Imperium Russian Imperial Stout | Highland Brewing

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4.21/5
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Imperium Russian Imperial StoutImperium Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The dark complexity of a Russian Imperial Stout made more irresistible with the addition of vanilla beans, toasted coconut, and Octane® coffee. Pitch black, velvet smooth and aggressively roasty, Imperium commands all of your senses.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,616
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
46
pDev:
7.84%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of cunninglinguist666
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tazzman
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coho11
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Samputnam14
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Loooonie2
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a smallish, rather brief, light beige head.

Smell: Scented soundly of roasted malts, deeply toasted bread, a few drops of salty soy, cream-dosed coffee, toasted-up dried coconut and chocolate candies.

Taste: A soothing, roundly sweet-tasting maltiness curtailed by just a bit of alcohol and some roastiness (a product of the grain bill and its coffee addition). Lightly nutty oatiness, toasty coconut shards, some milk chocolate. Its sweetness slowly recedes leading into the gently drying, roasted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-soft carbonation. Smooth, velvety body. A gentle and almost gentile mouthfeel.

Overall: Pretty solid, likable stout. Sure, with a mere three adjuncts in the form of coconut, coffee and vanilla, this is still five to seven ingredients shy of what today's beer drinkers expect, but I thought it was squarely decent.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coffee ganache with nice bitterness. Roasted aroma very inviting. Not getting coconut. Vanilla is subtle, but nice.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greencovesteve
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mntlover
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark tan colored head bar pour head. Really nice sheet lace for a bar pour head.

Aroma little subdued for me dark roasted malts, mostly chocolate, light coffee, vanilla.

Taste is better, roasted malts lots of chocolate notes, good coffee, vanilla hints of coconut. Good pine bite from some hops to keep it from being cloying mingling with a bitter coffee bite, really dry finish.

Mouhfeel is big medium almost full think the dry finish makes it seem a little lighter.

Overall not bad good flavors, subdued nose and wierd dry finish keep it from being great but a solid big stout that I would have again given the chance. Be interested in trying it in a bottle.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 2.39. Bottled 2/2/17. Served in a goblet. Enjoyed 11/30/17.

Pours a dark chocolate brown, near black with two fingers of fluffy pale khaki head. The foam shrinks to a wide central patch and cottony ridge, leaving large swaths of lacing.

Aromas of light chocolate, creamed coffee, mild roast, faint and some earthy coconut.

Tastes of vanilla, mocha, cooked caramel, vague coconut, a hint of pine and just a tiny smidge of alcohol.

Smooth, velvety medium full body with moderately light carbonation. Vanilla creamed caramel macchiato dances on the palate in the aftertaste.

Good work from Highland. The adjuncts come through nicely, particularly considering how long it took me to get around to drinking it. I wouldn’t mind having this one again, especially if they saw fit to stow it away in spirit barrels for a while.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a black color with mocha colored bubbles.

Smell - The nose head a nice Baker’s chocolate nose.

Taste - my first impression is the chocolate. It is a sweet syrupy chocolate that is balanced with a little burnt malts in back. There is a sense of vanilla and perhaps dark cherry hidden. The beer becomes slightly more bitter in the after.

Mouthfeel - The beer is so smooth it’s like a nitro stout.

Overall - This is delicious.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Sticks & Stones, Greensboro, NC

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coconut and vanilla are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of coconut with strong notes of vanilla and hints of coffee and dark malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pleasant to sip, especially if you like coconuts and vanilla. It would make for a good selection as a dessert beer. No alcohol is perceptible.

Serving type: on-tap

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sendbeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raoul_Dork
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Onenote81
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Imperium Russian Imperial Stout from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 46 ratings