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Russian Imperial Stout - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout

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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 57
Gots: 40 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mophie on 12-13-2002

Full-bodied stout that starts with a complex, malty sweet and high-roasted character that is wonderfully balanced with the use of citrusy American hops.

75 IBU
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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Leeds_xx
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of victory4me
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of texaswhiplash
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timnkate
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveB3014
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jackrodgers77
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryanmextorf
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwhancher
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Provided by WC brewer last fall. No bottled on date observed. Poured into a Duvel glass for review. Doesn't absolute black, almost opaque dark brown. Nice rocky tan head. Not much lacing on the glass. Smells of light roast, chocolate, chalk, brown malt and citrus hops all harmoniously gelled together. Upfront roast and chocolate in the taste with firm bitterness and nice lucious, creamy mouthfeel. Nice vanilla presence and virtually no alcohol notes in either aroma or taste. Could mistake this beer as 5% ABV. Overall, a superbly done beer.

Photo of Nicolette10895
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnParadee
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured not black but a very dark brown. Tan head. Laces randomly. Nose is strong with roast, char and bitterness from the robust, dark malt. A bit of dark fruits. The flavor is also robust and dry. Not very thick or creamy in both feel and flavor. Roast, chalky yeast, coffee, powdered dark chocolate. Dark, dried out fruit. A bit of cola. Body is somewhat full but not decadent and thick. Ends pretty bitterly. Alcohol is not much of a factor. A rather unique Russian Imperial Stout. Leaner than some but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of little_star
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this beer to a recent bottle share in Portland. While this showed pretty well, obviously, it was hard to appreciate it, drinking it side by side some of the BA coffee speedway variations, aged BCBS and other barrel aged stouts on offer. Nevertheless, the beer had an impressive soft, fairly full mouthfeel (this bottles was at least two years old I believe), and there was plenty of coffee, light vanilla, licorice, burnt toast and roasty malt on both the nose and palate. Alcohol was pretty well integrated into the flavor profile.

A nice enough beer, but it was just out of its class at the bottle share I attended.

Photo of JNForsyth
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of christensega
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of harryhops
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jalee13
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of hornsup
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GregStoner
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Poured into a snifter glass 10/2/2014.

A- Dark brown, nearly black, opaque body with a nice two finger mocha head that dissipates slowly. Nice thick film on top, with a little bit of lacing. [4.25]

S- Milk chocolate, lactose, cocoa, earthy hops. This is excellent, almost like an imperial milk stout. [4.25]

F- Smooth milk chocolate, dark cocoa, espresso, earthy hops, some lactose. Very flavourful, lots of sweet lactose and milk chocolate. If you like milk chocolate, this is your thing. Less of the dark fruits that some Russian Imperial Stouts come with. [4.25]

M- Medium, on the edge of full bodied, smooth, just enough carbonation. Again, smooth and rich body that is just balanced out by the earthy hop bitterness. [4.25]

O- Excellent RIS that is less on the dark fruits and heavier on the milk chocolate and roast. I really enjoyed this one a lot. As I understand it, its an old school RIS that has historically done well and I can see it here. [4.25]

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Russian Imperial Stout from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
93 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.