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Hargreaves Hill Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Steels Creek, Victoria, Australia
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5616) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle: Thanks BobbyHeenan: Chouffe glass: Almost black body. Creamy beige head. Aromas of roast, some mocha, rice, some grain (roast), bay leaf, fishy, light liquorice, hints of nutty and eRthy tints and a sweet tar tone. Flavour is roasty, malt roast, some bay leaf, liquorice, smooth bitter, even some hop bitters, sweet tar, hint of raisin, thick and black. Very tasty! Aftertaste is bitter, roasty, liquorice, some raisin, bay leaf and more thick black tones. Low carbo, close to silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied. Very nice beer which gets better with every sip!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1685) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2015
750mL waxed Champagne bottle. 2014 vintage. Spot on looking stout - pitch black, opaque, holds a creamy deep tan head. Aroma is sensational - rich treacley caramel maltiness, biscuity, almost waffle-like, baked bread, burnt bread, with lashings of intense liqueur-like coffee & chocolate, undertones of licorice, raisins, vinous red fruits and earthy spice. Smooth body, thick, somewhat velvety with a big drying warming character lending some welcoming warmth & tremendous length. Palate explodes with bucketloads of cakey, pudding-like chocolate & coffee notes, good dose of dark caramel sweetness, powerful bitterness, lingering earthy (hop?) note. Tremendous stuff, well up there with the best Imperial stouts in Australia!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cam_Dynamite (110) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2015
Wasn’t really sure what to expect with this. 2013 bottle. Huge aroma on opening, lots of fruit, warm booze and vanilla. Taste is bitter vanilla and cocoa, mix of fruits - sultana, raisin, and plums. A lot better than I was expecting. Real enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ngejo (567) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 16, 2015
Tap. Black, frothy, brown foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, & long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (1168) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2014
On tap at The Tipplers Tap. Huge Vegemite aroma, not much hint of the huge alcohol content, lingering roasted flavours. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4541) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2014
Tap @ Scratch Bar as part of the Weekend of Darkness event 200714. Big, black and boozy. Tan head with a dry finish and vanilla, chocolate and a faint hint of spiced fruit in the flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1180) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2013
(Bottle) Opaque lack with decent tan head. Good aroma with almost burnt dark roast malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Amazing palate, rich, creamy, velvety and with good carbonation. There is also some stickiness to the palate. Good taste, with dominant very dark roast malt giving strong bitter, almost burnt flavours. Layered on this are rich sweet toffee notes and hints of chocolate. No hit of the alcohol. The finish is long and mixes sweetness and dark, rather than poppy, bitterness. An impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rangi (664) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2013
dark pitch black poor with a wee beige head. aroma of all the stout classics chocolate, coffee, slight vanilla. Great dessert stout. Flavour was rich oily. Really enjoy a stout with the lot occasionally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (771) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer (2011 release). Dark, oily black, solid, fine tan head, lots of roast malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, quite bitter, espresso coffee, but solid malt sweetness to balance. Rich and silky texture. Really great beer, up there with Nail Clout for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle cheers to Mitch for his stout off. 2011 edition. Pours black with a small beige head leaving spotty lacing. Nose shows some heavy bitterness, vanilla, sultana and dry cocoa. All seems quite balanced. Unfortunately I think it may be past it and a little oxidised. It shows a fair bit of spritzy carbonation and sharp bitterness. Chocolate sultana comes through with sweet vanilla. Boozy heat on the finish. It’s ok but it just is a little all over the place

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