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Joseph James Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 IBU’s, and is best served at 60⁰F. Serve in a 25cl goblet.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Sampled at esbls. Black. A tan ring. A malty bourbon nose is sweet. Vanilla. This is flavorful with all of the above tasted. Cinnamon. Huge malts. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (590) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Bomber to snifter. A pleasant brew based on past experiences with the regular red fox. Lots of bourbon sweetness but nicely balanced. Lower octane for the style so very pleasant drinking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Pours black with a tan head. Smell is amazing oaky vanilla. Big barrel character and a bit of fruit. Taste is sweet smooth oaky vanilla. Lots of roast without bitter ash. Smooth and easy drinking. This is very well done.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Black, deep cola hued edges, thin tannish head, little lacing.   Charred wood, campfire, bourbon, graham cracker, soft coconut, and stale vanilla on the nose.   Smells decent enough.   Rich roasted malts up front, warming alcohol, bourbon, campfire, with some graham cracker in the finish.   A little astringent, but only after the finish.   Needs a bit more body, or at least wished it were a bit more chewy.   Lots of graham cracker and charred wood with this one.   Decent amount of bourbon character.   A nice sipper, just wished it were a touch smoother.   Better than I thought tho!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Pours a black color and thin tan head. Aromas of oak, sweet bourbon, and chocolate. Flavors of sweet bourbon, chocolate, mild chocolate. Descent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - 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 (2165) - 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 (2374) - 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 (1010) - 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 (6263) - 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.


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