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Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout - Rock Art Brewery

Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
86
very good

27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%


Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SpasmWaiter on 12-13-2013)
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

02-15-2014 02:06:15 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-13-2014 23:31:01 | More by shehateme
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Jeffries55

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-31-2014 11:27:05 | More by Jeffries55
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dunix

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-19-2014 17:43:32 | More by dunix
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mletten

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-16-2014 01:46:02 | More by mletten
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-15-2014 22:27:58 | More by acurtis
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Doopie opened this one for a random beer night a couple weeks back. Thanks to youbrewidrink for sending this one over to us. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 70

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, creamy, light tan head with very good retention. Clear bistre brown in color with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Very light and carbonated for sure. Head slowly fades to a big foamy cap and coats the sides of the glass. A half wisp remains and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Good head and lacing for sure, but lousy color and carbo for the style.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, oak and bourbon on the nose. Quite bold. Not much in terms of base roasted stout, but the barrel is rather nice here.

TASTE: Mild and rather flavorless up front. Some bourbon and oak perhaps, but I'd expect at least something more to begin with. Much more after the swallow with lots of alcohol, bourbon and caramel. Very boozy finish. Bold and persistent aftertaste of booze, vanilla, oak, and more booze. Very alcoholic and not very complex. Notes of ethanol in the form of hair spray and floor cleaner too.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a harsh alcohol burn at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky. Creamy and smooth, but too carbonated and harsh. Alcohol lingers.

OVERALL: I love trying unheard of stuff from small, unknown breweries around the United States, but it's always a roll of the dice. This one just wasn't very good. The nose started out promising, but ultimately, it's just too boozy, harsh and uninteresting to be worth while. On the bottle, the brewery says this one was aged and then released once the flavors "reached perfection." That speaks volumes. Pass on this one. Thanks again for sharing Doops!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 19:44:44 | More by Jeffo
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-15-2014 14:10:56 | More by outoffocus
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-24-2014 00:06:52 | More by muskiesman
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

02-13-2014 21:01:17 | More by BTVflatlander
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Connecticut

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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

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01-23-2014 20:03:50 | More by KingdomBobcat
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into DFH snifter, formed a 3/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense head holds nicely, with thick coating lace. Aroma is hearty, rich and boozy.

Taste is starts with dark malts and chocolate, dark fruits in the middle, and closes with tannins and bitterness and plenty of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is dangerously good. Nice one.

Serving type: bottle

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Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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CB_Crowe

Vermont

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iwantmorehops

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-01-2014 03:37:54 | More by iwantmorehops
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rock Art Brewery - Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours motor oil high viscosity with a decent sized soapy head that retains a layer. Great lacing.

Smell - Vanilla, oak, bourbon, and chocolate. This improves as it warms, which is typical of the style.

Taste - Creamy and delicious chocolate and coffee with vanilla oak and a warm bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel - Mouth coater, nice and boozy warm. Some woodiness settles. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Good drinkability. Some cola feel but not bad.

Overall - This is a great brew by Rock Art, color me impressed. It is a contender in the BA RIS market but I will admit that it isn't quite as "mature" as some of the others that have been doing this for a while. Would love to try one of these aged another year to see how it transforms.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 17:08:07 | More by JMScowcroft
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csustar001

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-20-2013 14:04:00 | More by csustar001
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Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-20-2013 01:46:45 | More by Sean802
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chippo33

Vermont

2/5  rDev -48.3%

12-18-2013 04:28:53 | More by chippo33
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MichaelAllenVT

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-16-2013 14:14:03 | More by MichaelAllenVT
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RyanOooh

Vermont

3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Black, oily pour into snifter. Small tan head dissipated into thin film.
Smell is all booze, very very boozey. It was a bit cold to start. When cold, all booze. When it warmed up; bourbon disappeared, toffee/burnt sugar/molasses/prunes/licorice.
When cold, the taste is mostly alcohol. Could feel a strong whiskey burn on tongue and lips. This BBA RIS doesn't try to hide its ABV. As it warmed, switched to a predominantly raisin/too sweet type of dried fruit or molasses. A bit too much carb. Didn't pick up any hop character. Kind of heavy handed, cold=bourbon, warm=molasses. Too much punch even for this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:14:11 | More by RyanOooh
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout from Rock Art Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.