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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout - Stevens Point Brewery

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 02-19-2010

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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 69
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & weird juicy fruit scents

T: Carob, dark fruittyness, a touch of iron, oaky dryness, leafy hops & booze up front. Dryness, a somewhat annoying chocolate covered cherry taste as this warms, along with faint figgyness & more leafy hops as this warms, along with a faint hint of juicy fruit. Finishes dry with more carob & weird juicy fruit taste, verging on the edge of drain pour, maybe I should've had this cold???

MF: Slick, kind of watery fairly noticable/ prickly carbonation

Drinks okay, a half hearted attempt at the style IMO. My first IMP stout homebrew was so much better, even weaker than the imp pilsner & IPA. So many good/great RISs out there, sorry I wasted my time on this one

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

Two fingers is the least the head could do for us; good head retention as well. Dark, dark, dark ... what is expected. Sweet mocha, malty aroma, with some blackberries and nougat. Smooth, creamy, mild crispness all within a full-ish body. Very sweet palate, maltiness covers brown sugar, cookie dough, caramel and a tame roasted grain. The hops are lazily draped on the malt sweetness, and they soon disappear. Alcohol is there, just warming. Roasted flavors never peak, let alone try to throw down. Hints of butter, fruit and more caramel in the sweet finish.

A very mild and sweet version that's worth trying for a different perspective on the style, as most Imperial Stouts tend to be very roasty or hoppy, or both.

Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a black color with a brown head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt in it, as well as some chocolate. The flavor is very similar. There are huge chocolate and roasted malt notes coming through, with some bitterness from the hops and a hint of grass coming through as well. I also get a little bit of pine from the hops. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thin cinnamon head that is soon gone before the first sip. There are big bubbles the pop up the side of the glass.

S- The deep toffee takes on some soy sauce qualities with a slight sweetness in the finish with a gentle graham hint coming through as it warm. There is a shampoo quality to the whole aroma that is a bit off.

T- The deep toffee flavor is mellow and a bit lagered clean with an artificial caramel flavor in the finish and some dark nougat flavors lingering.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is light and smooth with a few qualities of a stout but then it has lots of odd and artificial flavors that are really off putting.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This stout pours like a flat root beer with the same soda brown and caramel edges. The head is a total let down with almost none to speak of. So far only the color is impressive.

The nose is mostly bread yeast and roasted grains. Far more grains show up after it warms a but but never as much as I'd hope.

Molasses right from the start in this flavor profile, thick, coating and sweet. There are some rich caramelized grains that go more toasted cereal then anything coffee or chocolate. Really nice dark flavors that's so far my favorite part of this beer.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrup like and almost over sweetened. Light carbonation supports that feel and leaves you with a coated mouth and a slick finish. Not the best stout in the world but a solid average one. Tasty in parts but lacking in others.

Photo of cokes
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark magenta brown. Very much on the lighter side of the color spectrum. The head is a tall puff of mocha, gradually fading to reveal patches of lace.
Big time bubblegum nose, with additional notes of canned fruit cocktail in heavy syrup. This overly fruity nose seems a trademark of Point's Whole Hogs (and some of their regular offerings as well). Way in the background, there is a tiny whisper of cocoa. Some flare of Brandy-esque boozy heat as well, especially as it nears room temperature.
It carries more malt weight in the mouth, beginning with fudgey chocolate cake tones, and a small amount of roastedness, hinting at weak coffee. The fruit picks up midway, with pineapple, concord grapes, bananas, and dates. A small trickle of vanilla-tinged booziness creeps in. As does the bubblegum, shattering what was a perfectly quaint moment. The buublegum joins the lolling booziness to ride long into the finish. Hops offer little in the way of resistance.
It's moderate-full mouthfeel and low-mid carbonation are appropriate. If some of the overtly fruity characteristics were quelled, this would be respectable.

Photo of FernMaster
1.78/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint.

Lucky, this bottle was provided to me by a friend and I didn't pay for it. He laughed and told me it tasted like Band-aids, I found this crazy so I had to try Band-aid beer. He's not far off. Yuck. Here goes....

The color isn't that bad, but there's very minimal head and what's there resides very quickly. There's a decent lacing around the glass, but actually the word "decent" should have been "minute." The smell is very very strange. The nose is this offensive rubbery, dark fruit scent, like it's raisins, plums and too much toffee. My thoughts going into this was that hopefully the taste didn't follow the nose, it didn't, it was actually worse. He was freaking right, it tastes like band-aids. Yuck. There's way, way too much toffee and way, way too much raisins and plum flavor. Yuck. God I just drank it again to get a more accurate description, just don't drink it. That's the best I can get. Just don't.

If you're thinking of drinking this beer, stop it. Walk away and buy something good. This is not good.

Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impenetrably black in complexion, with a rich 2.5 finger head. Thin but attractive lacing.

Nose is roasty malts, but almost astringent somehow. Odd and a little off-putting.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate malts up front, with an earthy and dry finish. The 8.6% ABV is fairly well-masked.

Not a standout for the style, but certainly not bad, either.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a Duvel tulip with about a finger of quickly dissipating head turning into medium bubbled light cream lacing on top of a dark rich brown.

Nose of roasty malts , light chocolate and cereal grains.

A sip is watery and mildly carbonated, lightly roasty, sweet and warm with alcohol finishing with light chocolate and some hop bitterness.

The overall taste isn't striking in any way and for a RIS I need a good viscous body. It's certainly a take on the style, but not the direction I prefer. Honestly tastes more like a porter.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

An excellent imperial stout from Stevens Point. Pours dark as midnight with medium tan head
and lots of nice lacing. Aroma of fudge, roasted grains, toffee, and light coffee. Taste is sweet
malts up front with almost a milk stout like quality. Lot's of chocolate and a light bittering
taste to the back as well as the aftertaste. An excellent sipper with alcoholic warmth coming
through on the finish with a smooth almost thick buttery mouthfeel. Almost a milk stout by
sweetness, but still VERY nice.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: From the bottle displayed mahogany highlights from the light, while in the glass a dark heresy chocolate with a quickly diminishing hazelnut head that left no lacing and appeared pretty standard appearance wise.

S: Nice touches of freshly roasted grains that was followed by some warm milky chocolate and marshmellow hints. The cluster hops provide a touch of spiciness behind the warm chocolate malting.

T: Sweet chocolate and some sweetly roasted grains appear first flavor wise. Theres a bit of spiciness delivered by the cluster hops which actually worked much better then anticipated. Warm milky chocolate is the base here with sweet cappuccino notes chime in, but it is the spicy hops that lighten the mood of this drink making it come off more as a desert beer rather a dark intimidating Russian imperial, not that theres anything wrong with that. Provides a change of pace, sweet with some chocolate sweetness while the bitterness becomes more evident upon further warming along with some licorice and vanilla notes rounding things out.

M: There is quite a bit of effervesce detected particularly at the tip and edges of the tongue. Bubbly with a good deal of creaminess upon the hold with a medium body and a light coffee and licorice fade gracing the tongue on the swallow.

D: A decent drinking RIS, nothing over the top complexity wise nor arrogance wise, but a sweet interpretation that drinks perhaps more like a milk stout then anything other. Manageable 8.5%abv hardly comes across the senses when drinking. A four pack probably wouldn't go to waste here, I could go for a couple.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this at a cooler cellar temp, around 52º.

A slim one finger cap of brown foam after the pour, leaves minimal lace, and doesn't really stick around all that long. Deep black color with a woody edge of mahogany.

Maple and brown sugar, fried plantain, tobacco and milk chocolate. A whiff of alcohol too, but not overly distracting.

Flavor has a bit of dark fruit and molasses, mellow roast and very little bitterness. The body has an odd slickness to it that seems to detract a little bit. Flavors are more vivid as it warms. The flavor is a bit muted, though there are traces of coffee, roast malt, and the usual suspects. Carbonation is mellow, and it's fairly drinkable.

Considering this brewery's output, a decent RIS is the last thing you'd expect from them, but this is it. Here's to Point, in hopes of continued "experimental" offerings in the Whole Hog series.

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dense and creamy tan head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose. As the beer begins to warm up, these begin to get a bit stronger and hints of chocolate also become perceptible.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and isn’t that complex but has some flavors of roasted malts and notes of chocolate.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warmth from the alcohol in the finish, but no dryness is evident.
O: This beer doesn’t have a very interesting taste, but could be classified as an “entry level” Russian Imperial Stout for craft beer novices as it’s not too difficult to drink.

Photo of Brent
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shooting for this as a Russian Imperial Stout falls well short of the mark, unfortunately. Moderate roasted malt character, with some brown sugar and unsweetened cocoa in the background. A bit sweet-ish, and far too timid to rub elbows with other beers in this category. An average stout, somewhere between the English and American interpretations.

Photo of kirkpjr
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Traded a local for this at DLD.

Reviewed from notes - 4/30/10.

Poured from the bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a dark chocolate black with 1 finger of beige head. A little on the thin side for a RIS.

S: Roasted barley and malts. Hints of vanilla.

T: Same as the smell. Also some notes of coffee.

D: For the ABV and the style, a surprisingly drinkable RIS. Went down fairly quickly and easily.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.07/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stevens Point Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout

Appearance: Dark brown, some good lacing, and a small head.

Smell: Rich coffee, brown sugar, faint hops, dark fruits, and cocoa.

Taste: Coffee, brown sugar, cocoa, and faint dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Overall:
I was initially very pleased with the aroma. The taste isn't nearly as strong or well defined as the aroma, but is still good. This is very smooth for a RIS and also much lighter in body than I was expecting. It is most definitely full flavored and easily drank.

Photo of rrski198
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Jet black, small off white head, disapates quickly.

S: Black liquorice, coffee, chocolate. Nothing amazing

T: Sweet molasses, brown sugar, liquorice.

M: Weak carbonation, taste simply disappears quckly.

O: A sugary mess, not balanced (no hop presence). For the amount of R.I.S. on the market, I wouldn't purchase again.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks like your standard RIS maybe a touch lighter since I see a bit of hazy red at the base of all this darkness. Head is fairly sticky so it looks nice.

S - Mild roast, some chocolate, molasses, a touch of anise.

T - Kind of bland and lacking any complexity of the RIS style. Old coffee mild roasts, some chalky chocolate, and a touch of aged hops. Even the finish isn't sweet if it was I would give it some forgiveness. Reminds me of watery Guinness only double and not even close to the Foreign export stout.

M - Worst part its watery and thin which is not what I want in this style.

Overall I should have listened to the reviews it's a very average (at best) RIS.

Photo of gobeer
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a frothy creamy dense head. Very viscous. Aroma is roasty with a slight hop note. Tastes rich and chocolatey with a hint of roast. Malt forward with a balance of citrus like hop. Goes down smooth and silky with a warming finish. Warming effect and richness grows with each sip and as the beer approches room temperature. Wow!

Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting through, off white head that fades but nice retention and decent lacing. I'm picking up raspberry right off the bat, not what I was expecting but pleasant. I'm also picking up a ton of wood/oak. It kind of smells barrel aged. There's some butterscotch, maple, caramel, and chocolate in the mix as well. All of those wonderful aromas don't quite match up in the flavors. Well they match, it's just dialed down and more subtle. The mouthfeel is very nice, heavy, creamy, syrupy, but good amount of carbonation. Pretty silky and velvety; finishes slick and lingers. There's some alcohol present, but nothing out of line.

This is a pretty unique stout and different, so I like it for that. I'll be honest, my expectations weren't too high, but this is a pleasant surprise. There's alot of things I like about this beer, I just wish the flavors were refined just a tad and we'd really have something here. Unique take on the style.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a dark, dark, brown, almost black, with a fizzy tan head that quickly reduces to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell has a fair amount of alcohol bite, with bready malt, sweet caramel, and a cola aroma.

Tastes better than it smells; doughy bread, coffee, chocolate and cardamon start, with an alcohol wamth and mild hop bitters to finish. More sweet than hoppy, which is a little surprising for a RIS.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, slightly tangy, and drying upon the tongue.

There's a smokiness that creeps in as you get further into the brew. I served it warm, which was a good thing, as this might have been more difficult to drink if cold.

Photo of iLovehops23
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having RIS like Surly Darkness, this beer fall far behind such a great beer. On one hand this beer isnt quite the crafty,drinkable and very gorgeous in color.

Pours with a frothy creamy dense head. Very
viscous. Aroma is roasty with a slight hop note. Tastes rich and chocolatey with a hint of roast. Malt forward with a balance of citrus like hop. Goes down smooth and silky with a warming finish. Warming effect and richness grows with each sip and as the beer approches room temperature.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours jet black with a light chocolate brown. In the aroma, a sweet oatmeal and cocoa. In the taste, a sweet chocolate roast, a nice sweetness and roast. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a sweet and small chocolate like aftertaste. Not so much an imperial stout, more a chocolate stout.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 4/11/12

Pours a medium-dark brown and settles pretty close to black. Sandy brown foam rises to just over two fingers before slowly dissipating. thin wisp of retention. A few globs of lace dot the glass.

Prune is heavy in the aroma, mixing with notes of molasses, burnt sugars and scorched chocolate. Perhaps a touch of tobacco and earth. While the aroma left me a bit apprehensive (I'm not a fan of sugar bombs) the flavor is more forgiving. Sure, there is some sweetness a la roasted chocolate, but there is also a pleasant coffee bitterness and earthen hop notion to keep the sugars in check. Heck, the finish is actually pretty dry. The body hovers around medium territory for a RIS, with a subtle, viscous feel underpinned by a granular notion. Carbonation is moderate and appropriately suited for the overall feel of the beer. Mild alcohol heat builds on the finish

Whole Hog isn't the most outstanding or memorable RIS. Regardless, it's not too shabby, especially considering it's rockin' an 8.6% abv.

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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout from Stevens Point Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.