Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev +6.8%
A : Poured a deep brown, nearly black with a nice mocha colored head with good retention but minimal lacing...odd
S: Big roastiness and mounds of cocoa, not bakers powder cheap cocoa, but a deep reich cocoa like a bitter chocolate. Some coffee notes are also noted
T : Big dark chocolate upfront with a minute amount of milk chocolate, a bit of espresso in the background riding a full length roasted malt backbone which persists start to finish. The chocolate is pretty unrelenting.. The finish is a nice, chocolate, roasted, scorched malt taste, some bittering. The booze is pretty evident but not overbearing, well played.
M: Well carbonated for the style, medium-full to full body. A nice creamy and decadent feel, creamy.
O: This was a very good beer that lives up to its name. If the label had sound "Founders" or "Bells" this stout would have been rated much higher. The Widmer stigma prevents people from rating objectively but rather subjectively.
11-08-2013 19:56:24 | More by barleywinefiend
District of Columbia
3.59/5 rDev -2.7%
Look - About as black as black gets. Medium lacing for a RIS.
Smell -Pretty style-standard. Alcohol and heavily roasted malts.
Taste - Cocoa, coffee, cocoa and cocoa. Did I mention cocoa? More reminiscent of powder then nibs. Not a lot of stone-fruit tones but decent maltinesss.
Mouthfeel - Dry and thin, A little less carbonated then I would other wise prefer.
Overall - Decent. Split a bottle with 3 others as a dessert at $13.99 retail. Totally delicious and passable, but grab the Yeti or the Surly darkness if they are on the same shelf.
09-23-2013 00:30:15 | More by Monteiro
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
The beer poured an attractive dark chocolate color with a 1Finger head.
Nice aroma-cocoa with hints of vanilla.
The mouth feel was a bit carbonated, almost pungent.
Unfortunately, the taste was disappointing- the aroma did not carry to the taste.
The chocolate- cocoa was not rich and does not stand out as in other Imperial stouts.
There isn't a bold character to this beer, which is an important element to an IS taste.
The finish was semi-hoppy. No alcohol finish prominent in other Imperial stouts.
The beer mellows with warming- it tastes a little better.
Overall, a decent Imperial stout- but not in the same tier as Old Rasputin, Ten Fidy, Storm King,
Parabola and the Yetis.
09-04-2013 17:30:54 | More by brureview
Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.