Mini Growler
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #253
Ranked #4,068
4.11 | pDev: 8.76%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Mini GrowlerMini Growler
Notes: Collaboration with Evil Twin
Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 327 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Radcpa from Washington

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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macrosmatic from Florida

3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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EMH73 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque brown beer with a creamy head that stays on as a thin film for a bit and leaves a cascading sheet behind with each sip. The aroma is roasted malt, char, molasses, licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is sweet with a nice roasty malt and dark chocolate taste with char bitterness and molasses twang. Really chewy and nice stout with good carbonation.

Sep 11, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal tan head and lace. Roasted and chocolate malts in the aroma. Sweet, sticky, slightly boozy body with dry roasted malt finish. Good balance and has a little bit of everything.

Aug 25, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown covering half of the rim and a quarter of the top. I smell roasted barley with hints of molasses and just a whiff of smoke. The taste is a blend of roasted barley, molasses, plums, and just enough smoke to make you keep wanting to come back for more sips. The mouth is slightly warm, chewy, and sticky with alcohol.

Aug 20, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
~ 6 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, oily body. Half finger thick, medium tan colored head, creamy, dissipates to thin layer. Tons of alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Rich roastiness, charred malts, coffee, dark chocolates, cocoa, smokiness. Dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, sweet chocolates, touches of vanilla.

Taste- Dark chocolates, bittersweet cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, smokiness, leathery earthiness. Molasses sweetness, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel. A bit of earthy hop on the finish.

Feel- Full bodied, rich and creamy, thick and sticky, coats mouth. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Incredible blend of rich roastiness and sweetness. Starts with big robust qualities, but then finishes sweet and smooth.

Aug 19, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Roasty black with brown edging and head. Malt, vanilla, chocolate and a lot of smoke smells, not too inventive but good. Taste adds some complexity with booze, earth, black pepper, and licorice. Feel is why this beer is worth a try, chewy, robust, warm, thick, and roasted. Early winter this would be perfect

Aug 14, 2016
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This sticky sweet concoction tasted of black licorice, chocolate cake batter, vanilla, and charred toffee primarily. While this was sweeter than typically like my stouts, I did enjoy my 10 ounces. Not one I'll look to revisit though.

Jul 18, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/24/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toffee, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, date, licorice, smoke, wood, leather, tobacco, light char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toffee, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, date, licorice, smoke, wood, leather, tobacco, light char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toffee, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, dark fruit, licorice, smoke, wood, leather, char, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing though the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/slick, and moderately sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light warmth lingering after the finish; with no booziness. Overall this is an outstanding imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jul 05, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opaque, near black body with nearly a half inch of dense, beige head. If Evil Twin is involved, the stout will have a beautiful appearance. Roast and chocolate in the nose. Lovely. Terrific flavor. So rich and full. Silky on the palate. This, friends, is a world class imperial stout.

Jun 20, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 3/24/16.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of chocolate, coffee, smoke, toast, biscuit, and caramel with yeast. Sweet scent of vanilla and molasses. Also some hints of anise, leather, and tobacco. Slight hints of dark fruit. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt forward taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, toast, caramel, and biscuit along with yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla and molasses. Subtle undertones of dark fruit along with some notes of anise, tobacco, and leather. A really good rich taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and smooth. Minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good Imperial Stout. Nice sweet dark malt flavors.

Jun 17, 2016
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justinp444 from Michigan

4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dated 3/24/16. Poured into a snifter it has a chocolate brown head of and inch and a quarter of thick foam with a pitch black body. Smell of chocolate, coffee, lots of roasted malt, and lots of vanilla. Taste of thick milk chocolate, lots of roasted malt, coffee, fudge, and very sweet caramel. Mouth feel is rich and fudgey, body is the same with a moderate to full carbonation. A thick delicious sweet stout with tons of roasted malt, perfect.

Jun 15, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 3.24.16, picked up at Westbrook Brewing. Surprised to see this beer has been around for 3 years according to the reviews below

L - Pitch black, no lacing or head, thin body appearance

S - Roasted malts, booze, vanilla

T - Sweet, toasty, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee

F - Thin body, low carbonation

O - Very tasty imperial stout. Get it if you can find it

Jun 03, 2016
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Appearance: Thick black motor oil color with an extra dark tan head maybe one finger's length off the body. Head drops to nada after one or two sips with zero lacing.

Smell: Light coffee scent with dose of vanilla extract. You can't actually smell the alcohol hints...little light but enticing smell.

Taste: Complex sweet and bitter, molasses and espresso. The coffee undertone is just right and incredible smooth. Somewhere in the middle where it could be a dessert or one of the best after dinner beers you will have.

Mouth: It is a little dry and I am drinking it a little closer to room temperature than your usual extra cold.

Overall: Personally think it's an awesome brew...not sure behind the collaboration naming considering Westbrook makes most of the EvilTwin brews. Not going to question much of the naming but definitely one of those need to grab if you see it on the shelf.

May 29, 2016
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MacSon1982 from Florida

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: poured into Cycle snifter. Formed a small amount of head on pour that very quickly dissipated. Beer is dirty motor oil in color and head was dark brown. A tiny bit of lacing remained around the outer edge of the beer but zero lacing lines while drinking...

S: smokey sweet malt, some chocolate and caramel.

T: strong charred coffee grains, medium bittersweet chocolate, light molasses. Slight bitter finish from the hops. Touch of pepper corn for some hints of spice and heat.

F: medium low effervescence, low boozyness, medium stickyness.

May 24, 2016
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pretty nice brown black opaque beer with a mocha head that dissipates quick, but then you get nice alcohol legs
S - smoke, dark roasty malts, burnt marshmallow, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, almost a bacon scent to it
T - nice big dark malts, dark chocolate, creamy vanilla, smoke, burnt marshmallow, campfire, bakers chocolate, bacon
M - big and thick, alcohol covered, aftertaste is roasty malts, big stout flavors, smoke
O - very nice. First experience with westbrook and I have to say I like them slightly more in combo with evil twin as.opposed to evil twin independently.

May 21, 2016
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Kardillamo from Wisconsin

4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely incredible, smooth, sweet, savory, full of dark chocolate notes with a light haze of espresso suffusing this wonderful concoction. Black as my heart and smoother than the tongue of the serpent in the garden of eden, I strongly recommend this beer.

May 14, 2016
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nola1988 from Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: jetblack
S: smoky chocolate
T: villain sweetness upfront, smoky coca on the back.
F: sticky, full bodied.
O: A soild stout. The sweetness is a great balance on the smoky element to it. The body is full, which I prefer in this style. Grab if you see it.

May 08, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/17/16 bottle date

when I heard this was coming to town, how could I not snag one? enjoyed from an evil twin wine glass. super tasty toasty stout without being over roasted. the chocolate balances out the roastiness. well worth the pickup and hunt.

Apr 28, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Dark brown, nearly opaque. Full mocha head. Looks like an imp stout should.
smell: Roasty vanilla smoke. Very nice smoke on top of a creamy Imp stout nose.
taste: Even better than the nose. Semi-sweet vanilla. cocoa milkshake with roasty, smoky notes.

Apr 16, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, "date filled" on label is 2/17/16. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around for a really long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like burnt/charred malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and molasses. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some licorice and earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good imperial stout, I liked it. However it's pricey at $15.99 a bomber.

Apr 15, 2016
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