Mid Winter Imperial Stout | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by carln26 on 02-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Lnedrive14:
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am saddened to see that the previous reviewer got to taste this on cask.

Very creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Dark coffee and chocolate. Bittersweetness. Very tasty. One of the first brews from Harvard's that I thought fit well within the style. all of the correct flavors were there. nothing mindblowing, but a well done, if standard, RIS.

Rather enjoyed this. perfect brew on a cold winter night.

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Photo of carln26
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a snifter an inky black with ruby highlights. Medium sized tan head with settled quickly to a thin lace. The nose had subtle chocolate and coffee aroma. This existed in the flavor too, but the chocolate came on much stronger Deep and was accented by a cherry flavor. Coffee character shows up in the finish. This had an oily, almost porter mouth feel, but was surprisingly drinkable. This had to have an ABV approaching 10%, but was extremely drinkable, again, the serving temperature was perfect. The only detraction on this beer was the mouth feel. I’m getting used to the silky smooth feel of many RIPs. Great beer still.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 version.

Pours a pitch black with dark brown fluffy head. Lots of carbonation on the glass. A very good looking beer [and served in a nice goblet].

Aroma of coffee, alcohol and roasted malts.

Taste is very much defined by coffee!!! Some dark chocolate in there. Alcohol backbone. Slightly bitter and dry at the end.

Mouthfeel is heavy and slightly sticky. Creamy.

Overall, a very good Imperial Stout. Good sipping beer. Warming.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to warriorsoul for this...
Appears an opaque black with a small, off-white head that slowly fades out.
Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, over-ripened dark fruit, and a hint of vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some notes of bitter cocoa, and coffee standing out, along with brown sugar and a light hop presence intact to balance out the flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, lightly sweet up front and roasty bitter.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap during lunch today. 10.5oz. pour. 10.5% abv or something near that.

A: Pours an absolute jet black. Nice dark caramel colored head that has some auburn tints to it. Excellent retention. Some lace, but not too much.
S: Roasted malt with deep chocolate and coffee notes. Theres a sweetness that comes through with these aromas.
T/M: Roasted malt and barley with infusions of unsweetened chocolate and bitter coffee notes. Some dark fruit notes, but very faint and subtle. Very smooth and silky on the palate. Goes down so smoothly. Not as bold of a body as I was expecting from an RIS, but still pretty decent.
D: Damn fine RIS that didn't disappoint. Get there if you can.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 14 oz. pour of the 2005 vintage poured during the "Flight of the Imperials."

A- Opaque black with a creamy tan head. Couldn't see if it was clear or not. Left some pretty thick sheeting.

S- Liquid dark chocolate over coffee beans with notes of juicy dark fruits - prunes, blackberry. Alcohol is very subtle in the nose. Rich and very appetizing.

T- Very, very smooth and well melded flavors. Again, lots of sweet chocolate at the forefront with lighter coffee notes to back it up. Pretty sweet all around, the acrid coffee bittering or hops bittering are very mild. Alcohol presence is again pretty mellow. It's a very tasty, incredibly smooth offering, but on the mellower end of the style, similar to Storm King or Rasputin.

M- Unbelievably smooth with a great full and creamy feel. Far too easy to drink.

D- Delicious and easy to enjoy start to finish. While it's a mild and mellowed example of the style, it's well done and the age has certainly smoothed this over. I wish I'd gotten in a few hours earlier to do a flight with a barrel-aged version or the 2004 vintage. A very good suggestion if it's in season at John Harvards.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Prented from the cask in a half nonic pint the beer was a opaque black color with a sliver of dense tan head. Very still in the glass with no other signs of carbonation.

The nose is very hot with alcohol and chocolate malt. Some burnt black coffee and expresso.

The taste reflects a very nice roasted character amid rather strong alcohol flavors. Some nice dark fruity flavors: almost like chocolate covered prunes and figs surronded by used coffee grinds. A rather syrupy sweet taste that gets a little hard to palate at times and the half nonic is the perfect size for the sample. A slight bitterness finishes each sip and as the beer warms it really gets rather sweet.

Medium body with perfect carbonation levels. A little viscous but for the most part not overly so.

Very drinkable in small quantities. The beer would get a little rich with more than 10oz. and might well get a little too boozy as well. But with the half pint everything came together nicely. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the Harvard Square brewpub.

This imperial stout poured black with hints of red around the edges if held to the light, with light brown foam that settled but left a little lace on the glass. The smell was richly malty with some roasted barley and a bit of mollassess. The taste was malty with notes of dried fruit, mollassess, and a light sweetness. The hops were there, but were muted by the other flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with full body and low carbonation. The rich flavors lingered on the palate. This was a very nice imperial stout, good for sipping.

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Mid Winter Imperial Stout from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 9 ratings