Nikita
Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #545
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #49,316
Avg:
4 | pDev: 7.25%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
10
From:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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SCORE
90
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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery today.

A - Poured a nice dark brown almost black with a thin off white head that fades to leave light halo and wisps.

S - Aromas of huge char and roasted malts. Lighter licorice and chocolate.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of slightly sweet malts, little sticky. Really heavy char notes big roasted malts and almost burnt chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, quite creamy. Alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a solid Russian imperial. Good char notes.

Serving Type: on tap

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the brewery
Dark foamy head with good retention and sticky lacing, jet black beer

Nose super roasty char, smokey almost burnt char, little earthy woody like character, dark chocolate and cocoa, flash of baking spices, creamy lactose hot milk chocolate maybe

Taste rich dark chocolate and cocoa, very roasty char with mild smokey roast, medium bitterness mixed from roasted malts and spicy earthy hops, little marshmallow and baking spice and anise, cocoa like dry finish, dark chocolate very anise and spice lingering,

Mouth is med to fuller bod, rich creamy like, medium carb, light alcohol

Overall not bad, good dark chocolate and roast, light smokey and good baking spice, enjoyable

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Photo of illpass78
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz. at the brewery in stemware.

Appearance: Dark brown with a short tan head that recedes swiftly.

Aroma: Earth, wheat, pepper, rye, black coffee, chocolate. Nose gets more pronounced as it warms.

Taste: Follows nose. Some very bitter chocolate on the finish. Some grassy hops. Boozy. Very nice big stout. Rye and pepper are right there, too.

Mouthfeel: One to take slowly. Booze is high and flavors are big.

Overall: Really good big stout. Complex flavors. Glad I went with this on St. Pat’s while everybody else had a Guinness.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 1/10/19

Pours a firm, almost glossy shade of black just shy of pitch and topped with a persistent cap of dark khaki foam; great head retention as well as an excellent display of thick, soapy lacing with a good bit of its own persistence, and a thick collar of foam.

Aroma hits first with an overarching smooth roasted malt profile evened noticeably by subtle, earthy rye spice; as it warms, notes of chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, tree branch, and char open further with lighter tones of blueberry and vanilla developing the finer points of the bouquet as a whole.

Taste cascades dark fruits and raspberries down immediately alongside roasty malts intertwined with boozy char, fading to reveal dusted cacao nibs and further char; rather intense, upfront flavor profile that’s hampered slightly by the boozy undertones.

Mouthfeel brings a heavier, robust body with even-keeled carbonation; creamy, very soft on the palate with only the slightest hint of gritty malt/hops, and bolstered by a boozy punch. Finishes wearing the boozy, malty grit on its sleeve, and yet still remains unexpectedly smooth.

A solid Russian imperial, pushing forth an interesting profile at times because of (and other times, in spite of) its burly, boozier characteristics, which ultimately begin to define it. It slides nicely into that ‘intense, but deceptively drinkable’ territory.

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Nikita from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 10 ratings