Berkshire Russian Imperial Stout - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Russian Imperial StoutBerkshire Russian Imperial Stout

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479 Ratings

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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. From notes.

A - Black with two fingers of tight beige head. Good carbonation, good spotty lace and half a finger of retention.

S - Chocolater, leather. Kinda mild.

T - Woah! Pretty chocolatey and tamer on the roast profile than other examples of the style. Plenty of tasty dark malts. Sweet but not overly so. No alcohol evident. Seemed simple but very solid and well adapted to style.

M - Mild carbonation, medium to full body and nice finish with dryness.

O/D - Really nice stout. Punches above it's belt and hides the alcohol well. Great subtle, but very solid flavours. Could drink a few of these.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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

Black pour. Black. Black. Black. Not Onyx. Not Jet. Black...with a teeny-tiny head.

It a mild stout. Nothing too crazy going on here.

This Russian Imperial Stout has a flavor very typical of the genre, but just a tad weaker than you would expect and an aftertaste which is a tad off-kilter.

Despite having next to no head, this stout is probably carbonated more than most.

Overall, not a bad beer for the price, but nothing to write home about...unless your mother is on Twitter...then you can tweet her.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark, almost black. Pours with a nice tan head, tightly packed. There's a subtle lacing on the glass, and a rim of suds stays around through the end.

Smells warm and sweet with a hint of molasses.

Tastes amazing. Sweet aftertaste, not too carbonated, very strong flavors. There's a slight booziness initially, but the chocalatey ending covers it perfectly. I get a little coffee flavor too. It's really sweeter than other Russian imperials I've had--it's almost like a milk stout.

The weakest part of this beer. It needs a little more body and a little more creaminess. It's not bad at all--maybe slightly above-average.

Despite the mouthfeel being a little less than I hoped, the other elements make up for it. In fact, this is the rare beer that gets a higher overall score than the individual scores--it's more than the sum of its parts.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Near black in color; no light shines through. Beige head (small). No lace.

Smells of chocolate and plastic--a little bit like Creepy Crawlers, if you're old enough to remember that smell.

Served warm, I'm guessing 55 degrees. That plastic presence remains...distracting. Creamy chocolate flavor. Semisweet. Rich, rich, rich body. Chewy. Low carbonation (naturally). There's a strong element of vanilla. Very mellow for the style, no extreme flavors at all.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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