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Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by artoolemomo on 11-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 76
Photo of ARoman
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of LampertLand
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gigantic Brewing Co. 'Most Premium Russian Imperial Stout' @ 10.0% , served from a couple of 650 ml bottle's purchased for $8.15 each

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a hint of ruby red peeking thru a thin small tan head leaving a minimal lace ring

S-ripe cherries , booze

T-somewhat smoother than Hornbeer - Fundamental Blackhorn , still a lot of smokeyness

MF-ok/good carbonation , full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer , decent 'RIS' , no wow factor

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with nice black chocolate notes and some cocoa is pleasant. Taste is also dominated by semi-sweet black chocolate notes with some light dry roasted malt notes and some cocoa notes re also identifiable. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not as dry or bitter as some other example of the style and somewhat lacking in compelxity but still really enjoyable.

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Photo of pkalix
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours black with a chocolate-milk type head. looks pretty.
smell is roasty, with a little band aid aroma mixed in. toasted malts and chocolate. aroma overall is not strong, but mellow and pronounced with the maltiness and chocolate. very nice.
taste is some good toasted malts and chocolate. as someone else said, "bitter dark See's chocolate..." actually, the more I taste this the more I like it. I guess I didn't want to like the beer with the bug on the label and was expecting 'just another stout', bland and regular-tasting, but this is very nice. smooth. bitterness is on a comfortable, desired scale... I think the brew overall is well-produced. so many stouts I have tried similar to this and they were all bland or too bitter, but this one does it pretty good. impressive and well done in my limited book.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.35/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Doopie brought this one out for a random beer night. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Beer #15

APPEARANCE: A slightly transparent black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, really annoyingly fizzy, mocha colored head with decent retention. Black body with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a good wisp and ring but leaves no lacing down the glass. Good body, but fizzy head.

SMELL: Smoked notes, caramel and licorice initially, then some roasted grains and a hint of dark chocolate. Caramel with toffee under the roasted and smoky notes. After some time, this basically just reminds me of Coke with some licorice in it.

TASTE: Lots of toffee, caramel and licorice mixed up with some roasted flavors up front. Big and lingering finish with toffee again, roasted and smoky flavors, burnt notes, and hint of dark chocolate and lots of sweet, cola-like flavors. The more this sits, the more it's just Coke in beer form.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A touch light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes a touch sticky. A bit light perhaps, but alright.

OVERALL: Not very good. This one is really sweet and the combination of flavors just screamed Coke the whole time. The fizzy head and lighter body didn't help the situation either. I guess someone might appreciate this one perhaps, but it's definitely not a flavor profile I found enjoyable at all. I'd pass on this one if it were offered again. Cheers for sharing dude!

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color in the tumbler. Not so much foam but pleasantly sizzly in the mouth. Appealing warm, winey, roasted aroma.

Totally malty with a big mouthful of sweet dark roasted malt. More caramelly and less burnt than a lot of big stouts. A great RIS flavor, though it lacks a little in the cream-filled mouthfeel. Hints of licorice and coffee. Really richly roasted taste without any of the charcoal sourish note. It's like a bitter chocolate See's candy with a caramel center.

A pleasant dark strong brew with plenty of flavor, but not much competition in the category. From the 22 oz bottle bought at La Bodega Wines & Spirits in Riverside for nine bucks. Most totally excellent label-- one of my favorites ever.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with about a finger of mocha head. The head settles quick, no lace.

Chocolate, earth and slight licorice start off the smell, slight booze and dark fruit at the finish.

Rich, bittersweet chocolate starts off the taste, burnt dark malt, earth and a bit of vanilla follow. A hint of licorice near the end. Booze is there, but well hidden. A touch syrupy in the mouth.

Not my go to, but I'd never refuse one.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.14.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a mixed dark brown head with good retention.

S - Malty, roasted, coffee.

T - Nice roasted malt, nutty, smooth and tasty.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - A solid coffee forward stout. Not bitter and nutty.

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Photo of ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber in a nonic, appearance is black with a dark tan head leaving some scattered foamy lace.

Smell is sweeter, malted milk / lactose and plasticy phenols. Herbal hops have some brightness that keeps the sweetness dry. Some caramel as it warms.

Taste is more pronounced sweetness, caramel and purple fruits, with light char and roast, stout wise. Nice touch of acidity.

Mouthfeel is thicker.

Drinkability is pretty good. Like the complexity, a touch sweet.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that has okay retention. The head is a very dark beige/mocha color. So dark in fact that it has hints of purple. The head is a opaque, dark chocolate black. There are a couple spots of “lacing”.

Nose- Good presence and integration but lacks presence. Huge roasted notes. A hint of coffee. A base of chocolate. Not much else. Swirling doesn't add to this picture. Adequate but not interesting.

Taste- Very sweet on the front and the sweetness extends to the middle and even to the finish. The sweetness arises from the deep roasted notes and coffee which quickly turn to a sweet/sour combo that I get from lesser nuanced roasted malts. Almost vinous with hints of sour raisins. Some chocolate. There is a good amount of bitterness on the finish but it really doesn't work to counteract the cloying sweetness of the malts. I would definitely take better integration and balance over the glut of somewhat obnoxious presence this beer has. It does mellow to some extent and becomes a more accessible beer but the syrupy sweetness still lingers in the background. Pretty much an above average beer (not good) but average for a RIS.

Mouthfeel- Between medium bodied and heavy bodied. A bit too much zing from the carbonation and very gritty. This seems unfiltered- that's how gritty it is. Usually I like a little grit but this is too much.

Drinkability- The sweetness does mellow but it does continue to nag. No discernible heat is a plus. The price is not. Why would I pay 8 bucks when I could Stone for cheaper? Why?!?!

Overall- Above average. It squeaks by, in my opinion, because it is an okay rendition of one of my favorite styles. Worth a try but if the price tag bothers you, get something else!

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