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Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout - Rock Art Brewery

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

16 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 117
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 28.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SpasmWaiter on 12-13-2013

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Reviews by ImFlyerThanYou:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Boozy, Woody, Brash, Bourbon

We have a bold one here. The darkness is alluring, but it is that nose that sucks us in. Boozy, roasty, espresso aroma. Slickness to start, smoothness with a big body. Very warming with a thick wave of woodiness and bourbon on the palate. Booziness rides on top of the Imperial Stout character. The underlying sweetness brings suggestions of burnt sugar, while fumey alcohol gets rosey on our breaths. A stellar brew.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 10.0% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber ($10.00) last month while visiting the brewery. Did a side-by-side with their wine barrel version yesterday (12SEP15) with Alewife out in The 'Zebo....

Poured into a small tulip, it was oily black with decent carbo. Had minimal head, though, mostly a gathering of light tan foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing was on the light side also. Smelled of choco and coffee, with an over-riding bourbon presence. Body was more than medium, and it felt rather smooth on the tongue.

Flavor had notes of dark choco, some coffee, mocha and cocoa. I also detected subtle touches of molasses and brown sugar. The bourbon character was present and well-done, not being over-powering as some versions are. A lovely bier, all-in-all! Prosit!!

4.39/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a shared bomber.
A very solid, middle of the road, bourbon barrel RIS with perhaps a touch more bourbon barrel contribution than average. Also it had a slight smokiness. The bourbon barrel does not overwhelm the dark malts altogether but does contribute vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors and does dominate the aftertaste. Very good bitter-sweet balance.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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2.46/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite beer! I've never had a beer that's got such subtleties to its flavor. Past that chocolaty stout taste are plums and blackberries and coffee. Its got an odd sweetness that's hard to place. But i still remember the first time i tasted it. For me and my pal, this is the king of beers. Its a truly beautiful beer. If you see it, grab it.

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled May 17, 2014.

It pours jet black with a long lasting beige head, It is a soft delicate one.

The aroma has a definite bourbon and hard liquor scent to it along with the dark malts and vanilla scent. Earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is pretty bold and creamy.

It is hard to get beyond the boozy bourbon and hard liquor flavors that dominate this over the dark malts and vanilla. This is something that has to be savored slowly.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Deep brown, borderline black body, small tan head. No real lacing, minor retention. Aromas of bourbon, wet oak, smoke and roast. Flavor is semi-sweet bourbon, oak, hint of smoke and finishes with some big malt quality. Certainly the better treatment of this beer over the wine barrel version.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout from Rock Art Brewery
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