Imperial Stout | Triumph Brewing Company

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Triumph Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jcurtis55 on 07-23-2011

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Triumph Brewing Co. "Imperial Stout"
on tap at the Princeton location on 11 November 2017

Notes: 8.1% ABV. Opaque brown-black body beneath a full head of creamy light tan. The aroma expresses dark chocolate. Good head retention and nice lacing. The flavor follows with some light caramel and a soft roastiness. Mild yeasty fruitiness in the background but no particularly noticeable hops, just some dull leafy notes. Dry, light, ashen roast finish. Moderately bitter, which works for me. The alcohol has a light presence but never really shows. Medium bodied and quite smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. Very nice. A softer version than usual with a nice dark chocolate character.

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Photo of JoshuaWilkins-38
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of parkwood
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stomioka
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Druss157
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of Illos
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of cmq103
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from Triumph in Princeton and couldn't wait to get home to try it, as the RIS is one of my favorite styles of beer and I was waiting patiently until it was brewed locally. This was poured from the growler into a Newcastle Brown Ale Schooner glass.

Appearance: It was a fairly dark pour with minimal light brown head and tan lacing. The lacing, for the style, was pretty good as my glass emptied. It was my understanding that this beer is much better getting it on tap at the bar instead of the growler. With that said, I tend to enjoy a slower sipping RIS in the confines of my own house so I can take the time to enjoy it.

Smell: A lot milder than I expected for a RIS. I get faint chocolate, moderate roasted malts, followed by a mild coffee aroma, finishing with an ever so slight booziness. The alcohol aroma was more prevalent as the beer warmed in the glass.

Taste: Again, milder for a RIS. I was expecting more of a warming alcohol effect, which is one of the reasons I enjoy the RIS style. I get the roasted malts immediately, followed by roasted coffee, finishing with bitter dark chocolate. I'm more impressed with the taste than I was with the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation to blend all of the flavors together. This was pretty smooth and creamy, with a ligher alcohol warmth that rolls off the tongue to remind you that you are drinking a RIS.

Overall: A very good RIS that I'm glad I didn't have to go far to get it fresh from the brewery. This is definitely lighter than the average RIS, which to me makes its more drinkable. I was actually able to enjoy two glasses in a row, which I normally don't do with a RIS due to the higher ABV. I would buy this again. If you haven't tried the Triumph in Princeton I would highly recommend it, as they offers a constant rotation of freshly brewed beer. Well done Triumph!!

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Photo of jcurtis55
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Princeton location. It was served in a snifter, which was nice to see. The color is a completely opague black with a tan head. Lacing lasts a long time.

Hay fever had my sinuses a bit stuffed up, so I wasn't able to get as much aroma as I should but what I got was predominatly roasted malt.

Flavor was also chocolatey roasted barley. It was served a pretty cold, but even as it warmed the alcohol stayed well in the background.

All in all a very good Imperial Stout.

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Imperial Stout from Triumph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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