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Russian Imperial Stout
4.24 | pDev: 8.49%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 27 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black bodied beer with a brown head that had some moderate lace and good legs.

S - Roasted malts, molasses, caramel, mild coffee, a little dark fruit. Dark fruit tends to get bigger as it warms up.

T - Some decent roast, molasses, lots of dark fruit, chocolate. Just a slight bit of alcohol burn, but if you're into big beers not something that you'll likely notice or that will bother you.

M - Pretty big, full bodied, viscous. Lower carbonation.

O - Actually does compare pretty favorably to Dark Lord with the thickness and molasses/dark fruit notes. Good stuff, likely to be drank in smaller quantities.

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Photo of GoldenVIKE
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- motor oil black with a milk chocolate brown head that seemed inconsistent on tap. On one pour the chocolate-brown head took up 3/4 of the total pour and took several minutes to dissipate into a manageable 1-finger head. On another pour there was no head whatsoever and even when swirling the glass was difficult to generate any frothiness. The body was pitch black with no light getting through.

S- rich, sweet smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, and maybe some dark berrry.

T- nice, sweet dark chocolate and mocha. a little bitter.

M- thick syrupie consistency, almost like you're drinking a mix of Nesquik Chocolate with a little milk. This is a true sipper that is dense, thick, and powerful--but you wouldn't want to drink too much of this. It's like liquid chocolate coffee cake. Or melted dark chocolate ice cream mixed with dark coffee. Whatever it is, it's good.

O- A very unique and powerful experience. I went back for several different rounds of this. The barrel-aged version is much more complex and enjoyable than regular Sodom, although I'd say that even the regular version is pretty rich and enjoyable.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at GI Stout Fest.

A: thick black appearance, very dark head, little to no retention

S: deep roasted notes with a big sweet wave of molasses and caramel, notes of bold coffee in there as well, nice balance on the nose

T: all roast, not nearly as much of the sweet character like I got in the nose, great balance. Most imperial stouts this big tend to be a bit sweeter, this one maintains the nice dry roasty character that I love in smaller stouts.

MF: thick creamy, low carbonation

O: a nice bold and rich imperial stout. Revelution does not disappoint!

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yum, simple as that! Had on tap at FFF's brewpub in late August.

Appearance- Dark and lovely. Nice thick head that lasts and lasts.

Smell- A rich thick malty, roasty, almost oaky smell. I don't think this had a history in a wooden barrel, but the smell could've fooled me.

Taste- Even if I didn't know this was brewed in collab with FFF I would like to think I would've known because there are obvious traces of the beauty that is DL in here. Deep, rich flavors that are too complex to really be a draft only beer that is not going to be aged. The fact that this beer isn't going to be aged is a crime.

Mouth- Perfect! End of my notes.

Drink- For a big stout this is very drinkable.

I hope this beer is replicated and thrown in a bottle or a cask and pops up at DL-day '11.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at 3 Floyds....

A- Pours a dark brown/black color. Half finger dark tan head which showed good retention for as little head as there was. Some light streaky lacing on the side as I drank it down.

S- Light roasted malts in the front that seem to get balanced out with a chocolate (dark) aroma. There is some darker fruits in the backend more so as it warms. Light molasses in the backend with a kiss of alcohol that tingles the nose. Very balanced in the aroma....I was surprisd that Floyds could control themself with that.

T- Roasted malts in the front of this kind of knocked me off my stool. A good fudge like chocolate takes over in the middle with some light darker fruits in the middle. Light coffee taste toward the ending with some alcohol in the tail end of the beer.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was light but worked well for the beer. A sweetness cover the palate with each sip showcasing the chocolate malts. Light alcohol with a burnt chocoalte flavor in the aftertaste. Flavors overall were blended well but showcased individual flavors. Palate was dryed after each sip from the alcohol.

D- This beer was a fantastic beer for both parties that were brewing it. As others have said it tasted like the better years of Dark Lord. A great drinker and could have got myself into trouble with this one.

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Photo of fear025
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Three Floyds brewpub.

Aroma:Lots of roasty notes, dark malt, chocolate, a little caramel.

Appearance:Black with dark brown foam.

Taste:Very dark roasted grains and Dark chocolate hit me on the first taste. The flavor slowly fades until all that is left is just a slight taste of dark chocolate. The hops are very well masked by the extreme darkness of this beer.

Mouthfeel:The mouthfeel on this beer is amazing. The body is hugely thick, with great carbonation that bubbles from my tongue to the back of my throat.

Drinkability:This is an amazing beer. Hugely dark chocolate. A little bit harsh on the throat. Very tasty. It's reminiscent of dark lord, but not nearly as sweet and flavorful.

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Photo of salvo
2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is as close to Dark Lord as I have tasted. Big thick motor oil hopped up imperial stout you can stand a spoon in. An inch of brown head covers a hoppy mess of motor oil thickness that redefines beer in the Three Floyds tradition of redefining American brewing in the 21st century. Have one if you missed dark lord day or you cannot wait for the end of april for your next Dark Lord fix. The description says it is Revolution; the brew pub says it was brewed in collaboration with Three Floyds.

I also gave Dark Lord a lower score than all you crazy big beer folks. I can have 2 or 3 ounces once or twice a year.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the Three Floyds Brewpub.

Appearance -- A black abyss with a thin layer of deep brown head. Just beautiful.

Smell -- Lots of dark roast malt, molasses, dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar. Not especially aromatic, but what was there was exciting.

Taste -- Dark roast malt, burnt bread crusts, coffee grounds, molasses, dark brown sugar. A little bit of booze in the mix, but largely a rich mix of sweet and bitter/acrid dark roast flavors.

Mouthfeel -- FULL-bodied. As thick as Dark Lord, if not thicker. Chewy, viscous, amazing. Aside from the warmth, the alcohol was incredibly well-hidden.

Drinkability -- For anyone wishing that Dark Lord was more balanced, Sodom is the beer you seek. Thick and full-bodied with great depth of roast flavor *and* balance. Wish I could trade my bottles of Dark Lord for bottles of this. This beer probably has more to do with FFF, but it seems as though Revolution Brewing's hand helped to steady the ship. For Chicagoans it's a must-try beer!

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Photo of thetomG
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very deep rich dark brown pour. Good amount of tan-ish foamy head.

Aroma is malty chocolates, flavor comes through with more of the same, but the chocolate flavor takes on a very distinct bitter/baking chocolate aspect, with some hints of coffee. Mouthfeel was a bit odd IMO - sort of sticky and sweet like you'd expect, but with a strange chalkiness to it as it goes down. Slightly off-putting to me...

Overall a good beer and nice to see Revolution going with some collaborations and bigger styles. Looking forward to more from this brewery...

Would drink this one again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub, actually a 5oz sample as I wanted to try as many of their beers as possible. The menu description was "Thick Russian Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with Three Floyds that really grabs you from behind and has its way with you".

The beer was dark brown with dark tan foam (no surprise). It smelled really sweet, a little roasted malt, some sweet esters, a little reminiscent of DL. There is a lot going on flavor-wise, very sweet but not as sweet as 09 DL, roasted malts but not to the point of being bitter, cocoa, plum, and raisin. Actually a lot of raisin as it sits longer.

The body is thick and viscous, again DL comes to mind. This really coats your mouth and gives a lasting taste. Excellent, if I see it again I'll get the full pour.

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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub into a 5oz taster...A dark black pour with a nice dark tan head good retention and lacing...Aroma is SUPER sweet, tons of milk/cream type sweetness, light vanilla finish no typical choc/coffee/or bitterness I look for...Taste is also super creamy which kills the drinkability a bit for me. A little bitter coffee presents but again just too sweet.

An above average stout, but just too damn sweet!

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Photo of TheStove
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brew pub, apparently just dropped and I was really excited to see Revolution get into some stronger beers. I felt a little odd as I was advised to try the Gomorrah (3.5 ABV, more of an easy dry stout) first but really this is more my speed. C'mon guys, promote the good stuff!

Had this one in a snifter, great dark color with a nice finger of foam.

Nice, dark and thick. Strong notes of malt with some coffee and hops for good measure. A noticeable but not overpowering booze quality at the end.

Mouthfeel was a tad weird, while generally thick it at times seemed to go down rather easy like it had no finish.

Not near the best stout I've ever had but this was really good and I could have happily made a night out sipping these if I had been staying for the evening. Not to evangelize excessively but this is what I've been waiting for from Revolution Brewing, something genuinely good and interesting, not just liquid fodder for those aiming for to look good drinking at a brewery instead of looking for something good to drink at a brewery. Really hoping for something similar if not better for the impending fall and winter months.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a 5oz pint-style glass.

A - Dark tan finger of foam that is pretty similar to Hunahpu's. - good retention, eventually settling to a thin cap, leaving behind spotty lace and a glass-coating film. Pitch black body.

S - Heavy roasted grain, caramel, coffee, dark bread, and some dark fruit character as it warms up. Thankfully this isn't overly heavy in char, ask, or burnt character. Good balance of sweet and roast qualities.

T - Heavy roast barley, dark chocolate, and a long lingering bitter espresso and earthy hop finish. Some spicy alcohol, as well as more sweet caramel, fudge, and dark fruits emerging as it warms.

M - Big, chewy, sticky, full body. Lots of residual sugary tooth-coating feel. Lower carbonation, but still enough to keep it from being too syrupy.

D - 5oz was a good size, and I definitely could have finished a snifter if I wasn't looking to try some other brews. Multiple pours would be excessive. Reminds me a little of some of the better Dark Lord vintages.

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Photo of aefbjo
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the brewpub, on release day (today). Just a very good, classic imperial stout. Smooth, slightly chewy, dark molasses and black licorice. Nice brown head. For being a pretty high-ABV beer, it went down pretty easily. I had no trouble with a snifter and could have done a second.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Great Taste of the Midwest (Madison, WI) on 8/14/10. Several samples served in a tasting mug.

Pours a pitch black, with a foamy covering of a burnt and angry colored mocha head. This keeps a nice looking foamy richness to it, leaving a robust cascade of lace and brown oils down the sides of the glass. The aroma is heavy and full in the nose with chocolate roast, burnt molasses, fried sugars, some vanilla, and a touch of herbal hops. This is pretty even in the nose with both sticky sweetness and dark roasty bitterness.

The taste is thick up front with notes of chocolate fudge, vanilla, maple syrup, and brown sugar, before giving way to a bitter backend of charred roasted malt and some fairly assertive earthy hop character. The finishes is quite memorable on this one, lingering with a LOT of leftover sticky tang and dry roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied and thick, with a feeling that fills the mouth up with flavor. A combo of crispness and silkier chewiness underneath help accentuate that nicely even mix of heavy sweetness and aggressive bitterness. That 11% ABV is VERY nicely hid here, with some warmth emerging on the back of each swallow but otherwise not being detected by me at all.

When Three Floyds is involved, it's hard to not want to compare this to Dark Lord and while there are definitely a lot of similarities here, I really did appreciate the more toned down alcohol presence and higher bitterness levels that helped balance out a lot of the more sugary sweet aspects of this. And man, this was pretty smooth on the palate for such a big beer. This is a really nice collaboration here between two great breweries.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 27 ratings