Impious Stout | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 08-10-2010

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of AdamStone
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer. Brown head. Surprising amount of stick on the sides. Now that I know it is 8.2% it is slightly less surprising.

S - Fairly straight forward stuff here. Some char, chocolate, roasted malts. There's a slight astringency that isn't great.

T - Taste is fairly in line with the nose, although slightly sweeter than expected. Char, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, roast, it's fairly smooth tasting with a hint of bitterness.

M - Smooth, moderately carbonated, slightly on the thin side.

O - Solid, but not spectacular, stout that was an easy drinker. Would have again, but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkest mahogany that rejected all attempts at sunlight entry. A modest slice of caramel colored foam lasted several minutes, did not disappear completely, and deposited gauzy rings and sheets of lace on the sides of the snifter.

The aroma wasn't overly aromatic to start and didn't gain much power, if any, over time. Roasted malts and citric-piney hops were appreciated, which is basically the Cliffs Notes version of the flavor profile.

Impious Stout might have been on the low end as far as malt content and ABV, but it was definitely not lacking in terms of hoppiness and flavor potency. In fact, it tasted more like a near equal mixture of an Imperial schwarzbier and an IPA than a Russian Imperial stout. That isn't a knock, by the way.

The darker flavors included (from most prominent to least) black licorice, charred coffee beans, and bittersweet chocolate. The citrus zestiness and spruce-like character of the hops means that they were undoubtedly American in origin, although no guesses will be made. Finally, it wouldn't be surprising if 'hints of honey' in the beer menu description means that honey was actually a part of the brewing process.

An overall lack of malt (for the style) was the mouthfeel's only negative. It was glassy smooth, had plenty of cling, and had appropriately laid back bubbles. Warming didn't thicken things as much as hoped.

Impious means irreverent, which is a pretty good name for a beer that does not worship at the altar of the Russian Imperial stout as interpreted in 2010 America. IS was damn good beer, but more malty guts would have given it a chance to be great beer.

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Impious Stout from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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