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Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
620
Reviews:
120
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
7.47%
 
 
Wants:
594
Gots:
96
For Trade:
6
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Photo of FCal79
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alexcortez426
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamFuel
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, with thick chocolate colored foam.

Smell is full of coffee and licorice. Hints of soy.

Taste is just massive, with tons of coffee and licorice and just a hint of chocolate. Complex and lingering, awesome stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. A little bit thinner than I would like, but still very good.

Overall, just a LUSCIOUS beer, huge and complex.

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khoff5
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k47k
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raspy22
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My overall impression of this beer is that it drinks like a super-charged, super-thick Fuller's London Porter. A tidal wave of bitter baker's chocolate, jammy dark fruits, cream, charred wood, cold espresso, and that detergent-y floral hops aroma that I've also gotten from Pappy's and Beelzebub, open the olfactory floodgates.

Much like with Pappy's, the aromas consolidate to something more reminiscent of an everyday stout with temperature, but a nice entangled affair of bitter vs. smoky/sweet remains a constant throughout the entire drinking experience. Nose is pleasantly matched on the palate, but with a nice rounded sweetness like one finds in the Fuller's classic; the sweetness isn't quite dominant, as each sip ends pleasantly dry with a slightly powdery and smoky after sensation on the tongue.

The mouthfeel on this beer is, for the lack of a better word, luscious. Gorgeous thick chewy full body, with a nice creamy initial mouthfeel that you don't find too often on stouts anymore. Despite the thickness, there's a soft, silky consistency to this that makes you keep going back for another sip--until you realize this is baby is 9% and you start pacing yourself again.

Whereas I do enjoy the occasional Dortmunder as an everyday beer whenever I find myself up at odd hours of the night trying to fall asleep so I can wake up early like a responsible adult, I wouldn't mind being less responsible if it meant I can drink one of these as a nightcap every night.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjones5045
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dino for hooking these up as part of our "I'm now too fat to fit into these old school screen printed jerseys" trade.

Pours out of a can and black. Dark brown head, 1/2" in depth. Looks the part. Aroma was normal, you know, roast and shit.

Taste was also normal, except for this slick, mild, meatiness in the beer. Like a rauchbier without the smoke. Soft minimalistic sweetness along with some red wine note. Again, this is all very mild and not obscuring the basic tenents of an imperial stout. Not bitter, nice creaminess and everything despite the heft and big time alcohol, you wouldn't know it from drinking it. Only by reading about it.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned a few months ago.

A: Pours a syrupy, impenetrable black with two fingers of creamy, dense, espresso-like head. Excellent retention and a bit of lacing.

S: Cocoa, mild roast and coffee beans, and a bit of vanilla, with the balance decidedly towards the chocolate.

T: Rich dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, with moderate supporting roastiness, a bit of cola and vanilla providing some complexity. Very mild sweetness rounds out the flavors.

M: Moderately warming with a bit of heat; this could probably stand to mellow for six months or so. A bit of alcohol taste.

O: A really exceptional non-BA imperial stout, among the best I’ve had.

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Photo of dms1767
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pezhead_79
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can received in trade with Eric.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, blue session. Aroma has really dark malt notes, wood and some musty cellar. Taste follows with dark malts, cacao, quite roasty and dry on the finish.

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Photo of dertyd
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rjd722
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can from late March or early April poured into Behind the Veil teku glass.

L: Jet black, as you might imagine. 2F+ light tan head with good retention, spotty lacing, and a cap and ring that persists.

S: Nothing overly fancy here: just a lot of roasted malts, unsweetened cocoa, maybe dark fruits and roasted hazelnuts.

F: Definitely a cut above the nose: roasted malts, unsweetened cocoa, dark fruits, roasted/burned grains and nuts. Runs a very straight line between bitter and sweet. Only the tiniest hint of alcohol heat on the finish.

F: Medium to nearly full-bodied, but still pretty easy to drink. Very little carbonation. Construction and balance are just superb.

O: A very strong example of an unaged RIS that can compete with any of the top-tier ones on the market today.

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