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Average: 4.14 | pDev: 9.42%

Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 50

#243 ranked Russian Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

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Buxton Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Notes: Year-round availibility. 
Rain ShadowRain Shadow
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 50
Photo of rex_4539
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Very dark brown color, quarter finger brown head, nice thin lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee, sweet, alcohol. Lovely.

T: Chocolate, tons of roastiness, sweet on the front end, very bitter on the back end, alcohol. Nice.

F: Full bodied, full flavored.

O: A lovely roasty imperial stout.

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Photo of darktronica
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle dated November 2015; I didn't realize I was getting an aged product when I ordered it online, but I'm game. The pour is lovely, black with compact tan head that looks quite velvety and sticks around for a while. Quite dry and vinous, this hits what I expect from a Russian imperial with all three of barley, oats, and wheat. Soft and silky from the oats, dark and roasted bitter chocolate from the barley, plus a bit of spice and yeasty biscuit character from the wheat.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2015

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a dense finger of deep tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of intense dark chocolate and espresso coffee with some slight toasted marshmallow along with some dark roasted malts
T: Taste is bitter dark chocolate, espresso, dark roasted malts, burnt sugar and some toasted marshmallow. Swallow is more chocolate and espresso with some slight charred wood and lingering burnt sugar. Very roasty on the finish as well.
M: This beer is thick and slightly silky on the palate. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: This is a very well crafted Russian Imperial Stout. Huge roasted notes and all the flavors one would expect from a beer of this color. Great feel and viscosity as well make this one a nice dessert beer. It's definitely worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rain shadow won't bright your day. This powerful roasty beast shows notes of coffee and cocoa mostly, The hop presence is noticeable and earthy. A strong one made for aging

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Photo of jzlyo
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is vinous, big caramel and dry dark malts. The flavor is dry dark malts, vinous, caramel and a mix of acidity, bitter and warming alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. Pitch black pour with a very tall espresso head that’s slow to rise to the surface and has good retention. Smells of roasted malts, smoke, dark chocolate, dark cherries, almonds, roasted coffee. The taste is bitter-sweet, with a well balanced combination of malt and coffee roast and caramel. Medium to full bodied with a low and soft carbonation and a roasty bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, brown head almost two fingers
Huge chocolate and coffee aroma, marshmallows, oak
Taste: creamy, so much espresso, chocolate cake,
Loooooong aftertaste

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler via Eightball Brewing in a snifter. This beefy RIS pours a coal black with
a moderate head of brown foam that settles to a thick ring with light lacing. Nose of deep
char, anise, and black strap molasses with a touch of dark fruit. Flavors greatly exceed the nose
with dark boozy bakers chocolate and char hitting the right notes for the stout lover out there, while
dark black strap molasses and a touch of anise hits firmly on the middle and sides of the taste
with bitter dark roasted coffee and dark fruit notes of black berries falling on the rear. Nice mouth feel,
slick, coating, warming, and slightly above low carbonation which aids in cutting the sweetness of this
roasted beast. Awe inspiring RIS from England. Sadly, as often happens the keg blew on this one
so only got half a growler....go figure....finally get ahold of the best stout I have ever had from England
and the keg gives up the ghost. This would age very well by the way.


Just tried from the bottle and enjoyed it as much or more so raised the nose up a
touch. A wonderful little RIS from England!

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Photo of Martine
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with big creamy, light brown lingering head - three fingers high - which sits stocky, and chunky on top of the stout; thick lacing coats the sides as it pulls away.

The aroma is very clean, slightly aromatic and figgy, yet subtle with fresh anise and a hint of astringincy; that booze coming through on the underside.

The flavour is very deep and complex. The malt is highly roasted but it sits just on the cusp of char, giving it that maximum big bold richness without coasting over into thinner ashy profiles. Underneath the roast and coffee is sweet dark fruit - plums and dates - and more of that fresh anise which comes through in spades, giving the stout a clean, aromatic and earthy quality without disrupting the sweetness, which flickers in the background.

Feel is full and smooth with a slightly dry finish, but that 10% is well hidden.

This is a gem. A heavyweight stout which, for me, really fits its name; you get the deep, complex broody flavours juxtaposed with the light, fresh and clean notes giving you the best of both worlds. I'll be coming back to this one for sure.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 27Nov.15.Pours nearly jet black except for some mahogany hue when held to the light a creamy deep beige head atop.Chocolate dipped raisins and caramel in the nose,a sweeter smell for sure although I get a bit of char as it warms.Starts out quite sweet on the palate with raisin and prune notes,then a big earthy drying finish with the alcohol being quite prevalent thru the duration.A beer that goes from big sweetness to big earth/roast,a good roller coaster ride.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, 2015 version bottled on 27 NOV 15, best before 27 NOV 20. Served in a Great Lakes snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half brown head that stuck around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like burnt/charred malt, anise, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but in addition there's some dark fruit, caramel and earthiness noticeable. I thought the overall flavor was more roasty/bitter than sweet, but the sweet flavors were still there. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a bit slick. It's also easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. Lots of flavor in this brew, I really liked this imperial stout. I'll definitely have to get another bottle the next time I see one! $8.25 a bottle.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks awesome, dark with tan head dropping to a thin ring.

Smells rich of dark fruits, more like a Barleywine than stout.

Taste like the smell, the malts show up but dark fruits dominate and it's excellent.

Overall, I love it, it's a nice mix between a stout and Barleywine and it's easily drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've got the 2015 version.

A: Pours out black, leaves a lovely chunky beige head.
S: Smells like chocolate liqueurs. Lots of fresh cut grass.
T: Absolutely repeats the nose and the finish is sweet but nothing silly. Very rummy and grassy. Maltier than Buxton's Tsar. A nice bit of earth as it warms and a lots of grassiness. Smooth and not particularly effervescent.
O: A very good impy stout. I'd give away my first-born for a pint of this on cask.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Teku glass. Bottle. Pitch black with mocha-like medium densed head, which dissapears quick. Low lacing. Roasted malts - mainly coffee and dark chocolate, ashy flavoursLiquor aroma noticable. High bitternes. Quite noticable coffee-like acidicy. Full body, medium carbonation, oily texture. Alcohol warming. Bitter aftertaste. Too high carbonation for stout. Strong alcohol notes in aroma, taste and palate. Strong, bitter and ashy RIS.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.25/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Dark chocolate brown with a latte-colored cappuccino foam. Smells a bit odd, like a milk stout but with a solid and distinct aroma of cardboard, and a shot of vodka. Typical imperial stout aromas – espresso, dark chocolate, and licorice – are all present and accounted for, but they don't exactly leap out of the glass. They're boxed in, so to speak, behind a wall of weird cardboard.

Sweet and boozy. Really sweet, and really boozy. Rum and coke with too much rum. Vodka and golden syrup. Creme de cassis. Hints of dark chocolate and rich, dark fruits are just hints, and can't rescue this beer, though once all the alcohol has evaporated, the bitter chocolate comes through nicely and lingers in the aftertaste. Overall, it's too hot, too sweet, and too boring – a surprisingly poor show from Buxton. Possible food pairings: Bananas Foster, cherries jubilee, pavlova, banoffee pie, char siu.

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Rain Shadow from Buxton Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 50 ratings