Mini Growler
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #220
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,682
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 8.76%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
326
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  41
Gots
  68
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Collaboration with Evil Twin
Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 326 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by jlindros:
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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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leftstagebrew from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Jan 10, 2014
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Conradist from New York

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

This is really great. It has the usual chocolate-ish, coffee-ish, roasted malt notes you'd expect from a big stout, plus some not so usual hints of licorice. However, it also possesses a kind of leathery, smokey, tobacco thing which really pushed it over the "very good stout" edge and into the black, tenebrous pit of exceptional stouts.

Mar 16, 2016
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with a Date Filled stamp of NOV062012. Pours a viscous black with an inch of dark brown head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate and maybe a bit of coffee. The taste is smoke, earth and roasted malts with a bit of a medicinal quality to it. Some chocolate and burnt coffee towards the end. The Abv is pretty well hidden. Smokey chocolate finish. The medicinal flavor is my only real gripe about this beer. Slick mouthfeel. Overall, its decent but if I never had it again I wouldn't be heartbroken.

Jan 11, 2013
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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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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: black sludge, small mocha head, non-retentive.

Aroma: high roast, chocolate, fudge, smoke, char.

Taste: dark fudge, woodsy char, smokey oak, roasted malts, dark fruits.

***Definitely chewy and thick. No real booziness, but a definite bottle to share with its heft. Undeniably good though.

Feb 19, 2013
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FBarber from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Oct 30, 2016
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FatBoyGotSwagger from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

May 30, 2013
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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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jrohrbacher from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Dec 20, 2012
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bcbs4040 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 22, 2016
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WildMaverick1200 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.7%

Mar 10, 2013
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sep 26, 2017
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Hopbully from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Jul 16, 2013
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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 02, 2018
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marine1975 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Dec 09, 2012
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Isarnan from Michigan

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

Jul 02, 2017
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uncccegr from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Jul 01, 2013
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mikeincharleston from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Mar 31, 2013
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RolandBlunts from California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

May 11, 2014
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bootdown21 from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Jan 31, 2013
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HuaiDan from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Aug 12, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black, viscous, with a dark brown head, thick, and a few bubbles on top. The nose is ashy, light roast, olive, touch of herbal hop. Taste is same, roast, ash, coffee bean, faint chocolate. Finish has some citrus hop and light herbal note, the roast lingers. Body is full, carbonation is nicely rounded. Flavors are well integrated but not of my favorite blend.

May 07, 2013
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liamt07 from Canada

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 25, 2017
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Oct 12, 2013
Mini Growler from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 326 ratings