Russian Imperial Stout
Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #661
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #16,124
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 13.16%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
46
From:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  3
SCORE
89
Very Good
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nickadams2 from New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dragonmead.

A_Deep black with a thin mocha head. Little lacing.

S_Roast,chocolate,and smoke.

T_Very roasty. Has a smokey/charred flavor. Chocolate and a little burnt coffee as well.

M_Thick and full bodied.

D_Very drinkable especially for a impy.

Jul 04, 2010
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bozebus17 from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured pure black with a modest white head that struggled to last the entire glass.

It smelled like all malt with hints of toffee. The scent also seemed a bit woody.

This beer is like an explosion of flavor in your mouth. I was at with coffee, malt, and sweetness all at once. It finished with a smoky flavor that lasts after the beer is swallowed. The alcohol flavor also kicks in at the end, but tastes kind of sweet and is masked.

This beer is extremely full bodied with a creamy milky feel. The only thing I don't like about it is drinkability. Although it is a great beer I couldn't imagine having more than one pint in a sitting. Not for the faint of heart (or palate).

Oct 31, 2005
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meathookjones from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a dark tan head that leaves streams of lace around the glass. Roasty malt with a lightly bitter dark chocolate. Notes of dark fruits as well. Some light scents of sweetness and coffee as well. The flavor starts with some bitter sweet chocolate and deep roastiness. Some alcohol peaks through before being covered by sweetness. Bitter dry roasted malt finish. A bit on the thin side but smooth and easy going down. A tasty version on the smaller end of the RIS spectrum.

May 16, 2006
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DrJay from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black colour topped by a thin, dark brown head. Good retention and moderate lacing. Complex aroma, rich and malty, chocolate, roasted that's just short of coffee, and slightly vinous. Big, malty flavour, with plenty of roasted and chocolate on top of a toffee backbone. Medium bitterness that justs balances the sweetness. A light dryness appears at the mid-point from the dark grains, and this carries on through the finish. There's a little dark fruitiness that becomes more vinous at the finish. Full bodied with medium/low carbonation and a slick, creamy texture. This is a great beer, one of the best that I've sampled from Dragonmead. Well done!

May 27, 2005
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walleye from Michigan

3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had is a while ago. sampler from the brewery. poured black with a tan head. aroma burnt molasses, dark chocolate. coffee and hints of alcohol. flavor, smokey and that made it hard to get anything else out of it but did get some malts a nice dryness. not to bad

Jan 25, 2006
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jayb from Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First brew sampled at Dragonmead. Appearence was black, no question. No light can get through this beast. Lacing was rich, a color that resembled chocolate milk. Lacing was cakey. Aroma and taste where a match made in heaven. both were of rich, roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolates, and caramel. This one, however, had a bit of an estery aroma as well. Nice. Alot smoother than other imperial stouts ive had, it had all the flavor expected from such but none of the "knock-yer-socks-off" harshness. super smooth and delightful. glory in a glass.

Aug 16, 2004
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dragonmead Brew Pub. On Cask.

Poured a deeper black color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, and some dark fruits. Tastes of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and lighter coffee. Chocolate in the forefront of both the aromas and tastes. Lacing left on the glass.

Jan 03, 2009
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mcallister from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black like midnight. Head is immaculate! Mocha colored, thick and creamy with great retention. Just a great looking stout.

Big roasted burnt chocolate aromas. Fresh ground coffee with a touch of french vanilla. A thimble of mollasses and a hint of floral hop as well.

This is a great RIS and absolutely perfect for cask conditioning. Mouth is big, rich, creamy, and silky smooth. Chock full of roasted smokey chocolate flavors leaning toward the tannic side of things (pure cocoa). Coffee, black currant, plum and a bit of raising fill out the mid palat. Nice bittering hop on the finish. Thick mollasses deliciousness. If they didn't have over 30 taps I would drink this on cask all night long.

May 01, 2007
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BigDaddyWil from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received a growler of this from BA member nisjer05, as a Christmas gift! Thanks, Jeremy!!!

Poured into a snifter glass, at almost room temp.

Black as night in color, no light could pass. About a half inch creamy tan head, that dissapated quickly, leaving a super thin tan ring around the snifter glass. A slight oily texture.

Heavy aroma of roasted malt, followed by a good amount of chocolate, and just a hint of coffee.

Lots of roasted malt flavor, along with hints of nuts, mocha and ends with a smoky bitterness flavor.

This stout is a bit too thin for me, maybe it needs some aging. Not a full bodied stout.

Good drinkablity, I could drink this stout all night long, not filling at all.

A decent brew from Dragonmead, my first from there, many return visits are planned to sample more of the 30 some odd brews, that they have on tap.

Dec 27, 2005
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gordavidson from Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black as they come with a small and patchy brown head. This looks menacing and mean. As appealing as they come.

S- A massive amount of chocolate, some anise, somkiness, coffee, and earthiness to boot. Pretty roasty with some sweetness in there too. A little restrained.

T- This is damn tasty. Its got a lot of excellent flavors such as coffee, chocolate, smokiness, anise, and some roastiness. Nothing is overpowering and everything seems to be mellow and smooth. It's got the flavors of an Imperial Stout, but it is not a monster. Very refreshing for once.

M- Very smooth. The carbonation level is perfect. Leaves a nice, slightly dry feel to the mouth.

D- A very easy drinking beer. I am really impressed. I wish they would bottle this.

Oct 24, 2008
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BMoney575 from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-24-08
Bottled on 10-18-08

Pours an absolute pitch black, with a wispy tan head that settles to a micro-thin layer.

Smell is tons of coffee and anise, lots of smoky roasted malt, and a little bit of chocolate if you look for it. Outstanding.

Taste is surprisingly meaty, dominated by a smoky, malty quality. The finish is quite bitter, which adds to the intense coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great, maybe a tiny bit too thin, but with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the reasonable abv means you can session a great beer.

Overall, I've been disappointed with Dragonmead in the past, but this totally redeems them. Too bad they don't bottle more of their beers.

Oct 24, 2008
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TheBierBand from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first bier I tried at Dragonmead. It arrived to our table with a 1/4" froathy tan head peeking out over the top of the edge of the pint glass. The bier itself was a black as black can be.

The aroma was understated.... but you could still pick up dark chocolate and a roasty malt smell.

Taste... WOW!... FANTASTIC RIS! The deep dark chocolate comes through right up front with some hoppy bitterness to balance off the sweetness. Very complex roasted coffee flavors and some fruity taste as well.

Mouthfeel was great... carbonation was just right... not too fizzy. Very thick and chewy like a RIS should be.... the bier that drinks like a meal!

Drinkability was also GREAT! I wish I would have taken a growler of this fine bier home with me.

May 21, 2007
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Goldfoot from Michigan

5/5  rDev +26.6%

Dec 16, 2011
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letsgopens from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, this brew pours black with tiny lighter brown highlights. A relatively thin tan head leaves little lace.

Not particularly aromatic but there is some coffee and a decent amount of roasted malt. I would have liked to get a more robust aroma from a RIS.

The flavor is moderately acidic which often is not conducive to the type of stout I prefer (i.e. bitter/sweet/chocolate/coffee/roasted malt). This selection's flavor focuses more on dark fruit with just a hint of espresso to mellow the brew. A small amount of earthy cocoa is present as well.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that becomes a bit dry in the finish. Some warmth but not as robust and full bodied as I would have liked.

I can not, however, criticize this beer for its rendition of the style. After having several beers from Dragonmead, I have noticed a trend in their brewing style that focuses on well balanced, tidy, and often mellow brews. None of their beers are too malty, hoppy, heavy, light, etc. Everything is very consistent and deliberate. This can be a very good thing but somewhat boring at the same time. A very high quality beer none-the-less.

Jul 31, 2007
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webmanspidey from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a Russian Imperial Stout, this is pretty light in strength and overall complexity. It is however, very drinkable and smooth for the style. Not too heavy on malt or hops. Smell and taste are dominated by smokiness, light chocolate, and possibly coffee. One of the better beers I've had from Dragonmead, worth trying.

Jun 28, 2009
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Jul 11, 2014
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, chocolate syrup, sweet malt, and roasted malt. Flavor was somewhat of a let down -- very sweet and sugary, not as robust as the aroma would suggest. A touch of roasted malt, but mostly just sweetness.

Dec 23, 2010
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detroitpat from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Aug 23, 2013
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adamant1912 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Feb 03, 2013
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goast8127 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.1%

Dec 10, 2014
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Rostie from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jan 19, 2012
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zonker17 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Feb 20, 2013
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chrisbokmuller from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

May 10, 2012
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IlPostino from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Dec 04, 2011
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 19, 2016
Russian Imperial Stout from Dragonmead Microbrewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 46 ratings