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YouEnjoyMyStout - Cambridge Brewing Company

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 230
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 31
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Truh on 01-05-2005

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 230
Photo of FFreak
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Healthy Living in Burlington, VT - can't remember the price. 22 oz poured into a tulip. Pours typically stout-black, viscous, with a thick and foamy finger of dark tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves huge lace. Aroma is straight up bourbon, not much else. Taste is interesting. It has a sweet tanginess I've not tasted in stout before, almost a sourness, but on the sweet side. Combine that with bourbon, molasses and syrup. Mouth is good, medium-full, not cloying or too thick. Overall, an interesting and delicious stout, although the tanginess is not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a beautiful beer; dark body with good head retention.

Very tart and slightly sour from the nose to the palate; clearly a barrel aged offering from the aroma alone, without know that ahead of time.

This is a very solid brew overall, but a little tart, and even sour. That seems mostly from the oak, vice any true infection, but it does detract slightly from an otherwise pretty darn good beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says Bottled On 11/18/14.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and tiny clots of surface foam. Non-resilient specs of lacing.

S- Big barrel presence displays aromas of oak and not much else. Semi-medicinal.

T- Taste brings much of the same with the barrel standing out beyond the other flavors. Basically a medicinal woodiness with some hints of stout beneath. There is a vanilla/brown sugar sweetness but it's not cohesively incorporated with the flavor profile. Once the palate acclimates, things smooth out but still there's that harsh woody flavor. It's not even like it's too hot because the booze is actually kind of toned down. I wish I could actually taste bourbon when all I can taste is...wood. Paper aftertaste.

M- Silky smooth with medium-low carbonation and a full body. At least it gets that part right.

O- Pretty disappointing as it has the elements of a decent BBA stout but they're fighting each other rather than coexisting in harmony. Apparently this was aged for 8 months on the barrel. A little less time would've yielded better results in my opinion since you can barely taste the stout underneath.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from the tap. Black in color, tan head. Aroma is boozy, vanilla and caramel. A bit of roast in the taste. Thicker body, very smooth, so it goes down easy

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Photo of Rifugium
3.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I did not enjoy this stout very much. Thin for the style, and not much to it. Didn't really seem like 10+%, I suppose, so in that regards it was drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautifully woven with tethers of espresso, dark chocolate and bourbon-soaked woods, the brewers of Cambridge offers up a decadent taste that's embedded in char and succulence to seduce the palate at every turn.

The near-black beer pours with a patient and swirling mocha-like froth. Its espresso demeanor pronounces in scent as fresh-ground coffee bean captivate the nose, along with heavy toast, walnuts, earthy chocolate and caramel round out the nose.

Its taste is sweet, chocolaty, and caramelly- laden with seared toffee, robust coffee, and booze soaked fruit shining through. Creamy with milkshake creaminess and sweetness, the middle ibecomes roasty, toasty and remiss with heavy whipping cream before a boozy and spicy finish looms.

Its full but simple-sweet finish aligns with a malty sweet backbone that extends in finish, but yet waivers to give a short rebuttal of malt for final impressions of dark chocolate and bourbon.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thinner deep beige head atop,no light getting thru this this even when held up to a light.Dark fruit,chocolate,vanilla,and roast in the nose,a whole lot of good stuff here.Brown sugar and dark fruit hit upfront on the palate with some chocolate and bourbon/vanilla in the lingering finish,not overly roasted.Above average for many of the style right now,the bourbon barrel isn't overpowering leaving the other flavors to come into play nicely.

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Photo of BeerRev22
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love it.

A dry, drinkable barrel aged imp. stout.
Choco, roast, licorice/anise flavors.
Love that this isn't all gigantic and chewy like a need a fork to pound it down.
Awesome beer from a great brewery

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $11.99. Typical stout appearance, good head. Aroma is mostly dark malts, slight booze, not much barrel. Flavor is about the same, yes I can tell it has a bourbon barrel component but I think I've been spolied by Parabola and Borubon County Stout. Overall though it was a decent beer for the price.

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Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste is cocoa, char, and bourbon. I could tell that Jack Daniel's barrels were used as the bourbon taste distinctly reminded me of Jack. I do love the deep oaking and the overall taste of this one. A really good beer, and although I have other oak aged RIS beers I prefer, this one I feel does deserve a high rating.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/31/2015 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with no head and no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains licorice, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark fruit, chocolate and licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild. There’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, very light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would choose before this one.

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4.91/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/18/14. Pours jet black with khaki head. Chocolate, toasted malt, and the bourbon. Taste ramps up the intensity even further and vanilla and oak Mae an appearance. Very smooth, velvety and wet mouthfeel. Bold awesomeness.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Jet black in color. Two fingers of brown head eventually recede into a thin cap. Thin and delicate rings of lacing.

S: Fudge, brownie batter, chocolate sauce, roasted barley, coffee beans, touch of smoke. Plum and black currant fruitiness. Notes brown sugar and dark caramels. The barrel contribution is at first more subtle on the nose, with docile whiffs of toasted oak and subdued barrel char and bourbon. However, as it warms the sweet and caramelly bourbon character asserts itself more. Take your time with the nose. The layered complexities take a while to sift through.

T: Chocolate sauce, brownie batter, chocolate covered espresso beans, mocha. Flavors of deeply roasted malt blanket everything. Kiss of roasty smoke. Plum and currant fruitiness. Dark caramel chews. The barrel is more apparent in taste, with the back end bringing toasty oak and a tide of sweet bourbon that slowly takes center stage. Sweet bourbon flavors dominate the finish, with notes of roast and chocolate sauce riding its coattails.

M: Thick in body, but not too heavy. Slick and viscous in the mouth. It coats but isn't sticky, and it has heft and substance without being too weighty. Little carbonation, but it isn't needed. Warming.

O: These must've been some wet bourbon barrels, because the bourbon liquid itself puts its stamp all over this beer. But the base beer is strong and independent enough to allow the barrel to have its romp without losing any of its integrity. There's a lot to digest here, and if you're a fan of bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts you'll want to prolong and savor every second.

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Photo of roger617
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle date 11/18/14

A: Pours black in color with a little over 1 finger of khaki head that reduces slowly to a thin collar. Viscosity seems to match way I would expect for 10.5%, not too thick, but plenty of body.
S: Big chocolate and bourbon notes, with a nice roast aroma to compliment.
T: Like aroma, big on chocolate and bourbon. Very smooth for a big beer.
M: Carbed well, leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.
O: This is a very well crafted barrel aged stout. The flavors come together really well.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head but a bit thin. Nearly black color with no light to pass.

Creamy, chalky semi-sweet chocolate aroma. A bit of band-aide too.

Starts off quite mildly, but the swallow brings on some burnt grains. Plenty of alcohol in the swallow with a bit of dark cherry to the aftertaste.

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Photo of Dope
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/18/14.

A: Pours pitch black with a tall, dense dark brown head. Fades fairly quickly with very little retention and basically no lacing.

S: Oh yeah. Lots of bourbon up front that lends a big toasted coconut aroma. Lots of chocolate and a sharp roasted malt character. Some toasted sugar when swirled, almost marshmallow-like at times.

T: Yup, lots of nice bourbon up front. Not the typical heavy caramel but more of that toasted coconut with lots of oak. Tons of decadent chocolate in the middle mixing with some espresso, almost mocha-like. Sharp roasted malt character is great but not overpowering. Mild dark fruits in there too. Great complexity. Lingering mocha in the aftertaste with hints of toasted sugars.

M: Thick, heavy, viscous but plenty smooth.

O: Excellent stout from CBC. Bourbon cuts and balances this nicely. Great chocolate and espresso flavors along with the toasted coconut from the bourbon. Well balanced, surprisingly smooth, very drinkable and super tasty. Excellent job, CBC.

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Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Instantly excited when I noticed this on the shelf last week. Cambridge always brews them solid. Shared with Big Matty Dawgy Dawg while watching The Deparated.

A- Pure black body out of the bomber to two tulips for the share. A light mocha cap to just about a finger with a foamy and creamy texture. Lacing is fairly rare, somewhat surprisingly but a few spots remain.

S- Off the top comes a mixture of sweet Bourbon barrels and something reminding me of brown sugar and bananas fosters. Malts are somewhat in the backdrop here but bring caramelized sugar, moderate roast and a hint of sweetness.

T- Bourbon gains some surefire strength here, especially with time. Whiskey, pepper, toasted and even charred oak, cherry truffle, caramel, moderate roast malts, raisins and a spiciness to go along with that, a bit of vanilla and some of those esters from the nose. A bit of banana but not as obvious as the nose.

MF- Medium bodied or probably just a bit lighter than that with a slightly frothy and foamy texture. Carbonation comes in on at a moderate level as it all finishes off quite a bit warm.

Not just a roast bomb by any means and not just a Bourbon forward profile either. A good amount of yeast derived flavors combined with the barrel and the malts to produce an above average brew. I like how the raisin and esters combine with the stout and whiskey.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks go to Cam for sharing this one. Been looking to try this one since bottles came out recently, CBC is usually great and imperial stouts with cassettes on them tend to catch my eye.

A - Black pour with a tan head. It looks how a stout looks. A thin ring, spotty cap, and small strands of lace are left by the end.

S - A nice deep chocolate scent right off the bat, and banana liqueur somehow, good roast and slight bourbon.

T - Chocolate flavors again are the highlight here, nice deep mix of light and dark chocolate brownie vibe. Bourbon is barely there at first but comes out quite a bit with warmth, integrates well. Roast, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, and some barrel spice.

M - Good mouthfeel, not much booze, pretty drinkable for a bourbon stout, a nice balanced plethora of flavors without any overpowering.

O - Nice stout I'd gladly have again. The banana flavor is kind of a mystery but it fades and I thought it was cool. Good drinkability, decent bourbon presence, really nice chocolate/coffee/roast.

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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Hill Farmstead tulip.
A - Dark matter here, neutrinos are the particles getting through. Delicate carbonation
leaves a gentle ring of fine lace around the glass.
S - 75% cocoa, light vanilla, toffee, dark fruits , some mint and a whiff of bourbon. The smells are so delicate and precise, the efforts of the brewers shine on this element.
T - A true delight, not hot with alcohol, but present, the roast of the malts are displayed quite well. There is some sweetness that carries through and leads into the bourbon finish.
F - Not large bodied, by no means thin. Starts with that coating from a fine stout, gently traipsing across the palate, lead by sweetness, pushed along with gentle carbonation, leaves with a warm bourbon finale.
O - What a true delight, pitch perfect in form and flavor. The bourbon notes do not weigh
this beer down. The malt bill and gentle hop use only enhance the whole experience. As the name suggests you will relish not just enjoy this stout.

Cheers all

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Photo of AirBob
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes: 12/28/14. Rating from sometime before, on tap at CBC.

A - Two fingers of chocolate brown head. Bubbly. Dissipates to about 1/2 finger, then to a cap and collar. Deep black body.

S - Reminds me of BA Framinghammer. Big nose of unsweetend chocolate and bourbon. Some alcohol in the nose as it warms.

T - Molasses with a touch of vanilla. Milk chocolate. Smooth bourbon with a little bite. A little tinny in the finish, but drops out as it warms.

M - Medium carb. Syrupy middle and finish.

O - I enjoyed these more on tap, but it's an excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%

CBC decided to bottle this brew and I willingly snatch it off the shelf. Also, the label art is slick! The beer pours like pen ink. Black and thick. It rejects light. The head is a lingering amoeba of dark tan froth. Lacing tattoos. My first thought is of candy and black licorice. Then my nose takes in the brooding duo of dark chocolate and brown sugar. The barrel aroma is noticeable but tentative when entering my nose. Not very charred or roasty in relation to others of the style. The first sip is full of brown sugar and burnt caramel. Not your basic Barrel Aged Stout. Anise and wood and unrefined chocolate. Some fruitiness, too. Vanilla bean. Body is pretty thick. Carbonation is noticeable. Finishes with a whisper of dry wood. I definitely found this beer to be a deviation in the rush of Barrel Aged Stouts. It has its own unique flavor. I could stand to see some more oak. Happy with my purchase.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a snifter; on-tap at CBC.

color is the typical imperial stout used motor oil black; impenetrable. by the time the beer arrived at our table the had had receded into a collar around the glass. noses offers ample amounts of roastiness, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits, also an atypical tartness to it. not picking up much in the way of bourbon.

flavor imparts more of the same: big notes of roasted malt with chocolate and molasses not far behind, also some dark fruit characters to it and a very distinct and unusual tartness, which adds almost a distinctive flair. more bourbon than i picked up in the aroma but still a subtle presence on that front. medium-full on the palate with average carbonation.

overall a tasty and interesting beer. i like the unique element that the tartness bring; could use a bigger bourbon presence though. also priced very reasonably at $5.50 a glass.

(originally reviewed: 12-20-2011)

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Keg @ EBF

Creamy head with a bit of lacing even in plastic cups, dark thick essentially pitch-black colored beer.

Nose brings light roast and choc, caramel, brown malts, hint of bourbon, bit of fruits, creamy and toasty

Taste creamy, dark and baker's choc, light booze, cocoa, light roast and plenty of coffee almost espresso, just a hint of briny over charred malt flavors, oats, bit of bourbon and hint of vanilla oak, light bitterness, smooth and rich. Finish is lush and more chocolate, coffee, roast, and slightly syrupy.

Mouth is fuller bodied, creamy, hint of warming booze, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, would like to get a full pour of this as well, nice malts, fruits, even hint of bourbon and barrel, just a touch of burnt flavors, and booze hidden fairly well.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a snifter; on-tap at CBC.

color is the typical imperial stout used motor oil black; impenetrable. by the time the beer arrived at our table the had had receded into a collar around the glass.

noses offers ample amounts of roastiness, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits, also an atypical tartness to it. not picking up much in the way of bourbon.

flavor imparts more of the same: big notes of roasted malt with chocolate and molasses not far behind, also some dark fruit characters to it and a very distinct and unusual tartness, which adds almost a distinctive flair. more bourbon than i picked up in the aroma but still a subtle presence on that front. medium-full on the palate with average carbonation.

overall a tasty and interesting beer. i like the unique element that the tartness bring; could use a bigger bourbon presence though. also priced very reasonably at $5.50 a glass.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the source a solid black color with no head at all even if coaxed. Smells heavy on the oak, vanilla, bourbon, tart almost lactic dark fruits, light amount of roasted grains, hints of caramel. This has got a really great nose, but it seems about this far away from a lactic sourness. Taste is much what I gathered it would be form the aroma. Vinous tart dark fruits bordering on lactic with a redeeming okay vanilla mixed with roast and brown sugar. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a vinous mouthfeel. I enjoyed this brew very much, but either the batch or the barrel is slowly turning sour. It's lost some of the big stout character, assuming it had some to begin with, but still a nice brew.

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YouEnjoyMyStout from Cambridge Brewing Company
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