Hostile Harry Russian Imperial Stout | Spiteful Brewing

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Hostile Harry Russian Imperial StoutHostile Harry Russian Imperial Stout
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4.19/5
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Hostile Harry Russian Imperial StoutHostile Harry Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States
spitefulbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brandoman63 on 03-23-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,823
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
42
pDev:
4.3%
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdFed
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hanuswalrus
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason, this beer has been sitting on the shelf at my local bottle shop for over a year now. I think I will have to go back and grab another to try again in a few months. Batch# 524 hand written on the side of the bottle.

This is my kind of RIS. Poured pitch black and sludgy and threw a small, brown head. One of the darker heads I've seen in recent memory. Smell is lots of roast, char, some tobacco and bakers chocolate. Flavor is everything the aroma had to offer and more. It borders on that "umami" flavor, but it's not quite soy sauce. Thick, coating mouthfeel and leaves your lips sticky. I can see the roast in this beer being a bit too much for some, but I love it.

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Photo of Benish
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured pitch black in the glass with a brown sugar colored head. Aromas were of faint berries with dark chocolate. The flavors similar - tasted like a raspberry chocolate pudding. It had that subtle underlying tartness that mixes into the chocolate. Not a sweet bomb but it does have a taste of dessert that is very rich and dark - almost savory. The hops are just subtle that adds the essence of dark bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel full and rich, quite impressive for a 10% ABV. Overall it took a little getting used to as I did not expect the mild tartness, and no, it wasn't infected.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronTom
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely black, shiny and opaque. Almost no head whatsoever when the beer pours - at first I thought the seal had broken. Minimal spritzy cola colored bubbles appeared on the surface for a moment before dissipating. Beer looks like there is no carbonation ...

Smell instantly hits the nose with a strong aroma of chocolate, dark fruits - prunes, raisins, plums, dates - with a nice roasty undertone. Strong raisinet aroma - slightly sweet on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with riches of dark stone fruits in the flavor. Notes of chocolate, raisins and cocoa come through. Slightly on the sweet side, but not sweet enough to move out of the style. Hints of vanilla and then some oak/wood coming through towards the back end finishing with a slight bitterness.

Feel is surprisingly, given the appearance, carbonated - its mild to medium, but its there. Super smooth and very full bodied. Viscous. Slightly dry on the finish.

Overall - outside of the lack of any head and looking like its flat, this is an amazing RIS. I will be picking this up every time Spiteful brews it.

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Photo of beagleyx2
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

Massive three fingers of thick brown head on top of complete darkness. Black currants, molasses, mild charcoal, espresso, dark chocolate, licorice root, prunes, and some alcohol in the nose and on the palate. Full bodied and very smooth. Each sip brings forth new flavors, amazing.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Purp1eOne
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pbgnar
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very thick with a thin brown head that comes in late after the liquid settles.

Generally, it smells sweet a little like dark dried fruit but nothing very distinct comes thru.

Tastes sweet like molasses. Getting some dried cherry but it's overpowered by heat from the alcohol. Theres a lot of flavor, mostly sweet, but not a huge amount of balance or complexity. Really wish more coffee or chocolate would come thru.

Mouthfeel is a little rough. The alcohol heat becomes overpowering after about half a glass.

Overall, this beer is big. Lots of sweetness and heat. Looking forward to what a couple years in the cellar does.

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Photo of spycow
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of laketang
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours out black thick oily mess with a mocha swirl on top and some bubbles around the rim.

vanilla bean and coffee roast

first sips reveal milky chocolate,temp is about 50.should be a little warmer.tastes like a real good chocolate ice cream. molasses cookie maybe?just a hint tho

full mouthfeel, like a thick hot chocolate mocha swirl sticks around

great stuff, get some

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Photo of djgustafson
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris7482
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bung
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fredmugs
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hostile Harry Russian Imperial Stout from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 42 ratings