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

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Barley's Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
69
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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5
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4
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 69
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 klewis
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served at room temp. from a cask sitting on top of the bar.

A: Like staring into a black hole. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

S: The aromas of black coffee and roasted malt slammed into my nose as soon as the server put this one in front of me.

T: Very full flavor that was similar to the smell. Very tasty.

M: Dry and heavy.

D: This is an excellent stout and a must have when it is available. The fullness of the flavors and weight of the beer can be a little tiring on the palatte, so I wouldn't want to have more than one in a sitting, but it's a beer that I would drink everyday if I could.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Though all of their beers are solid, when it's time for serious beer drinking, then it's time to order this stout. It's the top of their crop. Looks, well...black with a thick tan head--hard to fight through to get those first few sips. Smells heavily barley and roasty sweet. Marshmellow like with little hints of charcoal or astringency. Flavors have all of the boldness that you'd expect from a Impy Stout with the Marshmellow sweetness and smoothness of a Milk Stout. No lactose flavors, no cardboard, no roughness; only wholesome goodness. Hats off Mr. Barley's brewer guy.

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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 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 mattcrill
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from the cask is definitely a much improved version than from the tower. This rendition really allows the characteristics of this beer to shine. It's a little sweeter than I like my stouts but it is still true to form. Deserves to be tasted...at least once or twice. Goes great with the pulled pork sandwich.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma and subdued taste with a rich, dark color. This was served colder than I expected it to be but I was impressed with the balanced flavor. Maybe now that the allowable alcohol content in Ohio has been raised they can make this more Imperial.

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Photo of Wildman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This probably my favorite beer that Barley's makes. It pours out a wonderful almost black color and I love the body. Forms some lace. Nice aroma of malt and hops with elements of coffee. It's not as good as some of the other imperials out there, but it may suffer from being made in Ohio, which is a little more rigid on alcohol levels.

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