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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of bnes09
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color. Pours a thin head. Weak retention and little lacing. Completely opaque.

Dark, roasted aromas. Almonds, prunes and coffee are the predominant scents. Dark, rich and inviting.

Dark flavors dominate the taste with prunes, roasted nuts, bold coffee and licorice. Hops are subtle adding just a hint of bitterness. Tasty, yet not quite on par with the style. It could use a more assertive hop presence.

Full-bodied. Well carbonated and a sticky texture.

As far as Russian imperials go, this is middle of the road. It won't win any awards yet it is still a flavorful beer that I can enjoy if I am in the mood for a stout.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of SisuPride
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprised Steven's Point, Wisconsin is brewing this type of beer. For an imperial it was a decent beer. The head dissipated quickly - the taste was a little dry for me. It poured as near black as you can be with out being plain old black. It was also a little to carbonated for me in the mouth feel category.

Photo of jwinship83
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up as a single because it was only $1.69. drank from my stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours out a very dark brown colored body with a little bit of light passing through, there is a small khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a few seconds before becoming no more than a crown. little to no lacing left behind.

S- the initial whiff brings forth mostly dark roasted malts. there is also a touch of chocolate and a little bit of alcohol. some earthy hops and coffee at the end.

T- the taste starts out with dark roasted malts. after that i get some sweet milk chocolate. a little bit of coffee and earthy hops at the end. definitely not the most complex of the style.

M- this is on the lighter side of full bodied with an acceptable level of carbonation. minor warming from the alcohol.

O- this is acceptably priced. not the greatest beer, but nothing offensive either. glad i tried it, i dont think ill be going back for more.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours basically black with a big semi loose head that fades fairly quickly. The aroma is banana right out of the gate with some roastiness, some chocolate, some musty basement, and some cherry. The beer smells fine enough but all the aromas just sort of hit you at different times and lack a sort of cohesive whole. The flavor is nicer, it's a big fairly dry roasty Imperial Stout with a well concealed alcohol presence. In total it tastes nice, and the bitter roastiness while very present is actually balanced as opposed to brash (which is what I had expected, for whatever reason). Complimentary notes include some dark fruit and berries, a nice hop zing and fruitiness mid palate that lingers somewhat, a light touch of vanilla and malty sweetness. It's certainly one of the best "whole hog" offerings yet. I don't normally say stuff like this, but I have to think it's the brewery's reputation that's keeping the ratings down on this one. It's no top class Imperial Stout, but it's a very tasty one. If it had the label of a more en vogue brewery I have very little doubt that the average rating would be a bit higher.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
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 iLovehops23
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Gavage
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/2" head that lasts a while.

Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, and earthy tones are most prevelent.

Taste: roasted malts, prunes, brown sugar sweetness, a moderate bitterness, and a general earthy tone lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Long aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkabililty: definite slow sipping beer. Alcohol level stuck out a bit too much and the sweetness was also a bit to strong.

Photo of SuperNova777
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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 boudreaux
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: pours dark reddish-black; a lighter, off-white head

S: dark fruit and roasted malt hit the nose; alcoholic as well

T: plenty of estery fruit, but not enough thick, roasted malt; a hint of coffee and roast, but overall lacking

M: weak... very light and watery

D: shouldn't be this drinkable for the style; this beer is a work in progress, at best

As the color and aroma already indicate, this beer lacks the substance to be considered truly imperial in nature. There's plenty of estery fruit, but none of the big, thick flavors like coffee and chocolate so characteristic of Russian Imperial Stouts. The mouthfeel is weak and the whole thing goes down like a wet Fourth of July. This beer would be better off advertised as an imperial brown ale.

Photo of megahurts4
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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 FernMaster
1.78/5  rDev -48.3%
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 imagese
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Cork & Bottle in New Orleans to try since it isn't avail in CA

A- dark auburn with a slight opaque brown at the edges. Poured a nice one finger, but it quickly faded and left no lacing.

S- powerful dark chocolate with a nice roasted quality on the initial pour. Lost a lot of strength, but was a still a nice smelling beer thru out the whole glass

T- nicely balanced, but for an RIS, it's missing that back end kick. Although, I'm really digging the cocoa taste that hangs in my mouth.

M- falls short here. A bit on the watery side, and carbonation seems a bit too low

D- goes down smooth. Drinks more like a strong English brown

This could be a good stepping stone from stouts to imperial stouts, but as far as hanging with the staple RIS selections, this one falls short.

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.

Photo of rrski198
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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 jampics2
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter. 

Whole hog is a dark black color in the glass with touches of brown.  Some tan head recedes to a ring.  Nice looking beer, but a bit lighter color than expected and just not top of the heap.     

The smell catches me off guard - notes of dark fruit are prominent and unexpected. There is some chocolate and molasses. Roasted malt with a touch of caramel sweetness and little hops.  Not a typical Russian Imperial Stout.     

The taste is also a bit off for the style.  Moderately bitter dark chocolate and some coffee acidity are present but also are sweet malt, a touch of dark fruit and raisin.  This is almost more of a quad-like stout or a dopplebock. Weird.     

Overall, the beer is creamy with nice carb but the body could be better. Don't get me wrong, this is a really flavorful beer and is above average drinkability.  But it seems like Stevens Point went for a RIS and only brought half the hog.  Not a premier example of the style, and not a beer I will be revisiting soon.  

Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with cola highlights and a very slight head that quickly becomes a thin sheen.

Aroma is sweeter than expected. Malty with brown sugar accents and a dark fruit sweetness you would expect in a good dopplebock.

Taste is also very 'dopple' like. Rich dark fruit, molasses, roasted malt, and brown sugar sweetness meet an earthy, dry woody quality that brings a nice balance. Alcohol warmth is present throughout.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky.

This is a really good American version of a dopplebock, but is not a RIS. Very tasty, but lacks the charred dark grain bitterness of a stout. Unfortunately I'll have to score this one as a RIS... as a dopplebock the scores would be much higher.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint...

A: a dark murky brown, nearly black and pretty much opaque except for around the edges, with a big and rocky hot cocoa colored head of foam. which doesn't seem to disappear.

S: a dark cocoa and raspberry, raisn, and prune aroma, with a hint of anise, and orangey-lemony hop aromas noticeable.

T: a charred malt and cocoa flavor with sweet raisin and a bitter and boozy finish of apple skin, char, lemon peppery, and resinous hop flavors.

M: a full body beer excentuated with a very low carbonation. finishes very dry and warm. would be better if there was a higher carbonation

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. It's not the best RIS imo due to the lack of hops that I love in a great RIS, and seemed as if it had a cabernet characteristic. Leans more toward an attempt to interpret RISs of the old school England days.

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 Cyberkedi
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 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 riversider76
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger tan head. Excellent retention and very nice laceing.Aroma is of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Nice but weak. Body is on the thin side for a RIS with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is if roasted chocolate malts with some dark fruit in the finish.Alchol is all there. Not a strong version of this style,but drinkable.

Photo of NewGeneric
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once again, thanks to dansteino for always having a great selection.
Poured into my Delerium tremens tulip.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with about a finger and a half of milk chocolate head that fades relatively quickly.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. Some chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee and dark fruit. That's about it.

T: Similar to smell, though the fruit is more present than the chocolate. Roast, coffee are almost absent actually.

M: Bit of a bite up front, followed by some noticeable alcohol.

D: Could have more, but would prefer other options.

Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack of this for $4.99 at Blue Max. For the price, I thought it was worth a shot.

Black in color, bordering on dark brown. Not very viscous at all, but has a thin layer of tan suds on top.

Whoa, this is a RIS? As someone before mentioned, this seems to be more of a doppelbock. It smells very bock-like to me as well. Smells like sticky caramel goodness, but no roasty malts to be had anywhere.

Again has some bock tendencies, but now I am picking up some of the roasted and toasty malts. Some burnt vanilla sugar and lightly toasted malts are pretty much the makeup of the taste. Not bad at all, good roast, pretty tasty.

Has a bit of creaminess to it, but just not full bodied like a RIS should be. Dry finish, but needs some beef.

A fine beer, not too bad at all. It drinks nicely, but doesn't represent the style very well. For what I paid, well worth it.

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