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Imperial Russian Stout | Wellington County Brewery

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Imperial Russian StoutImperial Russian Stout

Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada

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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: fully black, with a 1/4" roasty tan head.

Aroma: mild espresso notes, getting bolder as we go, becoming fulller and more bold, deep & heady, hints of coffee and cocoa.

Taste: sweet and creamy, rich and full, palate is tinged by an overflow and cocoa and cream.

Very nice stout, as it is, but far too meek and missing too many of the requisite flavors, not to mention the strength, to be an Imperial.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a jet black beer with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. Coffee smell is overpowering with some malts lingering in the background. Taste is a nice mix between coffee, chocolate and malts. A bit too much bitterness kicks in at the end. Medium full body with great carbonation for an Imperial Stout. Overall, a very decent drink but not the best Imperial I tasted.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Blind Tasting, thanks CapFlu Deep dark brown with a beige film. Very restrained aroma for an imperial, light alcohol notes, dry altogether with dark chocolate and caramel tones and a weird steamy, milky touch. Taste is also unexpected, chalky, woddy (branches) with not too pronounced green hops that seem out of place. Milky overall with a lightly astringent finish and a thin-medium body that is actually a bit overcarbonated. Worst of show in the blind tasting, weird and off imo. It lacks some basic characteristics like intensity.

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Photo of pootz
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!...wadda beer!!! What can I say...I lost my beloved Okocim porter but I found a new master...the Iron Duke! This beer was named after the right guy...anyone who can kick Napoleon's ass, invent the gum boot and set a brewing standard for British brewers that exists to this day has GOT to have a beer named after him.

Comes on a distinctive crown topped old style brown liter bottle with a trick looking label with a picture of the iron duke in full dress battle regalia circa 1815. Best before code on label dated from 6 months from production.

Pours a dark coffee color that won't let light through a porter glass.
(I poured an ounce into a brandy snifter and held it to bright light and this brew is crystal clear dark mahogany but in volume it's roasted richness makes it appear black)
The pour leaves a creamy mocha cap that stacks out of the glass then this reduces halfway through the drink to a delicate tan lace.

The brew gives definitive odors of coffee, spice, cocoa and sweet roasted maltyness, licorice and molasses to the nose (this is almost a perfect replication of the Okocim Baltic porter aroma....I'm twitching with anticipation at this point for the first quaff!

Starts big and rich with an oily-cream mouthfeel up front...melts into a delicious complex mix of toasted malt sweetness balanced with just the right stout-hop astringency and some complex mocha-spice tastes...then the finish is medium dry...just perfect (I personally dislike overly dry stouts)

This is MY beer!! I think I found something that is a rough equivalent to the world's best Baltic porters (which I love).

I don't know what Wellington was thinking when they named this a stout...it has many of the characteristics of a Russian imperial porter...and that's fine with me...it may also explain why many of the stout fanciers who try this brew (and are used to the dry Irish stout types) say it is too sweet. It may be.... by that frame of reference but I think it more aptly should be judged as a rich full strength Baltic porter. I love this thick rich heady brew call it imperial stout with a sweet twinge or a Canadian version of a good Baltic porter...I still love this beer!!

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Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark with a substantial caramel coloured head. Settles to a short layer, but doesn't give up any real lace.

Not too fussy on this one I'm afraid. I found that the alcohol was too dominant in both the smell and taste of the beer and the whole thing just came across as too harsh to properly enjoy. I've had other Wellington brews and quite enjoyed them, but this one is not for me.

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Photo of ironduke
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One hell of a brew!. I first tried this beer about three months ago and it's been my favourite stout since then.Pours a nice black not allowing light to penetrate, and is topped off with a beautiful brown head which will turn to lace and and cling to the entire glass. Smell has traces of roasted coffee beans and chocolate.Taste is good with hints of coffee, chocolate and black liquorish. Feels like heaven when swallowed, great stuff!.

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Photo of Gusler
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The quintessential stout color “Ebony”, the head massive, frothy in texture, chocolate brown in color, and the remaining lace a creamy thin sheet to smother the glass, actually a Chimay Chalice as I like my stouts in a big mouth glass, to get the maximum exposure to its treasures. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, malt and a real treat for the senses, sweet milk chocolate sweet at the start, the top chewy and creamy rich. Finish is pleasantly carbonated, masterfully hopped and the aftertaste lightly alcohol bitter, and quite dry, and one fine Imperial Stout.

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

Imperial Stout Blind Tasting (11-16-02): It has a decent head and a dark body. It's a good beer but it's a run-of-the-mill imperial stout. Mildly bitter, moderately dry. Nothing really makes it stand out from the rest.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the beer: pours out black and thick, with little to no head, then whacks you over the head with crazy coffee and chocolate malt flavours, before finishing up with some hoppiness and a good alcohol burn. I like it! And the bomber really hit me exceptionally hard. An exceptionally good brew. Cheers for Ontario, and here's hoping their strong ale is just as good!

edit: After trying it a second time, I'm just posting a few revisions: hops really aren't very noticeable; head is easily attained through a hard pour; I found it went down a lot more easily second time around; I will ratify the strength though - seems almost too tasty not to knock it back.

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Imperial Russian Stout from Wellington County Brewery
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