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Oak Aged Prince Myshkin's Russian Imperial Stout | Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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Oak Aged Prince Myshkin's Russian Imperial StoutOak Aged Prince Myshkin's Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by Deuane on 02-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by CraftAleRookie:
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 SPRichard
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at the Grey Lodge Pub as part of their "Beer Season" promo

thin tan head....fades to a thin ring....minimal lace left on the glass

chocolate...cherry...oak...very interesting smells

dark roasted malt....sharp hop bite in the finish...full flavored all around....a hefty RIS.

dry finish with a medium body...very smooth

loved drinking this one...the ABV really starts to show up towards the end of the glass and if i wasn't driving home i would have had a few more of these

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Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of schmitter
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Rons Schoolhouse.

This is my first russian imperial and HOLY SHITBALLS this is amazing.

There was no head on the black liquid delivered to me.

Smells of creamy espresso prevail.

Taste was surprisngly crisp, bight, and bubbly, yet thick and slightly boozy. Chocolate and coffee tastes are present.


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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 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 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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