Oak Aged Prince Myshkin's Russian Imperial Stout
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Russian Imperial Stout
3.88 | pDev: 9.79%
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Oak Aged Prince Myshkin's Russian Imperial StoutOak Aged Prince Myshkin's Russian Imperial Stout
Notes: This batch of Prince Myshkin was aged in Hungarian oak barrels which once held Pinot Noir wine.We previously used these for aging Dock Street 2009 Barrel-Aged BarleyWine. As a result some of the Pinot Noir character was stripped from the barrels before adding this stout. During the 11 month aging process, the barrels imparted wonderfully delicate notes of vanilla, coconut, and mocha to the flavor and aroma. It starts rich and bitter-sweet and ends with lingering spiciness. At 9.5% ABV, this ale is ready to be savored on a bitter cold Philly winter night, or laid down for years to come. We're proud to present to you Dock Street's 2010 Holiday Release: Oak Barrel Aged Prince Myshkin Russian Imperial Stout!
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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a snifter

The body sits midnight black in the glass with a creamy mocha colored cap. The cap fell slowly, never truly falling lower than about a finger. Good lines of lace revealing the sip marks.

Milk chocolate leaps from the glass and happily meets the olfactories. Some mild roast with dark fruits and a bit of oak. Not an overly broad or bold aroma, but pleasing nonetheless.

Sweet chocolate dominates the flavor profile. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder mainly. A touch of coffee roast helps to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate. A little bit of dark fruit pokes through mid palate. The finish is of sweet chocolate, mild roast, and a touch of woody oak.

Smooth, rich, creamy mouthfeel. This is easily the best part of this beer. Overly smooth and creamy feel with perfectly low carbonation.

This is a solid RIS. Lacking on the robust roast flavors, but bringing the chocolate in spades. A delicious beer and a very solid RIS.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: Quite black and opaque, with a small tanned head that fell to a thin band quickly. Modest lacing.

Aroma: Roast, toffee, molasses, cocoa powder, char. Nice nose.

Taste: Sweet and roasty with lots of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of coffee and char. Chocolate malt, molasses, subtle oak and dark fruit notes. Booze is well masked in the taste. A bit of a bitter bite in the finish. Spices, anise, and a touch of yeast give it a bit of quasi-Belgian feel. Not sure how much I liked that.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat sticky and chewy, smooth, with good creaminess. Full bodied but could have used even more thickness and chew for my taste.

Overall: Quite good but maybe not much more than that. Has intricacies but not exceptional depth

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Standard Tap in a tulip glass.

A- this was waiting for me looking black with just some tannish foam scattered around the surface. Once this left some swirls would bring it back for a bit. Some lace spots.

S- Like a bold roasty stout with a nice malt base and a good amount of chocolate. All types of chocolate, some roasted character. Im not sure if the tap version of this beer has oak chips added during brewing, but I can't smell it.

T- Chocolate and cocco with some crystal malts reving things up. Getting some tootsie roll and some old world character. The slightest bit of alcohol in the finish, not a big deal.

M- A big bodied beer with a nice smooth texture. Nothing too big in terms of CO2 but it's there. This is a well rounded brew with a great mask of the alcohol.

D- I really was not expecting all the chocolate but I was very pleased with this high abv imperial stout, and much more drinkable than other similar ones i've had over the years.

Im constantly impressed by Dock Street beers on tap. Hopefully I can find a bottle of one of their prince stouts with wine barrel treatment. I hear that's the tits. This was a treat and a sweet one at that.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip; thanks to the kind soul who put this on the picnic table at CdC.

A: Almost stillblack body with reddish tinges. Pretty boring.

S: Vanilla, oak, chocolate malt, spicy alcohol, and herbal hops. Fairly bright, fresh, and vibrant.

T: Fresh, green oak on top of chocolate malt and straight char. Pretty boozy, but still tasty.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Ok.

O: Enjoyable, but not quite excellent. The raw oak was a nice touch, but I could have used a bit more sweetness to balance out both it and the major char.


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Photo of ShanePB
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2011 bottle, 750 ml poured into multiple tulip glasses. A Russian Imperial Stout aged in oak wine barrels? Sounds like my style.

A: Deep dark brown/black body, pours very oily thick and sludgy like motor oil. Absolutely no had on this, other than some thick spit bubbles around the edges. No retention or lace, naturally. It's not that high in alcohol to expect no head, so I'm hoping this isn't under carbonated.

S: Chocolate cake, vanilla, dark fruits (plum and fig), charred oak wood, smoke and touches of burnt coffee beans towards the back end. It's seriously complex, big and powerful. You can tell this is going to be an absolutely intense beer.

T: Wow, flavors explode all over the palate. A grounded roasted and quite honestly burnt malt profile is evident first. Chocolate, oak wood, vanilla, sweet sugary plums and raisins are all mid-palate. Finishing is some bitter coffee beans. It's a massive flavor profile, but to me, it seems like it goes a bit overboard. It's very chaotic with just too many things going on, without solid transitions.

M: Almost no carbonation, bummer. While I like my Imperial Stouts to be on the lower end of carbonation, this is just not enough. It seems the bottles perhaps didn't carbonated properly, or are bottle conditioned and I'm drinking it too early. Again, why ship these out if they're going to be under carbonated right away? Not a fan.

The aromas were amazing, but other than that everything else seemed to be a miss to me. The flavor was good but just overdone, and the carbonation issue hindered both the mouth feel and the appearance. I'd certainly give this beer another shot, but this needs to sit for about one year minimum, in my opinion.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first Dock Street brew I've had despite living 20 minutes from the brewery. No bottle
dates but I think its from winter of 2010.
Motor oil black with about two fingers of head. Head was gone in a couple minutes and didn't leave any lacing.
Bourbon,Oak,Red wine, faint vanilla and some booze in the nose.
Taste is bourbon with lots of vinous notes. Oaky drying finish. Almost reminds of a wine stout.
I felt this one was a little under carbed. Mouthfeel was too syrupy.

At $25 for a 750ml bottle it was worth a try but I couldn't justify picking up another one of these at that price.
Something I found interesting is that the label reads 12 fl oz but its a 750.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from tap in a 13 oz tulip glass.

appears black with thin tan colored head. good lacing as I drink the beer. aroma of bitter chocolate and toasted malt. taste is similar, with notes of dark chocolate and coffee, and a bit of oak. fairly complex, with the flavors you'd expect for the style. heavy smooth body, lower carbonation.

overall, a solid example of the style from a local brewery, and a beer I'd order again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this growler!

And props to you, Mike, on landing the new job! This celebration pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, roasted malts, light molasses, and light buttery caramel. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, balsa, bitter coffee, bitter dark chocolate, walnut, and those chocolate-flavored graham crackers we all love so much. The bitterness involved with several of these items, though, is pretty harsh, and comes pretty close to dominating the proceedings. Not a fan of that, I gotta say. The body is a rather hefty medium, bordering on a light heavy, with a very light carbonation (I don't think the growler has held up properly thus far) and an almost chewy feel. Overall, were it not for the overdone bitterness this would be a damn fine stout. Unfortunately, since it's there, I just can't get into it. Fine everywhere else, though.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to pvequalsnrt for this growler shared amongst friends to celebrate my recent employ.

This beer I will say wasn't carbonated to the level that I'm sure it normally is, but that the chance you take with growlers. The body is a thick abyss with a nice tan brown head on it. The aroma is mainly of chocolate and lots of roast. The caramel and vanilla aromas help the regular RIS stout smells seem above average. The taste is like that of a strong batch of coffee. There is lots of roast and there is much bitterness to come along with it. The bitterness actually takes away from the enjoying experience of the rest of this beer. It is perhaps that it was a touch flatter than it should have been, but in my opinion you're not gonna hide the burnt bitterness that I tasted. Overall I enjoyed this beer but it wasn't without it's flaw.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a dark brown-black with some reddish highlights. A modest tan head receded to a thin layer of bubbles. Malty aroma, somewhat boozy, with a slightly phenolic essence. Taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, red wine, with bitter coffee and a tad of spice following, with a woody, oak backbone. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, fairly smooth and overall drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones on 4/23/11 served in a tulip. This brew appears black in color with a thin tan head that is composed of some seriously large sized bubbles. The head fades fast and maintains those abnormally large bubble formation around the edge of the glass which finds a way to print some webby lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew is roasty malt with suggestions of licorice and the typical scents of chocolate and coffee indications. There is a faint citrus hop inclusion thrown in as well. As the brew warms it picks up a light woodsy scent and the alcohol gets increasingly more fusel and produces more of a burning tingle to the nose.

The taste is bitter with heavily roasted malt flavoring which imparts the typical flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and some slight indications of oak flavoring through the back. I was not aware that this was a wood aged beer, is it even or are my senses playing tricks on me? As indicated in the aroma, there are some citrus hop elements hidden underneath the bold roasty quality. The finish of the brew accents the unhidden warmth of the alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite roasty and at times seemed quite woody. It was decent drinking but not something I would see myself getting thirsty for. The abv was for the most part unhidden and packed a punch typical of a level nearing 10%.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Stakem for ordering this and sharing it with me. sampled from a tulip and allowed to gradually warm. I found I wasn't into it at first but after it began to near cellar temp it improved for me.

The color is black and opaque with a modest tan cap, spots of lace hold to the glass bead is fine. The smell is very roasted with a toasted biscuit scent and some bitter grain from the gentle char quality w/ light yeast ester and subtle spice w/ some mild anise odors. The feel is good, but could use some body and sweetness as the roast seems to take over a little and finish is relatively strong in alcohol which gives the impression of dryness.

I liked the flavor, but as in the feel it is missing somethign to tie the flavor together with more spice and bitterness than is necessary maybe with a lot of dark malt bitterness more than any creamy or sweet elements you might hope for in an RIS. The flavor has light yeasty dried fruit flavor and with some mild tobacco and earthy hop flavors with bitter cocoa in the finish. Overall I felt this was a good Imperial Stout, but not great-could use some taming since it is very dry for the style and abv is apparent in the taste w/ more bitterness than I prefer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a very, very dark brown color that is for all intents and purposes black, so let's go with that. Small mocha head falls away without any lacing or legs. The nose starts out well enough with some roast and chocolate but then hits harder with quite a bit too much oak and tannin. Too new or barrels or too much time in the barrel? I'm not expert enough to know, but something was a bit off here. The flavor suffered from the same flaws, though it was certainly a respectable--and likely enjoyable--base beer. Roast and chocolate, but tannic oak dominated, and I didn't get any vanillin or anything else of the sort. Dry finish on a medium body. Good direction, but didn't quite hit the right marks.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is nearly opaque and appears a deep, dark brown color with a thin beige head. The aroma brings heavy roast and dark chocolate. The flavor is rich and robust. The beer is full bodied and quite viscous. Carbonation is moderately low, and the beer is silky and smooth on the palate. The aftertaste brings a lot of barrel flavors. Overall, a tasty stout. Recommended.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's, served in a tulip glass.

A- strange- the head (if you can call it that) was a thin collection of LARGE bubbles (think "BB" in size). Strangely, they turned into very thin lace around the edges. Deep black color- but I can't give it high appearance marks due to the lack of head.

S- faint notes of chocolate, malt, and a hint of rye.

T- malty, with a bit of a bitter hop note. Not a robust R.I.S.- not tasting robust chocolate or coffee or other notes typical to an imperial stout. Bit of an alcohol note on the finish.

M- somewhat flat- a full bodied feel, but just needs a bit more bubbles.

D- not bad, not excellent. A good base Russian Imperial stout.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Khyber, 3/19/11.

A-Pours an opaque dark brown, a little bit of mocha head, no real lacing.

S-Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla notes and roasted malt.

T-Caramel with some good citric hoppiness and a bit of boozy heat in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O-Tasty, a bit hot, but overall very nice.


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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Tria in the city. This is a glass of the 2010 vintage, aged in Pinot Noir barrels. Poured into a flulip...wider than a flute, similarly shaped, but deeper than a tulip, and about as wide.

The body is very dark. Almost opaque, save for the ruby hints from the edges and the bottom of the glass as a candle flickers behind the beer. The head is creamy and well-retained. Lacing is solid, as it is irregular, spotty, gobby. A swirl gives rise to a new wave of fine and fluffy foam.

The aroma is understated. Not too in-your-face, but it contains all of the signatures of a RIS. Roast, coffee, and dark chocolate come through. There are also some vinous notes, but generally muted compared to the rest of the bouquet. The taste is much more impressive. The roast gives way to red wine and barrel characteristics...tons of oaky woodiness, some vanilla undertones, and a welcome, non-astringent warmth from the ample ethanol. The RIS still comes through, but the barrels and the Pinot really shine.

This RIS is somewhat lighter on the palate than others. Its thinner texture is still very silky, and the carbonation is just about perfect for the flavors in this beer. Very satisfying on a cold night, as it warms me right up and stimulates my palate with a medley of deliciousness. I would love to try this with a few years on it.

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to shadowane for bringing this to our tasting.

2010 vintage aged oak Pinot noir bottles.

Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown that appears black in the glass with mahogany edges when held to a light source. One and a half finger dark mocha head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.

Rich chocolate malt aroma with a good bit of earthy oak, vanilla and vinous dark frui. The barrel aging is very prominent in the nose with lots of red wine character as well as a strog oak/wood presence. Hints of chooclate, toffee and coffee bean countered by grape, plum and currant.

Slightly viscous medium body with lots of luscious dark chocolate malt that is nicely complimeted by the barrel character. A good balance of vinous dark fruit, oak tannis and roster malt. Hints of grape, plum and currant along with subtle vanilla, earhy wood and roared malt. I'm picking up roster coffee bean, chocolate, hazelnut and toffee. The alcohol is very well masked but there is a got bit of heat toward the end of the palate and warmth in the finish.

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Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours no head over a tar-colored liquid. Smells chocolate, anise, raisin, cherry, dark brown sugar, and blackberry (from Northern Brewer hops).

Tastes wet and dark grains, but with a strong hop flavor of blackberry and grassiness. Malt is roast, dry chocolate, and some sour from black patent. Salty and scorch. Lotsa thick dark fruits that mostly come across as anise and prune. Hop flavor with little hop bitter, but quite a bit of hop grassiness. The finish has a bit of brettanomyces horse-blanket. Thick body and mild but stinging carbonation.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the hulm in a pint.

A- deep dark brown black with a faint wisp of coffee colored head.

S- tons of dark roasted espresso and bakers chocolate. A nice black strap molasses and brown sugar hit.

T- super roasty and burt, bordering on acrid. Bitter chocolate and burt sugar. A mild background over ripe dark berry quality. It just keep coming around to the roast for me.

M- medium body for a ris and a little high on the carb then most. The carb does help lighten the brew.

D- I'm glad I ordered it but one was by far enough. Decent stuff but in a big league like ris its no mvp. Go phils.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Capones 2-27-10. Brought to me looking great! Murky black with about one finger brown head...frothy with excelent thick sticky lacing! Wow, it looked awesome!

Aroma, also great! Lots of chocolate in the nose. Some faint roasted coffee notes, and definitely some booze. Smells like a Russian Imperial Stout...or atleast the way the good ones do!

Flavor, awesome! A wonderful "un-known" stout. Tons of chocolate right away, very sweet and warming from the booze. There's a slight second wave of bitterness that comes with a roasted coffee flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel and full bodied. Carbonation is low and perfect, right where it should be for this beer! Very impressed. If only I could find this bottled!!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep dark near black color. Thin poof of brown head but minimal retention. Smell is a nice blend of coffee beans, chocolate, roasted nuts, hints of fig and prune. Taste is exceptional... a near perfect blend of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, hints of oak and vanilla and a perfect touch of dark fruit flavors, all backed by a mellow boozyness - one of the best tasting beers i have ever had. Body is full, smooth and creamy without being to heavy on the palate and carries only a small chocolately aftertaste. An exceptional tasting brew, had to stop at 2 only b/c of the ABVs.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Capones...
Appears an opaque black with a small head of dark tan fluff. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of coffee, cocoa, vanilla, molasses, and concord grape juice.
Taste is of the aromas with espresso, bitter earth, and pine pounding the tastebuds.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, bitter, juicy, and resinous with pine sap lingering along the palate. Mild coffee ground astringency is found.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopderek for sharing a growler on 2/4/10.

A - Poured a black body with a dense, creamy two-finger sponge of burnt tan froth that resembled a stack of wet sand, then settled into a half inch cap and a splash of lace around the glass.

S - Not a whole lot going on for a RIS, I'm afraid. Chocolate and tobacco notes mingle with a waft of sharp alcohol. I also pick up on a slight hint of bread crust and fish oil or soy sauce, for some odd reason.

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee notes are apparent right from the start, as well as a strong licorice flavor. Bitterness builds in the middle through the backend, suggesting earthy, herbal hops and Belgian chocolate. Finishes with a warm wash of alcohol notes.

M - Full bodied with a smooth, silky texture and plenty of alcohol warmth on the palate. Finishes fairly dry with moderate bitterness on the tongue.

D - While I found this RIS to be a bit too heavy-handed with the alcohol, the flavor was still complex enough to keep me satisfied overall.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap 1/8/10, poured into a 12oz snifter. This beer is delivered sliding down the tiled bar top with a solid one-finger mocha-colored head. The head is 'alive' with a great mix of small, medium and large bubbling. Various shades of cream, chocolate and khaki are visible as well. This creates a topographic depth that jumps out to me as ancient and strong. Beneath this crown sits a fitting pedestal of a beer - black and opaque as far as I can tell in the low light of DSB. I see even from a distance that the viscosity is low but the beer still looks rich. Oh and that wonderful head turns into gorgeous cobweb lacing as I drink - foamy and dense on the side of the glass.

The nose is powerfully staid. I get raw cocoa powder - milky sweet and bitter, softening into caramel and toasted pecans. This nuttiness flows into a warm tobacco flavor that rounds out things well. This nose is about *impact*, but not in the form of a complex menagerie of notes. Instead it is confident and well developed. Very pleasing.

Right now I am impressed... maybe because I went into this tasting with no expectations, but in my mind I'm comparing this beer to some world-class RIS and so far it's holding up. So of course here's where I expect the beer to fall short, to be unbalanced, dimensionless, or otherwise a let down - right? But instead, my first sips are a complete joy. The kind of surprising delight that makes you fall back in love with Beer. A sweet mocha and espresso blend jump out at me *wonderfully* along with a certain round milkiness that sedates the tongue. Rum-soaked cherry notes stand out brightly against this backdrop, building a storyline of complexity. This high middle quickly settles into a earthy, tobacco finish that is dry and slightly chalky. Herbal hops evolve and play against the still-present cocoa sweetness just as the beer fades in the throat. A wonderful little journey. At no point do I doubt this beer or stop thoroughly enjoying what it has to offer

...It seems to open in up in several corners of my mouth at once - flirting with tastebuds geared towards saltiness, sweetness and bitterness in equal force and with great alacrity. This mouthfeel 'flows' - it's well carbonated with a medium body, not prone to linger or coat. Still, there is a certain heaviness here. Even after all of this goodness, I am somehow sated at just one small glass. My senses are tired after having reached some pleasing highs - the weight and depth of the beer is taking a toll, and I am ready to throw in the towel.

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Oak Aged Prince Myshkin's Russian Imperial Stout from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 51 ratings