Sputnik | Austin Beerworks

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Austin Beerworks
Texas, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerZack on 12-30-2011

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Photo of gdillahunty
2/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of BgThang
2.59/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is litterally straight up coffee. No real beer aspect to it, except it's carbonated.
THis is like the old perculated coffee my grandma used to make. THe nose is big coffee, the smell you guessed it. COFFEE!
The appearance is nice. Black with a nice mocha head.

This is a very unbalanced beer. Why spend the extra coin on this beer if you want coffee, just buy some coffee.

I hate coffee, but love a good coffee flavored beer if it is done right, a good balance.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Heretic42
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Austin Beerworks first anniversary, 12 May 2012. Served in the Hellbent shaker pint.

From the second session, the keg from the first kicked in about 30 minutes.

Medium light brown head is short lived. Lightly carbonated. Very dark brown in color, opaque. Aroma is dominated by coffee, roasty sweet, almost smoky. A says some peanut butter. Taste is similar, coffee, slightly acrid. Lots of caramel. HInt of smokiness. A bit charred. Becomes burnt and dry in the middle. Coffiesh acrid finish and aftertaste.

Dominated by coffee, on the lighter side for an imperial stout.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rating from notes taken @ Hopfields in Austin, TX in January 2015.

Served on-draught into a goblet. $6 per 12 oz.

Head recedes within 10 seconds, leaving no lacing.

Easily Austin Beerwork's best beer...but what is that really saying?

High B- (3.46) / WORTHY

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Photo of MrHolden
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crusian
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at oddfellows...
Pours a dark brown color, oddly enough, with about a finger of head. Figured this would be jet black.
Nose is coffee. That's about it. A nice coffee though.
Taste is much sweeter than I thought. It is not just carbonated coffee as a lot of coffee stouts are. VERY creamy mouthfeel, a bit thinner than I wanted... I assume the oatmeal helps a lot on the creaminess factor. Despite it not being overpowered by coffee, there really isn't much else there but the coffee... glad I tried it.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of barbellsNbeers
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crowler from Austin

Black bodied. A decent light brown head forms but disappears a couple minutes in.

Deep roasty woody coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.

Medium bodied with lighter carbonation.

Not super into this. Decent enough beer though.

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Photo of sedotakj
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very light for an imperial stout. Slight metallic smell. Ok.

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Photo of erushing
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable, very smooth, but no complexity whatsoever.
The nose is pretty much just cold brew coffee and the taste is the same. Overly sweet to me, even for an oatmeal stout. I'm not sure why they're putting "Russian" in the style description.
Overall, it's fine, but with the local hype, I was expecting so much more. It's not something I would probably get again with so much else available during the stout months.

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Photo of rorjets
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of champ103
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Downhouse a little while ago, and have shared several growlers.

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black with a small tan head. Light lace, but the ring of foam sticks throuhout.
S: Roasted malt, bread, some chocolate. BIG coffee flavors. Though never overbarring or acrid.
T: Again big on the roast and coffee flavors. Cream, chocoalte, vanilla. Bread biscuit flavors. Finish with coffee again, but never acrid.
M/D: A medium to full body. Good carbonation and creamy smooth. Easy to sip. I enjoy this everytime I try it. Though one in a sitting is enough.

A big coffee stout. The coffee is right up front and center. Though not nearly as rough and acrid as some other examples. I like it a lot. Still, just does not make the cut as one of the ellite coffee stouts around.

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Photo of GreatBloomer
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ubufan2112
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of rdooley
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Junichi
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LittleDon
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The best of both worlds, the worst of both worlds. The addition of the coffee gives this beer a lighter body and higher acidity than the beer alone. Dark with a decent head and strong coffee aroma. Strong coffee start (more cold brew than beer) the complexity fades in the middle and picks up toward the end where there is a bit of chicory/roasted grain. Lighter than expected body and medium carbonation. Very good as a hybrid, if that's what you're after.

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Photo of RossR
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reema
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz can into a glass

Pours an absolute dark cola brown. Mocha colored bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Smell is of intense coffee ground, char, roasted malt, along with a permeating milk chocolate scent. Taste reflects the smell. Initial intense coffee flavors lead into a pleasant roast bitterness that finishes with a mixture of milk chocolate tastes and dark chocolate bitterness. Feel is a little on the lighter side, especially for an oatmeal RIS. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with good coffee aromas and tastes.

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Sputnik from Austin Beerworks
3.99 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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