Russian Imperial Stout
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout
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From:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
 
United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #207
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,376
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.88%
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
165
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 27, 2022
Added:
Dec 13, 2002
Wants:
  58
Gots:
  55
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout
Notes: Full-bodied stout that starts with a complex, malty sweet and high-roasted character that is wonderfully balanced with the use of citrusy American hops.

75 IBU
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: dark black with a tab head that dissipates quickly.

S: caramel, dark chocolate, and dark berry.

T: sweet caramel, dark fruit, a hint of licorice, and bitter espresso.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: overall a pretty decent beer. A no little more interesting than just heaps of malt.
Sep 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.26 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Sep 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.32 by hopley from Massachusetts

Aug 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.12 by walt5 from Delaware

Dec 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.08 by EMH73 from New York

Sep 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by socon67 from New York

Aug 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the can into a large snifter style glass.

Good slow pour, barely makes a sound, as the glass fills with oily thick and viscous looking dark walnut black to brown colors. Cream classic tan head, and a good one finger puck that holds it's own. Solid and beautiful looking stout.

Delicious aroma. Chewy sensing dark malts, almost hinting licorice but more of thick dark brown bread and molasses. Cake like rich, and hints of dark chocolate as well. Really rich sensing and big, real nice.

Palate just gets the goods. Chewy and delicious body that you can cut with a thick knife. Rich malt dark chocolate in the mid palate, filled with a soft hint of molasses and oily hop and char. Thick almost nougat flavors without a large amount of sweetness. Faint touches of coffee, and a good piping roast.

Sort of lacks the creamy and fruity estery quality you can get for this style, but they get everything else just very or close to exceptionally well.
Jun 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by timmy2b from New York

Mar 26, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Coca-Cola very dark brown is the color of the Stout now poured from a pint can into a clear glass liter mug. T'was a casual pour which resulted in an incredible amount of biege head and some lacing. The aroma is a good blend of hops and roasted malt. This is one outstanding tasting RIS. It starts velvety smooth and mildly sweet, with a roasted malt start. Then some hops and a scant taste of alcohol amplify the continued malt flavor and carry it to another level not often obtained. Other reviews will probably reference dark chocolate, expresso or black licorice, all of which is understandable. Regardless of that, this is just flat out a superior Russian Imperial Stout and if you like them, you know what that means. Negatives that keep this from perfect fives would be a little "greenness", or less than fully peak flavors only briefly noticed by the nose and initial tasting. Not in anyway meant to insult other varieties from this brewer, but this is a very pleasant surprise.
Feb 22, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Dark, dark brown. Giant, everlasting, medium brown head. Left excellent lacing.

S---Roasty malts and chocolate. Strong coffee.

T---Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

F---Full bodied with very good carbonation.

O---An excellent offering from a local. Nice work.
Jan 28, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 12-16-20.

A - Black pour with thick, dense, heavy caramel colored lacing that's very creamy and sticky on the glass with lots of legs.

S - Big roasted chocolate malt presence, light char, with some Espresso on the nose.

T - Follows the nose exactly. (Go figure, right??) Big dark chocolate roast from start to finish, Espresso, char / charcoal, and ends with an assertive, lingering bitter dark chocolate Espresso finish.

M - Thick, silky, and slightly oily in texture with a lingering char dryness on the palate.

O - This is a pretty fantastic Russian Imperial Stout and IMO one of their better beers. Iron Hill can be hit or miss with me but this one is a definite winner and worth checking out.
Jan 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Sep 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Jan 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.02 by alexsergio from New York

Jan 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.59 by Jhfinn from New York

Mar 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours very dark and syrupy, minimal head. Aroma is roasted malt. Sweet and sticky, tons of roasted malt, chocolate, black licorice/anise, espresso finish. Thick and viscous. Overall a very nice Imperial Stout.

1/1/19
Bomber - thanks Roach
4.25 rating
Jan 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Dec 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Sep 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by DrMindbender from South Carolina

May 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.73 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Feb 10, 2018
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It pours pitch black with a small tan head of less than a finger. The aroma is of coffee and some burnt bread. The taste is well balanced but with a very mellow sweetness toward the end. Full bodied and with little carbonation.
Nov 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by gargamel01 from Pennsylvania

Nov 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Mar 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

Feb 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.6 by vfgccp from New York

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.26 by Gtwreck45 from Missouri

Jan 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.03 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jan 18, 2017
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Mahogany black with thin chocolate milk-colored head. Nice roasted malts in the nose with a touch of coffee and some chocolate. Similar tasting, but somewhat creamier and less toasty. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Solid.
Jan 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.42 by billab914 from Virginia

Jan 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by srw from Virginia

Nov 27, 2016
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Reviewed by unclekeith from Alaska

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
2014 750 into a snifter

L: Black as sin, 1-finger khaki head going quickly to a collar
S: Roasted malt, smokiness, chocolate, coffee
T: Following the nose, nice bitterness, no hops, and almost no sweetness
F: Creamy, full bodied, nice carb
O: Feels stripped down in this age of barrels and adjuncts - very well done, nowhere to hide any imperfections - excellent!
Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by deereless from Colorado

Oct 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

Aug 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.78 by WC1 from Pennsylvania

Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.6 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2016
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A thanks goes out to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, light coffee. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, some citrus, light chocolate, faint hints of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.
May 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.48 by Clippershipp from Pennsylvania

Apr 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Apr 18, 2016
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