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Imperial Russian Stout - Wellington County Brewery

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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
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.

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Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +2.3%

yancot, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can into snifter

a: pitch black. the most aggressive pour in the world gives almost three fingers of light brown, khaki-esque head

s: chocolatey coffee, roasted malts. bits of raisins, cherries, prunes. hints of sweet syrup?

t: chocolate up front, then coffee, some raisins and cherries, and then a lasting roasted/charred/burnt malt presence. a strong and lingering earthy bitterness to finish it all off. zero alcohol presence

m: medium-to-full bodied, maybe closer to the medium side of things. a chewier mouthfeel could improve this a lot. medium carbonation, which is slightly too high

o: a very simple and standard stout, which isn't really a bad thing because stout flavours are delicious. some may just find it boring. a very tasty local brew at an unbeatable price -- just under $3 for the pint can

kevinlater, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Rlombardi75
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rlombardi75, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.3%

andrenaline, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Danielr26, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of 111213forlife
5/5  rDev +27.9%

111213forlife, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of seand
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours an opaque black with a small amount of tan head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, leaving minor lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt.

T: Sweet roasted malt with a roasty top end; not bad, if a little bit single-noted.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, OK. Not nearly the best imperial stout I've had, but still decent.

seand, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

boszormeny, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GoHabsGo, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of AussieAbroad
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

AussieAbroad, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of esto
3/5  rDev -23.3%

esto, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of dar482
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.

dar482, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

WillAndSarah, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

kelvarnsen, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of beerluvr
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.

beerluvr, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

deonreds, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of decimator
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.

decimator, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
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.

DenisKolkin, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

CurtisD, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Bf_89, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of jmkoscie
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

jmkoscie, May 28, 2013
Photo of Cramshawbar
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Cramshawbar, May 17, 2013
Photo of jimctin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jimctin, May 15, 2013
Imperial Russian Stout from Wellington County Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.