YouEnjoyMyStout - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 29
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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 by awall422:
Photo of awall422
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to enjoy this last night, leftover from the Brewer's Dinner over the weekend, I believe.
Served in an 8oz snifter that flaunted a ridiculous head with good staying power and superb lacing. Appearance of the beer was as dark as dark gets. Caramel, burnt malts and a touch of alcohol on the nose. Soft, oily mouthfeel with a bit of heat from the high abv content. Nice and smooth though, well-balanced, as I was told this had been sitting in an oak-barrell for a year. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've had.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of roger617
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well, this is the real deal. I'm pretty sure they claimed the ABV to be about 10.5 %.It's aged in American oak from Jack Daniels, and French oak from Cognac used for barrel-aging pinot noir, before being blended back together.

Super-duper thick black color, brown beast of a head that has amazing retention.

nose: This has a Fantastic chocolate and deep roasted coffee aroma that is very bold with whiskey-like heat that tingles the nose and a heavy oaky and smoked effect. There's oats and some very pleasant dark berry sweetness way down deep. Very complex.

flavor: This is easily the most complex and bold flavor I've ever experienced in a beer. This ULTRA heavy-full bodied brew features big roasty chocolate with oats, creamy black coffee and a very up-front oaked-whiskey edge and the heat to prove it! The flavor ranges from giant roasty sweet malt to mildly bitter and subtle hop that seems to be just the right balance.
It's array of dazzling, bold flavors are enhanced by the barrell-aging process and it's effects are dramatic when it comes to depth of flavor. It goes down like a meal in a glass! I think i might be getting most of the major food groups here!! Heavy on the palate, but in the best way possible.

This was served in a 8 oz snifter glass, in which i sipped and savored every last drop. The 10 + % ABV is it's only limitation.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Chocolate,stouty roast and barrel aroma. Dark colour with off-white head, lacing. A bitterness, chocolate coffee. A little tartness, bit you must care something for coffee. Above average creamy mouthfeel. Woodiness, lots of complexity. Right up there as a RIS.

Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very tart and slightly sour; clearly BA. Beautiful beer, good retention. very solid overall, but a little tart and even sour.

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Cambridge Brewing Company (Cambridge, MA) on 11/6/10. Served in a snifter.

Pours a pitch black in the glass, topped with a light and frothy ring of dark mocha colored head. VERY rich flare-up here though, that gives this much more of creamy and robust looking retention than you initially would have guessed, as this showers the sides of the glass with a big cascade of spotty lace and brown gooey residues. The bourbon is fairly sharp in the nose, with a good bit of smoky burnt wood and vanilla texture being present from the wood. This is layered on top of notes of rich chocolate fudge, zippy smelling roasted espresso, dark fruit, and some molasses.

The taste has the bourbon flavor incorporated into it much better than the nose does. Thick chocolate and toffee sweetness spread out into some sticky dark fruit character then finally a roasted coffee finish. Vanilla sits with a creamy sweetness on the edges of the profile, while burnt tannins and dry roast linger on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a huge creamy feel that blows up in the mouth upon first sip but then gathers itself into thick and slick slurry that carries all of that roast, sticky sweetness, and wood character down your throat. Alcohol is very nicely hid for 10%, with most of the flavor coming from the bourbon itself and not so much the ABV.

Despite the strength of the alcohol and strong bourbon presence, this was still a very tasty and satisfying BA RIS, thanks to that nicely hidden ABV and a well done balancing act between the barrel and Stout flavors. Rich, complex, and very drinkable for the size, I really enjoyed this.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on May 29, 2006. On Tap at the brewpub. Pour of pitch black with an espressor and cream head of silky cream. Aroma is a stinging straight run of Kentucky Bourbon. Maybe Maker’s Mark, with touches of chocolate showing through and a drop of Bailey’s like coffee. Warm and sugary aroma. Flavor starts off with a nefarious sea salt oak dryness, but moves into a sweeping heavy malt sweetness. Dabs of Cafe Amercain and the fleeting glimpses of mellowed Wild Turkey Rare Breed. Smack with a very parching oaky tannins. Mingles with the grains from the bottom of a pot of Turkish Coffee. Some subliminal sweetness. Needs more cream, less astringency. Palate gets docked for overdryness. Beer is somewhat balanced, but a little overwhelmed by dryness. Touches of blackberry seeds. Light hazlenut skin smack.

Photo of steeltown71
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Almost opaque black, moderate expresso-colored head

S: Strong oak and bourbon aromas on top of coffee

T: Upfront malt, thoroughly enjoyable caramel, vanilla, coffee flavors. Very long finish. Impressive complexity.

M: Lively and surprisingly medium-bodied for the 10.5%.

D: This was my first beer of the visit. And my third. There was no chance of me leaving without having a second go. A world-class RIS and without a doubt my favorite from CBC.

Huge applause for this offering. A lot of RIS's get huge hype, and I can't believe this one has slipped under the radar. For my money this destroys a lot of the more revered RIS's and thoroughly deserves recognition.

Photo of Franchise
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This is the bourbon aged YouEnjoyMyStout sampled at the CBC on 7/1/06. Poured a onyx black that light had no chance of breaking through. The smell is bourbon without question, chocolate, toffee, citrus hops, and sumatra coffee. The taste starts like a spirit, I'm always surprised at how much essence the beer takes on. It is surprisingly smooth and the alcohal that although present is not overpowering. Strong coffee bitterness dominates this stout upfront followed by some toffee sweetness and that finishes warm on the palatte with a boozey bitter hop after taste. This is a great stout love the spirit/wine barrell aged offerings.

Photo of u2carew
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) Opaque. Thin, tan-brown head. Great lacing on the glass.
S) Smoky. Roasted barley with some earthy tones. Just a bit of coffee as well.
T) Smoky, coffee taste. The ABV isn't as noticeable. Slight sour bite in the aftertaste.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Full body. Some chewiness to it.
D) A nice stout. Smooth drinking. A sit and be causal brew.

Photo of Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of carln26
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a deep black color with ruby/garnet highlights. It came with a thin tan head that settled quickly but did leave a decent lace on the side of the glass. The aroma was mostly roast malt, with just a hint of chocolate/toffee. The taste was dominated by the roast malt. There was a little chocolate character in the finish. There's a lot of alcohol in this beer. It borders on boozy, but is still a good beer. Good, smooth mouth feel, medium drinkability due to the alcohol.

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a sniftah - wicked nice!

Deep, dark motor oil-FIDY-esque with no head

Clean for style-mildly sweet vanilla with oak character and soft malt

Wow-powerful imperialism-malt wallops the finish with deep bitter hop character. Up front is more of a stewy malt and yeasty character - less of a stout front - bourbon mash tone dominates

Almost tangy on the mouth with toasty finish - bourbon barrels representin'

Not sure how long this has been around - the bourbon tempers its drinkability a bit. Very decent but a sippah

4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of BeerRev22
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
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

Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful black egg of darkness topped by creamy tan head.

The high sweet syrupy malt scent holds smokey overtones and a warning of wineyness.

The thick, sticky syrup is filled with rich chocolatey goodness and a Malta Goya tang. Lots of alcohol warmth. As it warms, and as it warms you, more smoke emerges and prune and raisin.

A dangerous sipper just right for a snowy evening.

Photo of rpstevens
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(from notes) Served in a snifter. The beer is pitch black with a thin tan/brown head. The beer just looks like an imperial stout should, great presentation with sticky oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The nose on this beer is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of smelling. Vanilla, cherries, raisins, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted espresso, caramel, barrel and bourbon heat just roll over each other in perfect succession.

As good as it smells you almost expect a letdown when you taste this beer, but it's awesome. The chocolate and espresso notes are bitter but balanced by all the sweet vanilla, dark fruit and caramel. The barrel and bourbon flavors are perfect, with a great amount of alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel is great. The beer is lightly carbonated and has a big chewy, slick feel. The alcohol is present, but adds to the flavors well.

Overall this beer is almost perfect. I think it's the best stout I had in all of 2010, and could be my favorite of all time. This is a beer that left me remembering it for weeks, and I made two return trips to CBC just for this beer after trying it. An absolutely awesome stout that I can't wait to drink again.

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of grub
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at cbc oct 16/09.

pours thick and opaque black with a thin layer of very fine brown head that quickly retreats to a ring around the glass. a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. bourbon and oak. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. light alcohol. big biscuit and multi-grain bread. earthy.

taste is great. anise and vanilla. bourbon and oak. dark and milk chocolate. bit of coffee. caramel and toffee. candy-like sweetness, but it manages not to be too overbearing. touch of citrus. bit of earthy character too. roasty.

mouthfeel is excellent. nice big chewy body. medium-low silky smooth very fine carbonation.

drinkability is good. a touch sweet, but otherwise quite balanced. rich and decadent. i'd love to sip on this one all night, but fear that i wouldn't make it home afterward. great stuff.

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YouEnjoyMyStout from Cambridge Brewing Company
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