Tag Archives: Russian Imperial Stout

Jackie O’s Dark Apparition

Brewery: Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 10.5%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Stout brewed with brown sugar

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The hauntingly good brew in your hand is rife with dark complexities. Seven malts were used to create deep flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel and molasses. A hint of bitterness and herbal character from carefully selected European and American hops help support the monolithic maltiness. A truly decadent brew that is intended to be poured into your favorite snifter and given time to warm up from its dark and cool resting place.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.09
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a thin dark tanned head that disappeared quickly but left some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate, toffee, raisin, molasses and licorice.
Taste: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, herbal, licorice, and a hint of bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice easy drinking flavours here, but in this case, the bourbon barrel aged version is definitely the way to go.

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Dádiva Black Mist Maple

Brewery: Cervejaria Dádiva
Country: Brazil
ABV: 10.9%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: No real description that I could find. But I guess I could say Black Mist base with some version of maple added to it.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.04
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 473ml can with a FAB (fabrication?) date of August 2018. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with an almost one finger mocha brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some light maple.
Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, with hints of oak, maple and brown sugar. Lightly sweet with a light bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Sweeter than the original base version, but the maple flavours are not coming through strong enough considering ‘maple’ is in its name. Good roast, coffee and chocolate flavours though. But I preferred the original base version just that slightly more.

Dádiva Black Mist

Brewery: Cervejaria Dádiva
Country: Brazil
ABV: 10.9%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: No real description that I could find.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.09
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 473ml can with a FAB (fabrication?) date of August 2018. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a half finger mocha brown head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Strong coffee, roasted malts, cocoa and maybe a hint of liquorice.
Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and a lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Good strong coffee and rich milk chocolate flavours make this very easy and nice to drink sipper. I preferred this base version slightly more than the Maple version.

Artezan Samiec Alfa 2016

Brewery: Browar Artezan
Country: Poland
ABV: 11.5%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperialny Stout leżakowane w beczkach po bourbonie (which translated from Polish means) Imperial Stout aged in boubon casks

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.46
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 500ml bottle, 2016 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with no head and very sparse lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, cocoa, molasses, dark fruit, bourbon and oak.
Taste: Chocolate, very roasty malts and coffee, toffee, sweet whiskey, oak barrel, with light smoke and coconut.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, velvety smooth. Full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A very enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout that was extremely smooth and tastes great. Very well made!

La Pirata Black Block Bourbon Aged

Brewery: Cerveses La Pirata
Country: Spain
ABV: 13%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 72 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from website) Russian Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged. The “Bourbon” version of Pearl Pirate. An even more incendiary beer warms much heart and soul.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.26
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 330ml bottle, bottled on 12th September 2017 and a best before date of September 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Nice bourbon, vanilla and liquorice with chocolate, cocoa, roasty malts and alcohol in the background along with hints of oak.
Taste: Lightly sweet beginning with bourbon, vanilla, raisins and dried dark fruits followed by a light roast, chocolate and cacao.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with low carbonation and a lightly boozy finish.
Overall: A very nice RIS with great bourbon flavours coming through. Body could have been heavier, but despite this, it was still very good.