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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:
#8,885
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
95
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
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Photo of papposilenus
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 500ml bottle, undated, just 2017. Served in a tulip.

Pours impenetrably crankcase oil-black with no head to speak of, just a few big, dark coffee-coloured bubbles.

Fairly low-intensity nose of cherries and molasses.

Tastes principally of molasses, or of bitter, black, overperked coffee sweetened with molasses. There is also a vaguely Robitussin-like quality, not necessarily in a bad way but the comparison to cherry-flavoured cough syrup seems inescapable. Unexpectedly, it ends with an aftertaste of chocolate rum cake.

Feel is syrupy, medium-hefty bodied and under-carbonated to my preference - probably appropriate enough to the style but I'd have appreciated a bit more zip to lighten things up.

Overall, a tad sweet, sticky and syrupy for my tastes. Adjusting my expectations, I settled back on the couch and sipped away at it over the course of a couple of hours and enjoyed it well enough.

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Photo of Nick4444
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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