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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout - Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Russian Imperial StoutWhole Hog Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
79
okay

119 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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dalepryor

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -12.8%

05-07-2013 20:51:03 | More by dalepryor
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had the choice of a four pack of this... or a small bottle of Chimay Premiere... almost the exact same price and I felt like a stout. Wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised.

Pours a thin black brown with ruby shades in the light. Not dense... but wasn't expecting oil for the price either.

Smells pretty good, the smell is what I enjoy most. Really nice burning autumn leaf smell, charred wood maybe. A little sweet molasses sugar cookie. Some burnt coffee entwined. Has almost a Baltic porter scent to it. And I like Baltic Porters. Has that odd astringent smell. Maybe a tad boozy, but pretty coated by the char smell.

Pretty upfront sweetness. Sweet coffee and molasses... both with that charred taste to it. Kind of off tasting. Swings into roast malt with a bit of hop bitterness and a alcohol sort of taste that lingers... kind of like when you sip a little vodka and sit for a bit... kind of has that taste. The more I think of it and taste more, I do catch on to a lot more vodka like characteristics throughout this beer. The sweetness, the twang Baltic porter thing going on, and the finish. Which I guess is suiting... Russian, right?

Mouthfeel is kind of thick, kind of sticky on the end, and kind of... I don't know... rubbery. It's slick. I guess I like my RIS's a little thicker and more chewy. But for the below $7.00 price mark, how can I complain much about the mouthfeel?

I'm pretty happy with this purchase and will keep this in mind for later days when I am a bit low on cash but want something higher in ABV and a good stout for the price. Also when I am feeling like a Baltic porter... opts for both a little! That's cool! Overall, the one thing I can say is that this is overly complex. But that's alright. I think this may be a bit more committed to maybe what was once the original English style. I would say that I would buy this over Sam Smith's.

Good thing I shot down that Chimay...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:31:02 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-11-2013 12:38:41 | More by MSandahl23
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 14:37:05 | More by rhoadsrage
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TBoneJones

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 00:01:43 | More by TBoneJones
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barczar

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown/black with a frothy half inch light mocha head that dissipates fairly slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Chocolate leaps from the bottle, reminiscent of brownies. There's a bit of a smoky phenolic note and booze. Nutty toasted malt and hints of bruised dark cherries and figs add complexity. Decidedly sweet. Tar and tobacco emerge late.

Dark fruit dominates the initial sip, with raisins, prunes, and dark cherries giving way to dry, almost burnt roast malt at the finish. Further investigation reveals a bit of acrid character, booze, and substantial chocolatey sweetness that eventually dries out.

Body is fairly watery and smooth, with more carbonation than anticipated, and substantial alcohol warmth.

The phenolic aroma, coupled with the burnt malt character detract from the experience, and the malt could be richer, but it's a fairly interesting beer to drink. If alcohol were tamed a bit, would help. I enjoy drinking it, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 01:06:17 | More by barczar
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

03-14-2013 09:31:31 | More by bigbeers84
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Omensetter

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-14-2013 02:37:12 | More by Omensetter
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-02-2013 04:45:38 | More by derkfromwi
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Danobold

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-23-2013 15:10:52 | More by Danobold
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hailster

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +16.3%

01-30-2013 23:03:42 | More by hailster
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 20:26:02 | More by jbphoto88
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CWhite

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +9%

12-29-2012 00:12:19 | More by CWhite
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TastingRoomCharNtony


3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-22-2012 23:41:11 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is very good with tons of molasses and toasted malts. Some ripe fruits come through slightly as well.

Taste is sweet malts, caramel and molasses. Pretty sweet with little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy for me. Oily but not as much as others in this style.

Overall this was pretty decent. Would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 21:23:57 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

09-03-2012 01:58:36 | More by ADTaber
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Mora2000

Texas

3.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 06:02:18 | More by Mora2000
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-02-2012 23:13:57 | More by buckyp
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Exiled

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9%

07-29-2012 20:53:33 | More by Exiled
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +16.3%

07-14-2012 19:28:09 | More by ssjkyle
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teyuders

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

07-01-2012 23:48:06 | More by teyuders
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Motor oil black with a tan half finger head that leaves the party in a hurry.

S: Dark fruit, leather, malts, cloves

T: Coffee arrives with licorice in its pocket. Bready malts. Rich, robust. Sweet. Hearty without being overwhelming.

M: Medium with low carbonation. A bit dry.

O: Better than I was expecting. Stevens Point has a pretty good RIS on its hands, at a decent price. The warmer the better. A good stepping stone RIS before one becomes acquainted with Stone and Old Raspy.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 22:36:16 | More by brewskifan55
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metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 13:19:03 | More by metter98
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MyName


4/5  rDev +16.3%

06-02-2012 04:33:48 | More by MyName
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TimRasmussen

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +45.3%

05-31-2012 18:20:37 | More by TimRasmussen
Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout from Stevens Point Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.