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Russian Imperial Stout - Trinity Brewhouse

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Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 17.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trinity Brewhouse visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A thick, dark, black beer with rich maltiness, roasted and chocolated malt flavors and high hop bitterness. The strongest of stouth, this robust beer will age with grace, transforming through complex flavor variations. Unfiltered.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2001)
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Reviews by Axle:
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5/5  rDev +33%

Axle, Mar 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unlike most of Trinity's beers that have a common "soapy" flavour to them, the RIP was quite a nice change from their usual bland offering.

What you'd expect from an RIP, but perhaps a bit off blanced (more roasted, not enough malt sweetness) and it's served out of a nitro-tap -- unusual. Still, good all around.

Todd, Nov 11, 2001
Photo of Doomcifer
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to try this out at my latest visit to Trinity. It was a very dark as would be expected with a good tan head that lilngers, leaving great lacing on the pint glass. Aroma is of sweet malts, some roastiness, chocolate. Taste is more malty sweetness, some roastiness around the edges and a small bitterness to even things out. Some slight fruitiness to it as well but the flavor seems really thin, so to speak. The body was also pretty thin for the style. Decent carbonation and dry finish. Middle of the road RIS, in my opinion. I still havent had anything that blew my socks off at this brewery.

Doomcifer, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Jason
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Presentation: On nitro tap.

Appearance: As black as black can get, went it is this black clarity is fiction. Tiny bubbled layer of lace from the low carbonation of nitro.

Smell: Roasted coffee / espresso notes in the big roasted malt aroma with an estery solvent high alcohol nose. Vanilla bean and burnt fruit come to mind in the smell also.

Taste: Full and fat with a big creamy and chewy mouth feel. Slick on the tongue mouth feel that is drinkable friendly even though the carbonation is low. Roasted flavours are more than ample, iced espresso and brunt fruit. Vague tart black currant with in the roasted complexity, touch of deep drawn out nutty yeast and some malt husk. Hops take a machete to the tangle roasted flavour and barely make a dent, no to fret the bitterness from the roasted malts make up for the hops. Indistinct mineral water flavours. Alcohol is restrained but deviously warming some esters and solvent like flavours are there but underneath the roasted. Creaminess and sweetness comes from a dextrin character middle that gets a little juicy, the finish is quick to dry with nearly puckering roasted astringent flavours.

Notes: Not too bad for an RIP Stout, wish the carbonation level was up a touch and textured into the viscous malty palate rather than nitro. Rich and rounded with a mellow but deceiving alcohol. Roasted might be a bit too much but this is a big style to deal with.

Jason, Dec 12, 2001
Photo of mstudley
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't add much to what's already been said about this brew other than to recommend trying it on cask if it's available. It adds to much to the taste, smell and mouthfeel. The character of the original brew is still there but everything is brought forward and makes for a much more interesting offering. It went great with my turkey club.

mstudley, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of Nickfellow007
5/5  rDev +33%

Nickfellow007, Aug 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Cnorrisl, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of nickd717
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer from RI, had this on tap back in 2009. Just putting it up from RB now to get my BA state-ticking stats up to date.

Black in color with a small tan head and decent lacing.

Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, and anise.

Flavor is strong on the licorice, along with coffee, roasted and caramel malt, hints of dark fruit, chocolate, and alcohol.

Body is medium-full with a bitter rough finish and some booze.

This is decent but not a great example of what is probably my favorite style.

nickd717, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of roopy40
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Deep black in color. The head was sort of non-existent by the time the server brought it to the table, but no complaint about that. Left some lace as I drank it down sip after sip. Sticky look to it.

Smell - Heavy roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and more hops than I'm used to detecting in a Russian Imperial Stout.

Taste - Heavy and rich malty taste to it. Chocolate and molasses up front and a hoppy tinge on the finish that sits on your tongue for quite some time. Welcomed aftertaste in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Not too high in carbonation, but it makes your taste buds jump from the hoppy finish.

Drinkability - Absolutely a beer I would sit down and drink on any cold night and enjoy for hours while I explored its complexities.

Wasn't available in a growler, but that wasn't too big a deal for me. I enjoyed it on tap and picked up the IPA and Barley wine instead. Overall, a wonderful beer and I'll be back before the end of the season to enjoy more.

roopy40, Jan 27, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

BColton1, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of auxiliary
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Deep brown color, nice small tan head that left a ring and some lace.

smell - Roasted malt, chocolate, and some hops.

taste - Nice malt taste full of chocolate and roasted malts, some hops present but not a whole lot.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Very tastey would buy it again.
$6 for 22oz beer!

I will say I bough this on tap, then bought a $13 growler. Not the same, the growler was stashed in a fridge, noidea how old it was. Was kinda flat. Would like to see if they can pour it from the tap instead. Next time I will only take it from a tap, or I'm not buying a growler again from them.

auxiliary, May 15, 2008
Photo of bewley
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite of the Trinity offerings (though I haven't tried them all as of yet). It is strange for an Imperial Stout in that it really can be a session beer. It's typically full in flavor, yet light in mouthfeel. Unfortunately, I cannot walk to Trinity or I would put more than a few of these away in a sitting, but it keeps me coming back, though I hate the parking situation . . .

bewley, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Michaelcc73
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Michaelcc73, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MinorThreat, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewhouse in downtown Providence...
As per most RIS's... Poured a pitch-black, ebony hue with a tannish, creamy head...
Robust aroma replete with dark, alcoholic-like chocolates, nougats, dehydrated fruits...
Taste was thoroughly alcoholic... Essences of rich, black, chocolate, strong cocoa powder, and roasted malts abound...
Creamy, thick, rich mouthfeel...
Drinkability took a slight hit due to the rich conglomeration of flavors...
Headily alcoholic with an ABV of 8% according to the brewhouse...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask 1/11/07 at Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short but very dense tan head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, a little coffee and some hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors dark chocolate & coffee. There’s not a ton of hops, but there’s a little bit more than most beers that I’ve had in this style. After-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth, heavy body, light carbonation, the finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, easy-drinking, kind of filling, this is definitely a good sipper. Last summer I had the Imperial Belgian Stout that temporarily replaced this beer in Trinity’s on-cask rotation and definitely like this one better.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of Zono
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Zono, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ber12
4.25/5  rDev +13%

ber12, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful looking beer: nearly black in color, with a beige head that leaves excellent lace.

The aroma is sweet with a strong alcohol presence. Unusual in that the strength of the chocolate and coffee smells are muted.

The beer is rich (flavor-wise) but the body is thinner than expected. The alcohol present gives the beer an oiliness that is expected. Chocolate notes and hop spices come through in the swallow.

Overall, a complex and powerful RIS that was my second favorite of Trinity's offerings (IPA was first).

smcolw, May 01, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black in color with a 1/2" tan head. Some light lacing develops. The aroma is pleasant as light coffee and roasted malt tones are easily detectable. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, and raisins were picked up in the flavor, but something seemed to be missing to tie it all together and make it really good for the tongue.

The mouthfeel was very thin for this style and alcohol wasn't very noticeable towards the flavor either. Smooth start and finish. The roasted malt and chocolate tones lasted longest after swallowing.

Gavage, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep, dark opaque black with a thin light tan head. Head hang on strong and left decent lace.

S-Chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of coffee and some earthiness.

T-Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, molasses and a hint of smoke.

M-Medium-heavy body quite creamy with a dry finish. Good lingering flavours.

D-A solid all around "good" brew. This one is solid but nothing really stands out. Not hard to drink to doesnt excite me either.

Deuane, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of bjohnson
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this growler during the football games this past Sunday. Review from notes.

A: Pours an almost jet black with a half finger caramel colored head. Nice retention and decent lacing.
S: Not much aroma in the nose on this one. Roasted malt and barley are there, but quite faint. Slight spicyness with a swirl of the glass followed by dark fruit and raisins.
T/M: Woody notes with a bitterness to them. Roasted coffee and chocolate notes leading to a leafy hop flavor. Charcoal bitter finish--hops show their presence. Thin body with not much character. Very smooth on the palate despite the hop presence.
D: I wasn't to thrilled by this brew. It just wasn't big enough to be a RIS. A stout, yes, no doubt, but not a russian--the tsar wouldn't be to happy with this offering. But, with that said, it was drinkable.

bjohnson, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of taez555
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pitch black body with a small off-white head.

Nose is in your face with a strong black malt sort of smell. A little bit of brick but ver fresh dark grain. Breathtiaking smell.

Taste is medium to full bodied with a very immediate big roasted and even smokey dark malt. Very milky and rich, but with some pear type fruit flavors. Bitterness has an almost licorice flavor and is very evenly matcjed against the big malt base. At 8% abv this beer is a rare RIS that really let's the malt shine without being over the top and boozy. Almost a session RIS.

This beer rules. Considering it's one their normal, almost flagship beers, you gotta give them credit. Another killer beer by Trinity.

taez555, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of etho1416
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer can be found on tap almost all year, even in the summer. It is jet black and has a very high alocohol content, usually between 7 and 8. The aroma is pretty sweet smelling along with the flavor. It has a kind of sour sweet flavor and you can taste a little bit of the alcohol taste. It is not a very thick feeling beer and can be pretty drinkable on a cold day.

etho1416, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of disemgrowler
2/5  rDev -46.8%

disemgrowler, Jan 05, 2012
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Russian Imperial Stout from Trinity Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.