Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout - Stevens Point Brewery

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79
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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

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(Beer added by: cokes on 02-19-2010)
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

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5/5  rDev +45.3%

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4.58/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid near-black with a thick, frothy, rather persistent light tan head. Aroma is smoky with tones of toffee, molasses and coffee. Thick, rich flavor has unsweet chocolate, toffee and nutty components as well as hints of quality coffee and molasses with just a whisper of sweetness. Edgy, fizzy texture leaves behind a nice strong and rather persistent tingle.

Photo of gobeer
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of TBoneJones
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
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 DarrinRasberry
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Dark with a head that sticks around for just a bit. Looks like an inviting stout.

S: Perhaps the nuttiest/roastiest stout I've sniffed so far, followed by hints of dark chocolate.

T: As the nose advertises, albeit a little sweet for a stout. Chocolatey, roasty, malty. A pretty good brew, especially for the price.

M: A bit thin for a stout, but the taste sticks around long after your last sip.

D: A wonderful example of how to mask a higher alcohol content (this sits strongly at 8%+). I could session this beer, especially for the cost, were it not for the high ABV.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured the expected black with toasted brown head that quickly settles. The aroma is of roasted malts, light chocolate and a touch of sweetness. Taste is very nice with nothing that is very fierce. The sweet almost brown sugar/molases goes very well with the roasted malts. There is just a little bitterness that goes along way and just seems to fall into place. This isn't a very heavy version of the style and doesn't have a overly stong after taste but damn if it doesn't work well.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ox brown longneck with no freshness dating, but maybe you don't need that for an Imperial Stout.... Pored into a pint glass, the beer is black with Ruby highlights. Not a huge head but great lacing.

You can really smell this beer from two feet away. There are raisins, dark malts and a hint of rum.

The taste leads with dark fruits (dried plums and raisins). The malts add a roasted quality with minor coffee and chocolate notes. The alcohol really only pushes through for a brief appearance in the aftertaste. Seems pretty well integrated to me, may lack a bit of the real dark roast taste that this style often offers.

The mouth is silky with low carbonation. This is a nice sipper.

This is the first time I have been able to sample on of their Whole Hog specialties. I think this a pretty good stab at a RIS.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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 harpus
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark Brown with a tan head
Smell - Roasted Malts and Dark Chocolate
Taste - Roasted Malt, Dark Fruits, Drak Chocolate
Mouthfeel - creamy but a little thin for a Russian Imperial Stout
Overall opinion - This is an OK version of a Russian Imperial Stout. have had worse, one of the better choices that we have for Alabama.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice stamina in a medium tan head. The body is very dark brown and inviting.

S - Chocolate, caramel and maybe a hint of coffee with a tiny edge of anise.

T - Dark, dark cocoa flavor with bitterness in the finish. This malt was roasted a long time which is evident in te strong roasted malt flavor.

M - Slightly coarse with an overall smoothness that's rather enjoyable.

~ This is a good beer that in my opinion meets my expectations well. If you're looking for a tasty, rich and strong Imperial Stout, I suggest you give this one a try.

Photo of SuperNova777
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a non transparent black with a white/khaki color head that slowly falls, decent head retention

S:Nose is pretty muted for the most part. Cereal grain is the first thing that I pick up with slight roated malts in the background

T:Better than the intial smell, roastiness up front followed up by some chocolate notes in the middle and back.

M:Body was a little watered down and could lose some carbonation as well, the palate thou is left with a nice coating of chocolate and stickiness that makes up for the body

D:Really this was a easy drink for 8.5%, barely any hint of alcohol through the whole glass. Smell and body were a little off but made up for it the taste and mouthfeel areas. Not bad and worth a try.

Photo of hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep, dark, pitch-black pour, with a nice, two-inch head of tan foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of chocolate, some roasted malt
Taste-Dark roasted malt, chocolate malt.
Overall, a bit of a "lighter weight" Russian Imperial without all the big hard hitting flavors that some hit you over the head with. A nice "first time" RIS.

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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout from Stevens Point Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.