Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout - Rock Art Brewery
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3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 00:28:38 | More by puboflyons
2.48/5 rDev -36.7%
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
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
Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout from Rock Art Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.