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Joseph James Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This brew is our Red Fox Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels for 7 months. This brew has hints of coffee, chocolate, and underlying sweetness from the oak and bourbon flavors. The brew weighs in at 9.5% ABV, 70 IBU’s, and is best served at 60⁰F. Serve in a 25cl goblet.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (433) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer for the Ratebeer Camp extravaganza. Dark chocolate pour with a nice tan head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate with a nice bourbon vanilla finish. Taste follows aroma. Very well composed beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4684) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2015
2015 vintage. 650 ml bottle thanks to willrunforbeer, pitch black color with low carbonation level. Aroma is really nice, molasses, vanilla, coffee grinds with a nicely integrated bourbon barrel. I could just smell this for awhile, great!

Flavor has the nicely integrated bourbon that lasts through the duration of the sip. Light charred wood and lasting oak after the swallow. Warming sensation from the alcohol without any alcohol flavor. Honestly a very fine job with this brew. Higher end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (1511) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bomber with white wax. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla. Flavor is chocolate with hints of bourbon, vanilla, oak. Well crafted.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bomber, pitch black, slightly oily with some tan head. Very fudgey with a lot of espresso and some milky and cream aromas. This is actually quite good. an insane balance of sweetness, booze, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, even some coconut. Exceptional beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
930slantnose (17) - Las vegas, Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Awesome bourbon oak and cocoa aroma. Flavor roasts and chocolate with a wonderful back bone of bourbon. a+++++

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2185) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2015
2015 bottle. Dark pour, opaque, quick tan head that fades fast into a small cap. Mose is a little weak, slight notion of the barrel treatment. Taste is more pronounced. Oak, some bourbon, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla. Light booze burn near the finish. Medium to full body with light carbonation.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dez1974 (8) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2015 does not count
This is joseph james 2015 bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout 10% One of my top BBA Russian imperial stouts. Excellent beer. Keep up the good work boys!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
katrinaez (618) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Nice but not the best. A little overly alcohol tinged. Heavy on the tongue. Dark color red/black. Tap

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5337) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle@Cut Weer Tasting: Duvel glass: Black beer. Small brown head. Aroma shows some nice barrel aging: whiskey, soy, oat, roast, liquorice, light molasses, Flavour has nice wood tones, whiskey/bourbon, honey, bitter, roast, light spice, light mocha/caramel, light soy, some cake and cookie, some coffee, toffee, yum yum... It goes on. Nice stuff! Aftertaste is bitter, roast, wood/whiskey/bourbon and some malts with a chocolate edge. Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied. This is a good barrel aged stout. Beautiful aroma and flavours, rich mouthfeel and good looks...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (10606) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle shared by Countbeer @ "Cut weer" tasting. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized fairly quickly diminishing brown head. Aroma is malts, soft balanced roast, wood, bourbon. Taste malts, bourbon, lightly roast, a perfect mix of malts, dark malts, lightly roast, a light hint of chocolate, sweetness vanilla oak and bourbon blend together in an almost perfect marriage. Perhaps just a little bit in the sweet side, but lovely nonetheless. Medium body, suitable soft but decently noticeable carbonation. Wonderful stuff!


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