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Imperial Russian Stout - Wellington County Brewery

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Imperial Russian StoutImperial Russian Stout

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88
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | 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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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-11-2013 19:16:51 | More by boszormeny
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-01-2013 22:17:29 | More by GoHabsGo
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

10-26-2013 01:09:42 | More by MJ63
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AussieAbroad

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

10-25-2013 01:34:57 | More by AussieAbroad
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esto

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.3%

10-21-2013 21:14:07 | More by esto
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dar482

New York

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this in can at Toronto Airport.

The beer comes in a black color with a light brown head.

The aroma has tons of coffee aroma, some earthy notes, and roasted malt. A very stout smelling beer.

The flavor follows with coffee, like black coffee, roasted malt, and a drying finish of earthy bitterness. There's not much sweetness from the malt, but a bit of toffee flavor in there. There's a medium body.

Nothing groundbreaking, but a well made beer. Could use more flavor at 8%, but also hides the alcohol is a very basic stout.

Serving type: can

08-29-2013 04:44:13 | More by dar482
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-24-2013 21:02:00 | More by WillAndSarah
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-21-2013 11:33:51 | More by kelvarnsen
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: can

08-20-2013 20:15:28 | More by beerluvr
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deonreds

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-19-2013 00:56:48 | More by deonreds
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473ml can poured into a mug. ABV 8%.

A - Poured an opaque near black with a 2cm light brown head, head reduced to surface bubbles, some lacing is produced.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, earthy. Certainly smells like stout.

T - Rosted, toasted, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, a slight sour tang in the middle, medium to low bitterness, herbal and slightly medicinal, and a hint of alcohol. Aftertaste is mostly sweet with some moderate bitterness. Despite the complexity I found the overall flavour rather restrained.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium-high body, syrupy, some creaminess, a dash of heat, very dry finish.

O - Not a stand out for the style but certainly still a drinkable and enjoyable RIS.

Serving type: can

08-13-2013 02:25:51 | More by decimator
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can from LCBO into a pint glass.

Appearance - Black as night in color, nice 1.5 finger head with good retention. Head looks creamy and thick in its tan colored glory and almost seems to sparkle given the lighting conditions. Some lacing is left in the glass.

Smell - Coffee hints as well as some vague chocolaty-ness. Earthy scents also are prevalent.

Taste - Coffee and Earthiness are strongest here, strong bitter aftertaste from the coffee but does not linger too much.

Mouthfeel - Definitely stout, there's nothing thin about this brew, taste is rich and filling with a superior creaminess to it as well. Definitely a fine fall or winter brew, but is not so heavy that you wouldn't consider a second (or a third for that matter).

Overall - This was my introduction to Russian imperial Stouts and as such I will always have a special place for it. It's not the best one out out there but is certainly delicious and worth drinking again.

Serving type: can

08-05-2013 00:47:40 | More by DenisKolkin
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-15-2013 16:15:34 | More by CurtisD
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-05-2013 20:53:34 | More by Bf_89
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-28-2013 21:04:20 | More by jmkoscie
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

05-17-2013 01:14:18 | More by Cramshawbar
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jimctin

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-15-2013 17:55:23 | More by jimctin
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-14-2013 19:45:34 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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nullbort

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-04-2013 12:53:51 | More by nullbort
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tip of the hat to cattersley for the trade, much appreciated.

A: A solid black brown brew capped with a pale oak microfilm that only sticks around long enough to suggest it's a beer briefly, some minimal foam holds onto the glass.

S: Scents of chocolate and espresso, some earthiness, suggestive of wet moss and woods. Finishing with some toasty molasses. Overall the scent is subtle and smooth emphasizing the rich base notes of chocolate, espresso & earthiness.

T: Sweet molasses and smoooth coffee followed with deeply toasted malts. A herbal note in the mid palette of licorice root and mild coffee-esque bitters. Mild alcohol at the end that reminds you of the 8% without overwhelming the brew.

M: Medium bodied, a tiny bit on the light side for a RIS, but doesn't take away from the overall enjoyment. Just a bare minimum of carbonation followed with a warming alcohol heat at the end that compliments the chocolate & coffee notes.

O: A good choice in a RIS to pair with rich food, red meats, stews and roasted chicken. The flavour and notes are not overly sweet, but rich and earthy matching well with rich foods. Like a great wine at the dinner table it compliments the food while still being enjoyable on it's own.

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 02:38:37 | More by FondueVoodoo
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 21:44:05 | More by mintjellie
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-18-2013 03:56:52 | More by KrisDLSmith
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-14-2013 12:23:14 | More by DaPan
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep dark black colour with hues of dark ruby red in the bottom of the glass. Brownish head that pours 1 inch thick then falls to about 1/16 inch. Lacing is medium.

S: Coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma. Plum in the background with some noticeable sweetness. Hop aroma is med-low.

T: Raisins and plum come threw right at the beginning. Roastiness is well balanced with some fruity esters present. A nice dark coffee flavour comes threw. Alcohol is present but is not harsh or distracting.

M: Carbonation is low-medium. Full body and smooth.

O: A very good RIS. IMO I would enjoy a bit more hop bitterness but overall this is a great bee.

Serving type: can

01-18-2013 03:03:59 | More by Kremlock
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

11-14-2012 12:31:49 | More by ThinkAgain
Imperial Russian Stout from Wellington County Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.