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 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

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

Photo of davegray
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wajohnst
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$8 for 473ml can in Toronto's Pearson Airport. Very dark. Nice creamy texture and pleasant chocolate and coffee and dried raisin flavor profile with a noticeable roasted grain on the finish. Rather lower viscosity than all other RIP's I've had. A little heavier than a porter. 8% abc helps. Definitely enjoyable

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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Fairly black. Beige head bubbled out quickly, leaving a mere ring. A bit of lacing. Not super dark, I get some ruby red highlights.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, sweet milk chocolate.

T: This is some sweet stuff. Dark comes of as pretty strong: raisins, a bit of plum, and maybe some date. Dark caramel is strong too. I'm guessing the fruitiness is coming from the dark caramel malts. A bit of restrained roasted barley comes through on the back end, but it's pretty laid back. Very sweet- to sweet for me. Caramel should be dialed back; roasted malt should go up. No booze what so ever, I could easily believe this was a 5% beer, if not for the body.

F: Almost oily. A thick body, and pretty creamy feeling. Carbonation is perhaps just a tad dialed back.

O: It's passable, okay, but passable. Sweet, too sticky, not really my thing. I prefer roastier, lower ABV stouts.

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Photo of Jaisell
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DeanTheMachine
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coronaeus
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OneTuffPony
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

473ml can purchased at the LCBO ( $3.15 ). Huge fan of Wellington brewery, i attribute them as being one of the breweries that got me into craft beer years back but have yet to try this brew.

A- Oily black pour, color is dark as night with a tan head of thick foam.

S- roasty with a aromas of breakfast blend coffee and a touch of caramel and brown sugar.

T- Much of the same with some coffee flavors, touch of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, molasses, dark fruit sweetness ( raisins, plums etc. ), hint of toffee, bitterness in the end is decent and balances the beer nicely.

M- very slick almost light but not in a watery way. Smooth in almost a milky kind of way. Finish is slightly bitter but not dry at all. ( some stouts obviously are quite dry in the end depending on the style )

D- A nice warming beer perfect for the freezing cold Canadian winter. very drinkable.

Overall i really enjoyed this brew. Not the best example but a very solid offering. i will be drinking alot of this if its readily available this winter which appears to be the case this year. Fair price too. Thanks Welly!

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Photo of Alfr_d
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From can into a tulip glass, poured black with a good head of creamy tan foam showing good retention and lacing.
S- black coffee and roasty chocolate malts, earthy bitter notes, dark chocolate, some vanilla also. Some licorice character and full spice character, rossty with a smattering of cinnamon. Quite aromatic.
T- has a chocolatey roasty start with a good hit of bitterness earthy notes, shows more coffee and residual lactic creaminess on the middle, some chocolatey sweetness. A fairly mellow imperial stout in that there is a good balance of milk chocolate, roasty malt notes and some mild earthy bitterness, nothing really sticks out apart from the above average holiday spices. It's quite a drinkable Imperial stout.
M - full bodied with a creamy feel, moderate carbonation, and quite a creamy dextrinous feel. Very drinkable, with a satisfying balanced body.
Nothing very especial about this stout,the aroma is quite nice and interesting, but the flavour. Profile is subtle and balanced, nothing too offensive about it and it's a decent sipper, but the hint of metallic character and general mediocre aspect make it some.thing I wouldn't get regularly. Good stout and it gets the job done decently.

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nose of black chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.
In mouth, strong presence of sugar (chocolate) and expresso beans. Great roundness, mineral taste. Anise appears in final with hops. Not boozy at all.
Bitterness is tastefull, hoppy and bitter, almost dry, short.

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Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of neenerzig
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%

Picked up a single 473 ml can of this from a beverage store in Niagra On The Lake, Canada when my wife and I went there on a vacation about 4 months ago. This beer say in my cellar and then in my fridge for awhile before I cracked it open. Poured out the 473 ml can into my snifter, this beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a tan/light head about 1/2 inch thick when first poured. Eventually it settles to a medium ring lining the inside of the glass. No film layer of foam on the beer's surface or much lacing here though. Aromas of some roasted malts along with coffee and hints of chocolate. Not much else smell wise here. The taste is pretty much the same, with some toasted caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some chocolate and coffee bitterness that is rounded out with a touch of hops. Has a good mix of flavors, especially as the beer warms up a bit and things balance out. Has a mildly crisp, somewhat prickly, very smooth, slightly oily, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be. Worth a try.

Eric

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Photo of headstash
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Imperial Russian Stout from Wellington County Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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