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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This stout pours like a flat root beer with the same soda brown and caramel edges. The head is a total let down with almost none to speak of. So far only the color is impressive.

The nose is mostly bread yeast and roasted grains. Far more grains show up after it warms a but but never as much as I'd hope.

Molasses right from the start in this flavor profile, thick, coating and sweet. There are some rich caramelized grains that go more toasted cereal then anything coffee or chocolate. Really nice dark flavors that's so far my favorite part of this beer.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrup like and almost over sweetened. Light carbonation supports that feel and leaves you with a coated mouth and a slick finish. Not the best stout in the world but a solid average one. Tasty in parts but lacking in others.

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Photo of CWhite
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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 ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a black color with a brown head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt in it, as well as some chocolate. The flavor is very similar. There are huge chocolate and roasted malt notes coming through, with some bitterness from the hops and a hint of grass coming through as well. I also get a little bit of pine from the hops. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

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 metter98
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dense and creamy tan head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose. As the beer begins to warm up, these begin to get a bit stronger and hints of chocolate also become perceptible.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and isn’t that complex but has some flavors of roasted malts and notes of chocolate.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warmth from the alcohol in the finish, but no dryness is evident.
O: This beer doesn’t have a very interesting taste, but could be classified as an “entry level” Russian Imperial Stout for craft beer novices as it’s not too difficult to drink.

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Photo of MyName
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +45.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a dark, dark, brown, almost black, with a fizzy tan head that quickly reduces to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell has a fair amount of alcohol bite, with bready malt, sweet caramel, and a cola aroma.

Tastes better than it smells; doughy bread, coffee, chocolate and cardamon start, with an alcohol wamth and mild hop bitters to finish. More sweet than hoppy, which is a little surprising for a RIS.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, slightly tangy, and drying upon the tongue.

There's a smokiness that creeps in as you get further into the brew. I served it warm, which was a good thing, as this might have been more difficult to drink if cold.

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Photo of WesM63
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with a 1finger mocha head.

S: Smells sweet chocolate and some roasted malts.

T: Sweet cholocate up front roasted malts then small acholohol finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Not a terrible RIS, but not fantastic either.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 4/11/12

Pours a medium-dark brown and settles pretty close to black. Sandy brown foam rises to just over two fingers before slowly dissipating. thin wisp of retention. A few globs of lace dot the glass.

Prune is heavy in the aroma, mixing with notes of molasses, burnt sugars and scorched chocolate. Perhaps a touch of tobacco and earth. While the aroma left me a bit apprehensive (I'm not a fan of sugar bombs) the flavor is more forgiving. Sure, there is some sweetness a la roasted chocolate, but there is also a pleasant coffee bitterness and earthen hop notion to keep the sugars in check. Heck, the finish is actually pretty dry. The body hovers around medium territory for a RIS, with a subtle, viscous feel underpinned by a granular notion. Carbonation is moderate and appropriately suited for the overall feel of the beer. Mild alcohol heat builds on the finish

Whole Hog isn't the most outstanding or memorable RIS. Regardless, it's not too shabby, especially considering it's rockin' an 8.6% abv.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks like your standard RIS maybe a touch lighter since I see a bit of hazy red at the base of all this darkness. Head is fairly sticky so it looks nice.

S - Mild roast, some chocolate, molasses, a touch of anise.

T - Kind of bland and lacking any complexity of the RIS style. Old coffee mild roasts, some chalky chocolate, and a touch of aged hops. Even the finish isn't sweet if it was I would give it some forgiveness. Reminds me of watery Guinness only double and not even close to the Foreign export stout.

M - Worst part its watery and thin which is not what I want in this style.

Overall I should have listened to the reviews it's a very average (at best) RIS.

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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout from Stevens Point Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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