Kushetka Russian Imperial Stout
Counterbalance Brewing Company

Kushetka Russian Imperial StoutKushetka Russian Imperial Stout
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #529
Ranked #13,889
4.03 | pDev: 11.41%
Counterbalance Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Kushetka Russian Imperial StoutKushetka Russian Imperial Stout
Notes: A big, bold beer with roasted malty goodness and just the right hop balance. A pleasure for your tongue. It’s been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. This beer is the music.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of woemad
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. I forget the price. Freshness date on bottom is printed super small and is smudged, so it's age is anyone's guess.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this is such a dark brown as to appear jet black, even when held up to light. Big, creamy, tan head, almost like a root beer float. Lots of lace.

Initially the aroma was uninspiring, closely resembling soy sauce. As it warmed, things improved. Some brown sugary, molasses-like scents, and a little bit of raisiny dark fruit aromas came out to play.

The taste was of the above but seemed to meld better on the tongue than in the olfactory. The sweetness was a little more pronounced, in a slightly chocolatey way, but was offset by a bitter bite that kept it from being too sweet for the style. Finished on a dry note.

Full bodied, yet still a little thin for the style.

Not one I'd put on my Mt. Rushmore of the style, but nearly there. My first Counterbalance beer is a pretty good one. I'll have to try some of their other beers available locally.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A gift from Sharon in the form of a 22oz bomber.
It pours a very dark brown with a khaki head that fades away but leaves some nice lacing and a small ring.
Aroma: Vanilla and burnt coffee
Taste: See above and add bitter chocolate and some heavily roasted malts.
Feel: Smooth and creamy texture.
Overall: I will probably never see one again unless I get to Seattle. Reminds me of two of my favorite Russians, Old Rasputin and Ivan the Terrible. It's a very good beer!

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice full bodied aroma like a classic imperial stout. Smells like a roasted bourbon barrel. Hearty taste with lingering burnt notes but doesn't taste particularly creamy. Strong stuff. Silky mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice, dark brown/black color. Tan head with very fine lace.

Mild smell, mocha, malt; maybe there'd be more, this one was just out of the frig.

Taste is interesting - definitely a good amount of malty bitterness, as a stout should have, but more treble and midrange, than bass.

Mouthfeel is quite rich. Nice. Just right. Carbonation is spot-on.

Some distinct hoppy bitterness on the finish, as if this had some IPA influence in it somewhere. Not bad, per se, but seems a bit at odds with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, into a tulip: nearly black color, no light getting through. Toast, vanilla on the nose. Wonderful complex flavor: toast, vanilla, cocoa, tobacco. I really loved the silky mouth feel of this beer- perfect and a lot of imperial stouts get this part wrong in my opinion. I'm thinking this is better than the old rasputin! 8.99 for the bomber makes this a really good value too.

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Photo of bsherrill
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This company happens to be a near me, and I love the fact I can get a growler of this beer at a reasonable price (last i checked it was like $12-14). Hits almost all the right notes, for a Russian imperial stout. Like Rasputin, but better in my opinion a little better.

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Photo of gandres
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From tap taster 4 ounce glass
Appearance: Deep dark brown white head, minimal lacing
Aroma: very toasted grains aroma
Taste: toasted grains, slight chocolate
Feel: foamy creamy feel
Overall: Overall very good beer, but has weird after taste
Drank: 2/16/2016 2:30 PM

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a fine, half finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Nice aroma of dark toasted malt, vanilla, light lactose, cocoa. Flavor is well toasted dark malt with moderate char, semi-sweet chocolate, licorice and hints of coffee, finishing with charred dark malt and coffee with high cacao chocolate. Nice, lightly creamy body with good mouth feel. A quite roasty imperial stout; rather dry with a profile that leans towards an imperial dry stout and the closest I've tasted to the flavor of high cacao, baker style chocolate. This more bitter, drier style of chocolate is not a dominant flavor in most stouts, but works well here with the moderate dryness and roastiness. Rich enough to fit the Russian imperial stout style, but with much more well roasted malt and bitterness; a Russian-American imperial stout if you will. A different flavor profile, but an enjoyable one. I liked this quite a bit.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 32 oz jug filled at the brewery in Seattle yesterday. Very dark in the glass, with a golden brown glint around the edges. Not much foam but pleasantly prickly on the tongue. Aroma of roasted malt.

Moderately sweet but a gargantuan malt flavor. Roasted, burnt, browned, and every other kind of dark malt. Bitter chocolate would sum it up. This has more complexity and interest than a lot of RIS brews. It's also more bitter, but fortunately the massive malt makes it drinkable. IBUs rated at 65 and the hops are Columbus and Willamette.

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Photo of Moose90
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A — Pours a deep and dark black color, quite thick and rich looking. There is a coffee colored head that leaves behind some nice lacing along the inside of the glass.

S — Smells of charred and roasted malts, lots of dark bitter chocolate, as well as a big black licorice component.

T — Much like the nose, there is also a bit of an herbal, almost minty tone, as well as the big licorice and dark bitter chocolate note. Nice.

M — Medium-Full bodied, nice long finish.

O — Very tasty overall, good depth of flavor.

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Kushetka Russian Imperial Stout from Counterbalance Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 26 ratings