Stalin's Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout | Evil Czech Brewery

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Stalin's Dark Side Russian Imperial StoutStalin's Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout
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4.18/5
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Stalin's Dark Side Russian Imperial StoutStalin's Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Czech Brewery
Indiana, United States
evilczech.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RblWthACoz on 10-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,094
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
20
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by farrago:
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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Falls just short of a finger of extremely dark brown foam, even surface and pretty good retention for what’s there to begin with, the lacing looks like those fireworks which cascade down like a willow tree. The liquid is a pure black without even a hint of brown or orange at the edges, impassively opaque. The nose does have a strong roast to it, however, the milk, lactose, chocolate, brown sugar to molasses elements douse the bite, the booziness is actually circumspect given the possibilities, licorice and bacon fat, not particularly fruity but at times there’s something like fruit cake going on. Full-bodied, smooth in a velvety fashion and here too the booziness handled well. German chocolate cake, coconut flakes, carob, vanilla bean, Brazil nuts, croissant dough, and more licorice to cola bean. The roast elevates and scrubs the roof of your mouth like smoke rising. The sweetness of the flavors tends to mask the full impact of the barrel aging yet the overall mouth texture is dry, noticeably at the end. It never reaches back to throw the 100 MPH heat although it kind of makes you expect it will. But in no way a disappointment, just sort of mixed messages.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EvolutionAles
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

#64 bottled in early 2017

A- Jet black with a bit of cocoa brown head... Looks like a stout
S- Black olive/umami on the nose right up front. Maybe a bit of roasty malt.
T- Sweet sugary wort up front, then changes to bitter and dry coffee malt flavors. A bit of nutty/woody flavor in there too (but not barrel wood... lumber wood). Not picking up any whiskey or barrel aged character to speak of other than smokey, charcoal.
F- Thickish. Good body.
O- I had heard very good things about this $12 bomber. Not sure if it fell off fast or my palette is off, but I find this to be just OK.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NateWido
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopswap1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Trapipa
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MrDis
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2017, 11.5% on this edition. Pours a solid, oily black, with dark brown fluffy head that shrinks down to a ring around the snifter's edge. Dark, roasted malts with significant bitterness and hop character, bittersweet dark chocolate that pushes the boundaries of good taste but doesn't cross over into being too acrid. Undercurrents of smoked malts, vinous tannins, and anise, a bit of iodine on the palate (not as a flaw) that gives the impression of peat smoke. Full-bodied and smooth on mouthfeel, as expected from the viscous appearance. Culminates in a nice, dry finish. Runs counter to what seems to be fashionable these days, but well executed.

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Photo of braican
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of pittsburghkid66
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of LloydDobler
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5%ABV 22oz bottle poured into large snifter

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Photo of birdsellam
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bl00
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black, thin layer of tan head is retained. Smells of milk chocolate, Kahlua, cinnamon, honey. Taste is a strong hit or sweet chocolate up front, milky notes follow. Not a ton of cinnamon on the pallate but it's balanced well with the other flavors. Mouth feel is nicely carbed but thinner. I think it works for this brew. Tasty beer! Would love definitely buy another bottle if I run into it

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Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stalin's Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout from Evil Czech Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 20 ratings