Imperial Stout | Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.

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Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 09-05-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 5
Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this as a part of their 5oz sampler package in their bar which you get 10 of their tap beers to try.

This ended up being 1 of my 2 favorites I tried. It says this beer is retired, but I had it the same day I am writing this review on tap in their bar with one exception, instead of 6.5%abv their menu had this listed as 10.1%abv. This was currently their heaviest beer on tap pouring an almost black color with light cocoa looking foam that lasted forever. Had a great robust cocoa scent to it and had a great bold taste to it. Roasted malts were very evident here as well as having a slightly nutty after taste. If you can drink the heavy beers, this is a must try!

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Photo of sweemzander
2.39/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler into a snifter. Thank you to craig for bringing this back and sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Minimal tan head down to bubbles.

(S)- A smooth, almost metallic roasted raisin aspect. Finishes in a dry nuttiness.

(T)- Similar to the smell. An overall, very dry nutty profile. Finishes with some raisin and coffee grounds.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Going in the right direction, but has that odd nutty characteristic in front of attempts at roasted qualities.

(D)- An alright stout. Has a decent feel, but has alot of room for improvement.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(A) Pours a rich black with a decent tan head that quickly diminished.

(S) This beer smelled really earthy, like the dirt of the earth, with coffee and dry cocoa. It wasn't an off putting smell but it smelled like a crude beer.

(T) Nutty with some biscuit. Roasted malt character and some bitter cocoa. Had a bit of the bitter taste of a dark chocolate and had a rich coffee aftertaste.

(M) This was a lighter feel and much less like a stout. More porter like if you ask me.

(O) This beer seemed weak to be called an Imperial Stout. At 6.5% it didn't seem like it owned up. It was a good attempt by the brewery, and they were almost there, but it wasn't quite up to snuff. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would feel the need to recommend or seek out.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Imperial stout was very black in color with a dark brown head. Very pretty. The beer had a very strong coffee-like aroma. You could wake up to this beer. Full flavor in the mouth with a great smoky character. You could definitely taste the alcohol and it had a vaguely sticky mouthfeel. This beer reminds me of a beer we home-brewed and it was amazing how well aging improved our beer. This beer would age well, if my past experience is any judge. Otherwise, good fresh too. I wish they bottled this would surely be a beer-gem in 1 year. mmmm or aged in barrels first.... Just an idea ;-)

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass a dark brown with a thick, creamy light brown head. Great retention.

Aroma is loaded with bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and oats.

Flavor is almost entirely dominated by coffee and chocolate but the finish leaves a lingering oatmeal flavor.

Mouthfeel is light (for the style), very dry, and not boozy in the slightest (no surprise at 6.5%)

Drinkability is high. This is a simple but great beer.

That being said, I have to knock off a whole lot of points because this is not in anyway, shape, or form an Imperial Stout.

This is an Oatmeal Stout with a chocolate colored head and a lot of chocolate and coffee flavor. ItÂ’s very good but it is just not an RIS.

As an oatmeal stout, I would give it a 4.4 or so overall.

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Imperial Stout from Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
3.42 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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