Stargazer Imperial Stout | Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Stargazer Imperial StoutStargazer Imperial Stout

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Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RunawayJim on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by greybeardloon:
Photo of greybeardloon
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated June 28 2012

A: Thick, dark head with some retention and some lacing.

S: Initially strong roasted barley, then some milk chocolate comes thru. The nose is not too shy.

T: Lots of roasted barley. Dried fruit comes thru in the middle and is probably the most appealing flavor. Charred husk lingers on the finish. This beer cries out for food or something else to serve as a foil. Almonds helped.

M: Not as thick as many in the style, but not problematically thin.

O: Maybe I'm missing out on some of the brighter flavors because of the age, but this seems sort of a one note imperial stout. I really don't need a bomber of this, but then it's because it's a bomber that it sat in the fridge for as long as it did.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes dated 8/2/14

A: Deep, dark brown - pours with a small, light tan head, fades to virtually nothing, but does leave a few spots of lacing

S: Dark, cooked, caramel malts, chocolate malts - very dark, very burnt, very cooked, maybe a bit much - some licorice, molasses, and dark chocolate - some burnt coffee as well

T: Burnt chocolate, burnt molasses, and burnt coffee - overall, a bit overcooked in general, but still good - caramel, molasses, and some burnt sugar - milk chocolate, maybe a touch of vanilla, and coffee

M: On the heavy side of medium, with a thick head, low carbonation, and a boozy finish

O: Yes, you'll be seeing stars

This is a good effort, but I think it could use some fine tuning. It's burly, but it could actually have a burlier base to stand up to the burnt flavors. It's definitely worth a try, if you can still find it, and I am curious to see if Grey Sail ever updates this.

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Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RoninTK3
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/4/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee and dark fruit along with a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate that remains dominant the whole time you drink the beer. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, well-hidden and strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid big stout to drink for a while but there are others that I would choose first.

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Photo of BigBrewHaHa
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a rich black color with an inch of frothy light brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, berries and roasted malts. Taste is smoky roasted malts upfront with dark chocolate and espresso flavors. Hints of berries and earth. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Not a lot of alcohol presence. Overall, good Russian Imperial worth having again.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured at cellar temperature from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks Andrew for sharing this with me! Bottled at least a year ago.

A- Pours a rich, black body with a generous, fluffy, milk chocolate colored head that's absolutely stunning. Very inviting. Some settling.

S- As it warms, the aromas really start to become more prominent, including vanilla, milk chocolate, fresh coffee beans, slight booze.

T- Starts off slightly sharp but that quickly fades to reveal delicious notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee. The finish is roasty, toasty, and charred and delicous.

M- Thick, rich, low carbonation.

Greysail brewed a winner with this one - this is a great representation of the style. I hope they do another imperial stout in the future

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Photo of Bito401
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bird22
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle. Review adapted from notes taken 8/2/2014.

Appearance: Crazy dark brown. Masquerades as black. Small collar of dark khaki. Loose and creamy. Head retention is minimal leaving a small collar and no cap. Moderately thick pour.

Smell: Roasty sweet. Some burnt malt. Cooked and caramelized malts. Deep dark fruitiness. Some plum and fig with a slightly sweet dark cherry. Chocolate, cocoa, bitter bins, and a touch of milk chocolate sweetness. Minimal hop presence, very slight earthiness. A touch of oxidation adds some slightly metallic and sharp battery notes. Something almost woody as well.

Taste: Deep rich fruit. Cherry and plum and fig, just like the nose. Rich roasted malt with a solid malty sweetness as well. Tons of dark cocoa. Pushes a bitterness that borders on nibs with a solid helping of chocolate malt. Slightly burnt. A solid lactic sweetness as well. Milk chocolate. Cocoa dominates as it warms. Some hints of almost licorice. Very minimal hop notes. Slight earthiness buried in the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning toward full body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy with a smooth sip. Slightly slick finish.

Overall: Worth looking up on occasion.

It's good. Nothing memorable but sometimes that's what you want. It's a drinking stout and that's more than enough in my book.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle generously shared by newbrewbb. Served in a wine glass. Pours one shade shy of black with a quarter inch, khaki-colored head embedded with ringlets of varying sizes. Nose expresses dark malts, molasses and a trace of soy sauce. Taste is really quite exceptional - char, cocoa, a suggestion of dark fruit and a slight bittering at the finish to keep it from being overly sweet or cloying. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and slightly chewy. Overall, I have to say that this is an excellent example of the RIS style (and in my own backyard, nonetheless). ABV is well-hidden as well. That said, I'd love to see this added to their canning line as a seasonal brew.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of RunawayJim
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black with a small tan head.

It smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

It's on the lighter side in body for the style, but still has a great mouthfeel. It's silky smooth. The taste is more of that roasted coffee and chocolate flavor. This is a very tasty stout.

Overall, I'd buy it again. It's a great beer from a new brewery in my homestate. You can't really go wrong there.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of paresis
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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Photo of TheBeerologist
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a CBS snifter

Pours black with a thin brown head that dissipated quickly. Opaque in the glass.

Smells sweet with lots of roasted malts and a bit of molasses, a bit of a vanilla undertone. A little boozy but by no means is it too much.

Tastes of dry roasted malts, a bitter-sweet chocolate and a little fig or dark cherry, something that I can't really place and just makes me keep taking sip after sip to try and figure it out.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I would have expected based on the look and smell of this beer, however, it is not thin and watery by any stretch. IT is a bit over-carbonated for me though and could certainly be toned down I think.

Overall this is a solid RIS with some great flavors going on. I would love it if this were a bit thicker and less carbonated, but all in all a very good RIS that I will pick up again.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Stargazer Imperial Stout from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 25 ratings