White Russian Imperial Stout
Sun Up Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #231
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,122
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.53%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
107
From:
Sun Up Brewing Co.
 
Arizona, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  22
SCORE
95
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Reviews by bartchimpson:
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bartchimpson from Arizona

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Ah, the very first beer that got me into the hobby! Many moons ago, I grabbed a pack of these from a liquor store near my apartment on a whim because I liked the packaging. Little did I know it would evolve into a black hole for my time and money-- and now, even my career path!

Sun Up's White Russian Imperial Stout is my litmus test for all stouts at this point. Malty without being overpowering, creamy and smooth, and full of warm, incredible smells. The flavor is heavy with the essence of Kahlua, and I feel like I can taste some oak and even rum tones lurking underneath. The high ABV absolutely sneaks up on you, which is dangerous because a four-pack won't last through a night with me!

Best enjoyed from the tap at Sun Up's bar itself. Support local, and do your part to keep one of our local gems chugging along!

Nov 25, 2021
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SCW from New York

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

by far my favorite beer I tried from them...absolutely delicious and velvety mouthfeel...the finish was a bit acrid but now I'm really splitting hairs at this point - overall a very solid beer

Jul 29, 2015
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 32 oz. growler from Kings Convenience Market today for $8.00.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head upon the initial pour.

Nose is coffee, vanilla, and chocolate with some hints of roasted malts.

Taste is like the white russian cocktail i enjoyed yesteryear. Dark chocolate, vanilla cream, coffee, and roasted malts are masterfully crafted together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a delicious beer that i could easily be hooked into drinking quite often. It does not quite have the viscosity i love in RIS brews but then again it weighs in at 9.4 abv which obviously makes it less chewy. If you are in Phoenix definitely find this beer!

Nov 24, 2015
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Auraan from Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich dark black with a half-finger of thick tan head. A true Imperial stout in appearance. Magnificent. Scents of rich, robust, fresh black coffee and coffee grounds, deep, dark bittersweet chocolate, sweet, buttery toffee, notes of caramel and light roast malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a rich, deep, and appealing Imperial Stout that wonderfully combines bitter and sweet. Flavor begins with a nice flavor of rich black coffee, mingling with semi-sweet rich chocolate and a light berry-like fruity touch. Middle opens up light toffee flavors mingled with caramel, light alcohol and continuing dark flavors. Finish is rich and roasty with notes of black coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa and nicely bitter roast malt, with just a touch of toffee. Aftertaste is roast malt, bitter cocoa powder and bitter coffee with cream. Overall impression of flavor is of an amazing coffee-forward, bitter, sweet, balanced Imperial stout that is incredibly complex and appealing. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, silky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a well done Imperial stout. Overall this is a fantastic Imperial stout. It is rich in aroma and flavor, with the wonderful aroma and flavor of coffee taking center stage. The mouthfeel aids the flavor and makes it quite nice. Highly recommended.

Feb 01, 2015
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schopenhauerale from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 23, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The viscous liquid pours from the can with an onyx color; the head is creamy and tan, leaving generous lacing behind

Smell: Espresso, cream and dark chocolate - rich and enticing

Taste: Dark chocolate and vanilla cream, up front, with a powerful blast of coffee building; very roasty with a dark fruit element found in espresso; the finish brings on more of the espresso character, along with the underlying sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: After smelling the beer I could not wait to taste it but the flavor profile, while still very good, doesn't quite live up to the aromatics; still, a fine "mocktail" beer

Thanks, kevindp9, for the chance to revisit

Dec 15, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No matter how out-dated, old-fashioned, or passé that older mixed drinks become, there's always room for a White Russian on our drinking schedule. Milky, chocolaty, coffee and creamy- the though suggests stomach curdling and slow sipping, but truth be known, we can really take these suckers down!

Sun Up brewers know this secret side of us beer lovers and have us in mind when churning out their imperial stout by the same name. White Russian's robust perfume is roasty of stout, espresso and coffee blends along with a hint of campfire and cream. Vanilla, booze and chocolate follow up as the dark elixir swirls and its coffee-like creme simmers on top. Sweet roast, marshmallow and chocolate splash the early palate with a creamy texture and strong toffee sweetness.

As the middle palate unfolds, the beer really takes on that white Russian theme. As the sweetness backs off of the tastebuds, its cream, chocolate and coffee builds in- seemingly of heavy whipping cream, cappuccino, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and an overall whimsy of toasted marshmallow. Not as full or dense as you'd think, the stout's fleeting taste is one of iced latte with a campfire twist.

Full in body, but seeming lighter and fluffier than most, the creaminess of carbonation provides a pillowy lift without shredding the palate. Warm but never hot or spicy, the curiosity of Mexican hot chocolate teases the senses. Lingering with coffee and cream, makes this imperial stout most dessert-worthy!

Oct 18, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

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

12 oz, can - Enjoy by 10/23/19:

Pours black with a tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of coffee, Kahlua, chocolate. Very rich.

It tastes like a White Russian with a strong Imperial Stout mix. A strong White Russian with a strong Stout roasted character in the finish. Chocolate, some milk, coffee. Amazingly rich. Roast keeps sweetness balanced.

It has a velvety full body.

Alcohol shows a bit, as expected. but it is well-integrated (and deceptive - doesn't seem like quite 9, when it is a 9.2). Dangerously drinkable. An enjoyable, unique Imperial Stout, this is definitely one to seek out!

Jan 08, 2019
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Pinto21 from Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 08, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kings last night.

Black with thin dark brown head. Nose is nice chocolate, coconut , vanilla, bourbon. The chocolate is nice and deep, with milk chocolate creamy flavor with dark chocolate dark fruit and bitterness. Mild oak char. The palate opens mildly sweet with dark chocolate, coconut, coffee and vanilla. Mild bourbon alcohol is well hidden. The mid palate has roast and caramel with a nice coffee flavor. Drying, roasty on the finish this beer is medium full in body and softly carbonated. A touch of booze on the finish. Quite excellent.

Dec 30, 2018
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dar482 from New York

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 04, 2017
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Yesdog from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 09, 2015
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 29, 2017
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AGoodStout from Kansas

3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 24, 2016
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oldvines from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 06, 2017
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dbc5 from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 26, 2015
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mclark4959 from Arizona

4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its like drinking a White Russian. almost...

May 12, 2016
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Lobina from Arizona

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Prison Hill brewery in Yuma.

Sep 15, 2015
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a tulip
no canning dates

Thanks to killett for sending this over as an extra!

A: Opaque black, 1 plus fingers width of tan head is dense appear and dissipates fairly slowly. Leaves a decent amount of spotty lacing. 4.25

S: Coffee, cream, semi sweet cocoa. Actually does have a kahlua-eque aroma. Aroma is predominately sweet, with some roasty notes to balance. Its not identical but it does smell somewhat like a white russian. Aroma is very nice. 4.25

T: Taste is very roasty, pretty big amount of coffee, dark cocoa. Its pretty bitter. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma. Kahlua notes are present. Its quite tasty. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation moderate, its smooth and somewhat thick. ABV is very well masked and drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Nice beer. I probably wouldn’t have put together the association with a white russian if that wasn’t its name, as it only faintly resembles the cocktail I love, but that asides its a very solid beer. 4.25

Jun 09, 2016
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bsuedekum from Missouri

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

Jan 30, 2015
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shoegueuze from California

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 17, 2016
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Geuzedad from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 06, 2017
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mklisz from New Hampshire

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

Jun 14, 2016
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 02, 2016
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 19, 2015
White Russian Imperial Stout from Sun Up Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 107 ratings