Russian Imperial Stout
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout
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From:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #360
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,612
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
323
Ratings:
579
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 14, 2023
Added:
Nov 30, 2001
Wants:
  84
Gots:
  70
Notes: You don’t need to be royalty to enjoy Berkshire’s dark-as-night interpretation of the traditional Russian Imperial Stout. Rich maltiness produces hints of chocolate, licorice, toffee, and ripe, dark fruit. Its velvety texture bathes your palate in luxury,begging to be paired with a dessert or to be enjoyed as a nightcap. Suitable for drinking now, this fine ale also ages beautifully in a cool, dark place…waiting patiently to transport you to the time of the Czars.
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Rated: 4.02 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Jul 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Almost ink black with a finger of short-lived head that receded to a very thin ring. Decent legs. Nice malts & chocolate on the nose. Nice roasted malts on the tongue. Smooth with no alcohol burn. Feel is on the thin side. Solid beer.
Apr 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Steel Rail (2021) from Berkshire. Received from @Roy_Hobbs in BIF #14. 12 oz can. Stored at home at 38 degrees. Reviewed12/12/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Can stamped on bottom “VINTAGE 20??”. Served at 52.8 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 59.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4
First pour – Deep Amber (SRM 15), clear.
Body – Ruby Brown (SRM 24), opaque. When rear-lite, slightly translucent with reddish overtones.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), wheat with top rocks, rapidly diminishing to a five to twelve mm jagged lacy crown and a complete cap with rocks. Second pour produces a 0.7 cm head.
Lacing – Fair. Single narrow ring of extremely tiny bubbles with stalactites.
Aroma – 4 – Initially milk chocolate and some burnt malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Taste follows the nose, no hops, no yeast. Some raisins show up as it warms further. No advertised licorice or coffee. No ethanol (8.7 % ABV, according to website, NOT marked on container) taste or aroma. Marked gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Some slightly bitter maltiness builds on the aftertaste.
Palate – 4 – Medium, velvety, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Seems a bit thin for a RIS but otherwise quite good. I was unable to convince myself or either the advertised coffee or licorice in the flavors, but the chocolate, burnt malt, and dark fruit (raisins, anyway) were distinctly present. Overall, a decent RIS.
Dec 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Oct 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.39 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Apr 05, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the older bottle, it pours a very dark, clear, reddish brown color with a nice light brown head that lasts a while. In the nose, it is roasty malty with black malt and burnt notes. In the mouth, it is smooth, creamy and the taste follows the nose. Nice!
Mar 30, 2021
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Nov 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by Jeez from Massachusetts

Oct 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.67 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Aug 22, 2020
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown, not black. Typical brown head.

Definitely some interesting smell -

Nice taste. Medium mouthfeel. Not heavy, like you would expect from a RIS, but good tasting. Full flavor, but not especially interesting.

Easy to drink, smooth. Not particularly strong for the style, but alcohol still well hidden.

Very good beer. I expected more, but still worth drinking.
Aug 16, 2020
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a warm opaque black with little head.

Smells of malt and fruits like raisins and figs. Tastes of malt, molasses, coffee and raisins. No bitterness.

Lighter in body and ABV in comparison to other russian imperial stouts I have had. Smooth lush mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Very enjoyable. Recommended!
Jul 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I found a 4pack in cans and gave this a shot. Smell was superb. Taste really struck me as very complex with some nice vanilla notes. A nice sweet malty flavor very drinkable... Overall a wonderful Russian Imperial well worth searching for.
Dec 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.68 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Nov 22, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.77/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Bottle aged for 6 months. Little of that characteristic Russian stout feel. Would have thought this to be the American stout variety.
Apr 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.49 by socon67 from New York

Mar 24, 2019
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Rated by Pete9094 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Very good RIS but just a tad bit thin with the body. May improve with age. Still a good RIS, though.
Mar 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jan 02, 2019
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Reviewed by illpass78 from Maine

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bomber poured into stemware.

Appearance: Black with an off white, short head that dissipates. Not a ton of lace.

Aroma: Vanilla, coffee beans, dark chocolate.

Taste: Follows nose. Very nice mix of vanilla and black coffee. Some booze. Very tasty. More flavor emerges as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Boozy enough to drink slowly, but not an overpowering beer on the palate.

Overall: Very well executed RIS. A delightful cold weather beer.
Dec 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by Tdengel from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by shivtim from Georgia

Oct 20, 2018
Russian Imperial Stout from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 579 ratings