Vlad Russian Imperial Stout
Hailstorm Brewing Co.

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Hailstorm Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #446
Ranked #12,567
3.97 | pDev: 7.56%
Jan 26, 2022
Apr 28, 2014
Very Good
Vlad Russian Imperial StoutVlad Russian Imperial Stout
Notes: Brewed with 11 different malts and 6 different hop varieties, this huge Russian Imperial stout is as complex as they come. Big hop flavor and aroma that fades to clean malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasty goodness. The massive amount of hops used in this beer help balance out all that malty sweetness.
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3.79 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2022
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4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Resistance88 from California

Gifted to me by buddy who visited family in Chicago . Always happy to get ANY Russian Imperial Stout without add-junks

Poured out like silky chocolate into glass with 1/8th inch max of head. Mild carbonation(i like that)
Looks great in a glass, jet black.
Smells of dark roast, 60% dark chocolate and dark fruit( plum skin) and alcohol.
Taste followed nose with dark malt and slight hop bite with mild carbonation and minimal alcohol burn.
A little thick in the mouthfeel which i always welcome( thats what she said)
Overall i enjoyed this. Especially in a world where the pastry stout bpiz are replacing hazebros. It's becoming harder and harder to find a surprisingly easy drinking Russian Imperial Stout these days, if this beer had a little more intensity in the flavor id give it a 5 .

Jan 19, 2022
4.25 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin on Nov 29, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jzlyo from Iowa

Aroma is roasted/toasted dark malts, dark fruit and a hint of sweetness/alcohol. The flavor is dark fruit, dark/roasted malts, chocolate, mild sweetness in the middle and a big acidic/warming alcoholic finish.

Jan 05, 2021
4.03 by 5EKF from Illinois on Mar 07, 2020
4 by Winston3737 from Michigan on Dec 01, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by darktronica from Indiana

I guess the brewer's notes are all about the huge numbers of hops and malts going into this, but my read is that it comes out being incoherent and messy rather than "complex." I felt the same way when I first stumbled into Hailstorm's tasting room a couple of years ago, and I feel that way when trying the newly-canned version of Vlad now. I don't know how they manage the hype-wagon surrounding the various barrel-aged Vlad variants, or maybe they have some magic barrels I haven't tried yet, but this is simply not a noteworthy base beer.

Apr 23, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: rich, black malt, fruit cake, coffee, cocoa, molasses, some dry hops. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, tan webbed lattice of lace. Full body. 62 IBUs

Mar 27, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

16oz can, black bodied stout with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is rich and roasty with notes of dark chocolate, roasted barley, oats, grain, and earthy hops. Rich flavors meld well together with notes of roasted barley, char, dark bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, oats, caramel, tobacco, and leafy earthy hops. Body seems a little light for the style, carbonation and balance is good and I appreciate the linger of chocolate and roast on the finish. Overall, it's good but lacks any sort of wow factor I've grown to expect from my favorite beer style.

Jan 29, 2019
4.25 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 21, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Received in trade from josh, thanks for the opportunity, Inky black without much of a head. Big roasty licorice and sweet caramel and brown sugar. Not the hop onslaught I was expecting but the can is more than a year old. Thick and sweet and barely carbonated. Nice sipper.

Dec 24, 2018
3.89 by vande from Illinois on Apr 22, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Vlad pours the same color as the soul of The Prince himself. Pitch black, heartless, and mirroring your darkest sins. Not even the thin tan head wants to stick around for what is assumed to be a gruesome end.

Soy sauce, black licorice, fig, and molasses reassure this will be one not for the faint of heart. It exemplifies intensity with deep rooted roastiness and a strong dark sweetness in both aroma and flavor. What, no blood? Well, it does in fact have an iron metallic note going on as well, so...

It's extremely rich, and the low carbonation doesn't do it any favors, so to speak. It works, but it is intense and oily, and actually leans more towards the sweet side of the spectrum.

Vlad, as with the man himself, is both evil and good. Not quite destroying my insides, but strong and impressionable nonetheless. A beer to share perhaps, or to enjoy alone, selfishly, in a courtyard full of your favorite, potentially disturbing decorations. Cheers.

Mar 13, 2018
3.85 by jsmith313 from Texas on Feb 10, 2018
3.85 by stanale from Illinois on Feb 08, 2018
3.99 by ksimons from Illinois on Jan 17, 2018
4 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois on Jan 13, 2018
3.69 by CSO from Illinois on Dec 29, 2017
4.44 by michaelsmith11 from Illinois on Dec 21, 2017
4 by mush from Illinois on Dec 09, 2017
4.36 by Shafaegalo from Texas on Nov 02, 2017
4 by Egotist from Illinois on May 26, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

First beer from Hailstorm for me, it won't be the last.
L: let's call it very dark brown with a nice beige head and some lacing.
A: Roasted malt, coffee hints of dark fruit.
T: Matches aroma, chocolate is more pronounced.
F: Not as thick as FIS or OB's Ten-Fidy
But better than most.
O: Very well done.

Mar 26, 2017
4.11 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Mar 06, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Qbdoo from Illinois

Black with a thin tan head. The scent is surprisingly hoppy though of course there's the expected malt aromas. Taste is chocolate, dark fruit, roasty malt but also pretty hoppy, which I found to be a bit much. As the beer warmed though, the hops took a back seat and the flavors got more complex, with hints of toffee and maple syrup coming out. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an imperial stout.

Feb 17, 2017
4.14 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Feb 03, 2017
4.51 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Feb 01, 2017
4 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Jan 27, 2017
3.95 by npendres from Wisconsin on Jan 16, 2017
3.89 by FBarber from Illinois on Jan 12, 2017
4 by krome from Illinois on Dec 19, 2016
4 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Dec 19, 2016
3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois on Oct 15, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 6/22/16.

Pours a very dark brown, opaque, with a one inch frothy head and a fair amount of loose lacing. Looks pretty good. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, some coffee, a little marshmallow. The taste also leads with the malts- a little more roasty than the aroma , chocolate, light vanilla, more coffee than the nose, some earthy hop bitterness midway through the finish. Smooth, creamy, full bodied, well carbonated.

A straightforward and solid Imperial, very enjoyable to drink. Well blended flavors, really good aroma. Also makes a great base for all their terrific barrel- aged stouts. Well worth a purchase.

Oct 03, 2016
4.5 by drstalker from Illinois on Aug 20, 2016
4.08 by Bammer21 from Illinois on May 31, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GrumpyGas from Illinois


12 oz draft pour is thick black with a disappearing dark tan head with lacing.
Coconut aroma is strong and is backed by alcohol.
The taste matches the coconut aroma with various malt/smoke/cereal notes.
Thick mouthfeel with some bitter hops and coconut aftertaste.
A very good version of the standard.

Apr 17, 2016
4.27 by AuntBea from Illinois on Apr 10, 2016
4.17 by Monkeyknife from Missouri on Apr 08, 2016
4 by Davit from California on Apr 06, 2016
Vlad Russian Imperial Stout from Hailstorm Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 96 ratings