The Oligarch
Breakside Brewery - NE Dekum

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Breakside Brewery - NE Dekum
Oregon, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
4.13 | pDev: 8.47%
Feb 09, 2020
Jun 21, 2015
The OligarchThe Oligarch
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Reviewed by kdahnke123 from Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
L - Poured a dark black with no head.
S - Malty and toasty with a medium amount of bourbon smell and just a hint of hops.
T - A nice balance between malt and hops that ends ups a touch on the sweet side.
F - A little on the thin side for an RIS.
O - A reasonable RIS. Could use more body and more barrel aging. Worth a try.
May 08, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle at share, this year's batch. Oily black pour, almost no head. Looks like an oil slick. Sweet notes outweigh the roasty, but still has enough of the dark malt bitterness. Pretty solid.
Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York

Jun 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
$ 16.28 (Including shipping)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.740 /oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 5/23/19.
No date other than “SERIES 2019” on the top of the label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 62 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Dark brown, translucent.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, still opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.2 cm, aggressive center pour), dark tan, low density, shorter than average retention, rapidly diminishing to a two mm crown and thin, spotty partial layer.
Lacing – None. Not unexpected with a 10.3% ABV brew.
Aroma – 3.5 - Weak chocolate, weak roasted malt.
Flavor – 4 - Begins slightly sweet with a bit of “dark fruit” flavor. Ends with an alcohol (10.3% ABV) vapor backwash and some esophageal burning. No hops, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.75 – Full, syrupy, soft to almost lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Not particularly photogenic or aromatic. The palate and flavor, however, work well for THIS RIS. One and done.
May 23, 2019
Rated: 4.77 by jwerner23 from Minnesota

May 16, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 02, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like sticky sweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee cream, oak, and caramel.

This is sweet and decadent, without any "adjuncts" added. There's loads of sweet chocolate and a decent amount of vanilla, too, with a touch of oak and bourbon to balance it slightly. There's some coffee and caramel, too. It's decadent and works quite well.

This is medium bodied, sticky and creamy, with a good level of drinkability despite the heft.

Breakside almost always nails these big beers, and this is no exception.
Apr 29, 2019
Rated: 3.66 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Apr 11, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon

Apr 05, 2019
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Rated by Radcpa from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark appearance with slight white head. Slightly sweet malt aroma. Taste is a smooth sweet malt without any aftertaste.
Mar 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with quickly disappearing head. Nose is strong bourbon, which I love. Toffee, chocolate, vanilla, an lactose. Taste is amazing. Bourbon, dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, and milk. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, a phenomenal BA stout.
Dec 08, 2018
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Thanks to ficklenicholas for this 22 oz. bottle which, if I were to guess, is closing in on its 2 ½ year birthday. Split with my wife.

The pour is dark. The nose is light bourbon, sweetness, touch of chocolate. Spare.

The Oligarch sounds excellent on the label but falls to mediocrity on the tongue. Big dark fruits up front, which isn’t my favorite taste to go along with lots of sweet malt & sprinkles of chocolate. Mid-palate brings a moderate hit of bourbon & a strange acidity that doesn’t foreshadow infection, but seems to be a pharmaceutical side effect of the roast. End in more stone fruit. Half the bomber will be plenty.

Roast doesn’t seem quite right & unfortunately, fruity stouts don’t hammer my wheelhouse. Mediocre.
Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by bshefftz from California

Feb 21, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by sjrider from California

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by ZachT from Canada (BC)

Nov 19, 2016
Rated: 4 by Birdlegs from Washington

Oct 17, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by brandonwnw from Washington

Aug 26, 2016
Rated: 4.37 by VictorsValiant from Oregon

Aug 15, 2016
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - Pours jet black with cola brown edging and a cocoa colored, quarter finger head. Fair retention, then dissipates to a mostly barren surface. No lacing.

Smell - Milk chocolate aroma, with a hint of coffee and caramel. Slight tartness. Mild bourbon character sits beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant notes of chocolate milk with lesser smoke and an odd-but-pleasant mild tartness. A hint of caramel and a touch of malt roast. Fair woodiness hits near the finish. Tartness builds in the finish, along with fair warmth from the booze.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Slightly sticky texture, with a dry, warming finish.

Overall - Kind of an odd bird, but flavorful and unique. It could have definitely used more dark, roasted depth to compliment the sweeter, mildly sour character. Not much need for aging; ready to drink as is. I like it a lot but for the price, I think I'd pass on buying it again.
Aug 11, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by 22Blue from Kansas

Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by AMZB from Canada (ON)

Jul 28, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 18, 2016
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Reviewed by BWood from California

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: dark, slight lace, slight head. Nothing special.

S: amazing bourbon smell. Slight chocolate and vanilla. A small malt hint.

T: tastes just like the smell. A little more malt presence than it smells. Great tasting beer.

F: creamy and smooth. Like others have said it's a little thin compared to other RIS.

O: great beer. If you like big bourbon taste you will love this. I'm curious what this would be like with a year on it.
Jun 28, 2016
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a two finger brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma dominated by bourbon, with sweet dark toasted malt and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is mild dark toasted malt, lots of bourbon, hints of chocolate and vanilla in a slightly tart and vinous finish with more classic malt flavors around the edges. Body is somewhat thin for an imperial stout; medium bodied with little creaminess. A stout with big bourbon character. The malt is not quite up to Russian imperial level; no indication that this was the intent from the bottle or brewery. Needs a little more deep maltiness to support the robust bourbon and fruit flavors in the finish. A good bourbon stout, but needs a little more robust malt support.
Jun 23, 2016
Rated: 4 by Stardusthotel83 from Washington

Jun 18, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by sia478 from Washington

Jun 09, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by Pierre_Pressure from Pennsylvania

Jun 08, 2016
Rated: 4.71 by devilmakesthree from Oregon

May 15, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon

May 08, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Apr 30, 2016
The Oligarch from Breakside Brewery - NE Dekum
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