2017 Advent Exchange - December 4th - Russian Imperial Stout

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2017 Advent Exchange - December 4th - Russian Imperial Stout

Post by jmacdonald » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:47 pm

Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 8.76 gal
Boil Time: 90 min
End of Boil Vol: 6.51 gal
Final Bottling Vol: 5.10 gal
Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage

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13 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 58.7 %
3 lbs 6.4 oz Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 2 15.3 %
1 lbs 1.6 oz Wheat - White Malt (2.3 SRM) Grain 3 5.0 %
9.0 oz Carafa III (525.0 SRM) Grain 4 2.5 %
9.0 oz Chocolate Malt (508.0 SRM) Grain 5 2.5 %
9.0 oz Roasted Barley (609.0 SRM) Grain 6 2.5 %
9.0 oz Special B Malt (180.0 SRM) Grain 7 2.5 %
2 lbs 6.4 oz Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) Dry Extract 8 10.8 %
44.11 g Galena [13.30 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 9 46.9 IBUs
41.75 g Simcoe [12.90 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 11 15.6 IBUs
1.0 pkg Dry English Ale (White Labs #WLP007) [35.49 ml] Yeast 12
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient

Mashed at 154F for 75 minutes.

Keg aged for a year.

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Re: 2017 Advent Exchange - December 4th - Russian Imperial Stout

Post by John G » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:38 pm

Keg aged for a year.
Wow, you started your beer way before me! Be good to see how this one aged.

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Post by oceanic_brew » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:53 pm

I'm actually gonna brew this

Outstanding beer!

Nice vanilla and slight alcohol on the nose a very deep dark chocolate note perhaps

I'm using this beer exchange to help myself taste and describe tastes better but I'm not very good at it yet.

Beautiful flavors, nice chocolate/coffee from the Carafa, there's some roast in there from the chocolate.

Special B hey? Interesting. It's a strong Malt on its own I'm trying to detect it through the others. The beer is slightly fruity maybe that's it.


Either way, I think it's a bit above and beyond to hand out a year aged stout but this steps up the game.

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Post by oceanic_brew » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:56 pm

I like the use of the dry English Ale yeast. I think some of the other common yeasts for this beer would have left it too sweet. There's just enough sweetness here to deliver the other flavors and balance the roast.


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Post by Halifax_Jeff » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:22 pm

Do you know the OG/FG?

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Post by CartoonCod » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:34 pm

Poured really nice, black with a tan coloured head. A bit on the hot side, but there is nice rich chocolate and caramel aromas. A nice bitter chocolate, rich malty flavour with notes of biscuit, toast and graham crackers. Some boozy alcohol to it too. Rich full mouthfeel, nice carbonation for the style. Thanks a lot, really enjoyed this one!

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Post by John G » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:04 pm

I wish I could cap and save this, taking sips from it daily and making it last longer. It's the perfect December, dark, cold night beer. I get a lot of dried fig and dark cherry on the nose, along with sweet molasses. For the ABV, not too hot, and it's aged well with some mellow wine notes but no oxidation perceived. Full, robust flavour, slightly boozy but well supported by the rich malt. It has a full bodied, creamy texture that has a long sweet finish that's not cloying. Good balance of alcohol to sweetness and malt richness. I enjoyed this one a lot, thanks for sharing. It's a big beer to give away to strangers!

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Post by jmacdonald » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:05 pm

Halifax_Jeff wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:22 pm
Do you know the OG/FG?
I have marked in my book that my post boil was 1.108 which missed my mark by 7 points. Hard to hit the gravity when it is gets high like that. I think it finished down around 1.020 as I have it marked as around 11.5%. My notes appear to be missing the FG.

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Post by jmacdonald » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:07 pm

You guys are making me regret not switching it to be the 24th beer!

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Post by Halifax_Jeff » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:10 pm

This was a sipper for me. I've only had a few RIS and I haven't been huge on them I always find them too boozy. As it warmed up I enjoyed it more. Liked the bitterness and aroma a lot I get a lot of raisins. After reading the BJCP guidelines sounds like its pretty spot on. Thanks for sharing a long brew in the making!

Wow.. just saw your response. No wonder I'm feeling so good at 11.5%... considering it's strength it's remarkably smooth.

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Post by oceanic_brew » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:04 pm

It's a big beer for Monday night! I wouldn't be surprised if some people are saving this one.... I for one do not have that ability


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Post by KB1138 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:10 pm

Love drinking a RIS on a Monday night.

This was a really nice beer, lots of fig and dark fruit, roast was balanced, big smooth body. Very well done. Thanks for sharing
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Post by sheppard107 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:10 pm

Really nice vanilla aroma, but the alcohol seems to drown it out a bit. Flavor-wise it's a hit. Nice bitter chocolate and dark fruit, and not too roasty. I like ...
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Post by SFR709 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:28 pm

I shared this with another Brewnoser who didn’t get in on the Advent Calendar. We both really enjoyed it, deep complex flavours and a little boozy warmth. Thanks for sharing such a well made and well aged beer!


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Post by ackes » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:50 pm

Great beer!
I think it was too much for my tastebuds on the first sip. But after that .... WOW. The best I can describe is like a rum / raisin / fig with underlying chocolate tones. With a warm alcohol after taste. Body was full and smooth.
The 11% is definitely kicking my butt!
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Post by John G » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:09 pm

I forgot to mention that I really like the label too.

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Post by amartin » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:56 pm

This beer rocks, it's like drinking chocolate fig pudding. That's a thing, right?


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Post by Lisa J » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:48 am

Really enjoyed this beer while sitting by the fire, watching a cheesy holiday movie. As one does. It was warming and smooth. Lovely beer.
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Post by Broob » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:05 pm

Playing catch up. This is a nice beer. I get vanilla and dried fruit that I assume are age-related. Nice and roasty but not harsh. LOTS of booze at the end, but as I’ve said many times before, I like that. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by mdentremont » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:45 pm

Just finished this, WOW - I can't believe you let this go in the exchange, but I think you've made 29 people very happy! Great job

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Post by darciandjenn » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:31 am

Played a little catch up last night. This one knocked my socks off. Well done.

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Post by Buccaneer » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:11 pm

Finally got to this one.

I get a lot of soy sauce on the nose. Some vanilla and a little bit of cocoa too. Some phenols as well.

Very savory flavour. Lovely smooth mouthfeel. Obviously very boozy.

I find the whole umami thing very strong, but not in a negative way. It does hide much of the other flavours for me, though.

I would love to marinade a really expensive steak with this.

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Post by RubberToe » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:55 pm

I'm drinking this one today as I didn't have the chance to enjoy it on the 4th. Really well done! Smooth and delicious.
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Re: 2017 Advent Exchange - December 4th - Russian Imperial Stout

Post by know1 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:07 am

Playing catchup and this is a great beer to unwind with after a busy weekend. Tasty licorice and toffee flavors with some welcome heat. Roast and coffee coming through as it warms up. Wonderfully enjoyed.

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