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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout | Stevens Point Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
pointbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 02-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,237
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
167
pDev:
14.16%
Bros Score:
3.23
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As one review posted, I remember getting some "licorice in the aftertaste".

This beer is is clearly NOT an imperial stout. Yet, having said that, if I think of it more as a heavy-bodied milk stout, then it is very enjoyable while I am drinking it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: very dark brown liquid with only a short, loose, brief pad of tan foam forming atop... the collar ends up being almost transparently thin - no lacing

S: smells more like a porter(?!) or at least portrays character of a UK/Eire import - dark-colored malts, nutty, woody, touch of coffee - no overt chocolaty or roasted barley tones, no potent boozy notes... perhaps a faint hint of black licorice

T: very very malty, layered crystal malts sporting med-dark caramel and hints of raisin/prune and licorice in the aftertaste... lovely dark malty flavors, but it seems to beg slightly for more of an alcohol presence - the malt is dense and tightly-wound, but the taste overall shows a deficit in counterpoint from this lack of bite in booze and in bitterness

F: goddamn twist off... this is seriously lacking some bubbles - thickly dull and lazily oily across the palate, owing to the low carbonation and the absence of ethanol sting and/or biting bitterness... betrays moreishness

O: actually a rather tasty brew, that is if you envision this as an imperial stout (mistakenly) brewed like a Scotch ale... but as a stout (and imperial one as it were), it feels like an unfinished realization of the intended end product

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Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Russian Imperial Stout pours a black color with a small, barley lacing tan head. Nice rich and sharp black licorice aroma. Taste has a nice sharp flavor, smokey malts, with good hints of black licorice. Good body and feel. Overall, a little more licorice flavors, but a nice beer.

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Photo of SSGCujo
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Soneast
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Jet-black with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled faintly of chocolate, roasted malt and toffee. It tasted a little too sweet for the style. Milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of garymuchow
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a great beer, but it also isn't a terrible one either. Looks good, except upon pouring it is clear that this isn't rich heavy beer. Pours as thin as it then feels - all 8.6% of it.
The aroma is thin too and resembles style with a mild hoppy character with a mild roast, some sweetness with a fruit quality.
The taste resembles what is should be with a decent roast character, some mild dark fruit and a blended hop taste. Seems like some licorice in there too.
The thinness and size take away. This if more of a RIS light, which maybe there is a time and place. Who knows.
Thanks John.

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Photo of Zatch90
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ufellc
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Got it at a festival on keg. A good caramel colored head, dark chocolate body. The smell wasn't anything special, the flavor had notes of chocolate, caramel. It didn't have a heavy mouth feel. Left a lingering bitterness in the mouth

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Photo of MacMalt
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. Dark brown/black with cream-colored head and minimal lacing. Not a strong smell but can detect chocolate and a little burnt coffee. Nothing really jumps out in the taste. As expected, there is some chocolate and coffee but not much else; no vanilla and no fruitiness. There is definitely some hoppy bitterness throughout. Medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Not as thick as some of my favorites. At 8.6, the ABV is lower than many other RIS's and there is no alcohol burn. Overall, while this isn't a bad stout, it pales by comparison to some of my favorites. I prefer FIS, Ten Fidy, and Wake Up Dead.

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Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewjdc
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tridge85
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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