Russian Imperial Stout - Trinity Brewhouse

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Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout

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45 Ratings

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2001

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
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by Chincino:
Photo of Chincino
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had had this beer in the past, but last night was my first time having it in awhile. I had this beer on tap at the Trinity Brewhouse.

It was poured into a pint glass and poured very dark almost black in color with a tan head (about a half-inch). The aroma was very strong of chocolate. This beer was rich with maltiness and was very thick.

I drank two of them, but would have found it difficult to drink and more in the same sitting.

I really liked this beer overall.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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.

Photo of mstudley
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of roopy40
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of bewley
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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 . . .

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...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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).

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of bjohnson
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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.

Photo of etho1416
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of YankChef
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a large mug.

Appearance: pitch black with a 1/2 inch tan and slightly creamy head, pretty serious lacing going on too.

Smell: Toasty and roasted malt aromas with a bit of coffee in there, difficult to get aroma out of a full to the top mug.

Taste: Massive beer with a really strong roasted malt flavor. A strong hop bitterness is there as well to make a slightly out of whack beer. There is a lingering flavor of almost burnt espresso on the palatte that kind of makes you just want to get through it and get an IPA.

Overall: A very mediocre RIS, but for 4 bucks a mug its a great value

Photo of winkingstarfish
2.46/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

tasted at the brewery on 10/22/10. I only wanted to review this beer because of the highly unusual characteristic tasting note and strong
(albeit negative) impression it left on me. (I did love the Decadence DIPA, however).

The RIS tasted like PIPE TOBACCO!!

Photo of vitesse
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what i can add after following four reviewers with a combined Beerkarma of 8102.6!!!

but here goes...
tasted in large 24 oz. draught
appearance- pitch black with little head. the head is think and light tan colored, but subsides relatively quicly.
smell -- not much flavor considering how strong this beer is, but nothing bad either.
taste -- this brew has such a strong, supple malt profile. the hops are hidden in there but, the roasted, espresso-tasting maltiness is what i really liked. the alcohol is there, but doesn't overpower. i've had this on draught numerous times but this most recent time the aftertaste seemed a bit more oily or buttery than usual. not a major problem, though.
mouthfeel -- damn good, but could be a bit more carbonated.
drinkability -- here's where i think this beer just completely blew me away. for such a big brew, it is such a drinkable beer. i wish i could drink 10 of these things at a time. definitely try this one if it is on tap at trinity when you're there.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My preferred choice at Trinity. It has a very well-rounded flavor, but it is the aftertaste that does it for me. This is gonna sound totally random and off-base, but it reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans they were serving at a beer tasting in York, England. I can't add much more to what everyone has previously said, but a suggestion that if you buy a growler of this stout to bring home drink it that day. It goes bad very fast.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown when served, with a very low tan head. Had another 'green' experience with the aroma (see my Larkin Stout review), although this was more green apple or cidery. Odd. Medium + mouthfeel, slightly dry. Malt dissolves into chocolate (more milk, 32% than say dark 60%). You do get rewarded by some roastyness in the finish. The alcohol, while not in your face, is definitely all around.

Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasure watching the pour on this bier....bubbling up in a Guinness-like fashion... Dark brown-black color, with a creamy, lacy head. Nose a slight disappointment, as it was quite on the mild side, slightly sweet. Medium bodied, but with a smooooth tongue-feel. Had some malty sweetness to start (though could be more)...with some dark fruit flavors and hop/citrus notes to round things out.

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off their tap this beer was an opaque black color with an one-finger, light tan head. The retention as a thin cap of tiny bubbles was very good and the lacing in curtains at first but spotty later. The aroma was of chocolate malt, roasted malt, coffee and hop bitterness. The flavors were rather dry, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and cocoa, roasted malt, wood and hints of smoke. The alcohol heat was present but rather well blended in. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body full and the carbonation just a little high for the style.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark and near opaque brown, close to black. Almost no head, minimal lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts, faint chocolate, not much going on here.

T: Odd taste to it, it's more malty and lacking in the chocolate and coffee department. Good roasted flavor. Virtually no dark fruit either. Would make for a good stout taste, but have a hard time considering this "imperial."

M: Thinner than it looks, medium bodied at best. Dry finish and not high carbonation makes it decent.

D: There's just not enough flavor in this brew to make me come back to it. A pretty disappointing RIS.

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Russian Imperial Stout from Trinity Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.