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Russian Imperial Stout - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 58
Gots: 42 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 103
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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KT123
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fourstringer
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate to aggressive hand. No identifiable date.

A: Dark, reddish-brown body with 1/2 finger of dense, tan-colored head. Ok retention. Scant lacing.

S: Dark chocolate with flourishes of vanilla bean. Dark roast coffee. Toasted nuts. Nice roasty sweetness.

T: Roasted malts open, intermingled with well-blended hop notes. Sweetness peaks and slowly, but incompletely, yields to a dark chocolate cum American hops bitterness. Just barely semi-dry finish. Lingering hops and roasted notes in the aftertaste with undercurrents of grapefruit and citrus. Alcohol presence is middle-of-the-road for 9.5% ABV.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with a medium to full body. Soft and smooth on the palate. Slightly sticky. Faintly grainy in the last few sips.

O: Drinkable and tasty, if not ever so slightly cloying. Average depth of flavor. Dig the can.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 4 pack of pounder cans at the Phoenixville location - $22. Seemingly ouch, but when compared to 750ml's, it's a bargain. Very cool orange cans, and love that they put a RIS in a 16oz.

Pours with only minimal beige head, and very little lacing. Roasty, toasty aromas. Some unsweetened cocoa, raw dough, and cardboard finish it out. Flavors carry the aromas, and add a nice barky bitterness. Some coffee grinds, honey, citrus hops (esp lime), and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is fairly light going down (for the style), but the aftertaste leaves a bitter film on the tongue. Normal carbonation for a big RIS.

Pretty happy with this one - it's not over the top in flavor or mouthfeel, but is simply well crafted. And love the can approach!

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4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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 -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Russian Imperial Stout from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
93 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.