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Russian Imperial Stout | Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Ellbert on 12-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Moondoggy68
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the one that turned me on to the genre. Fantastic strong alcohol flavor with chocolate and coffee. Would love to see this come back.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours midnight black with small ringed tan head that gives off lots of lace.
Aroma of coffee, chicory and some earthy bitterness, not really pronounced at all.
Flavor of creamy caramel malt with some minor bitter chocolate and earthy, minerally tones.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, litte bit too "soft" on the finish. Expecting more complexity and power from an Imperial.
Drinkability is pretty high, worth trying just not an outstanding representation of style.

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Photo of marburg
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a contradiction.

Disturbingly black. I got this in a small sample glass, and it still managed to suck light, sound, and small planets into itself in typical black hole fashion.

But then you'd expect an overwhelming aroma. And it was nice -- but it wasn't overwhelming. OK, so there's a slight contradiction. No biggie. Still definite coffee bitterness. But hey, whatever -- it'll be weak in flavor too.

But I was wrong. It packed quite the flavor punch -- deep, dry, bizarre (yeah, bizarre) coffee bitterness. I mean, I've never felt so little hop bitterness and so much coffee in an imperial stout that wasn't specifically aiming to have that flavor. Quite good, though. Mixes with dark chocolate and pure cocoa powder to form a powerful, bitter, robustly flavored stout.

But that means it's going to be all syrupy and thick, right? Wrong. Another beer paradox -- immense flavor crammed into a thin little beer. What the hell?

All in all, not a bad imperial stout -- just not quite altogether right.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was great. It was a nice dark black/brown with a thick tan head.

The aroma was pretty good, it was very coffee like with a hint of alcohol and raisins.

The taste was average. It was mostly smokey coffee and raisins and alcohol. It was sort of bland and almost tasted like an oatmeal stout.

The mouthfeel was just what I look for in an imperial, thick and chewy with just a little bit of carbonation. This part was nailed down.

Not very drinkable because the taste wasn't as pleasant until the second half of the pint... once I got used to the different taste.

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Russian Imperial Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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