Mini Growler
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #220
Ranked #3,649
4.11 | pDev: 8.76%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
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Notes: Collaboration with Evil Twin
Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 326 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by macrosmatic:
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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.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Conradist
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
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.

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Photo of nola1988
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
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.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Amguerra305
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cpetrone84
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.

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

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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