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Imperial Russian Stout - Wellington County Brewery

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88
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout is patterned after the highly fortified Russian Stouts that were exported from the U.K. to Russia in the 1800s.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2001)
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Reviews by dgilks:
Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to JohnnyBarman for carrying this from Guelph to Canberra for me. It is much appreciated.

Very dark black colour with a small, short lasted brown head. The head is really short lasting.

Robust, strong roasted malt aroma. Lots of fruity character and some earthy hops. Good, traditional RIS.

Rich, malt and roast flavour with plenty of fruit, strong bitterness and earthy hops. Classic.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

This is a really solid RIS with classic English flavours. No over the top American hop or malt character, just good, strong stout.

dgilks, Apr 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: Black pour with an enormous tan head. Looks the part of a great stout.

Smell: Roasted malts, black licorice, only a hint of unsweetened chocolate and light coffee notes.

Taste: Roasted malts right off the top accompanied with some smokiness. Hop bitterness down the middle followed by the black licorice and coffee notes towards the finish. Chalky, dry finish...and yet oily...is that possible? highlighted by bitter coffee bean.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. Creamy texture, quite pleasant.

Drinkability: A top of the line Stout. Not overpowering or having an over the top flavour profile, instead having great balance and adequate smell & taste. Not the best batch i've tried but still a great beer. Wellington's best.

Popsinc, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

473ml can with paper label.

Pours into my glass a deep, dark opaque black with a solid inch of creamy tan foam. Gotta love a good stout from a can for sure! Aromas of big dark roasted malt upfront along with a subtle creaminess. Coffee, molasses and dark fruity accents abound with a touch of cocoa.

First sip brings rich, creamy dark roasted malts upfront with a bold mix of molasses, coffee and dark fruits. A touch of cocoa as it flows down along with a mellow bitterness. Hops are mellow but balance out the sweetness well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with good mellow carbonation. Good viscosity without being overly heavy. A solid imperial stout that I'm happy to have been able to try. Nice to drink one of these that isn't an overly amped up crazy American version :-) Thanks Dave!

orbitalr0x, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Super dark beer, with 3/4" of light chocolate head on top. Reduced to a thin layer. A little lacing as it goes down.

This has an interesting aroma. Very RIS like for sure with its roasted malts. A good helping of milk and semi-sweet chocolate are found. Has a sweeter side hiding in there as well. I think there is some hopping goin' on in there that makes this one just a little different. Good though.

Again, the taste is just a little different than what I normally would expect. Dark toasted malts again, some coffee grounds. More bittersweet chocolate now. I think its the hops again that offer up that little bit of unusualness. Solid flavor though.

Good medium to full mouthfeel. A touch of carbonation to add a bite of crispness, but not overly done so it still rolls down smoothly.

A good beer throughout. Solid flavor, aroma and mouthfeel. Easy to drink.

blitz134, May 16, 2007
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

On draught at the Grad House at UW. A rare find on tap!

A - Near black, with a touch of chestnut. Leaves a light brown head that lingers about halfway through the pint.

S - Nutty, chocolate and espresso. You get a little bit of the alcohol, but not much.

T - One of the best Ontario stouts (shame there aren't more examples of the Russian style out here!) A sumptuous blend of coffee, chocolate, nuts and raisins. Highly quaffable.

M - Fairly thin for a stout, average carbonation. Very smooth.

D - At 8%, it's easy to let this one get ahead of you. But for a sipper, this one is tough to beat. A great effort from Wellington - glad to see it in can form as well!

JohnnyBarman, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Cask at Volo.

This beer appears black, black, black, with very slight tan edges, and zero head or lace. It smells of mild roasted malt, and dry coffee. The taste is a bit stronger, with roasted malt being joined by some more coffee and a spot of dry chocolate; the extra ABV is well hidden. The carbonation is low, the body medium weight and smooth, and it finishes dry and clean.

A decent, if a bit plain, RIS.

biboergosum, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

Very dark brown (almost black) body. Thick tan head, poor retention, no lace. Mild roasted aroma with notes of coffee, burnt sugar, dried fruit, and a hint of chocolate. Bittersweet with black coffee, raw sugar, char, and light chocolate. Moderately bitter finish. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth, but slightly thin. Warming alcohol, while not completely off-putting, could be slightly better hidden. A decent Imperial stout that would benefit from a chewier mouthfeel.

mintjellie, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Not the Iron Duke, rather an experimental template on cask at Volo Cafe Cask Day 2006. A good head, medium mouthfeel, and dry and roasty. Between a stout and a real thick Russian one. Worked on cask for stout fans. Had it on cask again 16 months later and it worked very well.
Four years later at C'est What and still very solid, upgraded mouthfeel.

Sammy, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of beerluvr
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%

Pours a deep brownish head over opaque brown in the glass. Light (too light for a R.I.S.) roasted malt nose offering some coffee tones. First impression on tasting was too light bodied for what the label claims it to be, that aside I get roastiness and light malt and not too much hop to speak of. Finished on a bitter chocolate note...no alcohol tasted. Thought this could be much better though it's a nice Imp Stout for those just testing the waters.

beerluvr, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Orrshow
3.83/5  rDev -2%

Appearance – Black as night with a small amount of light brown head. The head doesn’t retain for long falling into a ring.

Smell – Smells like strong dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. I like what I’m smelling.

Taste – Well the smell just gave away the taste here. Again strong chocolate and coffee bean. So much roasted flavor here as well. It’s good. The finish is slightly bitter, which I like.

Mouthfeel – This beer is a bit thin for what I expect from an Imperial Stout. On top of that the carnonation felt a touch course despite not being that high.

Drinkability – It’s drinkable. There are nice flavors here but the feel it gives isn’t quite what I’m looking for.

I like this beer and because it’s not the best in its style it makes me more optimistic about tasting other Imperials.

Orrshow, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jsnoek, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of eat
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Sampled at Volo's Ontario Cask Imperial Stout event. This brew arrives as the least attractive of the four Imperial Stouts I sampled. Black body, no head at all. Also, there were some large chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass, which I only noticed on the last sip. Like sizable chunks of cork or something, I'm not really sure what they were. Strange.

Very fruity smelling for a stout. Dates, blackberries, pear, light molasses and roasted malt. The only stout I've experienced along the lines of this is Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, which I love. This doesn't quite match that, though. Not as complex and too light smelling.

The usual suspects of dark chocolate and (light) espresso are joined by some interesting fruitiness (mostly pear and berries). Nice roastiness, a little smoky even. Warming alcohol. The finish is lightly bitter. Nice, but the flavour could be beefed up a bit.

Slightly viscous medium body and light carbonation. Decent feel.

Yeah, this is drinkable. The flavour could definitely be intensified, though it is nice. Not a bad stout. Cool to see an Ontario brewery taking a style in a different direction than usual.

eat, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of elricorico
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Pours black with a bit of brown around the edges. Had a thin fizzy head that was light brown in colour and didn't stay around for long.

Smell is bitter chocolate with a bit of roasted barley. There is also a bit of liquor smell to it.

The taste has a fair amount of roasted coffee bean and bitter chocolate. Alcohol is apparent, but not strong. It does create a warmth though.

There is some body to this beer and the carbonation is light. I could see just a little more body making it better, though it isn't bad as it is.

Really I'd say this is a very good stout, but as far as an Imperial Stout it hasn't quite reached my hopes. Pretty good, and perhaps the best of the style we can get in Alberta right now, but I know there are better ones out there.

elricorico, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Danielr26, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%

Purchased at the LCBO $2.95 for a 473ml can. Served chilled in a draught glass.

A- Very good. Not much head but what was there was thick and dark

S- Very good. Toasted malt

T- Pretty good. Roasted malt and barley. Sweet and bitter with lots of coffee notes. Excellent attempt

M- A bit lacking in the creamy department but other than that very good

O- Very good. Will buy again as it is a local brew

Food Pairing

This very good stout paired well with... Goat cheese pizza.

Enjoy

DaveBar, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Stocean1
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

A - can brewed this week purchased from the brewery - poured agressively to a two finger head - deep reddish brown nearly black - light carbonation - fine sticky lacing

S - sweet burnt malt - dark bread - chocolate

T - sweet malt and choclate and coffee notes up front - some vanilla - well balanced bitterness in the after taste

M - medium bodied with little carbonation - bitter tingle but silky feel going down - the ABV is masked well but produces a wonderful tranquilizing effect as you slowly sip this one

O - a terrific RIS from a local brewery that will be my go to beer for the style (especially given the availability and price) - although I enjoyed this one, I think with a little more complexity this could turn into a top shelf RIS.

Stocean1, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of biegaman in my first (and only) international trade.

A: The stout is big and bold, dark as night in the center and cola brown at the edges. The ale has little carbonation, only a small pool of foam on pour and no outward signs of bubbles.

S: Some roasted notes poke through but there is a lot of biscuity grain here, more than I'd expect. As the ale warms, more stout aromas emerge, supplementing the roasted grains with toast and chocolate.

T: The flavor is quite nice, dark and toasted up front with a touch of black cherry and chocolate. Coffee and licorice add darker, deeper dimensions without making the stout too strong. The stout is big but the flavor never betrays the booziness.

M: The mouthfeel starts out slow but improves as the stout warms. The taste is full and coating without being too strong.

D: At 8% one needs to be careful. This would not be my first pick for a RIS but it works well enough.

akorsak, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle: Poured a jet black beer with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. Coffee smell is overpowering with some malts lingering in the background. Taste is a nice mix between coffee, chocolate and malts. A bit too much bitterness kicks in at the end. Medium full body with great carbonation for an Imperial Stout. Overall, a very decent drink but not the best Imperial I tasted.

Phyl21ca, May 10, 2004
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

On cask at Burger Bar.

A - Poured darr black with one finger of very bubbly light brown head that slowly disappeared.

S - A robust nose with chocolate, maple syrup and coffee. A nice overall sweetness to this one but it also had a complimenting bitterness to balance it out. Agreat nose!

T - Chocolate, coffee, and hints of maple syrup. A slight bitterness in the finish at first but as I continued to drink this one, the bitterness became more and more evident. The taste wasn't quite as over the top as the nose suggested, but this was still a good RIS.

M - Creamy & smooth. Lightly carbonated.

D - This was very good - better on cask than it was on regular draft as I remember from about a year ago.
4 to 4.5.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Thanks to cattersley for the can!

Pours black, with a medium tan finger of head. Low retention and no lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate sweetness and a touch of coffee. Not a bold aroma, but good. The taste is quite nice! Chocolate, big roasted notes, some coffee and a hint of bitterness. The feel is definitely creamy, though a bit thinner than most RIS's. Solid medium/upper medium body with moderate carbonation.

A good, well made RIS. Not too filling and not the most robust, but very well drinkable!

EgadBananas, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

ThinkAgain, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of ironduke
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

One hell of a brew!. I first tried this beer about three months ago and it's been my favourite stout since then.Pours a nice black not allowing light to penetrate, and is topped off with a beautiful brown head which will turn to lace and and cling to the entire glass. Smell has traces of roasted coffee beans and chocolate.Taste is good with hints of coffee, chocolate and black liquorish. Feels like heaven when swallowed, great stuff!.

ironduke, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of ZorPrime
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Another beer from Bobsy. Thanks!

The beer is black, very dark. The head is cloudy looking and brown color. It goes away quite fast. The aroma is dark chocolate with some espresso coffee notes. The taste is roasted malts, slightly metallic at first. The after-taste is more coffee grain... the second sips gives more like a malt + coffee taste. I don't get any chocolate in the taste. Medium body. The alcohol is hiding and this beer could be dangerous. A nice beer from Wellington.

ZorPrime, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

WillAndSarah, Aug 24, 2013
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Imperial Russian Stout from Wellington County Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.