Stubborn Russian | Bright Brewery

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Bright Brewery

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CrazyDavros on 08-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of heygeebee
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An odd beast, and not quite the beer that has been reviewed before, at 16% this incarnation, with a huge thank to MrKennedy.
Pours like flat coke.
Taste is very integrated, choc and coffee with not too much dark or burnt bitter roasts.
However the thing is massive overly alcoholic, but not in a burn way. It's really boozy, but in taste not mouthfeel.
Solid, if not spectacular.

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Photo of Mosant
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had a 330ml bottle which from the 2014 vintage is labelled as 8.9% ABV.
This beer won a silver medal in class 3E Porter style - British- Style Imperial Stout in the 2014 CBIA Craft Beer Awards.
Appearance: great deep dark tar to black colour. Deep coffee creamy head but does dissipate quickly. Would prefer it hang around.
Aroma: bitter dark unsweetened chocolate aroma. High alcohol content aroma also present. Something else a bit maple or woody I just can't place.
Flavour: very nice creamy smooth mouthfeel. Dark bitter unsweetened chocolate and coffee flavours on the palate and bitterness carries through on the finish.
Overall: a real treat. I enjoyed the very good balance of this beer. One to sip slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of spicelab
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle. 2012 vintage. Shared with MrKennedy and mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Black with a sudsy, relatively airy mocha head, that collapses with minimal lacing.

Refined roasty aromas of tobacco, liquorice and woody dark fruits predominate over sweeter characteristics of chocolate milk, red frogs and mild plasticy phenolics. Nicely balanced and relatively restrained.

Flavours are less complex and a little more conventional. Mainly big liquorice, tar, scorched molasses and boozy phenols.

Medium bodied, definitely not your typical RIS behemoth. Moderate booze heat and lowish carbonation which kind of doesn't seem to contribute anything, before a final dry finish.

Soild stuff. Not over the top, nor overly sweet. Has potential to be very good, but not quite there. Would be interesting to see the effects of a year of cellaring.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Slowbeer.

Pours a deep, dark brown-black, rather transparent and oily at the edges. Head forms patchily, giving a mild dark-brown haze to the crown of the beer. Minimal lacing. The body looks a little thin. Overall, it's not an awe-inspiring RIS, but it's not too bad.

Nose is roasty, but quite mild. Not a lot of sweetness, malt or smoothness making itself felt—just that husky, dark grain character, and an touch of bright acidity that almost evoked carbonated water. Again, a bit disappointing, but not bad.

Taste is much better, and here the R comes in (or should that be the "ahhh" comes in?). Prominent roasted bitterness through the centre of the palate, with a smoothness cushioning it around the edges, if still not much malt sweetness. Back is slightly dry, with a hint of tannic wood. Missing some of the depth and thickness to the feel, but otherwise the palate is just about what you want in a Russian Imperial Stout.

Not bad, but there's so much you can do with this style, and *should* do with this style. This is nice enough, but "nice" isn't a description I feel lives up to the style. It feels a little as though it's just going through the motions.

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Photo of joecast
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Now that's a black beer. You could say it's too stubborn to let any light through. Thick dark tan head fades a bit quick but the black beer remains. Swirls slowly from the thickness of it.

Almost goes beyond coffee and roast to being grainy and bready. Due to that it's not as impressive in the smell. Kind of like it's being held back. Just getting dome dark chocolate but hard to distinguish a lot else.

A good dose of bitterness in the taste. Probably the dominant aspect. Could be a combination of the high proportion of roast malts and hops. Again though it doesn't seem to have the basics down to back it up.

Extremely smooth body. Silky even.

Alright but a bit disappointed here, had high expectations and this one just missed the mark.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with very little in the way of head.
Nose shows lovely roasted malt with cocoa, dark chocolate and nutty notes. Very nice.
Equally moreish flavours, loads more chocolate, roasted malt and caramel. Some alcohol shows but stays in the background. Quite sweet.
Could use more carbonation, there's pretty much no fizz whatsoever.

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Stubborn Russian from Bright Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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