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Goose Island Russian Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Russian Imperial Stout is named for Catherine the Greatís 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Itís better than an above-average beer, but not than an above-average imperial stout. Very standard flavors done well, but no Bourbon County.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
railcat1 (689) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2008
On tap GI,This was a nice smooth IPS WITH a nice roasty flavor and not too sweet but a nice chocolate and hoppy finish,I was surprised to see it on tap,abv was not as big as most.CHEERS!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2008
4-24-08 tap at Goose Island on Clybourn
Big huge black pour with a very thin beige tan head. Smell is subtle malt and honey roasted peanuts. Taste is malty and not too sweet and has just about the perfect amount of dryness to it. Flavor is not too bold or outspoken but is smooth and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is nice - not creamy but smooth and has a balanced carbonation to it. Good overall, just a hint too mild for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
On tap at GI Clybourn. Pours jet black with a thin mocha head that diminishes to an island of tiny bubbles at the surface; patchy lace. The aroma is sweet and fruity (watermelon hard candy?) up front with chocolate in support; it is surprisingly devoid of a solid roasted malt note. Medium to full-bodied and oily with assertive, tongue scrubbing carbonation and a dry, lightly roasty finish. Sweet, roasty, fruity and mildly chocolaty with a slightly ashy, roasted finish. A nice brew but a tad sweeter than I would prefer. A good beer; an OK imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours basically black with no head. Smell is rich roasted dark malt and some sweetness. Taste is dark roasty malt, almost bordering burnt roastiness and noticeable light balancing bittering hops. Medium bodied and carbonation. Flavor falls off a bit toward the finish, but still a solid beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2008
On tap GI Cly. Now this is a beautiful beer. Pitch black with slight tan head. Slight smole in the aroma with medium rich roast, dark chocolat and a little coffee. Deep burnt roast flavor, definite coffee, sweet dark fruit including plum, nice chocolate and nice hops. Silky, creamy full body. I can really dig on these fresh imperial stouts, this quite the treat and you canít taste the alc at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2008
On tap at GI Clybourn. Pours a dark black with a thin, light brown head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, and some alcohol. Flavor is a bit sweet, with roasted malt notes. Very nice beer, glad to have a growler of it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2008
On tap @ GI Clybourn. Chocolate, light roast, dark fruits, lactose, faint smoke in the aroma. Black color, khaki head. Taste is roasty, cocoa, lactose, dark fruits, and earthy hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
Had this on tap, pours black with a thin tan head. Not a huge aroma, a little chocolate. Had nice flavor and went down smooth. Nice roasted flavor with a little chocolate, and coffee, somewhat sweet. I thought it was a good beer, but I though the Coffee Imperial Stout and the ED were much better beers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 pours black as night with a beautiful and long-lasting burnt sienna head. dark roasted malt, coffee, and tart fruit. really nice on the palate, you feel it going down. no bourbon county but well done. on tap @ goose island chicago, il


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