Old World Russian Imperial Stout | BrewDog

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Old World Russian Imperial StoutOld World Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed exclusively for sale at Total Wine locations.

Added by Immortale25 on 11-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strong, smoky aroma has firm tones of molasses and chocolate as well as hints of licorice and caramel. It all but screams "Drink me!" to a lover of good stouts. It pours a dark, slightly reddish sable with a thick, fluffy, and fairly persistent tan head that leaves heavy lacing. Mouth-filling flavor has smoky, chocolate and molasses tones with hints of coffee and caramel. It is slightly sweet, which balances a subtle bitter tang. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and just fizzy enough to let you know this is beer. Very satisfying.

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4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured slightly chilled on Superbowl Sunday

A: solid black, great head; too dark to see carb; good lacing
S: beautiful leathery smell; classic RIS
T: very rich, complex RIS; high ABV, high flavor; hoppy; chocolate, cocoa, bass notes; clocks in among the best RIS's I've had; one will do ya

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4.8/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of weller1js
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a clear yet heavy dark brown, with orange-red hues noticeable at the edges when held to light, creamy-foamy carbonation with similar head and lacing.

smell: malt aromas are complex, essences of toffee and chocolate, further enhanced by the floral hop notes (yet with notable slight bitterness); well-balanced, very pleasant and elegant scent.

taste: begins boldly with malt notes presenting themselves outright, rapidly followed up by notes of smokiness and burn of alcohol, bitter hop notes follow; factoring in all elements, the taste becomes very balanced and lingers in the finish as such.

mouthfeel: heavy bold body and complex balance provides for a notable mouthfeel.

overall: above-average imperial stout, well balanced yet complex, adequate abv, very good.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the snifter an impressive deep oil black, with a mocha/tan head that remains fluffy and thick for a minute before chilling to a skim across the top.

Now THAT is an incredible aroma. Heaps of chocolate abound, with lighter shades of anise, coffee grounds, mineral, plum/fig, and steamed milk laying the bedrock. No alcohol detected, and wow...just wow.

At first the taste seems masked by the tickle the carbonation offers, but gradually a seriously delicious personality emerges. Still big on chocolate, almost fudge-like even, with more anise, coffee, mineral, dark fruit and sweetened vanilla almond milk coming into play. So, quite a bit like the aroma, with hardly any of the alcohol on the tongue. A totally wonderful taste, with lots going on but never overly busy, and just a total treat to drink.

Texturally this beer isn't quite as round, thick and/or soft as I'd hoped. Would have been that much more amazing of a beer if it had, but it's certainly not bad. Just a little thinner than expected, but smooth, and with a soft tickle that offers some textural energy. So, not bad at all, just maybe not right for this particular style/flavor.

As said above, a total treat. Period.

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Old World Russian Imperial Stout from BrewDog
3.95 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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