Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout | Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Russian Imperial StoutWhole Hog Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by cokes on 02-19-2010

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid near-black with a thick, frothy, rather persistent light tan head. Aroma is smoky with tones of toffee, molasses and coffee. Thick, rich flavor has unsweet chocolate, toffee and nutty components as well as hints of quality coffee and molasses with just a whisper of sweetness. Edgy, fizzy texture leaves behind a nice strong and rather persistent tingle.

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Photo of gobeer
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a frothy creamy dense head. Very viscous. Aroma is roasty with a slight hop note. Tastes rich and chocolatey with a hint of roast. Malt forward with a balance of citrus like hop. Goes down smooth and silky with a warming finish. Warming effect and richness grows with each sip and as the beer approches room temperature. Wow!

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Photo of DarrinRasberry
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Dark with a head that sticks around for just a bit. Looks like an inviting stout.

S: Perhaps the nuttiest/roastiest stout I've sniffed so far, followed by hints of dark chocolate.

T: As the nose advertises, albeit a little sweet for a stout. Chocolatey, roasty, malty. A pretty good brew, especially for the price.

M: A bit thin for a stout, but the taste sticks around long after your last sip.

D: A wonderful example of how to mask a higher alcohol content (this sits strongly at 8%+). I could session this beer, especially for the cost, were it not for the high ABV.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whole Hog Imperial Stout
Pours deep black with tan finger head that recedes to minimal foam.
Smells barely of faint cocoa, but more of dark fruit and finished hide/ leathery/ alcohol.
This taste I like. As far as RIS's go this suits my preference. There's a milky start and malt/ milky upfront taste, and a curiously bitter cocoa/ coffee character, and a bitter biting finish that does not dry off in any hurry. In fact, it isn't dry whatsoever. Nice flavors, hints of dates or figs in there too. If anything I wish it were a little thicker in the mouthfeel; still a smooth brew. Highly drinkable.
Overall I'd say if you're into stouts of any kind this one's worth a try. If you like your RIS's more hoppy and less sweet, you may not like this as much as i did.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ox brown longneck with no freshness dating, but maybe you don't need that for an Imperial Stout.... Pored into a pint glass, the beer is black with Ruby highlights. Not a huge head but great lacing.

You can really smell this beer from two feet away. There are raisins, dark malts and a hint of rum.

The taste leads with dark fruits (dried plums and raisins). The malts add a roasted quality with minor coffee and chocolate notes. The alcohol really only pushes through for a brief appearance in the aftertaste. Seems pretty well integrated to me, may lack a bit of the real dark roast taste that this style often offers.

The mouth is silky with low carbonation. This is a nice sipper.

This is the first time I have been able to sample on of their Whole Hog specialties. I think this a pretty good stab at a RIS.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured the expected black with toasted brown head that quickly settles. The aroma is of roasted malts, light chocolate and a touch of sweetness. Taste is very nice with nothing that is very fierce. The sweet almost brown sugar/molases goes very well with the roasted malts. There is just a little bitterness that goes along way and just seems to fall into place. This isn't a very heavy version of the style and doesn't have a overly stong after taste but damn if it doesn't work well.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this at a cooler cellar temp, around 52ยบ.

A slim one finger cap of brown foam after the pour, leaves minimal lace, and doesn't really stick around all that long. Deep black color with a woody edge of mahogany.

Maple and brown sugar, fried plantain, tobacco and milk chocolate. A whiff of alcohol too, but not overly distracting.

Flavor has a bit of dark fruit and molasses, mellow roast and very little bitterness. The body has an odd slickness to it that seems to detract a little bit. Flavors are more vivid as it warms. The flavor is a bit muted, though there are traces of coffee, roast malt, and the usual suspects. Carbonation is mellow, and it's fairly drinkable.

Considering this brewery's output, a decent RIS is the last thing you'd expect from them, but this is it. Here's to Point, in hopes of continued "experimental" offerings in the Whole Hog series.

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Photo of harpus
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark Brown with a tan head
Smell - Roasted Malts and Dark Chocolate
Taste - Roasted Malt, Dark Fruits, Drak Chocolate
Mouthfeel - creamy but a little thin for a Russian Imperial Stout
Overall opinion - This is an OK version of a Russian Imperial Stout. have had worse, one of the better choices that we have for Alabama.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stevens Point Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout

Appearance: Dark brown, some good lacing, and a small head.

Smell: Rich coffee, brown sugar, faint hops, dark fruits, and cocoa.

Taste: Coffee, brown sugar, cocoa, and faint dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

I was initially very pleased with the aroma. The taste isn't nearly as strong or well defined as the aroma, but is still good. This is very smooth for a RIS and also much lighter in body than I was expecting. It is most definitely full flavored and easily drank.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice stamina in a medium tan head. The body is very dark brown and inviting.

S - Chocolate, caramel and maybe a hint of coffee with a tiny edge of anise.

T - Dark, dark cocoa flavor with bitterness in the finish. This malt was roasted a long time which is evident in te strong roasted malt flavor.

M - Slightly coarse with an overall smoothness that's rather enjoyable.

~ This is a good beer that in my opinion meets my expectations well. If you're looking for a tasty, rich and strong Imperial Stout, I suggest you give this one a try.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a non transparent black with a white/khaki color head that slowly falls, decent head retention

S:Nose is pretty muted for the most part. Cereal grain is the first thing that I pick up with slight roated malts in the background

T:Better than the intial smell, roastiness up front followed up by some chocolate notes in the middle and back.

M:Body was a little watered down and could lose some carbonation as well, the palate thou is left with a nice coating of chocolate and stickiness that makes up for the body

D:Really this was a easy drink for 8.5%, barely any hint of alcohol through the whole glass. Smell and body were a little off but made up for it the taste and mouthfeel areas. Not bad and worth a try.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep, dark, pitch-black pour, with a nice, two-inch head of tan foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of chocolate, some roasted malt
Taste-Dark roasted malt, chocolate malt.
Overall, a bit of a "lighter weight" Russian Imperial without all the big hard hitting flavors that some hit you over the head with. A nice "first time" RIS.

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Photo of SisuPride
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprised Steven's Point, Wisconsin is brewing this type of beer. For an imperial it was a decent beer. The head dissipated quickly - the taste was a little dry for me. It poured as near black as you can be with out being plain old black. It was also a little to carbonated for me in the mouth feel category.

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Photo of BB1313
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting through, off white head that fades but nice retention and decent lacing. I'm picking up raspberry right off the bat, not what I was expecting but pleasant. I'm also picking up a ton of wood/oak. It kind of smells barrel aged. There's some butterscotch, maple, caramel, and chocolate in the mix as well. All of those wonderful aromas don't quite match up in the flavors. Well they match, it's just dialed down and more subtle. The mouthfeel is very nice, heavy, creamy, syrupy, but good amount of carbonation. Pretty silky and velvety; finishes slick and lingers. There's some alcohol present, but nothing out of line.

This is a pretty unique stout and different, so I like it for that. I'll be honest, my expectations weren't too high, but this is a pleasant surprise. There's alot of things I like about this beer, I just wish the flavors were refined just a tad and we'd really have something here. Unique take on the style.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint...

A: a dark murky brown, nearly black and pretty much opaque except for around the edges, with a big and rocky hot cocoa colored head of foam. which doesn't seem to disappear.

S: a dark cocoa and raspberry, raisn, and prune aroma, with a hint of anise, and orangey-lemony hop aromas noticeable.

T: a charred malt and cocoa flavor with sweet raisin and a bitter and boozy finish of apple skin, char, lemon peppery, and resinous hop flavors.

M: a full body beer excentuated with a very low carbonation. finishes very dry and warm. would be better if there was a higher carbonation

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. It's not the best RIS imo due to the lack of hops that I love in a great RIS, and seemed as if it had a cabernet characteristic. Leans more toward an attempt to interpret RISs of the old school England days.

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Photo of barczar
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown/black with a frothy half inch light mocha head that dissipates fairly slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Chocolate leaps from the bottle, reminiscent of brownies. There's a bit of a smoky phenolic note and booze. Nutty toasted malt and hints of bruised dark cherries and figs add complexity. Decidedly sweet. Tar and tobacco emerge late.

Dark fruit dominates the initial sip, with raisins, prunes, and dark cherries giving way to dry, almost burnt roast malt at the finish. Further investigation reveals a bit of acrid character, booze, and substantial chocolatey sweetness that eventually dries out.

Body is fairly watery and smooth, with more carbonation than anticipated, and substantial alcohol warmth.

The phenolic aroma, coupled with the burnt malt character detract from the experience, and the malt could be richer, but it's a fairly interesting beer to drink. If alcohol were tamed a bit, would help. I enjoy drinking it, though.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

An excellent imperial stout from Stevens Point. Pours dark as midnight with medium tan head
and lots of nice lacing. Aroma of fudge, roasted grains, toffee, and light coffee. Taste is sweet
malts up front with almost a milk stout like quality. Lot's of chocolate and a light bittering
taste to the back as well as the aftertaste. An excellent sipper with alcoholic warmth coming
through on the finish with a smooth almost thick buttery mouthfeel. Almost a milk stout by
sweetness, but still VERY nice.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I went whole hog with a nonic pint.

Appearance- There is a little width of caramel foam, smooth on top and dense. Retention is decent since it hasn't devolved into a ring that leaves most of the head exposed.

The beer is a dark brown and completely opaque. The RIS looks good so far.

Smell- Sweet malts that fail to be roasty are the main attraction on the nose. They are a little leathery with some hint of molasses and brown sugar. There is definitely some fig and bread-like malt wafting around too. I like the subtle and sweet nature of this nose.

Taste- It comes out a sweet and smokey. The higher abv, although nothing outlandish as far as RIS's are concerned, is noticed more on the finish and gives it that smokey and leathery kick.

There is a sense of bread malt and fig that really pervades the drink overall that I have not experienced in an imperial stout before. There is even the impression of dark cherries and dates mid-drink. I am impressed by the complexity of Whole Hog.

Mouth feel- This is where the beer trips up. It is not nearly as big, or as slick, or even as creamy as it could be. What is here is a medium to light bodied brew that has enough carbonation to make it filmy.

Overall- Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout is lacking in body, but the flavors are pretty solid. It is the strong fig and bread malts that set it apart from other imperial stouts. Although, I will say, for an RIS, it is not a "big" one. It is a subtle beer that is easy to sip and enjoy for what it is.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A) It's black, and it looks pretty thick. There was an inch of tan head to the top of the pint. It disappeared quickly with no lacing.

S) Dark roasted malt. There are hints of coffee, chocolate covered raisins and booze.

T) It is a pleasing combination of chocolate and coffee. There is a sweetness that is quite enjoyable, and a slight hop finish. The after taste is nice.

M) It's not as heavy as it looks. I'd say more of a medium body. The carbonation is right for me.

O) I haven't had anything by Point in quite a while, and I really enjoyed this offering. Well done...

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Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack of this for $4.99 at Blue Max. For the price, I thought it was worth a shot.

Black in color, bordering on dark brown. Not very viscous at all, but has a thin layer of tan suds on top.

Whoa, this is a RIS? As someone before mentioned, this seems to be more of a doppelbock. It smells very bock-like to me as well. Smells like sticky caramel goodness, but no roasty malts to be had anywhere.

Again has some bock tendencies, but now I am picking up some of the roasted and toasty malts. Some burnt vanilla sugar and lightly toasted malts are pretty much the makeup of the taste. Not bad at all, good roast, pretty tasty.

Has a bit of creaminess to it, but just not full bodied like a RIS should be. Dry finish, but needs some beef.

A fine beer, not too bad at all. It drinks nicely, but doesn't represent the style very well. For what I paid, well worth it.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Motor oil black with a tan half finger head that leaves the party in a hurry.

S: Dark fruit, leather, malts, cloves

T: Coffee arrives with licorice in its pocket. Bready malts. Rich, robust. Sweet. Hearty without being overwhelming.

M: Medium with low carbonation. A bit dry.

O: Better than I was expecting. Stevens Point has a pretty good RIS on its hands, at a decent price. The warmer the better. A good stepping stone RIS before one becomes acquainted with Stone and Old Raspy.

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Photo of drizzam
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled with my good BA friend cdkrenz, thanks for sharing CK!

A - Poured a clear dark brown in color with ruby highlights when held to a bright light source. Foamy tan head with good retention...the head left a nice smattering of lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Smells a bit on the boozy side with aromas of dark roasted malt and dark bitter chocolate. Smells like this is going to be a big beer.

T & M - The raosted malt comes through in the taste, followed by the dark bitter chocolate I smelled in the aroma. Very little to no hop character to note. The booziness becomes more and more prevalent as it warms. Medium bodied, and it finishes with some muted booze after the swallow.

D - This is a big beer, especially for a brewery that hasn't brewed much in the way of big beers in the past. Not especially sessionable, but this is certainly a solid offering from the Stevens Point Brewing Company. I'm glad to see them going back to the way of real craft brewing.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is very good with tons of molasses and toasted malts. Some ripe fruits come through slightly as well.

Taste is sweet malts, caramel and molasses. Pretty sweet with little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy for me. Oily but not as much as others in this style.

Overall this was pretty decent. Would drink it again.

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Photo of gonger
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Deep coffee black. What little light that shows through shows red. Nice lacing down the glass as I drink.

S-Ethyl alcohol comes through first, followed by bananna-coffee-yeast, some chocolate, and earth tones like wet wood or dark fruit. Not unpleasant. Not exceptional.

T-A little watery. Disappointing at lower temperatures, but not bad at 55-60F. Moldy dark fruit (currant/raisin) and malt flavors that aren't present at colder temperatures assert themselves at higher serving temps.

M-Satisfactory. Better at higher temperatures.

D-This is a pretty good brew, served at proper temps. Not the best Imperial Stout, but maybe the best Wisconsin Imperial Stoutl

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Traded a local for this at DLD.

Reviewed from notes - 4/30/10.

Poured from the bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a dark chocolate black with 1 finger of beige head. A little on the thin side for a RIS.

S: Roasted barley and malts. Hints of vanilla.

T: Same as the smell. Also some notes of coffee.

D: For the ABV and the style, a surprisingly drinkable RIS. Went down fairly quickly and easily.

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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout from Stevens Point Brewery
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