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Barley’s Alexander’s Russian Imperial Stout

Barley’s Alexander’s Russian Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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Alexanders I-III were formidable czars in Russia. Barclays Brewery of London made a beer specifically for export to the Russian Imperial Court.

Because refrigeration was not invented yet, the brew had to be high in alcohol content to naturally preserve it on the journey.

Coincidentally, both Scott Francis’ and Brewdood’s first sons are named Alexander, and that sealed the deal for the name.

This entirely enjoyable beer won gold medal twice at the prestigious Real Ale Festival in Chicago, despite the fact that it was only brewed to 6% ABW back then, due to Ohio’s prohibition of brewing strong ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (706) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2014
On tap, poured into a samller glass. The aroma is a milky, rich chocolate with notes of coffee as well as a smokey character. It pours a dark, opaque, deep mahogany brown color with a dense bubbled, medium thin ring with a wispy surface and a light lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and bitter combination. It’s a thick, creamy, and sticky texture with a soft fizz carbonation. The medium full malty body contains smokey notes and a slight ash quality with coffee and lots of chocolate. It finishes surprisingly clean with notes of chocolate and nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (3113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2014
On tap at Smokehouse. Brown pour, tan head. Sweet chocolate, bittersweet, roasty, coffee, yeasty, dark fruit. Little on the thin side. Bitter finish. 7.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5262) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled at the brewpub. This is almost black. Roasted flavor arrives first with anise, chocolate, and fruit after. Grains and big malts give this plenty of body, flavor, and interesting stuff. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7778) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Taster on tap at Barley’s. Dark brown color, kind of clear. Thin tan head, leaves good thicker lace. Good bigger roasty flavor, some coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit. Light tobacco. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Some might say it’s slightly thin compared to other imperial stouts. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Very light bite on the end. Decent imperial stout... Good assertive roasty bitter hoppy flavor on it, good earthy hop.. Could use a little more malt and body though maybe. First impression is better than the last. Wears a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
magikarp (15) - - MAR 21, 2014
Great for a tiny brewery. A bit light in terms of body, color, taste, and abv for an RIS, but very tasty. Chocolately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2552) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2013
On tap at Barley’s Smokehouse #2 in Columbus, OH. Brown, near black, with a very durable light brown head that coats the glass upon tipping. M: Medium body with proper, low carbonation. Well hidden 7.6% ABV; Only the slightest bit of booziness. Sweet up front but mildly bitter finish which continues to build into the aftertaste. Some smoky peat; no fruit; a bit more hops than usual

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6408) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Draft at Barleys (notes). Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki head. The aroma and flavor had roasted malts, chocolate, mild sweetness, light coffee notes and a hint of fruit. It doesn’t taste or feel all that imperial, but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Black color with tan head. Dark chocolate, coffee, licorice aromas. medium body, creamy, soft carbonation. Nice dark chocolate flavors with deep roast malt, coffee---tasty stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Rich chocolate malt aroma and palate. Really good, slightly low mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hrothgar950 (141) - Mabelvale, Arkansas, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Deep black with a beige head that fades. Full bodies and rich with a balancing roast bitterness.

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