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Russian Imperial Stout | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.19/5
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263 Ratings
Russian Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States
ironhillbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,647
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
263
pDev:
7.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
53
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 263 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of Hearneator
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IPAchris
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Iron Hill in Ardmore, PA.

Pours a very dark brown color with almost one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of chocolate, cream, vanilla, roasted malts, light coffee, milk chocolate, and light dark fruits. Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy.

Overall a very good RIS; the best beer I've had from them so far. Not very strong, worth checking out if you go for sure.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InspectorBob
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KT123
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fourstringer
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate to aggressive hand. No identifiable date.

A: Dark, reddish-brown body with 1/2 finger of dense, tan-colored head. Ok retention. Scant lacing.

S: Dark chocolate with flourishes of vanilla bean. Dark roast coffee. Toasted nuts. Nice roasty sweetness.

T: Roasted malts open, intermingled with well-blended hop notes. Sweetness peaks and slowly, but incompletely, yields to a dark chocolate cum American hops bitterness. Just barely semi-dry finish. Lingering hops and roasted notes in the aftertaste with undercurrents of grapefruit and citrus. Alcohol presence is middle-of-the-road for 9.5% ABV.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with a medium to full body. Soft and smooth on the palate. Slightly sticky. Faintly grainy in the last few sips.

O: Drinkable and tasty, if not ever so slightly cloying. Average depth of flavor. Dig the can.

Prost!

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Photo of Beer4B
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 4 pack of pounder cans at the Phoenixville location - $22. Seemingly ouch, but when compared to 750ml's, it's a bargain. Very cool orange cans, and love that they put a RIS in a 16oz.

Pours with only minimal beige head, and very little lacing. Roasty, toasty aromas. Some unsweetened cocoa, raw dough, and cardboard finish it out. Flavors carry the aromas, and add a nice barky bitterness. Some coffee grinds, honey, citrus hops (esp lime), and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is fairly light going down (for the style), but the aftertaste leaves a bitter film on the tongue. Normal carbonation for a big RIS.

Pretty happy with this one - it's not over the top in flavor or mouthfeel, but is simply well crafted. And love the can approach!

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Leeds_xx
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of victory4me
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of texaswhiplash
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timnkate
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveB3014
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jackrodgers77
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryanmextorf
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwhancher
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Nicolette10895
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Russian Imperial Stout from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 263 ratings
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