Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout | Stevens Point Brewery

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Whole Hog Russian Imperial StoutWhole Hog Russian Imperial Stout
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by cokes on 02-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
164
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of jmponder
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of FernMaster
1.78/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint.

Lucky, this bottle was provided to me by a friend and I didn't pay for it. He laughed and told me it tasted like Band-aids, I found this crazy so I had to try Band-aid beer. He's not far off. Yuck. Here goes....

The color isn't that bad, but there's very minimal head and what's there resides very quickly. There's a decent lacing around the glass, but actually the word "decent" should have been "minute." The smell is very very strange. The nose is this offensive rubbery, dark fruit scent, like it's raisins, plums and too much toffee. My thoughts going into this was that hopefully the taste didn't follow the nose, it didn't, it was actually worse. He was freaking right, it tastes like band-aids. Yuck. There's way, way too much toffee and way, way too much raisins and plum flavor. Yuck. God I just drank it again to get a more accurate description, just don't drink it. That's the best I can get. Just don't.

If you're thinking of drinking this beer, stop it. Walk away and buy something good. This is not good.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.09/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Saw this new RIS at the store at a reasonable price, had to try it.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a little bit of light passage when the glass is held to a lamp. There is about a 1 finger creamy looking head with decent retention and some lacing.

S: I am not picking up a whole lot on the nose... some deep roasted grains and some ethyl alcohol. Also picking up some spicy hops in the background. Again, everything is pretty subdued.

T: the front starts out with nice sweet notes of molasses and dark chocolate, but that is where it all goes down hill. This flavor fades quickly and turns into a solvent like alcohol presence along with some metallic notes. The finish is unpleasant and it leaves a less than desirable flavor in the mouth.

MF: thin body,medium to high carbonation, a bit of a creamy texture as it warms

D: this beer started out promising but ended up being a bit of a mess. The alcohol is way too prevalent and does not balance with the malt profile at all. Something about this brew lacks robustness and just ultimately falls short. I couldn't finish this as the after taste left and unpleasant burn on the palate.

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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Paul68
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of boudreaux
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: pours dark reddish-black; a lighter, off-white head

S: dark fruit and roasted malt hit the nose; alcoholic as well

T: plenty of estery fruit, but not enough thick, roasted malt; a hint of coffee and roast, but overall lacking

M: weak... very light and watery

D: shouldn't be this drinkable for the style; this beer is a work in progress, at best

As the color and aroma already indicate, this beer lacks the substance to be considered truly imperial in nature. There's plenty of estery fruit, but none of the big, thick flavors like coffee and chocolate so characteristic of Russian Imperial Stouts. The mouthfeel is weak and the whole thing goes down like a wet Fourth of July. This beer would be better off advertised as an imperial brown ale.

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Photo of russpowell
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & weird juicy fruit scents

T: Carob, dark fruittyness, a touch of iron, oaky dryness, leafy hops & booze up front. Dryness, a somewhat annoying chocolate covered cherry taste as this warms, along with faint figgyness & more leafy hops as this warms, along with a faint hint of juicy fruit. Finishes dry with more carob & weird juicy fruit taste, verging on the edge of drain pour, maybe I should've had this cold???

MF: Slick, kind of watery fairly noticable/ prickly carbonation

Drinks okay, a half hearted attempt at the style IMO. My first IMP stout homebrew was so much better, even weaker than the imp pilsner & IPA. So many good/great RISs out there, sorry I wasted my time on this one

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Photo of JPowell712
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to be honest, I expected a better product than this. The pour and look to the beer was about the best part. It looked nice and dark as an imperial stout should. The aroma was not very strong and smelled of sweet prunes. That's exactly what the taste also put forth... Prunes. I don't know why, but I caught a lot of sweet prunes and almost nothing more. The taste is rather boring. I did get the big warming character of a higher alcohol beer, but I just thought overall it lacked some of the much needed elements to be a good imperial stout.

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Photo of NewGeneric
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once again, thanks to dansteino for always having a great selection.
Poured into my Delerium tremens tulip.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with about a finger and a half of milk chocolate head that fades relatively quickly.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. Some chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee and dark fruit. That's about it.

T: Similar to smell, though the fruit is more present than the chocolate. Roast, coffee are almost absent actually.

M: Bit of a bite up front, followed by some noticeable alcohol.

D: Could have more, but would prefer other options.

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Photo of bigbeers84
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of muskiesman
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of imagese
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Cork & Bottle in New Orleans to try since it isn't avail in CA

A- dark auburn with a slight opaque brown at the edges. Poured a nice one finger, but it quickly faded and left no lacing.

S- powerful dark chocolate with a nice roasted quality on the initial pour. Lost a lot of strength, but was a still a nice smelling beer thru out the whole glass

T- nicely balanced, but for an RIS, it's missing that back end kick. Although, I'm really digging the cocoa taste that hangs in my mouth.

M- falls short here. A bit on the watery side, and carbonation seems a bit too low

D- goes down smooth. Drinks more like a strong English brown

This could be a good stepping stone from stouts to imperial stouts, but as far as hanging with the staple RIS selections, this one falls short.

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Photo of cokes
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark magenta brown. Very much on the lighter side of the color spectrum. The head is a tall puff of mocha, gradually fading to reveal patches of lace.
Big time bubblegum nose, with additional notes of canned fruit cocktail in heavy syrup. This overly fruity nose seems a trademark of Point's Whole Hogs (and some of their regular offerings as well). Way in the background, there is a tiny whisper of cocoa. Some flare of Brandy-esque boozy heat as well, especially as it nears room temperature.
It carries more malt weight in the mouth, beginning with fudgey chocolate cake tones, and a small amount of roastedness, hinting at weak coffee. The fruit picks up midway, with pineapple, concord grapes, bananas, and dates. A small trickle of vanilla-tinged booziness creeps in. As does the bubblegum, shattering what was a perfectly quaint moment. The buublegum joins the lolling booziness to ride long into the finish. Hops offer little in the way of resistance.
It's moderate-full mouthfeel and low-mid carbonation are appropriate. If some of the overtly fruity characteristics were quelled, this would be respectable.

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2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thin cinnamon head that is soon gone before the first sip. There are big bubbles the pop up the side of the glass.

S- The deep toffee takes on some soy sauce qualities with a slight sweetness in the finish with a gentle graham hint coming through as it warm. There is a shampoo quality to the whole aroma that is a bit off.

T- The deep toffee flavor is mellow and a bit lagered clean with an artificial caramel flavor in the finish and some dark nougat flavors lingering.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is light and smooth with a few qualities of a stout but then it has lots of odd and artificial flavors that are really off putting.

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Photo of jheezee
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of bilhelm
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of rrski198
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Jet black, small off white head, disapates quickly.

S: Black liquorice, coffee, chocolate. Nothing amazing

T: Sweet molasses, brown sugar, liquorice.

M: Weak carbonation, taste simply disappears quckly.

O: A sugary mess, not balanced (no hop presence). For the amount of R.I.S. on the market, I wouldn't purchase again.

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Photo of thereal_adam
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of dalepryor
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of rspauldi
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jwinship83
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up as a single because it was only $1.69. drank from my stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours out a very dark brown colored body with a little bit of light passing through, there is a small khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a few seconds before becoming no more than a crown. little to no lacing left behind.

S- the initial whiff brings forth mostly dark roasted malts. there is also a touch of chocolate and a little bit of alcohol. some earthy hops and coffee at the end.

T- the taste starts out with dark roasted malts. after that i get some sweet milk chocolate. a little bit of coffee and earthy hops at the end. definitely not the most complex of the style.

M- this is on the lighter side of full bodied with an acceptable level of carbonation. minor warming from the alcohol.

O- this is acceptably priced. not the greatest beer, but nothing offensive either. glad i tried it, i dont think ill be going back for more.

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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout from Stevens Point Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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