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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
offcolorbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rather than a typical Imperial Stout, which quickly decimates you and buries you in the yard, this delicate beauty wraps a warm scarf around your neck and just tightens it, ever… so… gently. Exclamation point optional, but preferred.

Added by MasterSki on 05-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ranking:
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Reviews:
11
Ratings:
63
pDev:
12.92%
Bros Score:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

there is something clever about this one. perhaps the strangest of the beer geek series, this comes in under 4%, which for the style, is an oddity to say the least. it pours a chalky brown color, and looks the part of a Russian imperial, splotchy tan head with good lace rings. the nose is coffee and burnt barley, bitter but not from hops. there is good depth to this, unsweetened chocolate too, as well as spent coffee grounds are the main flavors. I like the drinkability of this beer with its soft texture, expansive carbonation, and robust flavors. the low alcohol is tricky, and seems out of place. hard to imagine so much flavor in such a light brew. sort of a nice little brother to the bigger Russian imperials, and a beer that would have a regular spot in my fridge if it were available to me. interesting stuff here.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Draft pint at Map Room. Black body with brownish edges and a finger of light tan foam on the surface. Good coverage and lasting retention with a little bit of a frothy collar around the edges.

Light dry roast in the aroma, mellow and smooth like a porter.

Flavor is moderately roasty with notes of bakers chocolate, nutty toasted malt, and a lingering aftertaste of dark roast malt as well. Nicely rounded and not at all astringent. Smooth and light bodied, very sessionable. The pint disappeared pretty fast. Abandon style hangups, it's not going to adhere to any standard RIS framework, this is more of a small beer version of one. It's the antithesis of Bourbon County, which is the joke that seems to be missed by quite a few.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From 10/17/13 notes. Had this on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. $7 for a 12 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of a light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, toasted malts, and dark chocolate. Nice nose, more flavor to it than I was expecting. Not overly strong in any aspect, but a lot going on for such a low ABV beer, and really nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, nuts, toasted malts, chalk, musty, and dark chocolate. Taste has less chocolate than the nose and no real vanilla. Good but a definite step down from the nose.

m - Thin, light body and moderate to low carbonation. Body is too thin and watery for a stout; takes away from it.

o - Overall this is an interesting and decent smaller stout...it is like a very watered down BGB, which is ok with me. Nose is good, though the body is too thin and the taste is a bit weak. Worth trying, I'd prefer the stronger, better BGB personally.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is near black with a thin, wispy collar. The aroma is bigger than anticipated, given the low gravity of the beer. Typical Mikkeller Danish roast scents, rich chocolates, malt, some bitter coffee notes. The flavor is decent, but I feel that the beer is too thin. I know this is intended to be a sessionable version of the Beer Geek series, but this is lacking in depth and body. Fun to try, but one and done for me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at SmallBar - Division.

Bachelor Party-Palooza 2013 continues to rock the City with a first: a "Russian Serf Stout". Take that, empire! Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, and a bit of dusty grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the flavors somehow melding into a general softness that precludes any intensity and maximizes gustatory enjoyment. The body is a solid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and thickly smooth feel. Overall, this beer is downright amazing. It brings in the feel and flavors of a big, beefy stout, yet weighs in at only 3.5%, increasing its drinkability exponentially. I look forward to seeing more of this in my future, indeed.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey DC.

Dark walnut black to mahogany hued edges. Fairly creamy looking tan collar presented with good staying power.

Great bouquet on this brew. Thick ripping roasted malts, wonderful airy and dry. Griany action and a big hint of dry roasted salted peanuts. Great smelling and large.

Palate comes with Mild style senses, very wet and clean so hard to rank, but it is only a 3.5 abv beer. Great grain and roast flavors on first sip. Tonnes of char and pan gravy. Intersting aftertaste is almost meaty and hints at potroast.

A real unique beer with russian large imperial notes and dark English mild senses. Perhaps Imperial Mild isnt so far off the beaten path as I thought.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Northdown. A 3.5% Imperial Stout eh? Served in a pint glass.

A - Big tan foam settles to wisps, a thick collar, and splotches of lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Roasty, dry stout, with a good dose of toasted grains and hints of caramel, vanilla, and dusted cocoa.

T - Taste is similar, with dry, roasted nuts and grains, light char, and faint cocoa, vanilla, and caramel. Quite a bit of flavor for a sub-4%, and maintains a lot of the depth and profile of a far bigger stout.

M - Zesty carbonation, and medium-light in body. Dry, toasty, and crisp. Pretty much what you'd expect from a low-ABV stout.

D - A nice low alcohol option that's quite easy to drink. Nothing mind-blowing, but tasty and well-executed. Some people didn't 'get' the joke, which is a shame. I'd happily order this again if I came across it on-tap.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass at the Refuge.

A: Black with fluffy mocha head. Completely opaque. Looks just like an imperial stout.

S: Rich chocolate. Roasted malt. Dry.

T/M: As expected, a bit thin. It tastes like a sold porter. Dark chocolate. Dry malts. Lightly sweet, more bitter. This is like a RIS with water in it. Odd.

O: A good beer, but not one I'd go out of my way for. I love that Mikkeller turns styles on its head.

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Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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