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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Deep mahogany in color with aromas of roasted coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Subtly hopped, making it astonishingly smooth and easy drinking for such a big beer.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2004)
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Photo of tpd975
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep jet black color with brown highlights shimmering thru. The head was one finger with little retention and no lace.

S: Sweet malty aromas with hints of brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate.

T: Holy Moses, this baby is sweet. Tons of nice sugary caramel sweetness up front. A bit of chocolate peeks thru in the middle and a a bold splash of dark fruits along with a slight hop twinge can be detected in the finish.

M: Medium in body very thin for an RIS.

D: So, So.

Overall: Not a great example of an RIS. I usually like the Heavy Seas beers as they are big on taste and low on price. They just missed the mark a bit with this one.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured black with a thin beige head. Smell is mainly of toasted malts but there is a weird sweet scent that reminds me of an apple juice, juice box with a hint of metal. The taste is rich in toasted malt flavor mixed with some coffee and chocolate hints. I could use more hoppiness here but there is some. The alcohol is hidden well. This brew could be even more "imperial" though. The feel is fairly thick and creamy with light carbonation. Kinda weird, kinda good.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect pitch black color. Its quite a sight to behold really. It that inky, oily viscous beauty that only an imperial stout can be. The head is thin, coffee colored and less than half a finger in thickness. Ultimately the head dissipates almost completely and leaves a thin ring of foam that surrounds an island of tiny bubbles.

When I popped the cap of this beer I swear I smelled fresh hops. It really surprised me. I don't get a whole lot of that now that its in the glass. What I do I get is dark roasted coffee, chocolate and sweet, sweet malt. This is a great smelling stout. All the rich and roasty notes are there and the coffee smells really remind me of a nice shot of espresso.

The taste of this brings back a little of the hops I smelled from the bottle. Its got the upfront chocolaty and coffee notes for sure but there is a bit of hop presence as well. The sweet maltiness of this beer is very tasty and there is a sense of the high alcohol content, but nothing too crazy. As it warms a bit I really get a lot of the rich flavors hidden in this dark and mysterious brew. This beer is absolutely delicious, I think I can leave it at that.

Photo of soupyman10
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an impulse buy as I hit the counter at the Wine Specialist. Pours a near pitch black with the slimmest of highlights along the edges of the glass. Tan head that dissolves down to very limited film fairly quickly. Nose is mild roasted malt, some coffee, and a hint of sweet caramel or chocolate. Nice, but too subtle for RIS, in my book. Flavor is fairly bland as well. Overwhelmingly roasted malt and coffee aromas, with maybe some light dried fruit and a bit of hops in the end. Not bad, but again, not bold or complex enough for my liking. Body is solid, although not quite as thick and full as some. Overall, not a bad brew, but definitely one of the least consequential RIS's I've had.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a 12 oz bottle of this beer poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown and allows no light to pass through the glass.
A small tan edge layer of head is all that exists, but it seems to have staying power.
The aroma is lots of roasted malt and molasses, mild coffee notes and brown sugar as well. No hop presence or booze either.
First sip reveals an average body with silky texture and fine rolling carbonation, the mouthfeel makes this beer slide down the gullet easily.
Flavor is just what is expected, roasted malt and molasses, some brown sugar again and no real hop presence. Again the booze is very well hidden and this beer would easily sneak up on you and become rather dangerous. A nice Imp Stout!!

Photo of halfP1NT
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is opaque black; a hint of a chocolate brown comes through the bottom of the glass. An aggressive pour produces with a thin, off-white head that leaves behind some thin lacing.

Smell is mild malts; slightly toasted, but not too bold. There's a definite aroma of sweet chocolate, maybe a hint of fruit and bitter coffee.

Taste mirrors the aroma. Lightly toasted malts with a floral hoppiness. Finish leaves a chocolate flavor in my mouth. There is a similar floral flavor in all of the Clipper City High Seas beers, maybe it's the yeast??

This is not as bold and roasty, or as big-bodied as a typical Imperial Stout; it has this unusual floral sweetness that I really enjoy. The alcohol is very well hidden in the taste, and it is very drinkable. I've gone back to this beer a few times when I was in the mood for the flavors of an Imperial Stout, but not the heaviness.

Photo of tiger88
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/black with burgandy edging. The tan head forms quickly and is about a finger and a half tall in a pint glass. Smells a little dull for an impy but a little hint of chocolate an subtle coffe come up the olfactory. The taste doesn't differ too greatly from the smell. It's a little bitter but not too bad. Chocolate malt comes up first then rolls back and makes way for a little dark chocolate. Pretty smooth feel, goes down easy. Not incredibly drinkable but easy enough to have one or two.

Photo of grees20
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy the Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning so I thought I'd try this Russian Imperial Stout brewed by Clipper City. Pours black with a thin, tan head. Aroma is bursting with malts, chocolate and toffee. A sweet, malty start with notes of chocolate and a pleasing hop finish that supplies just the right amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and leaves behind average lacing. At 8 percent ABV is packs some punch. Overall another fine product from the Baltimore brewery.

Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. This beer pours a very dark brown color that refuses to let in any light, even when held to light! Tan head is about 1/4 when poured and settles to a nice tick ring lining the inside of the snifter a few minutes after being poured. Pretty nice lacing here. Aromas of roasty malt, chocolate and coffee are present followed by somewhat subtle hops. Tastewise it is sweet and malty upfront with some chocolate and caramel notes followed by some definite coffee and hops bitterness. Also has a hint of plum or raisin. The sweet flavors are certainly a bit stronger here. Has a crisp and creamy, smooth, maybe slightly sticky or oily mouthfeel. Full body with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink and the 8% ABV is well masked.


Photo of allergictomacros
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Almost black, with ruby highlights. Foam is an inch of sticky tan, but not especially creamy.

S - Fruity with dark fruit, dark chocolate and molasses.

T/M - Expected roasty flavours are here - cocoa, coffee etc. Very astringent tough, with some overly prickly carbonation. Quite fruity as well and boozy to boot. Plum and raisins come to mind. Lots of flavour but not well melded. Mouthfeel is a little bit raw.

D - I've definitely had better. Seems a bit rough to me.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours thickly with a delightful dark ruby color, generating a lofty, extremely rocky head that leaves persistent lacing the entire way down. The appearance score would be even higher if the head was less rocky and more foamy. Crystal clarity.

Aroma starts off good, mild, a bit hoppy and chocolately. But as the beer warms, it takes on a strong alcoholic nose.

Flavor is chocolatey, fishy, cola-like, mild. Very little roastiness.

Mouthfeel is weak, low carbonic feel despite the huge head, low bitterness from either hops or dark malts. Light feel despite the visibly heavy body in the pour.

Overall, an easy beer going down, but don't let it warm up and expose its flaws. Not a sipper, but a quaffer.

Photo of RedHaze
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown bordering on black with a one finger head that fades quickly to a thin cap and ring. The lacing is thin, but sticks decently.

Smell; a touch of some sugar covered dark fruits, with a little coffee and chocolate. Overall I'm a bit disapointed in the nose of this beer.

Taste; bittersweet chocolate, with a little coffee is present initially, and then dark fruits along with a little citric hops come through. Some faint hints of anise and molasses float around in the background as well. While not quite what I was expecting for an Imperial Stout, I still think it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin for the style, and the drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of stinoski
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black opaque. about a half inch tan head, which subsides rather quickly

S- subtle smell of chocolate with a hint of sweet dough

T- a creamy, roasted malt taste, with a distinct, but not overpowering alcohol aftertaste.

M- Light carbonation, overall pleasant

D- These are fairly drinkable,which at 8%, can come back to bite you if you're not keeping track of how many you've had. A rather filling stout. I would definitely buy this again

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours deep black but you can pick up a hint of mahogany highlight every so often. In the nose, bitter hops, almost smell like noble hops...(Fuggles and Goldings actually, British style...) Some roasty aromas from the malt

First impressions are that it seems bit overcarbonated in the mouth. Very creamy and sweetish, almost like an imperial milk stout! Tasting lots of that herbal hop character in the flavor. Quite hoppy for an Imperial Stout. But it's yummy.

It's bottle conditioned so the last two bottles go into my cellar. Maybe I'll break one out when the O's reach the World Series in October. Nah, who am I kidding...

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown to black with a creamy light brown head that went to a ring of bubbles rather quickly. No lacing.

S: Coffee and rubbing alcohol.

T: Relatively complex mix of malts, primarily focusing on dark roasts that yield that espresso coffee flavor. There is a bit of bitter chocolate in there too, with a clear alcohol flavor at the finish to accompany a relatively warm linger.

M&D: Very creamy and smooth making it rather palatable in spite of the the varnish remover notes. The carbonation is light but tenacious and adds to the texture. Honestly, if the alcohol wasn't quite so noticeable in this it would really kick ass. Unfortunately, it just has a finish like acetone - not my taste.

Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired in their mixed 12-pack, which is kinda cool, cuz they take a random selection out of (I think) their 8 offerings--so it's almost like breaking a bunch of 6-packs to your liking.

Looks like a RIS should. Dark and mysterious, no light shines through. Wonderful 2 finger head with hurried retention that leaves a thick, bubbly lace. Smells like low-quality chocolate (the generic stuff from the movie-theaters) laced with grass... all which I enjoy.

Taste is where they lose me. RIS--to me--means hops, burnt malt/chocolate/coffee, alcohol all raised to an exponential power. If anything, the dark malt is conventionally the trump. Yes, it's somewhat chocolately and all that, but I get more of a cola taste out of this offering, and the hop character intrudes a bit at the back end. Pleasant, needle-y carbonation.

I love the brewery, what a pleasant find in my local liquor store, the best 12 pack most anywhere you'll go. Is it a RIS? I dunno. It's a great beer, don't get me wrong, just not worthy of a pedastal.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel yields an opaque black-brown body with a toffee-colored rocky head that reduces to a bubbly film and leaves soapy lacing.

Smells of chocolate and coffee; dark roasted malts aplenty;

Tastes sweet; rich with bittersweet chocolate and light-roast coffee; a fine fruitiness at the finish.

Good and drinkable; not a big badass Imperial; not at all heavy; nicely carbonated to keep it light on the palate.

Photo of PhageLab
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pitch black coloration, small bit of froth, fair retention, spotted lacing.

S - Mild chocolate aroma, rather bitter, and just a touch of hops in the nose.

T - Plums and dark chocolate hit the palate instantly, followed by a bitter wash, and finishing off with some more dark fruit flavors coupled with a recognizable hit of alcohol. Not too complex for an RIS but still pretty tasty.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation level, sweet residue left on the palate, yet at the same time it is significantly dry.

D - Not bad, I enjoyed this one and wouldn't mind another. This is a decent stout and certainly worth trying.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer looked surprisingly dark in my tulip with only a sliver of strawberry sneaking through the bottom. The collar was a faintly tan white.

Smells like a toasted marshmallow sprinkled with baking chocolate floating in a Shiraz. Hmmm.

Sadly, it tastes a lot like a Shiraz too. If I'm generous I'd say there's a touch of caramel and milk chocolate, but it's dominated by a pungent sourness like extra tart cherry and the tartness found in dry wheat wines. Finishes with a dry powdery sensation like glasses that have gone through an old dishwasher too many times.

Feels light, crisp and chipper.

Bleah. Not worth it.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6-pack of this in Ft Myers, FL while on vacation. Nice hot weather and a nice cool RIS is a surprisingly great combination. Root beer like appearance in both body color and head. Not much of head with slight lacing, but nice dark body with nice clarity. Not as thick as many other RISs. Aroma slightly roasted with almost a touch of roasted coconut. Mild coffee and bittersweet cocoa. The taste is sweet up front and leads to a bitterness that spreads. Both the roasted malt and hops add a nice sharpness, but nothing too acidic. Finish reverts back to sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit over-carbonated and thin for the style, but this also leads to a dangerous level of drinkability. Way too easy to drink this quick -especially at cellar temp! Overall, nice beer that has little flaws, but not up there with the big-hitting RISs on the market. Either way, a good beer on a great vacation!

Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought I had tried this a while ago, but didn't have any records of it, so I tried it again last night. It poured opaque black with tan head. It smelled like caramel and coffee malts, citrus hops, and a bit of alcohol...sweet but without the typical chocolate. It tasted like caramel and oatmeal malts mixed with mild coffee and milk chocolate, creating a surprisingly delicate and subtle flavor for an imperial. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation and had a lasting, bitter aftertaste with some slight alcohol warming. Overall this had an interesting balance of flavors that shifted from sweet to bitter. It was very clean and drinkable, but they could have cranked it up one more notch to reach its full potential.

Photo of jackorain
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Some light gets through the black liquid to form some brown highlights. Big 2 inch tan head. Long lasting and great lace.

Very fruity nose with some roasted malt. not alot here aromawise.

Big fruity maltiness, roasted ,alt and chocolate but overall a little weird tasting, Phenols? a touch of bandaid. also yeasty.

Mouthfeel was medium body and a little flat

As far as drinkability was concerned, this was almost a dump but I did struggle through it and it did improve a little as it warmed. maybe I got a bad bottle. I will have to give it try.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with hints of brown. It really didn't have a head at all, but left some lace.

S - It smelled of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee. Some floral hints, too.

T - It tasted very chocolatey and sweet. A nice roasted caramel malt flavor started to emerge as it warmed up.

M - It was very soft and almost a little thin (watery?). A medium-bodied beer.

D - Overall, it was quite drinkable, just not the best RIS.

Photo of errantnight
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well... this certainly has more in common with some "Old School" Imperial Russian Stouts than it does the huge beers of the modern Beer Geek Fanaticism scene.

All that said, I can't help dock this a few points, because dammit, I was in the mood for a kick-ass RIS... and it's neither as overwhelmingly powerful as most RIS's, nor does it pack the flavor and complexity of, say, Samuel Smith's take.

Pour is dark, dark brown maybe ruby... translucent around the edges... really? In an Impy Stout? Looks more like a porter. Head and lacing are minimal, as expected.

Nice aroma to it, a lot of coffee and just a hint of chocolate, roasted acridness... but thin.

The body on this beer is alright, but it's a bit thin, the carbonation seems fine, but it could use some oomph through the middle.

What is there, tastes fine. It's eminently drinkable. A bit more fig/raisin/currant than some, but it's not sweet, so those stay buried beneath the roastiness, which is strong, but certainly not "intense." Dark chocolate and coffee notes, of course, but they're all waffling around the edges.

All this said, I can't knock the drinkability. Not because it's more drinkable, per se, than bigger Impy Stouts, but because now that I know what to look for, I'd be happy to pick up a four pack of this and have it around for when it gets chilly, but when I don't want something that over the top. Of course, that being the case, I'd rather have a Sam Smith's....

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark, near opaque brown color with a 1 finger foamy light tan head that soon faded to a sparse layering.

S: chocolate, coffee and a light smokiness. There is some dried fruit (raisins) and a light boozy alcohol aroma as well.

T: robust with roasted grains and burnt toast, black coffee beans and bitter chocolate. There was a slight alcohol presence (rum raisin). The beer had a rich chocolate malting and some spicy hopping in the finish.

M: light-medium fullness with a nice dark roasted malt lacing on the tongue.

D: Fairly good drinkability per style, drinking much bigger then its advertised 8.0%abv but definitely worth a try and decent per style.

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