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Imperial Stout | Triumph Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Triumph Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NeroFiddled on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by shigg85:
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Placed in front of me at the bar, Triumph's Imperial stout appeared a smokey grey in the glass as the super-fine bubbles churned, slowly rising to come together to form a creamy tan head. The nose was delicately chocolatey, like baker's chocolate, with just a hint of sweeter cocoa and some roastiness in the background. Once put to the lips, it was delicately bristling to the tongue, and then creamy-smooth as it warmed. The medium-full body revealed a combination of the same powdery, dense baker's chocolate and swirling cocoa; as well as a bit of burnt currant, alcohol, and a low-level roastiness that was more "char" than smokey. The bitterness was subdued, and it was quite smooth and easy to drink with the exception of an occassional twinge of alcohol here and there. It's not complex, but it is rich. Very nicely done!

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Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great in the snifter. Pitch black with a tan head. There's a nice dark chocolate aroma at first with a delicious matching flavor. There's a sweet malt candy flavor in the middle, which comes off a little bland, just is generally agreeable. As it warms however, spicy phenols come out and dominate this beer, but not in a good way. I think there might be a dirty line in the brewpub somewhere, what a shame.

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Psg5062
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Princeton location, but I didn't see an entry for the Princeton location on the site. Can't imagine it changes much. It was poured into an oversized brandy snifter...

Appearance: Pours pitch black, with almost no light coming through. An off-white, incredibly thick head - almost looked like a layer of cream on top of the beer. The bubbles were so minuscule as to barely appear at all. Left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not much of one. Hints of malt and bitter chocolate, and maybe a little coffee, but it was all very subdued.

Taste: First taste was coffee, which subsided to waves of subdued malt sweetness. Hints of chocolate in the background The beer tasted very smooth, and no one flavor stood out - but it felt like all flavors were a little too subdued. The malt was the most prevalent, and as the beer warmed, it became more evident. Very, very good and well balanced beer - almost too balanced. I would have liked there to be a little more to this one.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. The way an imperial stout should be.

Drinkability: I would definitely order this again. It's a very good imperial stout, just not an elite one. Feels like it's missing a little something. Another quality brew from Triumph.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was impressed only that this beer was served at an appropriate temperature for a stout. Color was fine, and the head was thick and quite dark. I couldn't detect much in the way of aroma, and was disappointed by that. The first taste surprised me because it was virtually flat. Mouthfeel was average for a stout. Average notes of coffee followed by a strong bacon flavor which dominated the taste. I got no hint of chocolate or the average roast taste which characterizes many imperial stouts. Dissapointment, I love almost all imperial stouts, and I did not enjoy this one very much.

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Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First off Thanks to LeftMindedRighty for sharing his snifter with me. By this point in the night I wasn't sure I wanted an entire 10% snifter and his had already warmed up. Halfway through his snifter the gentleman agreed to trade beers with me. Now that it had the right chance to warm it was much better. =) You sir are a good friend.

Appearance: Served an opaque dark almost black color with a small tan head that fades to a cap and splotchy lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: Rich roasty burnt malts with bitter chocolate and carob with plums and hint of cherry followed by a campfire charcoal burntness.

Taste: The flavors are pleasant but we agreed it seemed a bit young. The Big roasty malts were right on but through the chocolate and cherry was a bit of alcohol and molasses and syrup that would blend together even more if it were 6 - to nine month more age it. Still, it was the one big beer and the most interesting of the beers Triumph had available on tap that day. The chocolate and coffee bitterness in the finish is right on. We were told that Triumph is going to age some of this imperial stout in oak barrels. I think that will add a new depth to the beer and the additional age will help as well. I look forward to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a big viscous malty body a bit heavy and warm with some alcohol showing through.

Drinkability: This is a sipper beer. A night cap for sure, but a pleasant way to finish the stay at Triumph.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of DaleB50
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Gavage
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: black with a fluffy 2" head that falls to a thick surface foam. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: alcohol, chocolate and roasted tones are a bit off.

Taste: this beer needs to be aged as this is way too young. Roasted malts, strong alcohol bite, bitter chocolate, harsh coffee, and some nice bitterness just doesn't mesh right now - this needs to sit a bit.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Long alochol and roasted malt laden aftertaste glues itself to the tongue.

Drinkability: I couldn't finish the glass. I think this would be much better if it had some time to age and have the flavors mellow and meld together. Look for something else to have at Triumph.

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Photo of jmc44
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter; appears virtually black with a nice, creamy tan head. Head eventually becomes patchy but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet initially, followed by a strong roasted character, with hints of chocolate and nuts. A nice burnt charcoal aroma lingers.

Strong roasted flavor like the aroma, with light nutty and chocolate flavors; a definite note of alcohol in the finish, not quite mellow. Overall pretty nice though, and certainly wonderful up to that note of alcohol.

Silky and creamy mouthfeel; full bodied, and not quite drinkable because of that alcohol. However, still pretty good and would be great with a bit more age.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a darker tan head. That sweet malty nose abounds here. Flavor is strong malts with a perfume tone. Personally I think it detracts from the brew overall. Does have a nice roasted aspect to it. Feel is thick, but the general drinkability suffers from a lack of balance here. The imperial stouts really have to show some character, and this one just doesn't come through as much as others do.

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Photo of kajerm
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handpulled snifter at the Triumph Cask Tapping. I only came here for this beer, so it'd damn well better be good. It explodes out of the cask, brown-hued black and completely opaque with a stately two-finger head of café-au-lait foam. Is this an imperial stout? Fuck yeah.

Triumph served it way too cold to develop much aroma, but I'll forgive them-- everyone does that. As it warms (one bowl of chili later), the beer starts to smell like something other than air-- coffee, smoky malts, residual sugar, molasses, and some phenolic spiciness.

Tastes more or less exactly like it smells, and that's a good thing. Opens up with some smoky, slightly astringent malts; the sweetness is nicely balanced by just enough charred barley from the start. Sweetness develops mid-palate, where coffee, molasses, and maple syrup flavors start to develop. Coffee hangs on to the finish, which sweet with balanced bitterness from black malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, chewy, and awesome. If this beer were any chewier, you'd have to eat it with a spoon.

Drinkability is low but in line with the style.

This was a treat, and based on the older reviews, I'd say the additional aging and the cask did a lot for it. Big up to Triumph for serving real ale, and another big up for making it an imperial stout.

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Photo of Dank26
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kmudrick
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Snifter at the new Triumph Brewpub in Old City. Deep, dark black with a solid quarter-inch sea of foam. Sticky waves of lacing clung to the sides throughout the session. Very nice.
Initial nose offered hints of burnt malts and toasted espresso. First sip confirmed that - tastes of burnt coffee, too heavy malt presence. I also detected a bitter hop character I wasn't expecting out of a RIS. The combination of those elements made for a disappointing first couple of sips. That bitterness tingled on my tongue and the mid-roof of my mouth throughout the tasting. The bottom half of the glass seemed to really smooth out though - none of the bite that bothered me up front. The finishing swirls of head left at the bottom were a soft, silken delicious treat for my mouth. Overall, this beer was rich and filling, but not overpowering (alcohol-wise).. though nowhere near the leaders in this field (Stone IRS, Victory Storm King.)

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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught in Philly location: This was served in a snifter. It poured an inky, opaque brown color. There was a fairly substantial creamy tan head on it. It has a nice nose. Some chocolate, roastiness and citrus hops. The taste is good, but perhaps a little light for a RIS. Chocolate notes, some roastiness. The taste is just a touch bitter in the finish. Nice.

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Photo of thgreatrandini
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub in Philadelphia. Pours black with a thick nitro head. Aroma of chocolate, and chalky roasted malt. Flavor of sweet rich malt, chocolate, alcohol. A bit heavy on the mouthfeel. The aroma is better than the flavor. Hard to drink.
7/4/6/3/13 (3.3/5)

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Imperial Stout from Triumph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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