Imperial Stout
The People's Pint

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The People's Pint
Massachusetts, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
3.9 | pDev: 13.85%
Sep 29, 2019
Dec 01, 2004
Very Good
Imperial StoutImperial Stout
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Sampling a cold 500 ml bottle poured into a snifter. I picked up the bottle at the brewpub about a year and a half ago and its been in my beer fridge since then.
My bottle lists 10% not the 9.2 listed here on the site.
The beer pours a jet black coffee color with minimal densely packed foam of .5 cm. This fades to a tight edge layer and nothing else quickly after the pour.
The aroma is rich and malty with dark chocolate, brown sugar, a little bit of black licorice and a bit of raisin and fig notes. Quite a complex aroma not revealing any of the booziness on this brew and the hops are well hidden too. I like it quite a bit.
First sip reveals an average body with gentle spacious carbonation. texture is sticky and syrupy and coats my palate after each sip.
Flavor is what I anticipate from the nose. I get some roasted malt, dark cacao, brown sugar and a bit of molasses. there is also some raisin and fig on the tail end. Then a little bit of booze warming after I swallow each mouthful.
Again, no hops come through and this is a bit of a sipping beer. A nice imperial stout and I would recommend buying this brew if you visit the pub.
Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Appearance – Clear, very dark brown body with just a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma – Roasted malt, molasses, bitter chocolate, and bitter coffee.

Taste – Strong roasted malt, bitter coffee, some bitter hoppiness in the finish. No chocolate.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat thinner than expected for a RIS with that much flavor.

Overall – Somewhat torn about this one. Good, but not what was expected from a wax-sealed bottle.
May 07, 2018
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage refrigerated for the last 4 years.

A: Pitch black color with a beige head. Formation and retention are good. Patchy lacing.

S: Dense chocolate cake. Undertones of roast, soot, and char. Figgy. Anise and other vague spices. Earthy hops.

T: Smokey at the outset with notes of char. Fudge and double chocolate cake. Sweet at its core with a blackstrap molasses sort of thing going on. The roast really rides up and begins to take the spotlight. Raw French roast beans. Soot and char. Strong impression of licorice. Figgy. Booze soaked raisins and prunes too. Hops have largely faded. Alcohol is apparent but not hot, bringing its own sort of spicy impression. Long roasty finish.

M: Thick and rich. A bit coating and viscous. Weighty. Still a good amount of prickling carbonation. Warming.

O: A rib-sticking Imperial Stout with a very traditional feel to it. Well worth drinking. It aged very gracefully too.
Jul 31, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by 2ellas from New Hampshire

Jun 30, 2015
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Rated by JAck199 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very good RIS very well made with hint of sweetness up front, light middle, smooth finish. Will drink again. Bottled 2015.
Jun 08, 2015
Rated: 4 by Dicers from California

Feb 24, 2015
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Reviewed by MLaVioletteJr from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
2011 vintage. Outstanding flavor and aroma, quintessential RIS. Lots of boozy dark fruits and bitter chocolate. Drinks big for 9.5%. The carbonation was very low though possibly becuase of it's age. I'd love to try a fresh one.
Jan 24, 2015
Rated: 4.27 by Bilco from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2014
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Reviewed by imscotty from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%
This was a 2012 bottle drank in 2014

Let me state this this is a totally unfair review because I am pretty sure I have a bottle that got infected. My experience does not seem to match the other reviewers, this beer was FUNKY. The funny thing is, I still really liked it.

A - Pours dark, slightly translucent with reddish hues. Not much head, almost no lacing.

S - Kind of funky and sour. Has a strong sweet oder (lactose?). Slight malt and roast.

T - Wow, this is different. A slight pleasantly sour taste like sourdough bread. Bready, yeasty, and funky. But contrasting these odd flavors is the very strong sweetness of a milk stout. Really strange combo and I was taken aback. I do not believe this is what the brewers intended. I think I got a bad bottle, but for some reason I keep coming back to it. The flavor is growing on me. I like it, a happy mistake perhaps.

M - A bit thin, very little carbonation left.

O - I know, I need to try a fresh bottle. I am not sure what I have here.
Nov 22, 2014
Rated: 5 by jpd7374 from Pennsylvania

Oct 19, 2014
Rated: 3.64 by beerkraft from California

Sep 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by dataylor21 from Kentucky

Sep 17, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by bfitzge2 from Massachusetts

Sep 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

Aug 16, 2014
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Reviewed by rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
2013 wax top bottle poured into my DFH signature glass...

A - Black as night, frothy brown two finger head. Sensational sticky lace left all over the glass. Exactly how a RIS should look

S - Milk chocolate, egg nog, plums, raisins, white chocolate

T - Dark chocolate, coffee creamer, vanilla, a hint of tobacco, milk, cranberry fruit roll up, coffee finish

M - Huge thick body, low carbonation, creamy madness, exceptionally smooth

O - HOLY SHIT, wow. This is awesome, friggin awesome. Unfortunately this is a Western Mass brewery I hardly pay attention too. The bottle caught my eye the other day and I figured what the hell. Glad I did, this is truly world class. Checks every category. Right up on the Mount Rushmore of RIS with Darkness and Expedition for me. Great job Peoples Pint!
May 11, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by swetsastonic from New Jersey

Mar 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by Kim_Kneeland from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2014
Rated: 3 by mquartuccio87 from New York

Mar 02, 2014
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Reviewed by Papparoachy from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottle in red wax
Hand written with Red Sharpie marker 2013

A-Poured dark with a 1 inch head

S-Aroma of sweet chocolates and coffee that were very weak initially but really came out as beer warmed.

Mouthful- Thicker than expected. Very nice substantive feel in the mouth. Lovely thickness.

Taste- Initially big malts came through almost sweet. I don't know how to describe it, but similar to the sweetness of a milk stout (but not quite). Very enjoyable. Then after the initial sweetness comes the classic RIS bitterness of coffee and chocolate that lingers in the finish.

Overall- This surprised the hell out of me. This was covered with dust on a rack from a smaller liquor store. I bought it because I was looking for stouts and the red wax and the hand written "2013" caught my eye. I would agree with the Brothers high score (100). It really is up there with the best of the RISs I have ever tasted.
Why the hell aren't more people seeking out this brew? I guess there will be more for me, but this is quite a shame that others are not enjoying this too.
$12 for 22oz bomber is quite a bargain for this and I will be actively seeking this out every year.
Feb 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by EgadBananas from Louisiana

Nov 17, 2013
Rated: 4 by egrace84 from Illinois

Nov 10, 2013
Rated: 4 by TATURBO from Illinois

Nov 10, 2013
Rated: 4 by enslighet01 from Connecticut

Oct 09, 2013
Rated: 4 by Kmlund from Massachusetts

Oct 02, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by DonFrap from Massachusetts

Jul 16, 2013
Rated: 4 by petermethot from New Jersey

Jun 28, 2013
Rated: 3 by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Jun 09, 2013
Rated: 5 by juicebox from Kentucky

Jun 02, 2013
Rated: 4 by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

Jun 01, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by deleted_user_722966 from New Hampshire

Apr 10, 2013
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
In a tulip the beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.

A nice roasted malt aroma, both coffee and chocolate. Some sweet fruit.

Dark chocolate taste with strong, espresso-like coffee. They worked well with each other. There was also a bit of raisin.

This was a rich, flavorful RIS. Very enjoyable.
Mar 23, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Mar 19, 2013
Rated: 3 by t0rin0 from California

Mar 02, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by Derekg from New Hampshire

Feb 20, 2013
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2007 vintage from the cask last night at the restaraunt.

A - Deep dark with a noticeable tan line serving as the head. Very low carbonation.
S - Bakers chocolate, hint of rasberry and vanilla.
T - Sharp, and smooth not thick though. Cocoa lingers long, a hint, slight hint of booze well hidden.
M - Coating the entire palate with smooth goodness. A very nice finish with that hint of rasberry as desert.
O - To have a 2007 on cask was a special treat, and a great way to kick off 2013 as it was our first visit to the Pint of the year. The vintage may be at its nexxus. Overall a treasure to behold.
A finely crafted and lovingly aged gem by the People at the Peoples Pint.

Jan 05, 2013
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2009 Vintage, bottle # 386

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deeep dark brown almost black hue with a dark mocha head that never really formed anything other than a nice halo and small cloud. Swirling resulted in a nice quarter inch head that faded slowly. Quite nice.

S - Excellent dark chocolate aromas, faint "old" espresso , older mellow roasted malts. Everything is super mellowed and balanced. Definitely has a vintage Abyss-like aroma.

T - Hmm. So, definitely mellow with Starts initially sweet fading immediately to mellowed roasted malts and espresso with light chocolate. After that there are faded piney hops. Shocking enough there is still bitter pine on the finish along with a super, super faint smoke. Really unique. On one hand its mellow aged espresso and roast flavours, the other hand contains somehow light biter pine. Kinda cool its still there after 3 years.

M - So, this mouthfeel is on the thin side of "thick and chewy" with some low carbonation. Not syrupy at all.

O - Overall, I was incredibly pleased with this beer. Great flavours here really make this pop. Very well done and an excellent vintage for this RIS.
Nov 29, 2012
Rated: 4 by bigorange from Massachusetts

Oct 18, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by bootdown21 from Connecticut

Oct 01, 2012
Rated: 3 by vissai from California

Sep 05, 2012
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Reviewed by beerzulllbub from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Dark full bodied sludge empties out of the bottle into my Pint Glass... Pitch black body the head follows completion of a rather aggressive pour in a thin dark tan ring... you can tell this will stain your fingers if you let it, nice!

S- Chocolate and Raisin... Overwhelming, the beer smells like raisin juice... a bit of prune, vanilla, and tar (getting excited!)

T- Raisin Juice... seriously, wow! Chocolate follows that immediate impression and the aromas are immediately evident in this bewitching and powerful Imperial Stout... Nice balanced sweetness loads of chocolatey nuance but incredibly bright at the same time, notes of raisin and prune adding this lift... some notes of fig, vanilla, and caramel with coffee just peaking thru on the finish.

M- Full bodied and sticky, this is a big, heavy stout!

O- Very good I'll buy this again if given the chance, Really Really nice English Style Imperial Stout... No rough edges... Delicious!

*2011 Vintage
May 01, 2012
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