Boris Goudenov Imperial Stout
Brasserie Corrézienne

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #669
Ranked #26,097
3.88 | pDev: 9.02%
Brasserie Corrézienne
Very Good
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mothman from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a lot of head here. Black in color, but not too thick.

This beer is like fresh darkness and I really like it. Very hoppy. Pine, floral and earthy hops. It also has some oak flavors here that are really nice. Molasses, brown sugar, and raisins. Big chocolate and caramel. Very light roast. Rich and smooth.

Not too heavy, but full bodied. Ends with a sweet, malty finish.

Since I enjoy darkness so much, I really enjoyed this one. Could be a bit thicker, but it was a very nice stout.

Apr 02, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at La Cave of Bottles in Paris, France.

From a bottle into a snifter.
IBU: 100

APPEARANCE: A transparent black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, creamy, light cream or tan colored head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a light wisp and ring while leaving sheets of full, sticky lacing to the glass on the way down. Black body with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains with piles of lacing down the glass. Average body and slowly foamed out after opening, but great head and lacing.

SMELL: Lots of piney hops with citrus and grapefruit there, as well as some dark chocolate underneath. A touch of roast on the nose too, but this is mostly just chocolate and hops. Very hoppy for the style.

TASTE: Some light roasted malt up front, but mostly hops and more hops. Citrus and pine at the swallow, lots of pine, with a big and lingering finish of bitter hops, pine, grapefruit and a bit of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt as well. Lots of bitterness lingers on the palate. Hops and bitterness can work in big stouts, but this is perhaps a bit too much for the style.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky. Some heat and bitterness lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: It's like they sat around in a circle, stared at each other, then said, "IBUs are good. Let's do lots." I really enjoy imperial stouts and I love bitterness in beer, but this is perhaps just one step too far for the style. Their DIPA was a better DIPA than this is an RIS. This is not a bad beer by any means and I could very much enjoy one of these from time to time, but it didn't quench my thirst for an imperial stout. If I could offer an idea here, perhaps tone down the stout a bit and make it a really big Black Ale. Cheers!

Jun 06, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown bottle purchased from Cave à Bulles in Paris. Simon reckons it's the "best Imperial Stout from France".

I have to say, the start is a bit inauspicious. Pours much lighter than expected, both in colour and body: a deep brown, and clear, particularly at the edges, with a filmy body and head of beige. Carbonation is minimal, and the head doesn't retain well. I'm pretty unimpressed, to be honest.

Nose is also less than exciting. Strong carob aromas lend a little sweetness, but no richness. Roast is subdued, leaving only a faint caramel-meshed chocolate underneath everything. Some boozy notes come through, but they have a slightly vinous quality with a tannic red wine note. Disappointing.

Taste is a fair bit better, fortunately, as the roast makes its presence felt. It still relies a fair bit on the carob, but the vinous character lets its tannins run a little more freely, lending a little bitterness and more of a suggestion of darkness. Back is quite empty though, also there's a slickness as the chocolate note fades away gently. Feel is reasonably firm, but still feels a little weak for the style.

Overall, I'm mostly unimpressed. There are some good things about the beer, but it's far from a good imperial stout. Fortunately, a poor imperial stout doesn't make for a poor beer, necessarily, and there are things to like in it as a result.

Mar 25, 2014
Boris Goudenov Imperial Stout from Brasserie Corrézienne
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 15 ratings