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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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St. George Winter Stout is our tribute to the Russian Tsars of old. This Russian Imperial Stout is a huge beer. Everything from the body to the malt flavor and hop bitterness to its alcohol strength demands respect. Impenetratably black with a dense dark crown, this is a beer that will make even the longest of winters tolerable.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
On tap at The Brickskeller during an event. Pours a deep, dark color bordering on black. Thin tan head eventually fades into a few bubbles atop the beer. The nose brings some roasted character as well as a bit of chocolate and coffee. Everything gels pretty well. The flavor isn’t quite as complex and integrated as the nose, falling just a bit flat. There are some coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt notes, though they never seem to find that cohesion point and really mesh. The mouthfeel is somewhat full but a bit thin for the style, though it works with the flavors and makes it quite drinkable. A 7.6% RIS is something I could definitely handle more often than the typical booze bomb. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 12-10-2010

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2011
22 oz. bottle from ksurkin (from notes). Pours black with a medium beige head that collapses to a thin ring. The aroma is medium sweet with dark fruits, cassis, Belgian chocolate and grape skins. The flavor opens slightly tart and vinous before moving to the more traditional roasted malts and dark chocolate found in Imperial stouts. The finish is dry, earthy, mildly bitter with more tannins. This presents more like a foreign stout than a RIS, but I like the character this beers has.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Dark brown pour with a small creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt and nuts, coffee, chocolate and fruit. Flavor is bitter roast with sweet fruit and chocolate and a bit of bitter hops. Pretty good stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bomber bottle (labeled as Russian Imperial Stout) and served in my Bells tulip, thanks Ken (ksurkin) for the bonus bottle: Pours opaque with a fading minimal head, some oily legs, and little lace. The aroma has notes of espresso, bakers chocolate, earthy tobacco and leather, figs and prunes, debittered black malts, cashews, herbal noble hops, anise and black pepper. The taste is rich dark malts, slight dark fruits and plenty of liquorice and tobacco overtones. Kicked in by some coffee and hop bitterness, ashy and faintly smoked meats, leveling off towards a slightly boozy and chewy finish. The mouth feel while not huge works very well with the flavor profile, sticky and oily with some moderate warming. A solid RIS and something I would gladly have again. Reminds me a bit of of the classic North Coast Old Raspy, restrained yet forceful when it needs to be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
pottygok (442) - Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle, label read "Russian Imperial Stout" Aroma: Heavy Toasted malt, with hints of coffee. Appearance: Black, with a thick brown head. Taste: Heavy sweetness balanced by a light bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant. Palate: Full bodied, with a creamy texture. Minimal carbonation. Very long, roasted finish. Overall: Oh yeah...this is a very solid beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this from the first sip, and would strongly recommend this to anyone looking for something to keep them company on a cold evening.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (2950) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a good amount of head. Nice toatsed malty flavor with a quick finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3471) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bomber. Pours just about black with a one finger tan head and decent lacing. The aroma is roast, chocolate, dark fruits, anise, and a little sweet caramel. The flavor is sweet caramel and chocolatey malts, molasses, anise, black cherries, and metallic notes. Medium full bodied and smooth with soft carbonation. A solid but not great imperial stout. Hard to be too impressed after having almost 200 in the style I guess.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
22oz bottle-pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is initial grape/vinuous, followed by chickory/wood. Then raosty dark malt-chocolate/peat. Taste is roasty dark malt-chocolate/peat/chickory/wood, earthy/spice hop bite. Lots of carbonation. Medium body. Not really in the style of a RIS.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8044) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle thanks to Jcwattsrugger. Bottle. Russian Imperial Stout label. Pours black with tan head. Nose of pinot grape, roasted malts, cherry smoke and chocolate. Taste of same. More porter than stout. A bit hoppy and earthy for an imperial.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5591) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Nose has nice notes of roast, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. Pours black with dark brown edges and a khaki head. The flavor is rather straight forward with notes of dark chocolate, roast, and sweet dark fruit. Light earthy bitterness in the finish leaves it mildly dry. Body is light for style almost seems like a foreign stout to me, but it was nice and drinkable.


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