Black Dolphin
Triple Crossing Brewing

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Triple Crossing Brewing
Virginia, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #301
Ranked #9,046
4.1 | pDev: 3.66%
Mar 15, 2022
Nov 24, 2015
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Notes: Named after Russia's infamous maximum security prison, this deep, rich imperial stout was brewed with serious amounts of roasted barley and dark brown sugar. The result is a lush, full body of roasted flavors guaranteed to warm you to the core. Perfect for when you find yourself visiting Siberia. Just be careful not to land yourself in the beer's namesake.
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Rated: 3.83 by mig100 from Texas

Mar 15, 2022
Rated: 3.95 by beerrat from Virginia

Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by petewheeler from Maryland

Apr 17, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Apr 08, 2021
Rated: 4 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by vabeerguy from Virginia

Jan 29, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by Jason_cs from Florida

Mar 10, 2018
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Rated by BEER88 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not sure how long i let this sit in my cellar but it may have been too long! Not bad bit mellow.
Sep 01, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Aug 15, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured out of the can like motor oil. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha colored head that settled down, leaving a short tan head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of licorice, the latter of which becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: From start to finish, the taste of this beer is dominated by flavors of black licorice. There are also some hints of roasted malts and a light amount of bitterness. Both the roasted and licorice flavors linger into the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as roasty compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts and is a beer that more prominently features aromas and flavors of licorice. It's quite drinkable considering its strength because it did a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can
Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by smithj4 from New York

Aug 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Benish from Utah

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: jet black while pouring and solid black with no translucence in the glass.

Aroma: chocolate with a nice subtle smokiness. It smells decandant yet savory.

Taste: very sweet and decandent at first, then the roast and char character comes through midway. Rich chocolate all over with robust molasses and brown sugar and then a faint note of bourbon at the finish.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, slick, and smooth

Overall: a superb sout that I like for its simplicity. It's well balanced, smooth and an easy imperial stout to drink.
May 02, 2017
Rated: 4 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia

Apr 08, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by token_23223 from Virginia

Feb 23, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Feb 16, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 13, 2017
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours an opaque, thick, viscous jet black in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy very dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts with moderate aromas of brown sugar sweetness and light to moderate aromas of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with a slightly heavier than moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, and anise/licorice with some light flavors of dark fruit (plum + fig). Light flavors of earthy hops. Moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness through the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick.

O: While this one is a touch sweeter than most of the other RIS beers I have had, this one was really enjoyable and the sweetness hid the alcohol presence well. Enjoyable and pretty easy to drink, considering the strength I needed to slowly sip this one.
Feb 09, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by Cubatobaco from Virginia

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 4 by lillitnn92 from Virginia

Jan 10, 2016
Rated: 4.12 by 22Blue from Kansas

Dec 02, 2015
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Reviewed by uvachief from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Only 250 bottles made. Had it on draft. Pours a deep thick molasses black with 2 full fingers of tan fluffy head that lingered for a few minutes before dissolving into a nice oily black surface. Beautiful looking beer. Smells of big roasted malts, dark bitter sweet chocolate, espresso roast coffee and caramelized sugars. Nice smell. First sip is way too cold. Beer is about 37 degrees. You get a lot of roasted malts and coffee followed by bitter chocolate, toffee and caramel. All the traditional big Russian Imperial Stout flavors are there. After it warms up you get more roasted malts and coffee. Little hop bitterness on the back end but it only has 40 IBUs. This is a HOME RUN for Triple Crossing. A fantastic stout!
Nov 24, 2015
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