Berkshire Russian Imperial Stout | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Russian Imperial StoutBerkshire Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

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4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Dark as pitch at midnight with a thin but persistent lace. Even with an aggressive pour, the head is minimal and disappears quickly.

SMELL: The primary nose here is dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Under that, you'll pick up hints of licorice and fruit. This may sound like an odd pairing, but it's really quite nice.

TASTE: Fantastic! This stout baths your palate with a luxurious fusion of dark chocolate and coffee with fruity, semi-sweet undertones. There's a mild alcohol taste combined with minimally-bitter roasted malts. This beer would pair wonderfully wonderfully with a dark chocolate cake (such as Black Forest German Cake) or chocolate pot de crème. It would also be interesting to try this beer with red meat dishes featuring caramelized onions or some other semi-sweet flavoring. I recently had baby-back ribs with a bourbon-molasses sauce and I think that this beer would have been a wonderful pairing.

MOUTHFEEL: This stout almost caresses the mouth. It's very smooth and velvety. On the finish, there's a slight bitterness that pricks at the tastebuds.

DRINKABILITY: I can drink dark, complex stouts for an entire night, but others with easily-overwhelmed palates may want to limit this brew to a nightcap or 12-ounce glass with desert. To get all the layers of taste, let mouthfuls of this beer warm in your mouth. It's worth it.

VERDICT: Berkshire Brewing has turned out a brilliant Russian stout that really stands out from the pack. This is a true beer geek's brew. I wouldn't call this a night-long session beer for the average beer enthusiast, but with certain types of food (or just as a treat for the mouth), this beer rates as a must-try.

John Harvey

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4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I won't go into the detail I usually do, or that others have already done. instead I'll say this: I picked up a 22 oz bomber at the local Whole Foods...on a whim. The blind purchase was made under the guise of both my love of stouts and Berkshire Brewing. Boom and boom on both counts!

I'll skip the details, because this is an imperial stout, so the profile isn't far from what you would expect. In brief, it is black, malty, roasted, boozy, and just downright delicious. It is not the individual details of this ale, but rather the sum of its characteristics that make this a real stout lover's dream. The one unique flavor here is the slight "fresh" coffee flavor, that nobody does better than Berkshire, IMO.

This is easily the best imperial stout I have ever had, and one of the tastiest stouts overalll. Don't hesitate to grab one. And enjoy it slowly...22 oz at 8.5% will make you

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Black as night, with a fizzled tan head. No lacing at all. Poured more like a porter than an RIS.

S: CHOCOLATE MILK. Smells like Hershey's Chocolate Milk. Slight vanilla, and very slight black cherries. Boiled peanuts.

T: Chocolate, cocoa, slight coffe, slight expresso. No bitterness at all. Extremely balanced!!! Slight peanuts. And chocolate milk.

M: Very thin, but not at all in a bad way. The maouthfeel is super balanced as well. goes in chewy, but is thin on the palate, and finishes thin also. Leaves a nice coat on the tongue.

O: Not rated as a top 100 brew, but should be rated as a top 100 brew. Thank God it's not rated as a top 100 brew; more for me!!!

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Best by date of 3/29/16 and consumed on 1/29/16.
Very dark brown, black, look and there is very little in the way of a head. Aroma of roasted barley, malt, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. Very dark fruits, like chocolate covered cherries, dominate the flavor with the roast and coffee following behind. Poured very thin and feels very thin but the smell, look, and the enticing flavor more than makes up for the feel. This truly is a fantastic RIS but, I'm not sure it's; "The Russian Imperial Stout," as the label implies.

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