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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
giganticbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by artoolemomo on 11-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,313
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
92
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of omahawk
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great toasty chocolate balance

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry, this is underrated. Had it on tap just after Big Bad Baptist Tripple Barrel, preferred this beer. Much more pleasant and complex taste. Deep dark brown with a nice brown head and good lacing. Red wine and strawberry smell. Taste of dried dark cherries and other dark fruit. Flavors include cinnamon,vanilla and French roast coffee. Slightly boozy but in a way that enhances the flavor. Great beer!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with an eggshell white quarter finger's worth of head. Subtly dissolved to leave some concave lace capping against the sides.
The aroma seemed to meld gently a nice robust roasty coffee to milk and dark chocolate nibs playing with a fine dark fruity sweetness. Light dark toast with a little bit of wafer further on the back end.
The flavor was moderately sweet with an engaging roastiness making a good play for the balance. Dark fruits are there, but fairly mild in their sweetness. Aftertaste was mainly the milk chocolate, dark fruits and dark toast.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Roastiness did present some grip along my tongue, but it wasn't 'too' distracting - seemed just enough to prevent any cloying possibilities. ABV felt pretty close to what was projected by the brewer. Carbonation felt spot on. Mild finish of the dark fruits and milk chocolate with a touch of a bitterness edge from the dark chocolate.
Overall, now that's a pretty nice Russian Imperial Stout, well worthy of coming back to and having this time of the year.

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

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

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Velivolus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid imperial stout for $9 per bottle. Very thick head. Creamy mouthfeel, robust malty flavor. Might be closer to an American Double than RIS but still a tasty bottle.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving on tap into a snifter. BA says this is no longer brewed, but I'm not sure. Gigantic brought it up to Beveridge Place yesterday as part of a night devoted to their beers.

The appearance is very dark, with a light head and mild lacing. The smell is dark fruits. The taste is dark fruit (raisins), chocolate, and a bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but it's very smooth.

Overall, it's a fine RIS, not quite as complex as the best, but plenty good.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/04/2016

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Photo of swampoodle
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of apf
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jtirpak22
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of JoeMans
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cath
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ARoman
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

*transferred from old notes*
22oz bomber poured into brandy snifter. The first impression, which could be detected while I was pouring without even getting my nose into the glass, was a heavy sugary sweetness. After pouring, when I finally stuck my nose in there, it evolved into a caramel aroma with some trace licorice. The licorice fades and gives way to a slight banana aroma, which, in turn, becomes more raisin-esque; although I feel yogurt covered raisins does it better justice. There’s also some notable alcohol and dark fruit in the nose. It poured a dark, opaque reddish-brown color with a soapy brown head which reduces to a light film. The small bubbles cascade, not really leaving much lacing. A medium-heavy does of a chocolate cake bittersweet is what greets the tongue. While still shaking off some of the chill of the refrigerator, a near pure dark chocolate / rich cacao full body flavor hits. The sticky, syrupy beer finishes with a mellow alcohol warmth with a minor hop-like, floral finish. It leaves a lingering chocolate cake taste in the mouth. As it warms up, some milky caramel smoothness comes through. Even more towards the end of the bottle, the aroma starts to teeter between the yogurt-covered raisins and a banana cream pie (it doesn’t seem to stay in one place between alternating sips). During the last sips, a smooth banana with a slight alcohol bite take over - although this finish abruptly returns you to the chocolate cake mouth-coating, but now with some alcohol (I didn’t find it as quite as pleasing as that last statement might sound - it’s a bit of a harsh turn, but, then again, I was never a huge fan of chocolate cake).

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Photo of Poupae
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Half year old bottle, stored in the fridge. Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, chocolate, hints of caramel and coffee, light char. Flavor is similar to aroma, dominated by sweet dark toasted malt, charred coffee, dark chocolate, light toffee and a hint of cherry. Finishes a bit drier with lingering coffee and grassy hop bitterness and hints of tart fruit and char. Medium to heavy bodied with light creaminess. A nicely made Russian imperial stout on the charred coffee side of the flavor spectrum. The malt body is good, but fades a bit in the finish, leaving the char and bitterness a little stark. It hit all the flavor notes I hope for in a RIS, with initial rich and flavorful malt. If it was brewed again, I'd buy another one.

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