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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout - Stevens Point Brewery

Whole Hog Russian Imperial StoutWhole Hog Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
78
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115 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%


Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 02-19-2010)
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.11/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whole Hog Imperial Stout
Pours deep black with tan finger head that recedes to minimal foam.
Smells barely of faint cocoa, but more of dark fruit and finished hide/ leathery/ alcohol.
This taste I like. As far as RIS's go this suits my preference. There's a milky start and malt/ milky upfront taste, and a curiously bitter cocoa/ coffee character, and a bitter biting finish that does not dry off in any hurry. In fact, it isn't dry whatsoever. Nice flavors, hints of dates or figs in there too. If anything I wish it were a little thicker in the mouthfeel; still a smooth brew. Highly drinkable.
Overall I'd say if you're into stouts of any kind this one's worth a try. If you like your RIS's more hoppy and less sweet, you may not like this as much as i did.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 00:01:43 | More by TBoneJones
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Pours a thin black brown with ruby shades in the light. Not dense... but wasn't expecting oil for the price either.

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Good thing I shot down that Chimay...

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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.