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Valley Brew Russian Imperial Stout

Valley Brew Russian Imperial Stout

Rated 3.600 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Valley Brewing Company

Stockton, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

9.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Russian Imperial Stout: Imperial Stouts derive their name from the Imperial court of Katherine the Great who commissioned this beer style to be brewed by Thrale’s brewery in London, England for export to Russia. Our Imperial Stout lives up to that, and then some; with copious amounts of dark roasted malts that translate into a wonderfully rich and complex beer with notes of ripe dark fruit, black currant, cocoa, and black licorice. Enjoy a snifter of this luxurious beverage after dinner with a fine cigar or your favorite chocolate dessert. If you’re feeling adventurous, try it with a nice wedge of your stinkiest blue cheese and a plate of fresh raw oysters, you won’t be disappointed.

ID: 34228 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank1935
Overall Percentile96.4
Style Rank307 of 2434
Style Percentile87.4
Lowest Score4.0
Highest Score4.5
Average Score4.200
Weighted Score3.600
Standard Deviation0.000

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ZYTHUM 289 reviews
rated 4.1 12 years ago

Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

sampled 9/25/09. 22oz bottle with Mitch. pours an inky black color, medium head. aroma is roasty, coffee, chocolate. taste is coffee, chocolate. as it warms some earthy/oak, dark fruit. nice impy stout. body is medium/full. finish is a little bitter.

  • ZYTHUM 289 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    sampled 9/25/09. 22oz bottle with Mitch. pours an inky black color, medium head. aroma is roasty, coffee, chocolate. taste is coffee, chocolate. as it warms some earthy/oak, dark fruit. nice impy stout. body is medium/full. finish is a little bitter.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sampled on 9/25/2009. This Russian Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee with some dark fruits. A medium bodied Russian Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee. The hops are earthy and floral. Touch of vanilla, wood and dark fruit. A nice solid stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 4.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 10

    Bottle shared by sloth, what an RIS, what’s wrong with you raters? Pour was deep dark black with a brownnish head having some red hues to it, the head with a somewhat delayed formation developing after each pour - very nice! The aroma was perhaps the best I’ve ever experienced in an RIS, strong oatmeal graininess initially, slightly burnt toast and roast, chocolate, licorice, faint coffee. With increasing temperatures the coffee intensity increased a bit along with vinous notes and eventually some alcohol (although the latter in a not distracting fashion). The flavor was flat out impressive, although admitedly it didn’t QUITE live up to the aroma (a tough act to follow). Vinousness came on a little stronger than desired for perfection (per my tastes), but this thing had all of the aroma in it too, finishing with that nice roasty, slightly ashy, bitterness. The mouthfeel was fully, big, only slightly warming for the bignesss (although the alcohol was certainly there). Go get yourself one of these if you can, pleasant stuff. And, Bert, much thanks to you for sharing this one!

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