Goose Island Russian Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Russian Imperial Stout is named for Catherine the Great’s love for this dark ale. Brewed with over 1000 pounds of malt, including Pale, Crystal, Victory, Chocolate, and roasted barley. This smooth rich brew is perfectly rounded off with a generous amount of hops. Served in a Snifter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Pitch black small head. Aroma is rich sweet fruity roasted malty vanilla. Flavor similar to aroma smooth drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On-tap at the pub... Pours with a midnight black body, an equally impressive head. A big medium tan head, no bubbles just thick foam, great retention and fully and totally coating lacing... The aroma is too dead for a full stout, some roasted grain, molasses, and some dry hop notes, lighter version of Nighter Stalker. As it warms get a lot more roasty... The taste is a little better, the hops are mostly gone and some roasted chocolate and nut notes come through, more brown ale tasting than a stout though. On the sweeter side for a ris, too sweet for me. Average ris, I’d pass on this in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2011
On draft at the Clyboun pub. Pours a jet black with a tan head that quickly recedes. Aroma is roasted malt. Body is heavy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, coffee, malty. Very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2630) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Tasted on 2/16/11 on draft at the Clybourn Brewpub. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head that settles in to thin lace. The nose is coffee, dark chocolate, a ton of roasted malt, and some lightly bitter hops. The flavor is sweet with dried fruit up front, some vanilla, dark chocolate, black pepper, very roasted, and a good dose of bitterness. The body is full with average carbonation and a long roasted and bitter finish with some black pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Had on tap at Clybourn after a tour. Sweet malty profile with a nice roasted finish; coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On draft at Goose Island Clybourn. Appearance is a dark brown hue, thin layer of sustaining brown head, thick layer of lacing. Smell is chocolate and coffee malts, brown sugar and molasses, subtle pine hops in the back. Taste is big malt presence, bitter coffee, some toffee and chocolate, dark fruits (raisins) and molasses, green and earthy hops peek through, finishes prickly and sweet. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, syrupy and thick viscous texture, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, low alcohol presence for the style, good flavor and texture, solid overall IRS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Tasted 4/30/08. Sampled from Clybourne brewpub. Dark and pitch hue. Tan head. Toasty aromas. Anise and fudge. Bitter. Full bodied and rich. Big palate. Vanilla and woody notes. Roasty with bitter coffee acidity. Solid big and overt. Totally the base for BCS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Draft at Clybourn. Pours just like your jet black imperial stout expectations with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt, earthy malt, etoh, oakiness, and caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, chocolate, coffee, and some light etoh resembling a dark liquor. Really Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Draft after DLD. Pours black with an off white head. Aroma is of chocolate malt and taste of some bubble-gum and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Draft… DLD’08… Tar black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, well-tanned head. Good retention. Chocolate and molasses aroma. Full-bodied and chewy with soft carbonation. Robust… with balance. Sweet chocolate and bitter charcoal. Not a whole lot of heat. Finishes bittersweet (more bitter than sweet) with burnt chocolate and molasses.

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