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Russian Imperial Stout - Trinity Brewhouse

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Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout

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40 Ratings

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.89%
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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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Chincino:
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 15:22:49 | More by Chincino
More User Reviews:
Photo of Sellen


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

07-19-2014 16:35:19 | More by Sellen
Photo of Michaelcc73

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-14-2014 01:49:50 | More by Michaelcc73
Photo of ber12


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

12-20-2013 10:24:52 | More by ber12
Photo of MinorThreat


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-07-2013 20:02:39 | More by MinorThreat
Photo of Wiedemann

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-16-2013 14:58:22 | More by Wiedemann
Photo of Axle

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +34%

03-04-2013 20:29:16 | More by Axle
Photo of BColton1

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-24-2013 13:05:14 | More by BColton1
Photo of Cnorrisl

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -19.6%

08-24-2012 17:49:40 | More by Cnorrisl
Photo of Nickfellow007

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +34%

08-14-2012 20:56:52 | More by Nickfellow007
Photo of Zono

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-28-2012 16:44:17 | More by Zono
Photo of disemgrowler

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -46.4%

01-05-2012 00:40:16 | More by disemgrowler
Photo of morebeergood


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First beer of the night yesterday evening at Trinity. Served on tap in a normal pint glass. Dark black in color. Very little head. Smell was like smoke and fresh coffee grinds. Taste was enjoyable. Lots of flavors of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and black licorice. The one bad note with this beer was the mouthfeel. I did not enjoy the burnt coffee flavor and aftertaste it left on my palate. To me, it was too roasted. If this beer finished a bit smoother, I would have really enjoyed it. Not a bad RIS, but only really worth having one pint.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 04:57:46 | More by morebeergood
Photo of taez555


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2011 20:28:34 | More by taez555
Photo of winkingstarfish


2.4/5  rDev -35.7%
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!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 11:29:07 | More by winkingstarfish
Photo of nickd717


2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 23:01:39 | More by nickd717
Photo of RevereBeer

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub poured into a pint glass. Poured a deep black with a one finger head. Left a really sticky tan lace all the way down the glass.

Smell was pretty weak, some sweetness and roastiness, but really had to search for it. Hops were detectable.

A sweet brew, but has a noticable hop kick to it. Roastiness was most powerful, chocolaty. Powerful tastes on both ends, but not much complexity and not terribly well balanced.

Super thick and creamy. This had serious body to it. Very low carbonation and not much alcohol taste made it drinkable.

Not my favorite RIS, but nothing terrible and nice to get it fresh from the brewhouse.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 23:59:07 | More by RevereBeer
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 15:55:54 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of Deuane


3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 11:36:26 | More by Deuane
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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 18:14:21 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of roopy40

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 03:13:22 | More by roopy40
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 00:04:55 | More by dsa7783
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2008 02:07:11 | More by auxiliary
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2008 14:51:27 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of YankChef


2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-10-2007 10:48:17 | More by YankChef
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Russian Imperial Stout from Trinity Brewhouse
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