Russian Gun Imperial Stout
Grand River Brewing

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Grand River Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Stout - Russian Imperial
3.71 | pDev: 10.78%
Feb 02, 2020
Apr 03, 2009
Russian Gun Imperial StoutRussian Gun Imperial Stout
Notes: The Russian gun (or Gun as we call it) is named after the Queens square cannon that sits downtown Galt, Cambridge. The cannon was awarded to the town of Galt for its support of the English troops during the Crimean war which ended in 1856.

That year to celebrate the victory during Victoria day the Cannon was fired at noon. The men firing the cannon successfully fired three shots however during the forth the powder prematurely exploding killing both men charring their upper bodies beyond human recognition and dismembering the arms and hands of both men; two children were lightly scratched.

We have crafted the Russian gun to commemorate this local tragedy taking the recipe from an old English recipe dating back to the early colonial times.
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3.74 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on Feb 02, 2020
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Pours black with a thick beige head. Sweeter than most stouts. Even with a high ABV (8%) doesn’t feel boozy at all. A nice winter stout
February 13 2020

Nov 14, 2018
2.88 by byronic from Canada (ON) on May 20, 2018
3.72 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON) on Apr 03, 2018
4.3 by ETO from Canada (ON) on Jan 19, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Pours a nice black color with about two fingers of head. Retention is pretty good and there is some light lacing.

Smell is somewhat muted to me. I get roasty malts and along with it some coffee. I also pick up a touch of treacle.

Taste is nice, the roasts mentioned on the nose come through nicely. Dark chocolate and that hint of treacle are also there.

Feel is velvety and full. A nice sort of creaminess coats the tongue. Carbonation is medium and there is no burn from the alcohol.

I expected nothing from this beer. It is an average RIS, and it has its good points, including price, that make it worth a shot. Don't expect miracles, and you'll be fine.

Jan 18, 2018
3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Aug 26, 2017
3.77 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jul 13, 2017
3.98 by binno from Canada (ON) on May 20, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

L- Pours a jet black, completely opaque liquid topped by a 1/2 finger tan head. Decent retention. Fades down to a thin cap. Good amount of lacing.

S- Roasty aromas, as to be expected. Roasted malt, coffee, and a little bit of dark chocolate. Well balanced.

T- Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a slight creaminess. Dark chocolate persists to the finish, offering a subtle bitterness.

F- Medium-Heavy Mouthfeel and low carbonation. No surprises here... this is a Russian Imperial Stout, after all.

O- Over all, a solid Russian Imperial Stout. A large tan head would've completed the package but we can only take what's given. Give this one a try for sure!

Mar 02, 2017
3.18 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Jan 20, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I bought a can of this from Brantford whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured an opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of roast. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink for a stout. There is some roast. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's decent and worth a try.

Jan 16, 2017
3.42 by Mr_Rocca from Canada (ON) on Jan 01, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

This was bottled Jan 10, 2012...vintage!!

A- This one pours a frothy black color with wee, yet big bubbles on the head.....the head itself is a dark caramel color and it has a creamy fried egg white texture.....many foamy bubbles linger on top of the brew. Carbonation is much too hard to see what is happening and as far as lacing goes....well, this is an impressive area....plenty of thick sticky protein clings to the side of the glass!

S- This definitely smells of a Russian Imperial! Plenty of malty goodness, both sweet, burnt and peaty all the same! Slight boozy character blended with licorice, Earthy roots, and an every so slight hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely rounded overall!

T- The flavors are all over the a good way! There are huge characteristics of chocolate, cream, yeast, burnt toast, sweet malt, burnt almond nuttiness, coffee....the finish is somewhat bittering and astringent in nature....rather nice overall.....the booziness shows to a degree, but I'm not surprised seeing as this is 8.5%.

M/O- This is full bodied in the literal sense and the carbonation is tight and super mellow/velvety. For the age of this Stout, it rounded out superbly and is highly drinkable.....with a sweet dessert, the bitterness of the burnt malt really shows. Overall this is a nice Imperial Stout.

Jun 22, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Date marked March 2015 so its pushing over a year but seeing other reviews for this with a year plus on it makes me think it holds up well. About 3.50 for the 16oz bottle.

A - Decent head for the age just a 1/4 inch of deep mocha froth that settles to a nice ring. Beer is spot on for a RIS with deep dark blackness in a glass.
S - Sugary dark malts some coffee roast and very mild if any hops. Smells good not soured and well rounded.
T - Ashy roasts making me kind of think of coffee since the reviews below meet some sugary dark malts and some earthy faded hops leaving a dry finish on the palate. Slightly sour so it may be a bit oxidized.
M - Not bad for the ABV it goes down quite smooth and I enjoy the extra 4 ounces on top of the typical beer bottle.

Overall not sure I would get it again possibly fresh someday to compare but its really not a bad RIS balanced hop to malt ratio and easy to sip.

Jun 14, 2016
3.04 by Grogsky from Canada () on May 05, 2016
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3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

Appearance - This beer poured completely black with 1 finger of mocha head,the head faded leaving an extremely small ring and I don't see much carbonation.

Aroma - coffee, a really small amount of milk chocolate and some roasty malts. really not much going on, just a simple coffee smell.

Taste - The flavor is rich coffee, earthy hops, some light chocolate.

Feel -medium bodied, prickly carbonation, not much of it tho. The earthy hops and coffee make this pretty bitter.

Overall - this is a basic coffee stout. Its good has nothing offputing flavors but it just doesnt stand out on its own. Am I enjoying it? yes. Woud I buy it again? I dont think so, there are just too many beers that a better for the same price.

Mar 06, 2016
3.5 by fortyfield from Canada (ON) on Jan 25, 2016
3.95 by Mousel from Canada (ON) on Jan 14, 2016
3.75 by atsir on Jan 11, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

500 ml bottle with a bottling date of 30 Dec. 2014 (almost exactly 1 year old) served in a Porter Bar goblet t about 50F.

Rich flavor with plenty of hops to go with the dark roasted grains; this mix produces a taste dynamic that goes from surprisingly sweet up front to mild+ bitterness by the finish, with a good bit of change in the apparent balance of malts to hops along the way. Alcohol is very well hidden in the aroma but more obvious in tasting and produces a warming effect beyond the listed 8.5%.

O: a fine RIS that's worth seeking out.

Dec 24, 2015
3.75 by Jotora from Canada (ON) on Dec 05, 2015
3.53 by Brody1714 from Canada (ON) on Dec 01, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Undated 500mL bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dries snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Received in a trade with @SebD
Aroma of roasted malt, last entire glass but weakens
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular two to nine mm frothy ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing good – partial rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt and molasses which balance each other, ends just slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium/full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

Nov 01, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by drunkenmess from Michigan

Pours a very nice, dark black, with slight hints of amber thru it. Very faintly tho...
Thick off white frothy head. That seems to linger thru out, excellent lacing as well.
Smells sugary sweet and dark.
Taste is not as strong as other Imperial Stouts I've had, still rather nice. Tastes of burnt chocolate malts with a sweet kinda molasses after taste that seems to linger after sipping, like most IRS do. Definitely a Winner in my book!
Only if I could find more of it...

Jul 17, 2015
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

16 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/13/2015. Pours fairly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, herbal, wood, light char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, light dark fruit, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/wood char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good Russian imperial stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Jun 20, 2015
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

Three fingers of nougat colored head is easily achieved with a moderate pour. Slow fade yields a wall of swiss cheese like lace all over the glass. Body is a warm blackness that shows only hints of light when held to a bulb. nose evokes the taste buds to water with big coco, chocolate malts and carmel tones all over. With first sip you get an unexpected battle of up front chocolate sweetness and fruit like tartness. Now the tartness is very soft but noticeable. The more you drink the more the creamy coco sweetness takes over. Graham cracker and slight hop resins play the palate also. Mouthfeel is thick towards the back of the tongue. This is a nice drinking Imperial Stout that is just right in terms of size.

Jun 09, 2015
4.17 by BeerQuebec from Canada (QC) on May 23, 2015
3.46 by bcuz7 from Michigan on May 10, 2015
4 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON) on Apr 07, 2015
3.55 by Glorithm from Canada (ON) on Mar 08, 2015
3.56 by Logan12321 from Canada (ON) on Mar 01, 2015
3.52 by bendythumb from Canada (ON) on Feb 21, 2015
3.89 by TypsiYpsi from Michigan on Feb 08, 2015
3.74 by KyleMcD from Canada (ON) on Feb 08, 2015
3.59 by FRANKIE65 from Canada (ON) on Jan 24, 2015
3.9 by DrJay from Texas on Jan 10, 2015
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3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

16 ounce bottle, label says bottled on 2014/AUG/28. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, molasses and a bit of nuttiness. I think the taste pretty much is just like the aroma, but to me it seems the roasty bitter flavors are the strongest compared to the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is easy enough to drink. Low/moderate carbonation. Overall I thought this was a decent brew, definitely worth a try! $5.20 a bottle.

Jan 05, 2015
3.62 by acostuhhh from Michigan on Dec 31, 2014
3.92 by Ultrarunner100 from Canada (ON) on Dec 23, 2014
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