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Russian Imperial Stout
4.16 | pDev: 7.21%
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 322
Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into snifter, canned on 9/21/2015. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, grass, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, chocolate, coffee, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, grass, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery hops; and roast/charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark bread/crust, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, grass, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, chocolate, coffee, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready/grainy, fairly sticky/chalky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 10.5% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Russian imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, chocolate, coffee, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/charred/drying finish. Nicely soft feel, not overly bitter/charred. Fantastic balance between rich malts, chocolate, and fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with balancing earthy hops, and restrained fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering hop/char bitter dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazingly spot on style example. The coffee held up surprisingly well considering the age, may have been in a fridge the whole time.

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

12oz canned 9-24-15 (opened 4-21-18)
Jet black with a 1/2" tan collar. Good retention. Little lacing.
Big roasted malt aroma even at 2 1/2 years old there's still a coffee aroma mixed in with the char.
Still a big big beer and full of flavor. Coffee with chicory flavor, bitter roasted malts. Burnt caramel, molasses, nutty. Has a barrel aged boozy character even with no barrel aging...hmmm.
Still hot @ 10.5%. Full, smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation apparent.
1 can left, will sit on it for a while and try again in 2020-ish?

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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 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 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 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 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 brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fudge brown, the a mocha head that flattens out to a pancake before leaving the scene; splotches of lace hang around

Smell: Ashy tones dominate, with black bread, over-roasted coffee and a touch of chocolate

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with the ashy tones merging with the dark malts; burnt coffee, through the middle, with dark chocolate arriving to bring the flavors home

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I can see why this rates highly here but for my dollar, I would reduce the over-roasted flavors and replace it with some dark fruit tones; I do like the way the chocolate builds through the finish

Thanks, SDDLSK, for the opportunity

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

A - Dark black body, brown-red highlights, tan head with red tint, some minor lacing.

S - Boozy, as you might expect, with roasted malts giving off ashy notes, and a hint of bitter cocoa.

T - A lot of dark chocolate, a definite over-toasted bread note, and a bitter bite in the close. The flavors are rich, but not particularly complex.

M - Brisk carbonation, a bit slick, but surprisingly drinkable, with just a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

O - Not a revelation, and perhaps too much toasting for my taste, but a rich and warm, big boy of a beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black body, one finger mocha head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smells of rich coffee, char, cocoa, bit of milk chocolate. A bit smoky. Flavour is a fair amount of cocoa, smoke, milk chocolate, a medium boozy heat. A bit too much booziness for me. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the slightly thinner side than expected. Fine carbonation. As before, a bit boozy on the backend. I was hoping for more.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, canned on 09/21/15. Acquired a single can of this stuff at the local bottle shop for something like $4.25. "Russian Imperial Stout with Coffee + Chocolate".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Thick dark black pour, just a few shades away from opaque. One finger of thin mocha head. Minor spotty lacing that doesn't really stick. Looks good.

S - Aroma is of average duration and intensity. Light milk chocolate & malt roast. Not pulling much coffee from this. No freshly grinded coffee beans / cold brewed coffee roastiness. Minor note of alcohol fumes & dark fruits in the vain of cherry.

T - Flavor is dark, roasty, somewhat charred. Coffee beans / cold coffee isn't exactly prominent either. The malts are very dark, charred & roasty. Lots of burnt barley malt / dark baking chocolate flavors. Subtle notes of creamy milk chocolate.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy with semi-crisp carbonation. Not as thick / creamy / syrupy as other high abv examples of the style (I was far more impressed by Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, which i bought with this one). Easy drinking stuff for the high abv, but glad i only got one can.

Overall, i will go with a final rating of 4, but there are better examples of the style, especially for the price.

Tallgrass Brewing Big RICC -----4/5.

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Photo of Mike1958
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm gonna say this is a good beer. It pours dark as oil with a decent head. Lot's of chocolate and coffee... my wife says almost enough coffee to make it good. She always says in my coffee stouts, MORE COFFEE. This one she said, almost. LOL. Has a bitter finish which means it would benefit from a couple three months in a bourbon barrel to get a little sweet flavor.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep black with a small but sustaining mocha head. The aroma offers up a massive mount of dark chocolate and coffee, with background notes of plum and date. The flavor starts with a slightly sweet hit of coffee, followed by dark chocolate, as well as fig, burnt toast, grape juice, and a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel is full bu not thick. Overall this is a rather lovely chocolate stout. The chocolate is present but not overwhelming, and here are other lovely stout notes as well. While this might not be a blockbuster, it is a solid high ABV chocolate stout.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, wood, and a hint of coffee. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, wood, and coffee. Overall, weak appearance, great aroma, good body and blend.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

True hi-ABV American imperial stout. Pure black, nice tan CO2 head that lasts a pretty long time. The smell is amazing: with lots of caramel chocolate and coffee. The taste is good, although I'm tasting the alcohol more than I do in some similar ABV selections. Enough so that it seems to be obscuring some of the other more subtle flavors. I like it a lot, but not as much as Prairie Bomb or Old Rasputin.

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Photo of martinpfal
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first step into what tall grass has to offer. I was hoping for more from this one. No fault of the Brewer, just the hype around this brew. Pours very dark -to be expected in a stout. Smell of coffee dominates with dark chocolate a close second. Taste is just the same with some slight tinge of too bitter on the finish. Toss it in a bourbon barrel for a few months to add some sweetness and that would put this one thru the roof!

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

Normal pour yields two to three inch head. Looks like I dropped a scoop of vanilla ice cream into rootbeer. Thick pillowy bulbous foam. Deep mahogany. On the nose vanilla and cocoa prominent. Charred oak and roast coffee. Molasses sweet aroma. Taste is big roast coffee bean, raw vanilla bean and dark chocolate. Burnt sugars and unsulphured blackstrap. Mouthfeel is ultra-creamy with lively carbonation. Bitter lasting finish extremely noticeable on the back of the tongue. Overall everything comes as advertised on the can. Imperial, check. Coffee, check. Chocolate, check. Pure pleasure here and does not disappoint my session. Very impressed with mouthfeel and the visual.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/13/15.

Aroma is very coffee forward, with roasty malt to accent and significant chocolate presence.

Flavor is very roasty, with a slightly acidic finish that is slightly offputting. The coffee is not overwhelming, and chocolate really shines in the aftertaste. Finish is fairly bitter.

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Photo of maximum12
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single. 12 oz. can. Every time I look at it I think it says “Big Rico”.

Pours black. The smell is like licorice that’s been soaking in coffee for a couple days.

Big RICC is big on scorch. Scorched, bottom-of-the-pot coffee that’s been exposed to too many sunspots & flares. Then there’s burnt anise, bitter chocolate, charred smoky twigs. The aftertaste is anise all day, & possibly into the next morning. Nice & thick, but a short pour of this is plenty.

As a Tallgrass fan this was a let down; the roast tips like a Wisconsin cow right into the campfire. Reaching for pretty good.

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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really seem to like what Tallgrass does with big beers in cans. Pours jet black with an inch and a half of deep tan head. Nose has a soft coffee feel with bit of smokiness and slight vanilla. The taste is black coffee and very dark dry bitter black chocolate. If you have some high cacao % dark chocolate try it with this beer. It really brings out the sweetness of this brew, because there wasn't much sweetness going on in the flavor. Solid brew that would epic bourbon barrel aged.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Aroma is a deep roasted almost burnt malt. Flavor is a little bitter followed by a super roasty malty profile. Almost burnt but not quite there. Has a nice body and overall a solid stout.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black from the can with a healthy chocolate head. The aroma is primarily warm chocolate and vanilla. Those are present on the tongue, but coffee predominates. The finish is nicely bitter. Medium thick mouth with just a bit of oil. Finally, a Tallgrass stout that's not horribly thin. This is a really nice coffee stout.

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Big RICC from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 322 ratings