Ukrainium Krusher
Limestone Brewing Company

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Russian Imperial Stout
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3.97 | pDev: 7.3%
Limestone Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Russian Imperial Stout aged in new medium toast American oak barrels.

101 IBUs
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4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Released once per year. 2010 release was in late Spring/early Summer. 2011 release was on December 28, 2010. 2010 version around 9 percent ABV, 2011 is 8.2 percent ABV. High residual final gravity, high IBU (around 130 calculated IBU). Oak aged for 7 weeks.

Won a growler at the Frostbite release on December 30. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, black hole darkness, no light gets throug, no hints of a lighter hue around the edges. Deep, brown almost mocha colored head. Head is a thin wisp, that can be easily roused, but that drops quickly. Long, slow moving legs, and a light lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Sweet dark toffee. No hop aroma.

First sip is of bittersweet chocolate, roasted grains, and a hint of oak tannins, but they are largely lost to the roasted graininess. Some dark roasted coffee. The high IBU very well balances out the high residual gravity, not overly sweet, and not a harsh bitterness. Finish is long on cocoa and roasted bitterness.

Mouthfell is big and chewy malt. Some silkiness. Very good job of mouth-coating. Good balance of malt and hop influence.

Very drinkable beer. For an "oak-aged" beer, may need a little more time on the oak, or reduce the overall body to bring out more of the "oakiness." Nice beer otherwise. I'll enjoy finishing off this growler for the New Year. Get some if you're in the area.

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4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at the brewpub.

I left this guy for the final beer of my Limestone experience. Talking with the brewmaster about it, I can't wait to periodically return and try the new vintages. This one (2011) pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, oak, light char, dark chocolate, and caramel. The taste happily brings more of the same, with the molasses playing a slightly larger role and some pretzels being thrown into the mix as well. The body is a light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice beast of a stout, a fitting end to an enjoyable brewpub experience.

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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this 2011 vintage on tap at the brewpub in a tulip.

Pours a dark chocolate color, with little head.

Smell was fairly faint, but from what I could smell, there was the chocolate, roasted aroma that you usually expect from any RIS.

Tasted really good. The chocolate, roasted flavors were the most prominent as was in the smell. Also picked up some moderate notes of oak, and some slight notes of vanilla. Tasted a little less oaky than I would have expected, but still a pleasing, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel was right on par to other RISs. Full bodied and thick just as expected.

Wow this was real drinkable for an oaked RIS. Expected it to be a real sipper, but it was real drinkable, especially for being around 8 to 9 %.

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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my first visit to Limestone for my sister's birthday and was pleasantly surprised to see this seasonal brew available. Sampled 2 oz. first, then decided just to order a full 8 oz. Poured into a tulip on January 21st, 2012.

A - Flat, motor-oil black. A bit ink-like and thin. Literally has the least amount of carbonation I've seen in an RIS. No retention or lacing, but a quick swirl leaves traces of a brown film across the sides of the glass, a la Darklord.

S - Plentiful vanilla beans, hints of dark chocolate, oak barrel. Limestone's house yeast adds some pretty interesting notes of zesty citrus and clean autumn notes (daresay pumpkins and yams). Interesting, even bizarre, yet promising.

T - Further vanilla. Stronger, coarse-ground espresso and oak barrel. Little complexity underneath and oddly, I don't sense any of the yeast character unlike the nose.

M - Light-medium body, appropriate carbonation, clean semi-sweet finish with a light barrel aftertaste.

D - Super drinkable at 8%, absolutely no alcohol heat in the aroma or drink. It reminds me of a simpler, less powerful version of one of the Eclipse variants, especially in taste and feel. I would definitely order this again if given the chance. My girlfriend, who has hated every other barrel-aged beer I've ever forced her to try, found this quite enjoyable. I think that's a testament to this brew's accessibility.

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Ukrainium Krusher from Limestone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 8 ratings