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%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of Fatehunter
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. A big two fingers of tan head on top of a black body.

Smells of rich chocolate, roasted malt, dry barley and a hint of burnt malt at the end.

It tastes like a dark chocolate bar, bittersweet, a little boozy, and burnt wood. Delicious.

Thick and sticky body, low carbonation.

A big and bold stout. Bring your friends to help you with this powerhouse.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a deep black with a finger of tan head
S: smells sweet with notes of chocolate, dark fruits, roast malt and a bit of coffee. some caramel and vanilla too. it has a nose similar to many bourbon barrel aged beers. I just can't stop smelling it
T: almost char like roastyness with some sweet chocolate flavor. more roast malt and caramel like sweetness, a bit of coffee as well and on the swallow some bittersweet roast malt that lingers for some time.
M: medium to full in the mouth with a decent amount of carbonation. a bit toward the heavy side but not over the top. soft though bordering on prickly at the front
O: this is a very good beer with a lot of complexity and great flavors. BrewDog did this one right.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catchy label. Doesn't it look like the castle to "It's a Small World"? I swear, me and my brothers must have rode that thing until our dad....sorry, on to the beer:

Polished obsidian in a glass. Good formation of head, the lace it brings is good quality, and the retention is good as well. The nose brings some common characterisitcs of an imperial stout; semi sweet chocolate, charred mmalt, also some raisin and other fruitiness.

This definately has an English thing going. Despite being brewed by a Neo-American brewer in Scotland, Old World RIS is strong but not overpowering/over the top. Similar to the nose, flavors of dark chocolate, grapes, charred malt, brownie mix, pleasant astringent finish. It's not quite full bodied, though certainly bigger than medium. Carbonation is easy to notice, just enough to keep it from feeling "flat".

This is a nice strong stout from BrewDog that is also easy to drink. Far and away a much better effort than that bottle of Rip Tide I had a long way back.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome all around super drinkable nice clean stout! Brew Dog does not disappoint with this nice stout. A bit light compared to some of the more recent "big" stouts, but really nice overall.
A: Brown/Black, nice head
S: See Taste
T: Molasses, fig, earth
M: Silky and smooth
O: Really nice stout....very drinkable..

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Photo of mrsimm
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
1/5  rDev -74.7%

Photo of thetwins722
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to find this at the crappy beer store (they're really not so bad I guess) down the street from me.

Look: Pretty good head retention, it took a little work to get foam on this beer. No real lacing
Smell: Deep chocolate notes, with a slight floral hop presence. Some earthiness
Taste: Rich Cocoa notes. Slightly burnt malty taste too. Some toffee notes and a slight hoppy finish. Honestly, it tastes like I've been chewing on a stick (which I think is a good thing).
Mouth: Great body and ultra smooth with a little carbonation. Goes down as fast as you want to drink it (which can be dangerous).
Overall: Amazing imperial stout, I rank this one up among my favorite RIS's. Similar to "Rabid Duck" from duck-rabbit, but a little bit more drinkable. Brew dog got another one right.

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Photo of robieobie1
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

Photo of Metalmonk
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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Photo of dedrinker
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pure oily black with garnet edges and a smallish tan head due to my getting my greasy possum beard into it.

Deep roasted malt aroma evoking a chocolate camp fire.

More dark chocolate on the tongue with some mocha notes amidst the bitter hops and burnt malt. My moustache melted off my face like Montgomery Burns' finger nails into his bowling alley beer.

Full bodied with a robust roasty malt finish. It's like I'm licking the Czar's polished boots.

More than the sum of its parts, I place this Imperial Stout on the top shelf with my other favorites.

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Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a cigar city tasting snifter. It pours with a thin white head, good retention, good lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, cocoa notes. The beer is very roasty, bitter chocolate, burnt toast, finishes lingering bitterness. The body is full, average carbonation for style, easier drinking for style. Solid stout, something is missing that I can't put my finger on.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to UCLAbrewn for sharing this one

Look: Black with brown rings around the edges. 1/8 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Very malty nose with touches of chocolate and floral hops

Taste: Much of the same as the nose. Starts off very malty with some chocolate and coffee trying to find its way through the malt but the malt is just too much. Finishes with a hoppy backbone

Mouthfeel: Full body mild carbonation and a bit creamy

Overall: Its a decent RIS unfortunately I had this one the same night that I had some exceptional RIS's so that may have hurt this one slightly

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Photo of Arithmeticus
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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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.41/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma of charred grains, mocha, burnt cereal, and molasses. Though it was very difficult to pick up anything in the nose. Taste wasn't pleasant at all. Reminded me of flat/stale coffee though I am not a drinker of coffee, burnt sugar and licorice root and some distant dark fruit. Wooded bitterness and bitter licorice. Lingering bitterness of the palate blends well with residual sugar left on the lips. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation throughout. Not my choice of beer, the label was the coolest thing going on with this one.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pt, 6.4fl oz. bottle into tulip. batch 406. best before 21-09-14.

A: black opaque body. rich, frothy coffee hued head. reasonable retention and some good sticky lacing.

S: a robust coffee aroma starts things off. rich sweet milk chocolate aroma follows. vanilla and caramel. aromas are very malt forward, but that is how i like my RIS's.

T: roasted, slightly burnt grain. dark chocolate. finish is bitter. sort of earthy. there is a distinctive sweetness in there as well. so in conclusion, the finish is bitter sweet. but a little bit more bitter than sweet.

M: pretty moderate carbonation on a pretty much full body. wouldnt hate more of a creamy mouthfeel here.

D: a good RIS offering, but nothing exceptional here. the body is a bit too bitter for me. wouldnt hate for some of the sweetness that was in the nose to come through on the body.

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Photo of Pencible
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate, and a little alcohol.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and dark chocolate, with some licorice and earthy copper. It had a bitter and somewhat hot aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent RIS, but not anything special. The scent and taste were simplistic, but the body was solid. However, the finish was a little harsh, so it wasn't super easy to drink. May improve with age. Not bad, but not recommended.

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Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Mappies
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of sideshowe
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown as it pours. Deep black in the glass, with no visibility. Thick dark head rises out of the body of the beer and forms a giant creamy head.

S: Dark chocolate, and a bitter earthiness. There is a bit of a maple syrup type of smell, and something else in the finish, almost a salty, or sea breeze smell. Some caramel, and coffee in the finish. As it warms it looses a bit of the harshness and salty scent, and picks up more sweet caramel.

T: Dark chocolate, and burnt coffee in the front of it. There is a bitter earthiness that is present throughout. The finish has a creamy coffee flavor.

M: Thick on mouthfeel, it is somewhere between syrupy and creamy in texture. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

O: Overall I enjoy the beer a bit, but there is something in the flavor that I am not in love with. Maybe as it warms I will enjoy it a bit more. It is just a touch too bitter perhaps.. Regardless, for the price I think it is a pretty good deal.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pour black with a two finger light brown head. The head leaves thick lacing on the glass.
S: dark roasted malts, give a sweet aroma. More chocolate and a bit of coffee as it warms. There also is a light hint of alcohol.
T: very upfront roasted malt flavor. Roasty, chocolate,and very light coffee flavors linger for a while.
M: its Russian imperial stout, it thick, enough said.
O: exclusive to total wine, I like the idea sort of, I would really want to try this on tap.

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Photo of TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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