Imperial Russian Stout | Wellington County Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada
wellingtonbrewery.ca

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout is patterned after the highly fortified Russian Stouts that were exported from the U.K. to Russia in the 1800s.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
192
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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Photo of halivera
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Brody1714
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Juiposa
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Max8787
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Favorite Ontarian stout. Well balanced, couldn't be darker, strong chocolate aroma. Great for strong beer fan, maybe not the best pick if you start to drink stout.

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Photo of Corson
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darnzy
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Electros
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BadgerBob
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Wellingtons Imperial Russian Stout" 473can, 8%abv

Pours a dark, black brew, with a creamy reddish head. Recedes after 5-6 mins, no lacing. A strong aroma. The taste is a big strong flavour of coffee, chocolate with medium-high bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium carb.

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Photo of al_al1357
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Out of a can, this beer serves an opaque black with a lit a ring of carbonation throughout. Rich and complex on the nose with a prune and date-like sweetness - chocolate and coffee notes are also present. Loads of flavor in this beer. Taste is influenced by the smell - dark/dried fruits, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and molasses. The taste of alcohol is also present but not overwhelmingly so. Overall, a well-balanced beer with a robust body.

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Photo of mark_mla
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great cool weather beer. Bit higher alcohol but delicious

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

Photo of fortyfield
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shpud
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris_r2112
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: As black as can be. Pours a one finger, brownish head that dissipated relatively quickly.

Smell: very nice smell. Some dark chocolate, some coffee, has a sweetness that comes from a raisin/date like fruit. Darker fruits shine in the aroma of this brew.

taste: Extremely interesting. The can boasts that it is one of the boldest beers brewed in Ontario, and I would say that it could certainly be in the conversation. Strong chocolate flavours on the fore front, quickly followed by a small hint of coffee. This beer gets more interesting on the back end, with robust notes of caramel, vanilla, and dates. Exceptionally well balanced and flavourful.

feel: Medium-thick feel with light-medium carbonation. Imperial Russian stout is extremely sticky in the mouth, to the point where it is almost unappealing. However, the mouth feel still seems to work with the taste, so the stickiness that I detected is not that big of a deal.

Overall: A little rough around the edges in some areas, but overall very well balanced and very tasty. I have to say that It is my favourite offering from Wellington Brewery. Overall, I would recommend this to all stout lovers.

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Photo of 4ster
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADicerni
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An Opaque blackness with reddish highlights.
Brown Creamy foam that lasts only a few sips.

A pronounced maltiness you’d expect from a stout. Well balanced bitterness with the sweet toasty taste of the malt. A dry finish with slight bitterness. The hops are not so aromatic as flavouring. Somewhat herbal or grassy. Overall a clean layering of malt and hops.

This stout has a crisp carbonation but not overly and full bodied. A pleasant experience.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer starts strong with a really nice pour producing a deep brown/black color beer with a one inch brownish head that lasts a few sips before breaking. What is left behind is a few islands of bubbles. The smell is roasts, coffee, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. I found the aroma remarkably mild. The taste is a parallel of the nose with the addition of a caramel flavor. Mouth feel is quite pleasant, smooth and almost creamy. Carbonation is moderate and that alcohol smell does not translate to any burn.

Not a bad RIS all in all. Not one I would jump up and down waiting for, but I'd certainly consider having one were it on the tap list at my local.

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Photo of shigg85
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EricVonStein
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A tall aggressive pour nets you a fat two finger head of tanned brown head of big bubbles that fizzle and pop down to a rocky topping. Black and thick as the night, this looks the part.

On the nose, nice black liquorice, burnt brown sugar, dark roasted malts, but not burnt. Sweet but inviting.

Plenty of black liquorice following the nose, sweet molasses, raisin, hints of espresso, earthy bitter hops are noticeable toward the end. Roasted and a little char on the finish. Really thick and creamy, smooth and nicely balanced. Warming at the back of the throat but not boozy.

Overall a really nice well rounded imperial. It comes through on the richness of classic, simple, down to earth and hearty flavours. Not one of the flamboyant stouts - you wont find any caramel or vanilla here. But thats not what this one is about. Easily a go-to in the category - dependable.

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Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Imperial Russian Stout from Wellington County Brewery
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