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Barley's Alexander's Russian Imperial Stout | Barley's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Barley's Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 69
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice to taste an RIS on cask. This one, though black and ominous in appearance with a lasting brown head, was a bit light and low in booze for an RIS. The aroma, likewise, contained all the right elements, charcoal, roasted malts, coffee, hints of vanilla and chocolate, etc..., but it did not have enough of them. Flavor matches the nose but with the addition of some dark fruit but is equally light. Still, this is a good beer and a pleasure to drink on cask.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Osiris9588
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bell's pint glass from a Barley's Smokehouse/Ale House #1 growler. Opaque black coffee with a chococlate milk head, about one inch thick, without much retention and slight lacing.

Full flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, a touch of cherry, cocoa powder, and a flash of rum. Pretty light on the front palate, then the malt asserts itself, follwed by just a buzz of coffee bitterness before smoothing into a finale of chocolate-covrered cherry sweetness and alcohol.

A very drinkable stout, balanced and not overbearing in any aspect. It is not bottled, so be sure to grab one when in Columbus.

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Photo of jminch
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barley's Russian Imperial Stout is Goooooood. It poured an opaque black with ecru head that left a spotty lace. The scent was sweet with roast. The taste had caramel roast base with hints of chocolate. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this beer was excellent.

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Photo of 17acresoforganichops
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah, that's right, I gave this brew a perfect score.
I've been in 15 countries, had beers from several more as imports, and have measured every single one against Barley's Alexander's Russian Imperial Stout over the last 16 years. The truth is this particular brew was what I was looking for for years before I found it.
What does it compare to? Your first love.
Now, the high street location usually has a more robust finish than the Riverside Drive batches, but I'll bet I'm one of only a handful that would even notice. I prefer the High street version but the truth is either hits all the right spots....so I just pretend I'm dating twins and don't notice.
Years ago I would turn friends on to this brew bit I quit doing that because it seemed to not be as available after I gave away a few growlers to friends and I think I made some competition...so, coming from a palate that can discern Osetra, Sevruga, or Beluga, an eye that has found diamonds in Ohio waterways, this lone brew has been more satisfying than marriage.

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Photo of GrumpyGirl
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The most excellent Russian Imperial Stout from Barley's is worth the trip. Dark black with a solid head of tight beaded bubbles with good lacing. Coffee and chocolate on the nose with hints of crème brulee. Subtle coffee and bitter sweet chocolate up front, lots going on here. Crème brulee and chocolate in the aftertaste sprinkled with coffee. More aggressively hopped than in the past, but far from overly bitter keeping within the flavor profile of a RIS. One of the most memorable beers I have ever had that keeps me coming back to Barley's on my voyages up to Wooster Ohio. Enjoyed in a snifter.

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Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a growler at Barley's yesterday. It came in a clear growler. It is black and when poured into a glass it produces an inch of brown head. The aroma has your usual suspects, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. The taste is coffee and maybe some chocolate. I also get some faint hops. This is a nice thick beer. I'm on my second glass from my growler, and the drinkability is pretty nice. It is a solid beer. It's not a real stand out, but it is a good beer to drrink on a rainy 48 degree day.


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Photo of tpet96
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must admit, this is one of the finest flavored Imperials I have tasted in quite some time. The alcohol content was low compared to other Imperials, but what do you expect when the recipe was made with Ohio's past brewing laws.

I've had both the cask (served with the air siphoned British Beer Pump) and tower versions of this Stout, and the Cask is extremely smooth and creamy. Both pour a dark black in color. They pour a carmel head, with the cask head lasting much longer as usual. The mouthfeel was very smooth for the cask, and a slight hop bite in the tower version. Both are still very drinkable.

Mostly chocolate and coffee malt flavors, with a slight undertone of carmel. Definately one of my favorite imperials to this day.

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Photo of briants
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark with ample dark tan head that lasts.

Smell: Wonderful roasted aroma. Slight sweetness hinting at the taste

Taste: Rich roasted flavor with a good sweetness to balance the biotterness of the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: A rich beer, but not quite as rich as the color and style would have you think.

Drinkability: What is lost in mouthfeel is balanced by the drinkability. Easy to drink as its not as heavy as similar Imperial Stouts, but I'd be hesitant to have more than a couple and even think of driving home.

Overall I think this is the best beer if theirs that I had. Its rich flavors and balanced sweetness make it quite a nice winter beer.

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Photo of trep
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thick black, but not completely opaque. Creamy tan head as suspected that is very quaint.

Roasted malt and chocolate, and some funkiness. A little alcohol as well.

A nice smokiness to start things off that fades into roasted malt and dark chocolate. Very smooth and some hints of vanilla to fill in the gaps. Finishes incredibly smooth, creamy, and rich. Some pleasant woodiness. Not super complex, but the beer is nicely balanced.

Medium/Full body which appropriate carbonation. Not thick and flat, and not thin and highly carbonated. A nicely balanced RIS that isn't overpowering. I have finished an entire growler on my own on several occasions.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

....and for my 100th review! <insert trumpets and chorus here>
I had this down at the Alehouse #1 and then a growler back at the homestead.
Quantum Singularity Black. Forms a small beige head on top.
Cocoa, coffee and a slight drift of alcohol presence.
Chocolate malts, a slight coffee finish with a small hop bite (maybe some oatmeal) makes this easy to finish and hard to put down. It's not my favorite Imperial but it's very close.

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Photo of run4beer2112
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler acquired in trade with mcallister (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged to larger sized tan head. Aromas of roast, light chocolate, some smoke, vanila, and coffee. Tastes follow suit. Bitter coffee finish. Body on the thin side. Lacing left on the glass. I actually found this to be on the weaker side for an Imperial Stout and would have pegged this one as a Stout.

Notes from 2/16/07

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of gbw5009
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottJWing
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Geno78
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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