Island Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout | Cisco Brewers Inc.

Island Reserve: Russian Imperial StoutIsland Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout
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Island Reserve: Russian Imperial StoutIsland Reserve: Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by codsmith on 02-25-2012

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5/5  rDev +45.3%

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4.69/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +26.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of brother_rebus
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprised its not scored higher. Very dark. Great foamy thick coffee head. Thin lacing. Subtle fruit hints. Dark molass. Coffee and chocolate. Cant detect hops. Booze is masked well in taste. But comes through on the afterbreath. Good RIS though. Would buy a bottle.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with a thin, solid coating of chocolate milk colored head. Cocoa and coffee on the nose, with some roasted qualities helping to blend. Smells rich and warm. Flavors are roasted coffee, molasses sweetness, and a boozey undertone all mixing together evenly. The beer has a rich molasses and booze aftertaste, with a rich, slightly cloying finish. Very rich and very smooth, this beer would likely age well. Would make a good cold weather brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 28, 2013.

Wow! Tough audience here as I look at earlier reviews. I think it has a fabulous A++ jet black pour with a moderate tan silky head that lingers.

There is a ton of aroma coming off the bottle and right into the glass. I get esters of dark roasted malts, mild chocolate, and dark fruit like plum or fig.

The body is not as heavy as I might like for the style. It is medium to heavy but there is also a strange astringency.

The taste tends to emphasize the dark fruits more than the chocolate or malts so that is a little unusual for the style. But at the same time it makes it unique. It finishes dry. I enjoyed it (slowly at 13%).

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4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cisco Brewers Island Reserve - 22oz Botttle From Armanetti's (Lincoln) in Chicago - Poured in Snifter

A: Pours jet black with a very nice rich and creamy tan head that lingers just above the beer and laces the glass perfectly

S: At first pour it comes off as a thin light fruity hop, vanilla, and slight alcohol aroma. However, after breaking the initial barrier it becomes little more complex with some dark grains coming through, but not overtly done. Not a traditional RIS aroma at all.

T: It has a very heavy mid-to-late finish on the bitter end adding not the most desirable taste. Taste characteristic is not close the RIS standard and should be reclassifeid as something else.

M: Heavy body, slightly chewy, and carbonation is slightly heavy for style and ABV

O: First brew I've had from CB and I'm very impressed by the uniques aromas and taste characteristics. Maybe not a traditional Russian, but a very good beer. I look very forward to trying more of their great creations

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Photo of Pawlie
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cisco Brewers Island Reserve - 22oz Botttle Purchased from Cork's in Mansfield, Ma

A: Pours black with a bit of a creamy swirl before settling to form a creamy tan head. Quite nice actually.

S: Coffee and vanilla are quite dominant at the outset before settling and recognizing the aroma of alcohol with a bit of fruitiness.

T: Coffee and vanilla are very apparent with first taste, but settles nicely as the fruity aroma kicks in and adds nicely to the overall tasting experience.

M: Quite heavy.

O: Extremely delicious in my opinion. My first review here on Beer Advocate and given the average and occasional negative reviews this beer has gotten, I have to say I'm a little intimidated to embrace this brew as wholeheartedly as I just have. It's very filling, perhaps to a fault, but stands up quite well to many Russian Imperials I have had. In one sitting, I probably could not finish off a full bottle of this brew. It's better shared and strikes me as a great dessert beer, but I am generally impressed overall.

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4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from large format bottle.

Pours a midnight black with a toffee colored 3 inch head.
Bits of chocolate and coffee on the nose. Lots of sweet malts.
Lots of malt up front, with some lighter cherry and fruit favors.
Full bodied with a nice finish, touch of alcohol left on the tongue, but at 13.5 I was expecting that.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Appearance: brilliant deep opaque chestnut, very finely bubbled 1” tan head. Smell: very fruity: raisins, prunes, sherry, some dark roast, coffee. Taste: chocolate, prune, some sherry notes, Mouthfeel: Exceptionally creamy chewy, full bodied, medium low carbonation Overall: The alcohol is a little hot – a little less heat or more malt might make this more drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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