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Joseph James Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 IBUís, and is best served at 60⁰F. Serve in a 25cl goblet.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle numbered 849. Pours with a black hued body with a large and retentive brown head. Aromas are of fudge, wood, coconut, oxidation, chocolate chip cookie, lightly vinous, mild licorice. Flavors are ashy, astringent, chocolate, booze. Toasted and nutty, with a somewhat sweet finish. Tannin, vanillin and cola. Smooth, figs, raisins and dark fruit. Thick bodied, mildly sweet, smooth and creamy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Black coffee color with a decent tan colored head. Aroma is sweet chocolate with coconut and caramel. A sweet chocolate cake flavor with caramel, coconut, and vanilla rounding it out...a touch of booziness. Overall a delicious desert, even at 6 am.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (1737) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 17, 2013
Pours a rich deep burnt umber with a two finger dark mocha foam head. The nose is chewy rich boozy chocolate, nice bourbon character a touch of coconut cream and brownies. The palate follows the nose with a sweet chewy mouthfeel and a nicely balanced bourbon character thats dialed in nicely. Long lingering finish... Thanks MikeM !

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cstuartj (925) - Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle waxed topped. Nose is dark fruit and Bready. Very sweet attack, not much espresso or roast. A bit thin for the style. Okay beer. Not a great imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
22, capped and waxed. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan mousse that fades quickly to a thin rim with lots of drippy lace. Big candy sweet dark chocolate nose, with vanilla and oak kicking around...too candy sweet. Thick creamy body. Sluggish carb. Heavy dark chocolate candy bar mid palate, with bourbon, oak, and vanilla candying around as well. Too sweet and goopy, tastes almost like it has processed sugar in it. Appealing but overdone. Dialed back and balanced up, this one would score a bit higher.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caskalefan (141) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
I was expecting this to be a big disappointment, but itís really pretty tasty. Thick body, and an aroma of rum, red wine, and bourbon-tinged malted milk balls. Taste is similar with the addition of some toasted coconut,, and hint of rum soaked raisins. Not very complex, but there are no off-putting flavors, right through the finish. Too pricey for the simplicity, but quite pleasant and warming on this raw, rainy day.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2295) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a dark black. Barrel spirits waft out of the glass. The taste is a bit too sugary to the point of maple bourbon tasting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (564) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Appearance was clear jet black with lasting tan creamy 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are chocolate malts with slight vanilla and hints of oak casks bourbon shinning through, mild alcohol nose. Taste was chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, slight alcohol burn. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with full-meduim body, soft lasting smooth malty and medicnial bourbon finish. Weird finish, good bourbon local brew...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (811) - Nevada, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Aces and Ales Strong Beer Fest 2012. Pours black with a small khaki foam. Aroma of toffee and chocolate is subdued. No burnt offerings in the aroma. Flavor is very sweet with chocolate and caramel. Oak is the word of the day and it is very noticeable in this beer. Could use some aging. Palate was nice and overall this is a good brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jtheeg (1) - - JUL 23, 2012 does not count
Amazing brew. Could definitely tell the difference between other imperial stouts and JJís use of bourbon barrel aging. Very distinctive taste and really sets the bar. Aroma of the bourbon, nice mouthfeel, taste is so amazing, nice and dark with thick head, lots of lacing.


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