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Russian Imperial Stout - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 51
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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 BcOneSeven
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of little_star
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of christensega
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.2/5  rDev 0%

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of GregStoner
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of QueerBeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of reyna311
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BHare
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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
OG: 1.095
IBU: 75

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.

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Russian Imperial Stout from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
93 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.