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Russian Imperial Stout | Yards Brewing Co.

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4.02/5
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20 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JerseyKirk on 12-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
20
pDev:
5.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Sk8sean86
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - as expected from an imperial stout
Smell - slight licorice, toasty some cocoa
Taste - very similar to the scent but stronger
Feel - medium light carbonation and some what syrupy.
Overall - just ok

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Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pretty much a classic stout, which is not a surprise given the brewer.

Pours black with a tan head, while it lasts, whichbiant too long.

Nose is roasted malt that has a lightly burnt toast note, a bit of instant coffee, and a slight whiff of both smoke and licorice.

The feel is rather thin, with a little sting from somewhere.

The taste is much like the nose, though the burnt toast to char notes seem in a little more represented. A light sweetness cuts through the roasted notes to help keep them from overwhelming the beer.

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Photo of jhlosito75
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jodybrutal
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dolse
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevehagy
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was pleased to get to try this along with some other BA's at Sturges Speakeasy in Harrisburg on tap, served in a goblet.

The color is black, opaque with thin band of tan with fine bead and some sticky lace. The smell is great with a blend of roast, nuts and spice with some dried fruit and cocoa for good measure. The feel is deceptive -very smooth for a 10% stout with nice mix of roasty and sweet textures with creamy smooth yeast and semi-dry finish.

I really liked this in that it has a familiar, traditional take on the style which is good since it doesn't have to have a bourbon barrel, coffee or other spice even chocolate to make it tasty. This has some of the aforementioned flavors like cocoa and roasted flavors with some mild fig-like and chewy caramel in the mix with slight alcohol as it warms but nice level of sweetness and bitterness in balance. This is very drinkable for the style I wanted to enjoy a second but it is too easy to consume for a 10%abv stout

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fastwalker19
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine example of a well-made, medium bodied, noon-barrel aged RIS.

Can't compare with the barrel aged stuff, but this is a great beer. Full of dark malt, chocolate, and coffee, with a good chew and bite. Rich and coats the mouth well.

A fine beer I'd be happy to have again and would love to see aged in a barrel or on wood chips

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Photo of Austin_Cohen
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of pat_usher
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery December 2011.

A: Poured pitch black with a 1/2 finger dark brown head. Not light passed through the glass. Carbonation present.

S: Coffee and roastiness. Missing dark fruits and other complexities.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate and dark roasted malts.

M: Thick and chewy. Noticeable dryness.

O: Not a bad beer but not a great representation of the style. It's missing the complex notes that most Russian Imperials have like dark fruit, dark caramel, etc. Also alcohol isn't warming. I think that's a keen detractor since this beer was made to impress the Russian Czars during winter. Still drinkable but lost points due to style issues.

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Russian Imperial Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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