Critical Thinking | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 12-26-2017

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Reviews:
14
Ratings:
55
pDev:
4.83%
 
 
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the tall boy can in a teku snifter. This most excellent RIS
pours a thick oily coal obsidian with a nice head of light brown foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thin wispy pool ,and shows some very nice
sudsy lacing. Nose of dark chocolate syrup, anise, deep roasted earthy malts,
sweet brulee, molasses, and marshmallow. Flavors far exceed the nose
with dark berry notes and sweet roasted anise surrounded in layers of
dark semi sweet chocolate with touches of dark coffee and dark
molasses that have been given light with brulee and marshmallow
notes. Moderately bitter herbal hops show on the rear with a nice
warming booze burn. excellent body; full mouth feel, lightly sticky,
slick, smooth, coating, warming, low carbonation, and a rich
chocolate and herbal hop tinged finish that provides
balance to this fine malt bomb.

Overall, a RIS lovers dream come
true.

Cheers

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a borderline pitch-black color. The head is a finger high and khaki in shade. Retention isn't fantastic, but the head is soft and creamy nonetheless. A thin ring of lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma brings many elements I expect from Scandinavian-style imperial stouts. Not only are the roasted qualities quite intense, but there's also a heavy focus on peat smoke and star anise. Dark chocolate exists subtly in the background, as does a hoppy flourish. To be fair, this is exactly how I want a stout to smell like - still, it strikes a great balance between the bold elements, while still hiding the 11% incredibly well.

Flavor-wise, it doesn't necessarily follow the aroma to a T. For starters, more dark fruit notes are tasted, and they play incredibly well with the licorice and roasted malts. Near the middle, the roast gives way to some chocolate and vanilla. The finish - not inappropriate for a big stout, mind - offers a decent hoppy bite of pine, grass, lemon, and earth. Combined with the roasty profile, it really brings the espresso-like quality in spades. Peat smoke seems to lurk throughout, adding its suggestions to all stages of the flavor profile. In many ways, it's less of an American/Scandinavian-style stout designed to blow the face off with dark chocolate and roasted malts; no, this is closer to an old-school RIS considering its bend toward dark fruity and hoppy flavors. In fact, it unabashedly exposes touches of alcohol - thankfully, the flavor integration and balance is excellent enough where it doesn't really matter.

While it has an incredibly creamy texture, it isn't the biggest or thickest feeling stout I've had (even from this brewery). However, it slides down the palate with ease. I really enjoy the dry, attenuated finish of this in particular.

Stillwater already makes a world-class imperial stout (In Fleek) - this is slightly lighter and hoppier, but there's a definite familial resemblance. FYI: if I'm comparing your imperial stout to world beaters like On Fleek or Even More Jesus, you're doing something right. This one is going on my "seek it out" list in the future.

4.11/5: No need to think about this one - it's just a tasty stout

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Photo of Brennan27
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid black in color with a coffee brown colored head. Smell is toasty espresso, licorice, and dark chocolate. Flavor follows similar to the smell, but there is a nice warming feeling from the 11% abv. Very solid stout!

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Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the czar of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of licorice, chocolate. Taste is of roasted malts, licorice, alcohol, a touch of smoke. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can with a best by date of 9/27/19; into a snifter.
Appearance- completely black with a thin, yet creamy dark tan head; lacing is decent for an RIS!
Smell- dark chocolate, graham cracker, molasses, toasted marshmallow!
Taste - s’mores, bourbon and molasses, this is marvelous!
Feel- hefty, robust and creamy with a boozy finish.
Overall- this is definitely a sipper in a 4 pack of pint cans; a touch on the boozy side, but that certainly works well with the assortment of flavors here!

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Photo of Stout80mizer
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad RIS , was hoping for a little more hop profile but overall a good RIS

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Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BFCarr
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LJTate
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DIM
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of argock
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanLane
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joedonlon13
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic version of the style. The flavor is all from the malts, well done.

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Critical Thinking from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 55 ratings