Unorthodox Russian Imperial Stout | Two Roads Brewing Company

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3.81/5
Very Good
233 Ratings
Unorthodox Russian Imperial StoutUnorthodox Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
tworoadsbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This most unorthodox Russian Imperial Stout is brewed with malted rye and aggressively hopped with four different Pacific Northwest varieties to create a depth of character that's unmistakable. Full-bodied with notes of rye, treacle, chocolate and espresso that join together to create a crescendo of flavor. You’ll want to do an unabashed Kalinka after just one taste!

Added by jhartley on 08-04-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,260
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
233
pDev:
9.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Knickfan3
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of anomalousclouds
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mr-Beer
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark in color andDark in taste. Rich Espresso dark chocolate in flavor with hints of nuttiness. Another of the dark beers. Another highly recommended dark beer

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Photo of spointon
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Diura
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, opaque body; thick, frothy, creamy head. Rather faint aroma of roasted grain and chocolate notes. Excellent flavor of cocoa and chocolate with a boozy undertone; somewhat spicy. Heavy body yet a tad watery; a nice sweet residual sugar note on the palate.

A very tasty RIS delivering a nice balance of chocolate sweetness and deep roasted and charred grain goodness. Perhaps it is a bit weak in the aroma and the mouthfeel, but the taste will satisfy lovers of big, rich stouts.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau Stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a cafe au lait head.

Aroma is astrigent roasted malt with not much hops or yeast to distinguish.

Taste is a lotta roast and not too much body.

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Photo of DMc8ride
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobstockwell
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrc1093
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkazemi
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldDirty
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpaethJam
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jrosso
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rkarimi
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of gruves33
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cbmcguire
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly bitter.

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Photo of TheChairman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A drinkable stout, but certainly not in league with some of my favorites (Founders' Imperial or Breakfast stouts are generally available, for instance).

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Photo of TheWolf
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plenty of rye with some espresso and chocolate. Unfortunately there is a sharply metallic note fighting with the other flavors that does not help the overall profile.

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Photo of spoony
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (packaged January 12, 2018) to a snifter.

A-A zealous pour produces a fat finger of medium-brown head. The foam lasts about two minutes before fading to a thin cap. I can see some fine carbonation bubbling up on the top. The beer beneath is dark brown, nearly black.

S-The hops advertised on the bottle are certainly apparent in the smell. I get big whiffs of lemony/solventy/pine- forward hop flavors with my first few whiffs. There are some stout flavors here, too, like espresso, char or ash, and a little kick of black molasses sweetness. The beer almost smells like a black IPA.

T-The taste is also hoppy and quite bitter. Dark roasted flavors suggest coffee grounds and bakers chocolate with only a little black molasses and dried fruit flavor to balance things out. The hops are still there, too, with a pine-y bitterness fading into a leafy, medicinal, slightly alcoholic finish.

M-The weight is around medium or average with a chunky, moderate carbonation.

O-I wanted to like this beer from a new-to-me brewery, but I just could not get into it. There was not much balance of flow to the flavor profile. Maybe with a little more time the hops would mellow and the beer would be more enjoyable...I dunno.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours and looks as I'd expect. Head short lived;
The flavor profile is that of an imperial stout but I think it's thin. At first the flavor's there but it just doesn't have the stance of other fine RIS'es I've sampled. The hops are definitely amped up a little, I can't find the rye but maybe it's there way underneath. It is an enjoyable beer it's just not a stellar beer. Worth your time and effort to sample and enjoy.

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Unorthodox Russian Imperial Stout from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 233 ratings