Grand River Russian Gun Imperial Stout

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
papat444 (129) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2017
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, borderline black body with a decent if not conservative tan head. Looks good. Smell: Cocoa, coffee without the bitterness and a little sweet but everything is on the down-low though, even at a warmer temp. Taste: Some bitter coffee, burnt a little with a small sour twinge. Tastes a little like watery coffee with. Not very imperial. Mouthfeel: A bit thin & watery in the palate with low carbonation. It is smooth in a way but the beer feels unbalanced somehow. Reviewed on: 08-04-2009

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
googleimage83 (109) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2017
Straight black pour, lightly tan head. Aroma is sweet, chocolatey, fruity - lots of cherry scent, light orange liqueur. Taste is nice but not really "imperial" in intensity - chocolate, cherry, lactose, earthy notes. A bit dry in the finish. Satisfying, but dont expect anything earth-shattering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (1109) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2017
473 ml can. Black, with a thin beige head. Roasted malty aroma with coffee and chocolate, notes of fruits. The flavour is sweetish roasted malty, with licorice, coffee and smoky notes. A little alcohol warmth in the finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPoole (395) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
Pours black with a beige head that laces the glass. Aroma and flavour are chocolate, coffee, with carmel malts. Good balance of bitter and sweet with a full body. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1800) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Its an awesome stout. Full chocolate bar. Jan 2013 bottle drank in December 2016. Soapy. Full bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvikar (5593) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 26, 2016
At the Dancing Camel, Pours black with a beige head, chocolate, toffee, malt, medium bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (13643) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks troubles. Black with a small tan head. Nice aroma of roast, coffee, caramel, dark chocolate. Sweet flavor with caramel, roast, chocolate. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (1692) - CANADA - OCT 4, 2016
Appearance: nearly opaque black with only the faintest hints of clear brown around the margins, two fingers of rocky beige head, excellent retention and good lacing. (4/5) Aroma: roasty malts, coffee and chocolate, liquorice, vinous dark fruits, molasses and toffee. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (6/10) Medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter and mild warming finish. (3/5) A bit thin and light for the style. Having no intrusive ABV is all well and good, but this style can and should exhibit much more warming presence than is present. Im usually all about the hops, but to be frank the little hop character here isnt helping much. Really more like a Quad than an RIS, but without any of the deep barrel-aged complexity I look for in that case. OK, but not better than that. (12/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (4286) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 30, 2016
bottle @ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- dated: 2015/March/13. Aroma of malt and light spice. Opaque brown/black color, two-finger deep tan head, heavy bands of lace. Taste is roasted malt that adds light fizz and chocolate on the swallow, turning from there to light spice and prunes in a soft finish. Im not getting the alcohol. The parts dont work well together, perhaps partially due to the date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (1745) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 9, 2016
Bottle from LCBO. Bottled Jan 2016. 8.0% and a different label from the one pictured. Pours medium brown with well-retaining and lacing lightish beige head. The aromas wonderfully rich, its sweet and roasty, strong molasses... Vinous, thick and intoxicating. Aah. Tastes a bit less as multilayered and lovely but stil very good: roasted malts, chocolate, molasses. The sugary sweetness is kinda too much even, Id love more hoppiness and bitterness in a RIS. On the palate its not as thick and sticky as Id have expected, its very soft and smooth and somewhat lightish with mellow carbonation. The alcohol is well covered. Overall a very enjoyable brew, albeit a tad too sweet as said, and could use more Imperial boldness. Loved the aroma the most.

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