Trappist Imperial Stout | The Spencer Brewery

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3.97/5
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127 Ratings
Trappist Imperial StoutTrappist Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Spencer Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
spencerbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A massive, roasted, malt-forward American Trappist take on the Anglo-Russo Imperial Stout tradition. Luxuriantly frothy foam, waves of coffee, chocolate and caramel sensations, a generous blend of dark fruit flavors. Intense and robust.


Added by WCKDVBZ on 09-28-2015

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Ranking:
#10,133
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
127
pDev:
12.09%
 
 
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of Cramshawbar
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice, gentle, not too obtrusive stout, which at the same time is a bit watery. Looks and smells beautiful. I recommend it to anyone. You will not love it but you will appreciate it.

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Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle bb 10/5/19 poured into a Spencer signature chalice at fridge temp 8.7% ABV. The beer pours dense black with mocha brown head. The head recedes to a thin island & ring leaving some lacing behind. The aroma is mild with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee in that order. The taste is dark roasted malt, licorice and baker's chocolate. The finish is dry with a roast driven medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with less than medium carbonation. No alcohol presence in the aroma or taste. Overall, unique and good. I suppose this is attempting to mimic historical or traditional versions of the style. Not sure I've ever had another RIS with quite the same profile.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eberesford
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep black with midest head and generous lacing. Aroma: slight sulpher when the bottle first opens - dissipates leaving roasted malt, dark fruit, some coffee. Flavour: Roasts, espresso, dark chocolate, definite alcohol. The body is lighter than expected although the flavours linger.

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

Pours a midnight black with a two finger root beer colored head. Head breaks slowly leaving a nice cap and collar and some decent lacing.

Smell is roasts, dark chocolate,some dark fruits and a slight yeasty/spicy aspect.

Taste is nice roasts, followed by a touch of leather, then some bitter chocolate. I also get some dark fruits,but the yeast from the nose is not really present. The booze is there.

Feel is full and creamy or smooth, with a nice bitter roast and warm booze finish. I found the carbonation quite fine, but very active.

The best beer I've had by Spencer by a long shot. This is a really nice imperial stout, with a great flavor. A nice sipper on a cold evening. Well done.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

330ml bottle served cool into a Spencer Trappist Ale tulip. Purchased as part of the Holiday pack. best before August 2, 2020.

Appearance - Pours a deep, light eradicating obsidian color and a huge plume three fingers tall of tan head sits on top which recedes at a modest pace leaving a thin foamy tan cap. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Some chocolate, booze and a funky Trappist yeast aroma that blurs the line between imperial stout and Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Lots of dark fruits, namely raisins, figs and plums. A sweet treacle-like backing to the whole endeavor. Different for an imperial stout to be sure.

Taste - Initially a little sweet, then some dark fruits shine through again, then a moment of a bready and yeasty flavor before a smooth chocolate covered coffee been comes in. Dark chocolate for sure and bitter, but well restrained. Almost had me thinking this can't possibly be a stout until the coffee and chocolate combo comes in. Nice complexity. Coffee and chocolate more prominent on subsequent sips.

Mouthfeel - Velvety smooth and soft on the palate, a fairly hefty body, but there's a silkiness that makes this pretty easy to drink. Slight bit of prickliness and astringency on the close.

Overall - A pretty damn good and fairly complex stout that integrates the Belgian and trappist philosophy of this brewer into a style that has very little ties to those ideals. A nice sipper to be sure and recommended to local BA's to try this before the limited supply is gone from these parts.

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Photo of nullbort
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, best before date of 10/06/18 printed on the back label. Served in a Spencer chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, with roasted/burnt malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark bread and a bit of anise noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good, enjoyable imperial stout. I know I'd like to try this one again, definitely recommended if you've never had it before. $3.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FalconOne
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JeannieVolpe
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of qrazvan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good looking when poured into the glass, with a thick brown foamy head and dark brow colour.
Nice coffee - roasted malt smell.
The taste is similar, with some dark sugar/ caramel feel, but not on the sweet side. really well balanced.
A great trappist imperial stout!

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NightINgale
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GregSemenza
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Calraven
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Harvest Market
Dark inky black with a small wispy off white head that leaves spotty lace. Rich roasty chocolate caramel and hints of dark dried fruit and molasses. Very English feel but really tasty!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon brown black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like robust dark chocolate, dark coffee, dark fruits, blueberry, plum, fig, dates, prune, some banana, apple, pear, caramel, toffee, dark molasses, roasted toasty bready malts, cola, spice, yeasty phenols, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like yeasty phenolic spice, dark fruits, blueberry, plum, fig, dates, prune, mild banana, apple, pear, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, toffee, dark molasses, roasted toasty bready malts, some cola, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and chewy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a nice and interesting imperial stout.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Trappist Imperial Stout from The Spencer Brewery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 127 ratings