Big RICC | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
tallgrassbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jaydoc on 03-08-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
313
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
7.21%
 
 
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17
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Ratings: 313 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of craigbelly
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big robust stout. Not to sweet so that's welcoming. A little coffee bitterness goes well with the nice thick mouth feel. Happy this isn't just another variation of the buffalo stouts. All the flavors work well together. Not one aspect out weighs the others.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head. Messy lace. The aroma starts with a big and bold robust dark and milk chocolate malt bill. Subtle sharp almost acidic coffee bean coming in underneath. The flavor leans to the chocolate portions, nice and dry and sweet. Good level of roast. Acidity trying to poke out. Bitter roasty coffee sweet chocolatey aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation seems to have dissipated altogether. Overall, pretty nice Russian Imperial stout that I would have again.

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Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of porters4life
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of osuskin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Strike00
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz Tulip glass. Black with no light getting through. Has a nice tan head that sticks around for a bit. The taste follows the smell of coffee and roasted Barley. Chocolate more detectable when it warms. Thick with a flavor that sticks around in your mouth for a long time. Good Stout.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice tan head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, a touch of alcohol. Big toasty malts, dark, bitter chocolate, lighter coffee. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Thick body, but could be a little thicker.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/21/15; drank 11/14/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Opaque black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy tan head; nice lace.

Milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee bean, mild cinnamon spice & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Vanilla, milk chocolate & banana flavors up front; faint cinnamon bite on the finish. Booze heat emerged as this warmed. Rich & tasty, if a bit boozy.

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Photo of TheCzarof85
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Murphious
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Slick black with a dense tan uniform head that doesn't return once it quickly dissipates.

Mmmm, chocolate wafer, light coffee, light roasted malt, vanilla, and even some maple cinnamon aromas on this one.

Taste is chocolatey molasses, medium roast coffee, roasted malt, and raisin. The roastiness gets deeper on the backend and as it warms, with some toasted nuts mixed in.

Feel is thin but a little sticky. Slick yet tangy. I'm very impressed with Big RICC compared to the other beers I've had by Tallgrass.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casey_L
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bartleby91
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a big robust coffee stout that definitely feels like 10.5%.
The appearance is pitch black with a quickly receding tan head. No lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a big roast coffee note along with chocolate, dark malty sweetness, and a hint of dark fruits.
The taste is bitter roast coffee, chocolate, sweet malt breadiness, and some alcohol at the end.
The palate is full with roast and spicy alcohol heat lingering quite well.
Overall this is a really nice imperial stout that I would love to try with some age on it.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave2234
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

can dated 10/13/15, drinking this with almost a year on it and although I would assume the coffee notes have faded, this held up really well.

beautiful looking stout, black in color, thick tan head - good retention and lacing.

on the nose is a robust roastyness, dark malts, italian roast coffee, light chocolate, leather, burnt wood, bitterness reminiscent of espresso, light dark fruit note. palate follows beautifully, dark chocolate and roasty malts up front, char, earthy bitterness, darkly roasted coffee. definitely geared towards the roasty bitter notes, which I think is executed quite well. there is some subtle sweetness to balance out the big roasty and bitter character. well done and although the feel is a bit thinner than I would like, it does make the brew super drinkable.

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Photo of BdM
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fiveiron
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cuttlery
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdwil
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Big RICC from Tallgrass Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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