Brown's Imperial Stout - Brown's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Brown's Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MTMugs on 06-24-2004

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by drseamus:
Photo of drseamus
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shitty plastic cup at Rev Hall. Super dark with scattered tan head. Tight nose. Some roast but not enough intensity. It is served a little too cold and benefits from warmth. Flavor is plenty rich, even served cold. Good sweetness but the roast doesn't break through enough. Body is a bit light for an imperial stout. I've had it better seems like this is an off batch.

More User Reviews:
Photo of musicforairports
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewpub in Troy. This one's 10.2 percent ABV for 2012.

Served in a snifter. Black, maybe some lighter hues in the light. Dark brown head. Some lacking as I drink.

Aromas of roasted malt, mostly. Not so much coffee or chocolate as burnt barley. Some light alcohol notes.

Strong roasted malt flavors, smooth, definite espresso notes. Finish is chocolate-like and a bit hot with the ABV. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, but this one's not as milky or creamy as others.

Overall, this is a good imperial stout, and I'm glad to have it made just a short walk away. I wish they would age this one in the same barrels as their whiskey-barrel porter.

Photo of rlee1390
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep black, not much head as it was filled to the brim.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee.

T-Burnt notes, roasted malt and chocolate. Slight coffee but not much.

M-Thick, little carbonation, creamy.

O-A nice RIS from a local brewery. Nothing world class but it was nice to see the brewery take on a more bold brew.

Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting most recent batch on 12/2/08.

Poured dark and thick with a nice deep almost brown head.

Smells are of roasted barley, figs, caramelized brown sugar, and hints of cherry and vanilla.

Alcohol is well hidden, but there, light wafts of perfume rose like alcohol shoots off as it warms.

Mouthfeel is nice and full and the flavor is rich chocolate, some hints of coffee and dark roasted grain.

Well balanced and extremely drinkable for the style.

Photo of Moonraker7
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black, with a two finger brownish tan head.

S: Pretty subtle, a little chocolate, some coffee, but nothing really stands out.

T: Intense dark, bitter chocolate taste, accompanied by some roasted malt and sweet fruits (grapes, raisins). Finishes off pretty bitter, and lingers for a while, which is quite nice.

M: Thick and creamy, fairly light on the carbonation.

D: Great bear to sip, hard to drink more than one as it is fairly intense.

Photo of williamherbert
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is jet black and about as easy to see through as a bowling ball. One finger of cocoa-brown head.

The aroma is heavy, oily. Milky chocolate, toasted (not bitter/burnt) malt aroma. Strong but not brutal or bitter. A hint of licorice. Plums, raisins, dates.

The taste is milk chocolate and dark grapes. Some bitter, roasted malts underneath. The bitterness rises up as it warms.

The feel is motor oil, thick and smooth. And no bite whatsoever. It is a terrific sipper, but a tough repeater. The flavor is all there. Even better when it's warmed up.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained a growler in a trade with drseamus. I sure wish I had a brewpub in town to get beers like this and growlers....sigh. Anyway-pours a great, deep, rich black color-admirable tan head on top. Good roasted malt and chocolate aroma-has a faint cinnamon/spice to it. Great roasted malt flavor-nice blend of chocolate and espresso. Perfect bitterness in the finish. Has a slight "homebrewed" sort of wang to it but in a positive way. Very fresh tasting I wonder how long this ages before being put on tap. Good, silky mouthfeel to it. Very, very drinkable. I know NOTHING about this brewery but from the other 2 reviews I have to agree-it's great when a beer like this is available year round Appalachian Brewing in PA does the same with their barleywine. There is a lot to be said for that. Do I hear "road trip"?

Photo of Stimack
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the Imperial stout offering at Brown's (how great is it that a local brew pub will offer a IS year around!) and I will say it was a good brew but was hoping for something more. Brew poured to a pitch-black color with hardly any head, what was there was a deep tan color and left absolutely no lacing, which seemed weird for a Imperial Stout. The aroma was mostly of roasted malt with caramel highlights. Had a bit of a rough aroma to it, like it needed to be aged a bit. The taste was not to bad, heavy on the malt with a little hop bite. Definite caramel and chocolate flavors with what seemed to be a smoky taste to boot. Feel that this brew might have been to young as it seemed to be a bit sharp and needed to mellow out a bit. Not bad for a local brew pub though! Will try this brew again in the colder months and hopefully on cask.

Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the brewpub in Troy.

A: Dark black body with a small, dark tannish head. Left a little bit of lace.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate and some fruit.

T: Big on the roasted malt with some cocoa or chocolate as well and tastes of dark dried fruit -- raisins came to mind. Hint of drying alcohol on the finish, but it's not overwhelming. The ABV is pretty well masked.

M: Heavy in weight, but with a good creamy feel to it almost reminding me of an oatmeal stout in a way.

D: Very good, especially for a beer of this strength. I finished it relatively quickly.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark black color with a nice finger of dark brown head. The head had nice retention and left behind some nice lacing.

S - The strongest scent is of the roasted malt, and there is a nice amount of it. There is also some nice chocolate and carmel/toffee elements to go along with it. Could be a bit more powerful overall.

T - Starts of with a really deep chocolate malt taste that really builds nicely. Then a bit of toffee sweetness and a bit of dark fruit flavor comes through. Just a hint of bitterness at the finish that lingers, from a mixture of chocolate and hops.

M - Full bodied with a very low amount of carbonation. Super creamy and pretty smooth,

D - Fairly drinkable. It is a fairly heavy beer, but it is still very enjoyable and goes down very smooth. The flavors are really nice and pretty well balanced, especially the finish.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all chinook Impy stout? Yup! And it is a year round release as well. Kudos to Brown's for having an imperial stout as part of their new year round roster of brews. Good move, if you ask me. This is a dark black brew with a espresso coloured head of thick foam. The aroma of this brew is certainly enticing, even if it is somewhat thin. The normal roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee aromas are there, but I don't get any of that woody, smoky, dark fruit complexity that other imperial stouts deliver. The taste is certainly roasty and chocolatey with some nice espresso notes in the mix as well, but this just isn't as big, or complex as the competition. Still a creamy big extra stout with a nice drinkability rating. A nice quaff for sure.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was an opaque black color with a mahogany meniscus. It looked like a frothy, chocolate mocha on top! The one finger of head retained well and left some streaks of lacing. The aroma was rich and sweet, chocolate malt, caramel malt and roasted malt all came through along with some coffee. The flavors were rich and hearty, chocolate, coffee, smoked meat, wood, caramel malt, and enough bitterness on the finish to balance it. The alcohol punch was there, but like a true gloved heavyweight it showed finesse. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body full and the carbonation low.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black in color with a finger of toffee colored head. Quite a bit of lacing left on the glass as well.

S: Very rich nose. Quite a bit of chocolate and roasted malt come through. A little bit of sweetness in the back but overall a fairly assertive nose.

T: I think this is much better than previous years batches which were not bad. The chocolate is quite big in the taste. Little bit of roast as well with a nice sweet finish but sweet like 85% cacao chocolate. You get a touch of hops in the end to held balance out the finish.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied.

D:It is 15 degrees out so this beer really hit the spot. Always look forward to when this beer is made. Solid effort overall.

Photo of NitroGen
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler of this elixir from aerozeppl from the January Growling at the Moon GIF. Thank you!

P: Thick black pour with a minimal dark drown foam head that quickly settles to a scant cover.

S: Coffee, chocolate and sweet roasted grains.

T: Sweet chocolate covered malt balls and a strong bitter coffee and slight alcohol finish for the palate.

M: This is a real treat for the mouth as it is well balanced from start to finish and although it is 8.5% the alcohol is only apparent on the back end finish.

D: The ABV is too high for a session, yet this growler will be finished in one sitting, as it is too good to put back in the fridge until finished.

Photo of letsgopens
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this will be the first selection I've sampled from Brown's. Their RIS pours and opaque, motor oil black with a frothy mocha colored head. The foam leaves some attractive, uniform lace that eventually thins to a solid ring. So far so good.

Tons of luscious dark fruit arises instantly upon my initially whiff. Juicy and earthy with figs, burnt raisin, and dates. A roasty cocoa note comes along eventually accompanied by some sweet, more milky chocolate. Even more juicy dark berry and some mild booze.

Sweet and more roasty than expected judging from the nose with notes of caramel, molasses, and more juicy dark fruit. A nice lingering flavor. Slightly acidic roastiness. Mild coffee and fresh black berries. Full flavored and very lively. A roasty finish with burnt raisin and vanilla. More earthy cocoa rounds out the flavor.

Juicy and slick on the palate with bright, almost fluffy carbonation. Thick and creamy toward the end with a very enjoyable lingering texture. A fantastic selection to be sure and a rather modest ABV for the style.

Photo of TheWhaleShark
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Brown's last night. Poured a nice black, with a slight brown head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was pretty typical: roasty and a bit smoky. The taste was pretty much dominated by roasted malt and a definite smokey flavor, and not much else. Medium-full bodied, not too much carbonation. It's a pretty solid beer, though the 8.5% ABV limits its drinkability. A good choice overall, but not the best RIS I've tried.

Photo of Hophead101
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received a growler of this beer thanks to aerozeppl for GatM. drank on 1.16.10.

With an aggressive pour into a chalice type glass still produced little to no head. the dark black/brown color sat quietly as the minimal tan head left as quickly as it came. kinda stinks as the head on an impy stout is a sight to behold - but could have lost a little in the shipping of the growler. the smell was mild - roasted malts and beef jerky come to mind with subtle chocolate in there as well.

taste was pleasant. thankfully the lack of head didn't mean no carbonation - it was properly carbonated. the taste was roasty, toasty with a nice hearty chocolate flavor. wasn't expecting so much chocolate but it made for a nice taste profile overall. mouthfeel was surprising thin given the style - but made it quite drinkable in the end.

Brown's Imperial Stout from Brown's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.