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

479 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 71
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of cpetrone84
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pour is dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is sweet, magic marker, chocolate, uneaten sugar, stale grain. Taste is overly sweet and lacks malt complexity. Some chocolate, lots of sugar, brown sugar, caramel, thinner body and moderate carbonation.

Photo of dustinjkline
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Jeffo
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!

Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Joebassman
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Sensaray
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

Photo of smccann
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of wc94wc
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of beav19
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Fejj
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of ctwybeerguy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Lamdawg420
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of CSeavey64
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of swierczt
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of KelsoSaaz
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.

Photo of Tarps68
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DBosco
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tberry1693
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of SABERG
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

Berkshire Russian Imperial Stout from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.