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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 IBU’s, and is best served at 60⁰F. Serve in a 25cl goblet.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Russian Imperial Stout, BA
Date: April 09, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Total Wine, Vegas
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: roasted aroma with caramel and vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, touch of bourbon, light caramel and vanilla, balancing roasted malt, bitter black malt
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, a superb sweet chocolate with bourbon notes, oak, vanilla, alcohol warmth. In mouth, a smooth oaken stout with milk chocolate, light moka, a bit on the light side. Bottle at Big Dog Winterfest, Jan. 29 2011.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Sample on Day 2 of the Aces & Ales Strong Beer Festival on 08/13/2011. The beer is an opaque black color with a medium thin khaki head that dissipates to an outer ring rather quickly. Partial rings of lace on the glass. Bourbon aroma with notes of dark malts and chocolate. Full, smooth body with an oaked bourbon character and flavors of grainy malt, fruit and coffee. The finish is somewhat boozy with a malt aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6027) - 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!


3.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle at the Pant-y Raid NYE Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a richly deep inky black hue, firmer legs, some brownish ruby glow on the edges. Frothy tannish brown head dies to a smaller ring, laces small overall. Aromas are cocoa, toffee, some wet paper and roasty malts. Biscuits, toffee and toast. Some gentle oak, vanilla, mellow warmth. Touches of oxidation, gentle warmth. A bit old perhaps but still holding on. Initial is firmer bodied, caramel, some soy sauce, firmer roast and toast. Some toffee, barrel and warmth, gentle whiskey warmth kiss, ABV and spirit. Some cocoa, a bit thinner and warm. Middle is toasty, roasty and gentle kisses of spirit, toffee and cocoa. Some toast, touch of soy sauce and oak. Backend is a bit warm, toasty and dry, a bit of spirit, faint dark fruit waft. A bit older with some toffee, cocoa, gentle coffee roast and spirit kiss. Some toffee, carmelized and roasty elements. Solid, a bit oxidized but not a bad beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Pitch black pour, dark khaki head. Nose is wood, syrup, alcohol, sticky, sweet, and vanilla. Smooth palate, Chewy wood, vanilla, ,light Chocolate, boozy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4475) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Served from the bottle at Big Dog’s winterfest. Pretty dark; not quite as much aroma as you’d think. This is pretty good, a bit thick. A tasty beer, just not amazing.


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