Russian Imperial Stout | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by mophie on 12-13-2002

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Nicolette10895
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tolann
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I recently obtained this bottle in a trade with fyrecrakker05. Thanks hun!

A - Pours really super dark and almost thick looking. The bottom of my glass is like a moonless midnight. Head is a roasted coffee brown.

S - Wow. Sweet, chocolates, some roast, vanilla, very beautiful. No need to wait and warm up or stick your nose in the glass. The aroma wants to come out and play.

T - Really in tune to the smell. Chocolate and sweet up front. roasted coffee is more prominent in the taste but still hangs in the back. This tastes like a guilty pleasure.

M - Smooth! Not syrupy, not too light. Carbonation is just right. Very enjoyable aftertaste. Small amount of warmth from the ABV.

D - Very nice! Awesome recommendation, fyrecrakker05! I looked at your cellar list too long cross-eyed. You're right. This one is awesome! I've been in a mood for RIS and other stouts and this one really tipped the scales! This beer makes me want to go to PA and get more.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Provided by WC brewer last fall. No bottled on date observed. Poured into a Duvel glass for review. Doesn't absolute black, almost opaque dark brown. Nice rocky tan head. Not much lacing on the glass. Smells of light roast, chocolate, chalk, brown malt and citrus hops all harmoniously gelled together. Upfront roast and chocolate in the taste with firm bitterness and nice lucious, creamy mouthfeel. Nice vanilla presence and virtually no alcohol notes in either aroma or taste. Could mistake this beer as 5% ABV. Overall, a superbly done beer.

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Photo of WC1
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Twism86
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jmalex
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opening this during the first round of the Masters. No indication on the bottle of age or originating pub.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip deep black with a large, 2-finger, dark tan head. The bubbles are tight and have incredible holding power (though perhaps aided a bit by the glass).

SMELL: The aroma is full of astringent, bitter black malt but contains a strong undercurrent of dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Hop aroma is low though not nonexistent.

TASTE: Much more well-rounded and smooth, and it just explodes from there. The richest, most luxurious flavor of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and toffee. Dark fruit is absent, but unnecessary. It finished strong with a big hit of black malt and espresso. What a beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Quite thick and full, though not at all slick. The carbonation is on the lower end and appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: Exceptional. The alcohol is fully hidden, and I'll be making quick work of this bottle.

Gosh it pains me that these Iron Hill bottles are so expensive. I can't recommend purchasing one, but you have an opportunity to win one in a contest, go for it!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this one in a BIF late last year and had been holding onto it for a special occasion. I have given up holding onto things like this, and I should just go ahead and drink em. Therefore, I decided to open this one, letting it warm up to about 50 degrees I proceeded to pour it into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance - This poured a wonderful jet black, no light at all was getting through this one, and it had the look of a thick viscous pour. Rich tan colored head of about three inches in height then rose up off of it and took what seemed like forever for it to settle down into a subtle tan pillow that lay across the top to a height of around a half an inch throughout the entire session. Deep thick web like lace was dripping across the sides throughout. A very nice looking stout, and up there with the better looking ones I have seen.

Smell - The aroma was very rich and sweet. The first notes I could detect coming off of it were rich aromas of chocolate. Nice milk chocolate with hints of vanilla. Some dark fruit located in here as well, with maybe some berries, something dark, fig maybe coming through; not very strong but never the less it was there. Lots of lactose and a touch of caramel as well. As it warmed some more coffee like notes came off of it, but it maintained its sweet profile.

Taste - The flavor followed suit perfectly. First hints of rich chocolate were coming across now, very sweet milk chocolate notes mixed in with lots of coffee. Tremendously good profile here. I let it warm up with hops of really bringing the big guns out to play with respect to the flavor. What happened next floored me. The flavor really started to pop with lots of sweet chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Very good now, as it gets up near room temperature. This was one of the best flavors I have ever tasted. The finish was strong, with a deep rich coffee flavor that I honestly thought was going to last forever. Just brilliant, I cannot believe more people are not aware of this one!

Mouthfeel - Very nice creamy Mouthfeel on this one. More then adequate carbonation with a smooth silky feel, this one was very nice indeed. Velvet like at times, the carbonation was spot on. Towards the end, it trailed off a little, but still was more then excellent.

Drinkability - An outstanding big stout here. There was literally no hint of the alcohol in here at all. Everything was so well covered, with a rich and sweet profile that seemed to drag on for days. There was no issue in finishing the bottle myself; hell, I did not want to share.

Overall, I thought this was outstanding and easily one of the best RIS's I have ever had in my life. It was loaded down with coffee and sweet chocolate with all hints of the alcohol well out of reach. I would have loved to have had another of this, but alas, I do not. Either way, it was excellent and you should seek this one out.

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4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark black. My mag-lite struggles to register any color at all. The head consists of a chunky tan collar with irregular spots in the middle.

Smells of big sticky barley with lots of chocolate and a splash of coffee. Nice blend here. Rounds out with a touch of smoke and maple syrup.

The flavor is rather gentle with a dry rough barley with a slight brown sugar. A slight coffee again is followed by a thin maple syrup. There’s also a very subtle sour cherry and orange rind to balance things our.

Feels light and clean with a nice, gentle carbonation. It’s almost glassy with a nice thickening carbonation. I’ll go ahead and say this one feels ideal.

Tasty, light and clean. What more could you ask for?

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Photo of little_star
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryi86
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from the Newark location poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, faint coffee, some piney hops.

T- Dark chocolate, caramel mats, roasted coffee, some hops in the finish, very well balanced.

M- Medium to full body, smooth, nice creaminess.

O- A nice RIS, 9.5% ABV is very well hidden. Not the most complex beer and I little on the pricey side, but worth trying of you get the chance!

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Photo of victory4me
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mophie
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another damn fine beer from my friends at Iron Hill. 1/2 gallon growler. Ruby-brown in color, with just a trace of light poking through. First pour produced a really appetizing cafe-au-lait head, but subsequent pourings were relatively flat. Regarding the smell: my kids thought it smelled great (they're 8 and 11 years old, so my wife pretty much freaked), but they're right -- really nice fragrance of chocolate, plums, raisins, roasted malts. As for taste: when I was at the brewpub, I watched a guy at another table try his first sip. Upon tasting, he got one of those looks on his face that indicated he had just experienced something really special. A really nice malt backbone, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Burnt toast qualities, with an ever-so-slight alcohol spiciness. Oh yeah, baby. Be it food or beer, Iron Hill puts out a first-rate product.

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Photo of SteveB3014
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Russian Imperial Stout from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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