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Imperial Russian Stout - Wellington County Brewery

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BA SCORE
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 seand
3.44/5  rDev -12%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of CurtisD
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
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 14, 2013
Photo of nullbort
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

nullbort, May 04, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

FondueVoodoo, Apr 16, 2013
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 KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

KrisDLSmith, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DaPan, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Kremlock
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Kremlock, Jan 18, 2013
Imperial Russian Stout from Wellington County Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.