Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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46 Ratings
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Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States
dragonmead.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by putnam on 10-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.3%
 
 
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of Beerdanza
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of jayb
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, opaque black that no light is gonna get through (in this brewpub at least). Big tan/mocha head of foam that lasts until the drink is done leaving excellent lacing patterns all over the place. Aromas are big and bolshy with dark patent malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate, and just a bit of hot alcohol. Taste is great with a nice blend of nearly medicinal funky hops and chocolate, coffee and caramel as well as milky lactic notes. Middle is maltier still, roasty, and a bit smoky eve, finish is drier and hoppier. Mouthfeel is thick and gratifying, drinkability is excellent. A great imperial stout sampled at a great brewpub on a great day...

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Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

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Photo of mcallister
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of MIBeerGeek
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adamant1912
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of meathookjones
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of marburg
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aaaah...Appearance: Black. And, um, black.

Chocolate, coffee, carmelizing sugar, prunes, vanilla, oak... What isn't going on in the aroma, I wonder?Sticky, burnt sienna head. Lays on the tongue and just kind of ruminates, thinking about itself. Fairly viscous just-past-medium body. Develops a snappy burnt bitterness at the end as though someone went ahead and grilled this with the chicken and beef. Moves towards more coffee beans. More or less what an imperial stout should be.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque ink-black, forming a thin dark brown head atop medium-sized bubbles, fading quickly into a scum. Retention and lacing are poor. Aroma is of cocoa powder, vanilla, tobacco, black licorice, soap, black patent and chocolate malts. Carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is surprisingly mild, with a moderately dense body. Flavor is dominated by french roast coffee, strong herbal flavor hops, bittersweet chocolate, subtle grainy tartness, black patent, and a note of mild fusels towards the highly bittersweet, and sometimes abrasive finish, though the level of hops is rather well-balanced. The sweeter, as opposed to darkly roasted, malts are somewhat restrained compared to other examples of the style A decent, enjoyable Imperial, but not something to get excited about.

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Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate, coffee nose. Awkward, sour roasted graininess in the attack but it recovers nicely with more creamy, velvety texture (like all of these brilliant beers). Nice burned grain on the finish. If your like me, and you like your grilled franks blackened, try this.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of nickadams2
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Rostie
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of chrisbokmuller
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IlPostino
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Dgiand
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of weeare138
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears an inky black with a dark tan head that is unmistakable of the style.
Smell is of chocolate cake, dark roasted malt, rich oak barrel aging.
Taste is of chocolate richness, dark roasted malt, and a deep roasted taste that is in need of aging to be world class.
Mouthfeel is roasty, bitter, and hitting the middle of the tongue before quickly dying out.
Drinkability...dry and in need of age.

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Dragonmead Russian Imperial Stout from Dragonmead Microbrewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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