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Joseph James Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (7177) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood. Medium mouth, rich malt, roast, cocoa, light bitter finish, very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (4432) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2016
22oz bottle pours out black topped with a small tan head. nose is roast malts vanilla bourbon barrel notes. Taste is more of the heavy roast malts bourbon barrel chocolate vanilla.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11456) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle, Anchorage hotel tasting, shared by Travlr. Pours opaque black with a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, prunes, figs, dates, alcohol, vanilla, and Bourbon. Flavor is sweet chocolate and roast malt, vanilla, Bourbon, figs, dates, and a sweet finish. Full body, medium carbonation, and medium alcohol warmth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (650) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle at share, thanks travlr! Black beer, cardboard colored head. Aroma molasses, vanilla, cookies, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, bourbon, oak. Palate is smooth and rich, not syrupy. Carb. moderate. Pretty decent.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (18602) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle. Dark maroon brown color, small tan head. Aroma has vanilla, chocolate, licorice. Taste has milk chocolate, espresso, subtle tannins, vanilla. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savage_Night (301) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Pours black with a small brown head that quickly dissipates leaving behind no cap but a thin small ring. AROMA: dark roasted malt, charred oak barrel, phenols, dark bitter chocolate, herbs, boozy bourbon notes, coffee, spices, floral, smoke, brown sugar, soy sauce, vanilla, dry tobacco, slight herbs and dark dry stone fruit. TASTE: dark roasted malt, charred oak barrel, phenols, dark bitter chocolate, boozy, coffee, tannins, bourbon notes, cinnamon, spices, hop spice, soy sauce, brown sugar, vanilla, dry tobacco, slight herbs and dark dry stone fruit. AFTER TASTE: dark roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and charred oak wood barrel with a medium tannin dry boozy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6389) - Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle shared at Mikeys holiday party
Dark brown with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon
Nice and tasty

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 15, 2015
@ Yardbird, Vegas. Hearty near black pour, light brown head that recedes to a persistent patina. Brothy malty aroma with high bourbon notes in balance, robust bourbon barrel character black malts, chocolate, light soy sauce, hints of dark fruits. Finish has moderate bitterness in good balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1947) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
Black with a beige head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, booze. Full bodied, lightly creamy mouthfeel, sweet and lightly booze on the palate. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, dates, raisins, figs. Tasty

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (5543) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle. Not sure of year but it is silver wax and hand numbered #277. Pours opaque black with a medium tan head that dissipates leaving decent lacing. Aroma is rich roasty chocolate with anise notes as well as bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is fairly sweet but with good compensating bitterness, bourbon and oaky vanilla present but do not overpower the underlying roasty mocha molasses notes. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Actually really well put together. I admit I had low expectations, but this has far exceeded them.


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