshire Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

453 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 63
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001)
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StrangeBrewer76

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a mini sam smith's glass, center poured, I increased the height half way through because I doubted the head creation potential. I was right to do so. This glass is fresh from the sterilizer and I suffer for it. A wall of bubbles on the side of the glass is a clear indication to me that this glass has been corrupted.

I will finish this beer but not from the glass. The tip of my tongue burns a little from the cleanser they use so after a pause I will do my best to finish the review once I've cleared this glass of contaminants (regretably by drinking it)

OK Second pour. Still a little side bubbles but the head retention is much better; a nice crown of tan head. Very dark brown if not opaque in color.

In a crowded bar I smell mostly milk chocolate, burnt and toasted malts, nuttyness and a touch of oak.

Tastes of bitter coffee and patent malt. Subtle sweetness at best. There is a citric acidity that I can't quite identify but it's kind of a turn off. This could be just in my imagination though; that's entirely possible.

Mouthfeel with a slight swish is delightfully creamy and light. The finish is neutral; kind of medium dry that requests, not begs, for another sip.

Overall a winner for the local team. I will amend this if I get a chance to sample this limited brew again under different circumstances.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 01:58:27 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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dustinjkline

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-26-2014 00:08:19 | More by dustinjkline
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bomber of this from totoropanda in a recent box. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, light brown head with very good retention. Transparent dark brown body with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a creamy cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. A ring and splotchy wisp remain leaving some good lacing the whole way down. Body is a little light, but the head is good.

SMELL: Mild nose of roasted malts, some cocoa powder and light coffee notes. A good dose of dark fruits with licorice as well. Okay.

TASTE: Lightly roasted up front with some dark fruit sweetness through the middle into the swallow, much like the nose. Milder but lingering finish of dark fruit sweetness, grapes, dates, some lightly roasted flavors, licorice and some light bitter coffee notes. Too mild up front, but much more flavorful after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly creamy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. Okay here.

OVERALL: This is an okay beer, but it's a bit mild overall and slightly underwhelming in the imperial stout category. Lighter color and too much dark fruit character for the style perhaps. A bit lighter on the palate as well. Decent beer, but not an imperial stout worth seeking out. Thanks again panda!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 18:55:09 | More by Jeffo
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1%

06-12-2014 03:14:27 | More by SawDog505
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-27-2014 15:03:08 | More by Noelito76
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with red hues and a frothy light brown head

Smells of dark malts, dark fruits, raisins,

Taste is dark malty with some roastiness, light coffee, occasionally chocolate and red fruits . Finishes with a dark bready finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth kina creamy with a dry finish

Overall a solid option especially local and at a good price

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 21:33:32 | More by Sensaray
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New Hampshire

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04-06-2014 21:08:03 | More by smccann
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California

4/5  rDev -1%

04-02-2014 01:21:20 | More by wc94wc
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-31-2014 03:08:21 | More by paulish
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-27-2014 21:05:06 | More by beav19
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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-18-2014 12:44:36 | More by Fejj
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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter

A: Pours a motor oil – like pitch black with a thin, quickly dissipating, khaki head.

S: Dark fruit, medicinal and herbal aromas with hints of baking chocolate.

T: Dark roasted, but not bitter malts. Flavors of black coffee and bittersweet choc late mixed with medicinal, woody and earthy tones. Alcohol warms the palate nicely

M: Moderately thick and chewy body with very little carbonation.

O: A top tier RIS is what we have here. Loaded with flavor but accessible to even a novice beer enthusiast. Seek this out if you are in New England.

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Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

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SABERG

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just released bottle poured into a modified tulip glass.

A - Dark as night, with fine carbonation. A little movement brings a fine pale multi finger head.
S - Cocoa, a hint of licorace, a slight rasberry and warm molasses. Complex enough and not overbearing.
T - Dark fruity biscuit, lingers on the palate and finishes with dry chocolate. The taste wanders slightly as it warms. Toward the slighest of roast and brown sugar, in the best possible way.
M - Some could consider this a bit thin, I do not. The feel coats completely and has a great linger. Like the guest that stays just long enough!
O - Berkshire has this particular offering just right, approachable, affordable and delicious!

Strongly recommend

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 22:30:37 | More by SABERG
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Berkshire Russian Imperial Stout from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.