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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

456 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 64
Gots: 36 | 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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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%

05-19-2012 00:48:30 | More by 40451
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bnewall3

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-15-2011 02:13:03 | More by bnewall3
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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%

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Florida

5/5  rDev +23.8%

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New York

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-27-2011 23:10:39 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-04-2011 15:19:48 | More by ZacharyJ
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Washington

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-15-2011 21:33:54 | More by ScreamForMe
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.8%

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amir


5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-08-2012 01:29:06 | More by amir
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derandscott

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-01-2011 21:15:35 | More by derandscott
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redliner8

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.8%

01-02-2012 03:11:22 | More by redliner8
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azathot

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.8%

06-16-2013 02:56:50 | More by azathot
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tscanlon51

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%

01-26-2013 02:11:21 | More by tscanlon51
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jbrumberg

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%

01-21-2012 22:23:23 | More by jbrumberg
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DirtybeerguyRI

Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Dark as pitch at midnight with a thin but persistent lace. Even with an aggressive pour, the head is minimal and disappears quickly.

SMELL: The primary nose here is dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Under that, you'll pick up hints of licorice and fruit. This may sound like an odd pairing, but it's really quite nice.

TASTE: Fantastic! This stout baths your palate with a luxurious fusion of dark chocolate and coffee with fruity, semi-sweet undertones. There's a mild alcohol taste combined with minimally-bitter roasted malts. This beer would pair wonderfully wonderfully with a dark chocolate cake (such as Black Forest German Cake) or chocolate pot de crème. It would also be interesting to try this beer with red meat dishes featuring caramelized onions or some other semi-sweet flavoring. I recently had baby-back ribs with a bourbon-molasses sauce and I think that this beer would have been a wonderful pairing.

MOUTHFEEL: This stout almost caresses the mouth. It's very smooth and velvety. On the finish, there's a slight bitterness that pricks at the tastebuds.

DRINKABILITY: I can drink dark, complex stouts for an entire night, but others with easily-overwhelmed palates may want to limit this brew to a nightcap or 12-ounce glass with desert. To get all the layers of taste, let mouthfuls of this beer warm in your mouth. It's worth it.

VERDICT: Berkshire Brewing has turned out a brilliant Russian stout that really stands out from the pack. This is a true beer geek's brew. I wouldn't call this a night-long session beer for the average beer enthusiast, but with certain types of food (or just as a treat for the mouth), this beer rates as a must-try.

Cheers,
John Harvey
Dirtybeerguy.com

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:43:00 | More by DirtybeerguyRI
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datalager

Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I won't go into the detail I usually do, or that others have already done. instead I'll say this: I picked up a 22 oz bomber at the local Whole Foods...on a whim. The blind purchase was made under the guise of both my love of stouts and Berkshire Brewing. Boom and boom on both counts!

I'll skip the details, because this is an imperial stout, so the profile isn't far from what you would expect. In brief, it is black, malty, roasted, boozy, and just downright delicious. It is not the individual details of this ale, but rather the sum of its characteristics that make this a real stout lover's dream. The one unique flavor here is the slight "fresh" coffee flavor, that nobody does better than Berkshire, IMO.

This is easily the best imperial stout I have ever had, and one of the tastiest stouts overalll. Don't hesitate to grab one. And enjoy it slowly...22 oz at 8.5% will make you happy...fast.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:09:23 | More by datalager
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gkatsoris


4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Black as night, with a fizzled tan head. No lacing at all. Poured more like a porter than an RIS.

S: CHOCOLATE MILK. Smells like Hershey's Chocolate Milk. Slight vanilla, and very slight black cherries. Boiled peanuts.

T: Chocolate, cocoa, slight coffe, slight expresso. No bitterness at all. Extremely balanced!!! Slight peanuts. And chocolate milk.

M: Very thin, but not at all in a bad way. The maouthfeel is super balanced as well. goes in chewy, but is thin on the palate, and finishes thin also. Leaves a nice coat on the tongue.

O: Not rated as a top 100 brew, but should be rated as a top 100 brew. Thank God it's not rated as a top 100 brew; more for me!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 00:14:44 | More by gkatsoris
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mctizzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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mcarroll10177

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into my BBC pint glass

A- black as night with a coffee color off white head, tons of lacing left on the glass

S- some roasted malts with hints of licorish and bittersweet coffee

T- the roasted malts come through first, followed by some licorish and a nice warming alcohol. The alcohol is balanced bny the other favors and is not overpowering as in other RIS. Brilliant taste

M- smooth as velvet, just the right combination of carbination as well. Wonderful.

D- for a big stout this beer is dangerously drinkable. After a bomber of this you are all done. The alcohol is present but well masked by the other flavors.

The best stout I have had from my favorite american brewery. Makes me glad to live in Western MA.

Note- The beer was aged a bit to let the flavors develop. It was a winter release enjoyed 8/25. Let the flavors age for a few months and enjpy.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 22:42:11 | More by mcarroll10177
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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

11-24-2013 19:55:40 | More by prisdefer
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Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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Berkshire Russian Imperial Stout from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.