Russian Imperial Stout - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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Reviews by jwinship83:
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml corked and caged bottle traded to me from user InjuredReserve. thanks! drank from my stone IRS snifter.
A- the beer pours out an opaque black body with a taller than expected khaki colored head on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind small rings of lacing. very nice.
S- the first thing i pick out of the nose are roasted malts. after that i get some chocolate (both milk and dark) followed by a little bit of black licorice. coffee and earthy hops move in towards the end.
T- the taste starts out with more of the dark roasted malts that i could smell before moving onto some chocolate. both milk and dark are represented, but the dark makes a stronger showing. the little bit of black licorice that i was able to smell seems to have grown in the taste, but nothing near the offensive level (think belgo anise IRS). earthy hops and espresso on the finish. a little bit of alcohol shows throughout.
M- the body is on the lower side of full. the carbonation is a nice and subdued level. moderate alcohol warmth. very smooth.
O- this is a very good and under appreciated RIS. this is something id love to be able to pick up again. check this out if you get the chance.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2011 00:38:19 | More by jwinship83
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3.98/5 rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Big thanks to spdyfire83 for this long, long time want. Cheers!
From a 750 corked and caged bottle into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours out clear brown and yields a one finger, fizzy, light tan head with lousy retention. Bistre brown, almost black, clear body with lower levels of carbonation. Head quickly fizzes down to a splotchy wisp and ring. No real wisp or ring remain at all. Looks a bit flat by the end. Not ugly, but certainly below par.
SMELL: Roasted notes, nice dark baker's chocolate, brownies, light licorice and coffee cream notes. Bold and very nice.
TASTE: Roasted barley and caramel sweetness up front, then a big finish of bitter dark chocolate and coffee with a roasted backbone. Bold and lingering finish is roasted, slightly burnt, with dark baker's chocolate, bitter coffee, notes of cream and some bitter citrus hops. Really nice. My style of stout for sure. A bit of alcohol there and some heat after the swallow hold it back a bit, but this is minor.
PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little prickly on the palate, creamy enough though, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.
OVERALL: This was really good. Excellent nose and a very nice flavor profile for sure. The look and head were weak and there was a bit too much unnecessary alcohol in there for the ABV, but overall, this was right up my alley. Thanks again spdyfire83. Enjoyed this one.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2014 08:35:03 | More by Jeffo
Russian Imperial Stout from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
93 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.