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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #209
Ranked #4,648
4.2 | pDev: 7.14%
Bare Hands Brewery
Indiana, United States
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Notes: A Russian Imperial Stout showcasing chocolate and roast malts, hints of dark fruit, and earthy hops to create a smooth easy drinking Imperial Stout. Perfect for enjoying with your friends or to sip all by yourself.
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3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jkblr for this one from a recent trade. 16oz can (dated 12/3/19) poured into 14oz teku. poured the expected solid black color with about 1/2 inch of tan head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

The aroma had solid malt, noticeable roast, and a hint of chocolate.

Pretty similar on the tongue, all the expected notes, nicely done.

The body may have been a wee bit thinner than is usual for the style, was smooth, and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was nice, the brew hid its ABV well, and it was a good sipper.

Overall, a nice take on the style. Worth a shot if you see it.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Friday at 02:06 PM
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3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz CANNED ON 12/03/19 (nearly 3 months old) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at just above fridge temp 10.2% ABV. The beer pours dense black with virtually no light penetration and quickly building rusty brown head. The head recedes to a thin cap. The aroma is strong with roasted malt conveyed as coffee, dark chocolate and slight campfire smoke. The taste is dark chocolate punctuated with caramel and dark fruit. There is a slightly ashy, yet enjoyable, strong bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good.

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jkblr from Indiana, Feb 23, 2020
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3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this beer through a BIF, super stoked to try this beer. One of my favorite style of beer. Read a few reviews and the they vary from good to bad. Served in a snifter at 50 degrees. A gentle pour into the glass produced a one finger creamy light tan head. The head has great retention. The head left lacing on the glass. The color the beer is SRM 37 a dark brown nearly black in color. The beer does present with a few carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass.

The aromas in the beer are char, burnt sugar, molasses, dark roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, caramel and stone fruit.

The flavors in the beer are more char than normal, molasses, dark roasted malt, huge espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, caramel, stone fruit, earth,

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and rich.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer has an overly aggressive smokey char note in the beer that detracts from the overall harmony and balance in the beer. The smokey char note has a touch of maillard in the overtly smokiness of the beer. The other flavors in the beer are good. a fairly decent RIS.

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3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Released 3/26/18; drank 5/18/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge tan head; frothy lace.

Burnt black coffee, fresh earth & dark chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Burnt black coffee, caramel & fresh earth flavors.

If the point of a RIS is to be brutal & tough to finish...bravo. Not for me.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, May 19, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to see this now available in 4-packs of pint cans, given Bare Hands' stellar and growing reputation. This one is dated March 26, so it's hyper-fresh from being self-distributed. It doesn't disappoint!

Half a finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving little trace behind on top of the inky beer, a nearly-black brown but thick enough to produce some legs when swirled. Heavy on chocolate malts and aromatic, floral hops. Very smooth on the tongue, low-to-moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Really enjoyable. I've had the Ride the Bride variation with chocolate and coffee added, in both fresh and barrel-aged variants, but I just might prefer the base beer right here.

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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: thin toffee colored head and pitch black beer.
S: a lot of roastiness. Roasty coffee. Smells like a coffee house
T: like the nose, very roasty and a lot of coffee.
F: has a very nice body that is thick and leaves behind the roastiness to enjoy.
O: just a very solid Russian imperial.

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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black pour, no light leakage on the edges, chewy, tan head. Aromas are some char, dark chocolate, and heavy stone fruit.

The stone fruit is front and center on the taste, but then the dark chocolate sneaks in and lifts this up a couple of notches. Very well executed by Bare Hands.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Oct 05, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share. Big burn up front, but still drinkable. Inky black pour, airy beige head. Roasty, chocolaty, syrupy. Deliciousness. Heat kept coming, but beautiful body and flavors won the day.

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stevoj from Idaho, Jan 19, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given a tasting of this at the brewery straight from barrel that had not been kegged. Color was an intense dark black and a nice thick coffee color head. Aroma was of dark chocolate and coffee. Silky and creamy feel, such a great stout. So smooth on each taste. This a beer I highly recommend.

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tconlon69 from New York, Jan 14, 2016
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4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome pitch black pour with an almost delicate, one inch thick, frothy tan head. Layers of lacing gently cling down the side of the snifter. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and some roasted malts rise out of the glass. Very complex flavor profile of a bittersweet bakers chocolate mixing about with the fresh brewed coffee and a slight sweetness; like an ashy marshmallow burnt over a campfire. Medium to full bodied feel with the abv hardly noticeable, but at 10.2% a nice New Year's Eve sipper! Overall, this was a fine RIS that hit the spot and exceeded any and all expectations. Well done!

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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire, Jan 01, 2016
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4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery yesterday but now enjoying some poured from a growler into a glass.

Deep almost black with light tan head.

Liquor-wine like aroma.

Flavor is mix of port wine and toastyness. Nice hop backbone. Lots of alcohol. Some coffee and red wine.

I have enjoyed everything from Bare Hands but this was one of my favorites.

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jmbranum from Oklahoma, Jan 16, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice Russian Imperial Stout. Well balanced and flavorful. Very dark color, little head. Nice coffee and chocolate notes in both smell and taste. They seem to be making some variations of this as well, I had a mint chocolate version they made recently. Hopefully Bare Hands is able to start bottling and distributing soon.

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