Mini Growler
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
4.1 | pDev: 8.78%
Jul 14, 2020
Nov 05, 2012
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Notes: Collaboration with Evil Twin
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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

Aged in the bottle for a couple of years. Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a slightly sweet malt. Taste is a very smooth slightly sweet malt that is a little thin.

Jul 14, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from notes. Purchased locally on 5/11/16. I believe the label indicated bottling date of 3/24/16. Consumed on 12/31/19. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown to nearly black, and opaque. Forms a half-finger of tan head with good retention despite a minimum of visible carbonation.

S: Dark roasted malts, some dark sticky fruit. Earthy tobacco, the bitterest of baker’s chocolate. Very roasty, but not unappealing on the nose.

T: Heavily roasted malts, some char and old dry tobacco. Dark fruits – prunes, some raisins, and some dark cherries. Some very dark chocolate, and then the burnt caramel, dry tobacco, and roasty malts with some alcohol sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body - sticky mouthfeel but a little on the thin side for a RIS. Plenty of booziness but not overdone. Low carbonation sensation, but not flat.

O: This just wasn't my favorite. Very roasty – and I think overly roasty – and that doesn’t mesh well with the amount of dark fruity esters (from the yeast?) in the RIS. As it warms, there is a little more caramel sweetness which helps balance the bitterness. But this really wasn't particularly good.

Mar 26, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Don't remember where I got this, and obvious yeast crud inside the cap and around the neck of the bottle, no date

Pours thick and oily, basically pitch black inky with long legs, no head

Nose dark roasty malts, charred malt, very dark roasty dark chocolate, little fudgey, mild creamy milk chocolate and big cookie dough and baking spices, turning acidic and acrid late

Taste thick oily dark malts, roasty char, super dark chocolate, cocoa, little fudgey, dry powdered cocoa and powdered milk, no fruits, dark roasted charred coffee, medium bitterness mostly from malts, gets a little acrid, light alcohol

Mouth is fuller bod, rich creamy oily viscous, low carb, some warming alcohol

Overall pretty good, I prefer dark fruits in a RIS, and this got a bit too dry and charred roasty, also very low carb, but good

Sep 30, 2019
4 by BarrelAgedG from California on May 09, 2019
4.06 by Jason_cs from Florida on Apr 03, 2019
4.02 by BEER88 from Washington on Jan 20, 2019
4.09 by Rammed96 from Maryland on Jan 05, 2019
3.94 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Nov 17, 2018
4.1 by Nunya from Ohio on Aug 18, 2018
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jul 12, 2018
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 08, 2018
4 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts on Apr 02, 2018
3.75 by rossracing from Illinois on Mar 22, 2018
4.25 by A_Rad from Wisconsin on Mar 21, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Amguerra305 from Florida

Been aging for two years and finally had it. Pours a dark cola brown with almost no head to speak of. It sits pretty Black In the glass. When the beer was cold, it smelled almost like brandy. Once it warmed all you got was roast and alcohol; really not much nuance. Taste however is pretty great. Kind of sweet with some fruitish notes and a mild coffee like back end. Really delicious. It feels pretty normal with very mild almost non existent carbonation as it should be. Overall this is a rather delicious ris.

Jan 18, 2018
4.44 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Jan 13, 2018
3.66 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Sep 26, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by VashonGuy from Washington

Boy, this is one smoky stout.

The appearance is dark, with tan head and lacing. The smell is modest, considering how big the taste is. As for taste, there's a lot going on here. There's the usual stout flavor profile, plenty roasty and a bit hoppy. Then there's maple, tobacco, and a lot of smoke. Quite interesting, and not exactly like any other stout I can think of.

Sep 13, 2017
4.38 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Sep 10, 2017
4.48 by KensWorld from Florida on Aug 29, 2017
4.44 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Aug 25, 2017
3.75 by rspauldi from Texas on Jul 12, 2017
4.02 by Isarnan from Michigan on Jul 02, 2017
4.19 by jshusc from South Carolina on Jun 06, 2017
4.15 by malfunxion from New York on Jun 06, 2017
2.52 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on May 07, 2017
4 by ConradKenney from Maryland on May 01, 2017
4.39 by Liberatiscioli from Pennsylvania on Mar 04, 2017
4.05 by darktronica from Indiana on Feb 18, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMH73 from New York

Pours black with a thin, dark tan head that left no lacing. Smells and tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted malts and a bit of char. Thick, sticky mouth feel, minimal carbonation, full bodied and creamy.

Jan 29, 2017
4.25 by Monkeyknife from Missouri on Jan 22, 2017
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jan 22, 2017
3.78 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Jan 18, 2017
4.16 by M_chav from New Mexico on Jan 15, 2017
3.67 by brbrocc from New York on Dec 26, 2016
4.29 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Dec 21, 2016
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Dec 18, 2016
4.24 by BubbleBobble from New York on Dec 16, 2016
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Dec 16, 2016
3.65 by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota on Nov 19, 2016
Mini Growler from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 327 ratings