Brewed by Grand River Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Cambridge, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
No commercial description

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - DEC 4, 2015
Dark complexion with red hue. Thick beige head laces glass. Malt scent lends to impression of sweetness yet flavor is decidedly bitter with lasting aftertaste. Hints of chocolate, coffee. Delicious and warm in mouth. Great stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (1229) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2015
0.5 bottle. Clear, very dark brown color and a large, tanned head leaving a delicate lacing. Aroma of fruits, licorice, molasses, and dark malts. Taste of dark malts, iron, figs, fruity sourness, some roast, a spicy hint of alcohol, and some chocolate. A full body, a creamy texture, and a soft carbonation. Finish is way too sour, it does not seem to be an unusual thing for the beer as it has this sour disposition incorporated in the main flavor. Overall not a bad beer but its sourness gets increasingly obnoxious with time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (4916) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2015
(Grand River Russian Gun Imperial Stout) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.5% Dark brown, almost black colour on the body, with a huge and frothy tan head on top, with very good retention. Aroma of chocolate, malts, funk, barnyard, vinous notes. Taste is sour, something went wrong here, vinous notes, faint chocolate, faint roasted malts. Medium thin body, high carbonation. Nothing to do here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (6539) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 10, 2015
500ml bottle. Darkest brown colour with ruby red glimmer and huge, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Sweet-ish, chocolately aroma, hints of cocoa, vanilla, hundreds and thousands, a touch of anise. Taste is dark malty minimally roasty, slightly chocolately, dark and milk chocolate, a touch of cocoa, liquorice, anise, some red berry tartness. Fair complexity, rather light body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourilevesque (1420) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2015
La bière n’est pas noire. Elle est brunâtre aux reflets rouges rubis. La mousse était magnifique lors du service, mais quelques minutes plus tard, il n’en reste que bien peu de choses. Le nez est très agréable et surprenant pour une bière annonçant une RIS. J’y ai d’abord décelé des notes de fruits noirs comme des pruneaux et des dattes confites, un peu à la manière d’une quadrupel. En la laissant tempérer quelques minutes, les arômes se présentent maintenant différemment. Beaucoup plus de café, de chocolat noir, toujours sr une base légèrement épicée. Très délicate en bouche, cette bière m’a surpris par son caractère peu autoritaire. Ça me plaît. Le liquide est soyeux, de faible densité et moyennement pétillant. Une touche anisée caresse ma langue et tapisse l’intérieur de mes joues, tandis que les épices évoluent vers le fond de mon palais. Le café préalable ressenti au nez n’est pas présent en bouche. Celui-ci a cédé sa place à un doux caramel à la saveur de Grenache. Saveurs qui manquent somme toute de complexité. Très courte et douce, cette RIS est clairement une mauvaise représentante de son style mais demeure néanmoins une impériale stout facile d’accès et plaisante à boire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Weezel (270) - Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2015
2013 bottle. Nice anise and dark stone fruit aroma with a slight alcohol bite. Taste is more of a dark Barleywine but awesome fruitiness and the anise licorice comes through in a very good way. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle: Shaker: Enormous foamy head. Took half an hour to settle! Ruby red black ish beer. Beige head. Aromas of oat, chocolate, roast, malts, caramel, hint of tobacco, mocha and nuts. Flavours of roast, caramel, minerals, skunk, bitter, light dry, iron, mocha, hint of bay leaf and nuts. Aftertaste malts, grains, oat, toast, minerals and some bitters with hints of dried leaves, skunk and nuts. Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4754) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2015
16 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/13/2015. Pours fairly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, herbal, wood, light char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, light dark fruit, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/wood char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good Russian imperial stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamaty (1915) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
Negra opaca. Excepcional espuma, superabundante, ultradensa, color ocre, muy muy duradera, dejando una montañita, se puede escribir en ella. Aroma rico, tostado, chocolate.También chicle. En boca, tiene algo de muchas cosas, pero nada en exceso. Café, licor, chocolate, tabaco, malta. Todo ello con un cuerpo ligero, minimamente agrio pero bebible, escondiendo bien el alcohol. Final bastante amargo y postgusto de chocolate, amargo y calentito dejando patente (ahora sí) el alcohol. En conjunto equilibrada y notable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersammich (76) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Pours dark with an almost nonexistent head. Smell is mostly of toasted malts. Taste is much the same. A little bit more mild then imperial stout would suggest. A nice beer over all. I had this from a bottle.

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