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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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Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a deep black, very opaque, big tan head, lots of lace. Smell is very roasty, coffee and chocolate, dark fruits, some alcohol. Taste is roast coffee, into a chocolate middle, some more dark fruits, dry roasty bitter finish. Medium bodied, carbonation is a little high for the style but its silky smooth and a great beer.

Viggo, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

A thick black stout, with a nice brownish head that stays it course with the beer. Smell of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate with a tiny touch of coffe. Taste is well balanced, you dont feel that beer is 8%abv actually, some roasted malt aromas, some chocolate finish and a tiny touch of coffee comes tickles your palate. A very well balanced imperial stout.

3Vandoo, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of Wintermute
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Beautiful thick, creamy light brown head of fine to medium bubbles. Very good head retention. Completely covers the glass in a tan coloured lace.
Nearly black coloured liquid. Looking at the edges of the glass under a good light you can see that the beer is very clear and has nice a red colour too.
Smells malty sweet. There’s also molasses and some kind of dried fruit in the smell too. Also some mild chocolate and roasted and extremely light green hops smell.
Medium to heavy body. Creamy texture. Somewhat effervescent.
Malty sweetness dominates the taste. The maltiness is complex with the molasses and fruitiness. Although its not very noticeable in the smell, there is a good amount of green hops taste that balances it out. The chocolate and roasted is kind of subdued behind the maltiness. There’s also a slight astringency and alcoholic notes in the taste.

Wintermute, Dec 13, 2004
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 tatterdash
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours an ominous black with a dark brown head, very thick and syrupy looking. Aroma of dark chocolate and some coffee. Taste was a lovely roasted flavour, dark chocolate, burnt toast, black coffee, amazingly good roasted finish. Creamy mouthfeel, very syrupy as is warmed. This is one of my all time favourite beers, and definitely my favourite stout. I enjoy this as a nightcap and as this winter looks like it is going to be very cold, I think I should keep this on supply. I could drink this all day, all week, forever and ever. Amen.

tatterdash, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a near opaque black color with some ruby glints. The tan head quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass, leaving a nice amount of lace behind. The aroma is of dark chocolate, espresso and some medicinal alcohol. The taste is of milk and dark chocolates, roasted barley, a little espresso and hops. A little alcohol is there as well. The mouthfeel is thin for an imperial stout with a prickly carbonation. The drinkability suffers from the prevelant alcohol solvency in the finish.

Despite the prominent alcohol presence, this a great beer that is well worth trying. The good flavors take control.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of ecoboy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Exemplary, and very welcome.

Chocolate, coffee, sour and oiliness. Complex. Big. Do I really need to say more? Really?

Tar black with an off-white to toasty head. Mouthfeel of liquid and oil, with a chewy big malty middle. Almost meaty. Coats the tongue. Dark molasses sweet aroma to offset the tangy hops.

Wellington should be very proud. I'll say it again, an exemplary sample of a difficult style.

ecoboy, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of baiser
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured a wonderfully rich, dark, black colour with an extremely creamy (for a bottle) head with tonnes of lacing. Looked like the froth over a finely brewed cup of coffee.

Smelled of coffee, caramel, a little alcohol. Pretty subdued.

This is a very good tasting stout. Tonnes of burnt coffee, toast, and a little plum at the end. Gets quite bitter as you drink it, but during each sip, there is a kind of sweetness from the roasted malts. Very well crafted. Balanced and very drinkable. Don't notice the 8% at all.

Very smooth and creamy stout.

Glad I bought quite a few of these fresh from the brewery in Guelph.

baiser, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of Beersignal
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

This beer is as dark as I have ever seen. Black like tar, letting no light reflect through the glass. A timid head momentarily adorns the liquid but dissipates too quickly to be appreciated.

The aromas are all what I would expect from a beer of this style but are somehow so elegantly harmonized that it adds to the complexity. Up front you detect roasted coffee and a pleasantly rounded malt signature followed by hints of anise seed or black licorice and a nuanced vapour of peat near the back. All of this is supported by a lightly alcoholic and vinous quality. Very pleasant.

A fine effervescence is felt in the mouth and welcomes a harmonious and well rounded beer. Medium to full bodied beer with a soft, silky texture that carries tastes very much like its aromas. Coffee and full malt flavours are buttressed by sweet hints of licorice root, all rolled around warming alcohol.

Surprisingly pleasing even on a hot summer evening, Wellington Imperial Stout is a hearty and comforting nightcap

Beersignal, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of DrJay
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

This is a big, bold brew.

My pint came with a chocolately brown head that lingered for most of the pint and formed a nice lace down the sides of the glass. It's impossible to see through the beer, but if you catch some light at the edge of the pint you can see the rich reddish brown colour that produces blackness in the glass.

Strong malt and coffee notes in the aroma are complemented by similar flavours that also include chocolate and caramel. Hops offer some balance for the sweetness, but are definitely not prominent. Maltiness gives way to a complex aftertaste where more bitterness is encountered, along with a slight hint of the alcoholic strength of the beer. As it warms up in the glass, the flavour profile changes noticeably, with the flavours mellowing and blending together for a more balanced profile. Definitely a very full-bodied beer that can fill you up fast.

Rarely encountered on-tap, I found it at Phog Lounge in Windsor, ON.

DrJay, May 29, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: fully black, with a 1/4" roasty tan head.

Aroma: mild espresso notes, getting bolder as we go, becoming fulller and more bold, deep & heady, hints of coffee and cocoa.

Taste: sweet and creamy, rich and full, palate is tinged by an overflow and cocoa and cream.

Very nice stout, as it is, but far too meek and missing too many of the requisite flavors, not to mention the strength, to be an Imperial.

feloniousmonk, May 18, 2004
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 Rastacouere
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%

Blind Tasting, thanks CapFlu Deep dark brown with a beige film. Very restrained aroma for an imperial, light alcohol notes, dry altogether with dark chocolate and caramel tones and a weird steamy, milky touch. Taste is also unexpected, chalky, woddy (branches) with not too pronounced green hops that seem out of place. Milky overall with a lightly astringent finish and a thin-medium body that is actually a bit overcarbonated. Worst of show in the blind tasting, weird and off imo. It lacks some basic characteristics like intensity.

Rastacouere, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of pootz
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%

Wow!...wadda beer!!! What can I say...I lost my beloved Okocim porter but I found a new master...the Iron Duke! This beer was named after the right guy...anyone who can kick Napoleon's ass, invent the gum boot and set a brewing standard for British brewers that exists to this day has GOT to have a beer named after him.

Comes on a distinctive crown topped old style brown liter bottle with a trick looking label with a picture of the iron duke in full dress battle regalia circa 1815. Best before code on label dated from 6 months from production.

Pours a dark coffee color that won't let light through a porter glass.
(I poured an ounce into a brandy snifter and held it to bright light and this brew is crystal clear dark mahogany but in volume it's roasted richness makes it appear black)
The pour leaves a creamy mocha cap that stacks out of the glass then this reduces halfway through the drink to a delicate tan lace.

The brew gives definitive odors of coffee, spice, cocoa and sweet roasted maltyness, licorice and molasses to the nose (this is almost a perfect replication of the Okocim Baltic porter aroma....I'm twitching with anticipation at this point for the first quaff!

Starts big and rich with an oily-cream mouthfeel up front...melts into a delicious complex mix of toasted malt sweetness balanced with just the right stout-hop astringency and some complex mocha-spice tastes...then the finish is medium dry...just perfect (I personally dislike overly dry stouts)

This is MY beer!! I think I found something that is a rough equivalent to the world's best Baltic porters (which I love).

I don't know what Wellington was thinking when they named this a stout...it has many of the characteristics of a Russian imperial porter...and that's fine with me...it may also explain why many of the stout fanciers who try this brew (and are used to the dry Irish stout types) say it is too sweet. It may be.... by that frame of reference but I think it more aptly should be judged as a rich full strength Baltic porter. I love this thick rich heady brew call it imperial stout with a sweet twinge or a Canadian version of a good Baltic porter...I still love this beer!!

pootz, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%

Dark with a substantial caramel coloured head. Settles to a short layer, but doesn't give up any real lace.

Not too fussy on this one I'm afraid. I found that the alcohol was too dominant in both the smell and taste of the beer and the whole thing just came across as too harsh to properly enjoy. I've had other Wellington brews and quite enjoyed them, but this one is not for me.

TerryW, Feb 08, 2004
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 Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

The quintessential stout color “Ebony”, the head massive, frothy in texture, chocolate brown in color, and the remaining lace a creamy thin sheet to smother the glass, actually a Chimay Chalice as I like my stouts in a big mouth glass, to get the maximum exposure to its treasures. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, malt and a real treat for the senses, sweet milk chocolate sweet at the start, the top chewy and creamy rich. Finish is pleasantly carbonated, masterfully hopped and the aftertaste lightly alcohol bitter, and quite dry, and one fine Imperial Stout.

Gusler, Dec 20, 2002
Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Imperial Stout Blind Tasting (11-16-02): It has a decent head and a dark body. It's a good beer but it's a run-of-the-mill imperial stout. Mildly bitter, moderately dry. Nothing really makes it stand out from the rest.

aracauna, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

Quite the beer: pours out black and thick, with little to no head, then whacks you over the head with crazy coffee and chocolate malt flavours, before finishing up with some hoppiness and a good alcohol burn. I like it! And the bomber really hit me exceptionally hard. An exceptionally good brew. Cheers for Ontario, and here's hoping their strong ale is just as good!

edit: After trying it a second time, I'm just posting a few revisions: hops really aren't very noticeable; head is easily attained through a hard pour; I found it went down a lot more easily second time around; I will ratify the strength though - seems almost too tasty not to knock it back.

the42ndtourist, Oct 20, 2002
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Imperial Russian Stout from Wellington County Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.