Motherland Russian Imperial Stout | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Motherland Russian Imperial StoutMotherland Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by artoolemomo on 11-24-2013

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split between a couple pint glasses. Fridge temperature. If there's a bottled on date or code of any sort, I don't see it.

Pours black, little or no head. Little if any active carbonation. Fairly long period of time (~10 min) between pouring and starting to review. Smell is chocolate and coffe, maybe some plum or date or other dark fruit.

Taste is sweet, fruity, bittersweet chocolate, lots of cherry flavor, maybe a small amount of anise, plums. Surprisingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is syrupy with a slight grittiness. Overall, I'm happy with this beer. But it's nowhere near my first beer of the night, so take that for what it's worth...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chossboss
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle pours near black with a decent head.
The aroma is sweet and lightly boozy.
The flavor largely follows, with pronounced notes of toffee and dark fruits. Some coffee in the aftertaste.
Smooth, full body.

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Photo of switzer
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, lots of pseudo Soviet Russia imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a very, very dark brown cola colour, with prominent basal highlights, and one skinny finger of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some scaly momma Alien head lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of biscuity, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet milk chocolate, some further fanciful treacle/toffee sweetness, Twizzlers-style black licorice, muddled dark orchard fruit, wet ash, and a sidling metallic booziness. The taste is semi-sweet grainy caramel malt, chocolate ensconced toffee, molasses, fleshy cherries and perhaps a few of their understated friends, ethereal tobacco, subdued sugary anise, a plain earthy, leafy hop bitterness, and more bristling and bridled alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is quite light and innocuous for the most part, barely registering on the venerable frothometer, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a hollow fruity booziness attempting a certain bottoming-out maneuver here. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and mild char holding fast against that still threatening boozy ingress.

Not a bad rendition of this heady style, the organic nature of it all hardly noticeable (mostly due to my own ignorance, I suppose). What is appreciable is the big malty sweetness, and the more or less well-restrained, near 10-points of boozy-booze. Yeah, this one puts it right to my chilled to the cockles disposition, and I am duly thankful for it.

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Photo of hreb
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours on the brown side of black, thick but not oily, and reluctantly forms a respectable chestnut brown head. Mild and slightly ethanolic aroma. Flavor is more of a straight ahead roasted barley kind of deal than the chocolate and coffee notes often featured in a RIS. I'd actually say the flavors are a little muted from having been served too cold, but the alcohol is pretty big, too, so I'm concerned warming will have adverse affects.

I love RIS but overall I'd say this one is just average.

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Photo of hopheadgeoff
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black and a little opaque. Big khaki head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Dark chocolate and molasses. A little licorice and booze.

Taste - Molasses maltiness. Milk chocolate. Dark roasted bitterness. Sweet nuttiness im the finish.

Mouthfeel - Chewy. Kinda boozy. Rich and heavy.

Overall - The flavors don't blend so well, but it tastes ok. Too big for its own good.

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Photo of tomb_ride
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drone
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jondouchen
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance: black. Deep, ruby when held to light. Thin, brown head. Nice lacing.
Smell: faint raisin.
Taste: light roast. Light fig. Light tobacco.
Mouthfeel: medium to medium high carbonation. Big body. Slightly sweet.
Overall: great imperial stout. Well balanced. Tasty. Feel lucky to have found this one.

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Photo of DanJan
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head with some decent lacing around the glass. Smelled of dark chocolate, caramel malt, slight burnt notes and bitterness. Allowing the beer to warm a little accents the nose even more. The taste was very good! A great interpretation of the style. Checks all the boxes for me; you can taste the same flavors you suspected in the smell and they are very well balanced. So easily drinkable and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


22 picked up last week at the COOP... Finally getting around to it tonight (Very cool label)... Standard black brew... dark brown head rises up about 1/2" and falls back leaving nice lace sheets.

Nose shows bigger dark chocolate with a little milk chocolate... "big roastiness" isn't really present, instead a light coffee element with warmth... The aromas are surprisingly subdued... soft all around, but well integrated (if that makes sense).

Flavor has some dark fruitiness that makes me think fig and dried cherries... a bit of brewer's licorice (I don't appreciate the anise flavor).. "RIS" flavors are there, but weird and not focused on what most breweries target... sweeter than most mid palate.. almost a melted bittersweet chocolate essence... finish drops off a little too quick.

Body is nice medium/full ... carbonation is about dead on.

Again... This one is a little weird compared to what I was expecting, but it is unique and I guess that is a positive... Nothing wrong, just unique.


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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ninaturner
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Birdlegs
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BMESSER88
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Braz
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of smi69
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerNW
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just had the 2013 and man this is drinking greay. The 9.8 ABV is super smooth but still there. Great beer.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Red Hot. The beer was very much on the dry side, with a lot of licorice, coffee and light vanilla. Not my favorite style of RIS, but still a pretty tasty beer from HUB.

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Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Derek
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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