Red Fox - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 115
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Joseph James Brewing Inc. visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JBogan on 01-28-2009

Russian Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and roasted barley malts. This beer has essences of chocolate and roasted coffee and compliments many desserts. This heavy bodied beer is 9.3% ABV, 80 IBU's and is best enjoyed at 55°F-60°F.
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Photo of Tonedef
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the mixed reviews on this beer I had no issue with it..motor oil black with nice espresso and chocolate on the nose..taste was similar to smell with a medium body..the wife and I enjoyed it.. (199 characters)

Photo of breeq
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Color: dark and opaque. Head: reddish. Surprisingly little froth. Carbonated tingle.
Dry, liquor-like body heat after of first sip. Gets sweeter and smoother as you go. Pairs well with steak. For dessert try strawberries, cool-whip, and dessert cups. Drink slow: high ABV. (272 characters)

Photo of beerforceltics
2.67/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

I dont regularly review anymore, but this terrible crap compelled me to bitch to you all about just that. The appearance is all there, along with the mouth feel, lacing, etc, but the rest is garbage...make mocha with old grinds, mix it with sherry and cheap chocolate wine, and boom, wuts happenin? Oh yea, your taste buds are crying and u wish u could puke yet onset alcoholism prevents u...shucks, me too. Going from Clown Shoes HOTH to this shit should have a warning. Fml (475 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 30, 2013.

This is a beer that begins nice but ends badly. That would be my entire review but we have to have so many characters to post on Beer Advocate.

It is a very attractive looking dark brown to black pour with a long lasting tan head.

The aroma is full of chocolate malts more than anything else. I get little in the way of other malts or hops but I get plenty of chocolate.

The body is light to medium.

But the taste. Eww! Maybe I got a really bad bottle but all I'm getting is vinegar. Some chocolate but mainly vinegar. I rarely pour beers down the drain but this one may be destined for that finale. (664 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thick reddish black pour with 2 fingers of dark brown head which quickly dissipated to a creamy ring around the glass. smells of roasted grains, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted nuts. this is a fantastic tasting beer... we're talking very similar to black albert (one of my favorites).. lots of roasty, yet subtle, flavors from the grain bill.. lots of coffee and chocolate, nutty flavors as well, bit of vanilla also. if it had a bit of lingering bitterness instead of sweetness, i would personally prefer it. full body, very sweet, low carbonation.

got this from my buddy in nevada.. an excellent beer i would have probably never gotten my hands on as it's not on the radar as far as highly sought after/ranked etc.. a delicious, very easy to drink imperial stout.. roasty enough to be to my liking, yet balanced out with tons of sweet malt. (853 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours completely dark with a tan head. Nose is bland and almost nonexistent. Flavor is heavy with chocolate malts. Tangy sweetness. Just slightly off balance with the whole thing, but not too shabby really. I mean, we can face reality that this style brings some extremely heavy competition. That being said, I like this one. I can suggest it. (343 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pour is a viscous opaque black with a very dark mahogany brown head. Nose is a bit all over the place. Heavy roast, sugary malt, licorice and lightly nutty. Taste is also a bit flabby, not quite as roasty up front but there is an assertive roasted coffee and bitterness that lingers through the finish. Sweet dark malt, a touch sugary, faint licorice, and some dark berry towards the back of the palate. The body is thick, light carbonation, thins in the finish and actually a touch empty. (489 characters)

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt it necessary to review this beer jus to warn people of the massive head I got when pouring this....I got an overflow after pouring roughly half the bottle, so be careful when pouring this.

Overall this Imperial stout is pretty good. Pours a dark mocha, almost black, with a nice fluffy tan head. Smell is dark malt, not sure which malts exactly but very inviting with an almost tangy characteristic to it. Taste is smooth dark malt, small alcohol burn on the back end, chocolate on the finish with a very nice aftertaste. May be a bit overcarbed but doesnt detract from the beer. Good body on this one. Overall I am pleased with this beer, nothing mindblowing but I would definitely buy it again. (705 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz undated bomber bottle with a standing upright red fox that was cut off at the waist. The fox is standing up like a squirrel or a prairie dog. The fox is cut off by a gold crown. Nothing else on the label except for the ABV% and the Government warning. Poured into a Big Eddy (please don't laugh) Snifter.

This beer looks like it poured a pitch black color, but when I held the glass up to the light, I saw a reflection of myself. I'm forced to say that it's actually a pitch black color. No red in this color. On top of this pitch black brew was a 1/2 an inch dark tan head of foam. It had really nice retention that left behind a thick string of tan rings and a few spots of lace around the glass. It looks really nice. No problem with the appearance.

The aroma of Red Fox started off with the scent of raisins and plums. Behind the raisins was a mildly sweet aroma of caramel. Right behind the caramel was the roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate. It wasn't offensive, but it just seemed it was lacking. It smelled like it was holding back the strength of the aroma.

Like the aroma, the taste was holding back as well. It wasn't one taste after another. The taste was just one big flavor ball. This flavor ball consisted mostly of roasted flavors like roasted malt and roasted coffee. Stuck in this roasted flavor ball was a little dark chocolate, caramel, and raisin. That's all folks!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, a little carbonation, and a faint dry roasted aftertaste. This aftertaste doesn't stick around. Why it left so soon, I don't know.

It's clearly not the BEST RIS I've had, but its still drinkable. This beer was holding back. It should let some of the flavors/aromas off the chain. It doesn't cost an arm and a leg for a bottle. If you want a drinkable RIS from the Las Vegas area, pick a bottle. One bottle however was good enough for me. (1,892 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $4.99. This is my second beer from this brewery (the first was rather grim) and from the state of Nevada. No freshness date on the bottle.

Poured a very dark shade of brown, almost black, that allowed no light to penetrate and looked like it had a crude oil-like viscosity when it was poured into a large version of the Sam Adams new model glass. Huge, creamy-looking mocha-colored head. Lots of sticky, spiderweb-like lace left on the sides of the glass.

Aromas of brown sugar, mollasses, dark chocolate and prunes greet the nose. Seems a little on the sweet end, but not too far.

Surprisingly well-balanced tasting. I worried I was in for a sugar bomb, but although the sweet aspects do kick in first, they are almost immediately balanced by a bitterness that keeps things from getting cloying. Mild drynes at the swallow.

The body is somewhere between medium and full, with a mouthfeel that is both creamy and coating. It definitely leaves itself affixed to the palate.

A surprisingly good RIS. I would definitely drink this again, and would love it in a 12oz bottle. (1,126 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The Red Fox is a surprisingly decent Imperial Russian Stout. A definite winter warmer. The beer pours a opaque dark in my sniffer glass. A lucious tan head forms when I swirl the glass but quickly thins leaving some lace on the glass. The smell has an alcohol roasty flare which makes one want to continue to sniff let alone drink. The caramel/chocolate malt start this beer then some nice bittering hops help it finish. The full body helps the taste linger on the pallete making it a joy to taste another sip. Overall I am really impressed with this stout....especially coming from a place of perpetual heat such as Nevada. (624 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I feel I should be listening to the Sanford and Son theme on a loop whilst drinking this... It pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, nail polish remover, and some dark coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, toning down the nail polish remover a bit and adding some chocolate syrup. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly chewy feel. Overall, this stout really ain't all that bad, but it is far from great. I could drink this... (585 characters)

Photo of JimTeal
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You cannot just wish a beer to be good, and this beer is just exactly that, good. My experience with this dark Russian Imperial Stout style is limited but growing. The style requires some extra pizaaz in order to be considered above average. As much as I would wish Red Fox had pizaaz, it does not. Mostly you will experience a good try, but not a good result. The dark malty, caramel flavors do not linger, but the high 9% ABV does, and in my opinion that is not a good thing. The head pours a finger, but immediately disappears. To me that is a result of alcohol, and thus the limited smell and taste. Put simply, they never get out of the bottle and into the glass. In my judgement this is an also ran beer from a local Las Vegas brewery, like I said, I wish it were better. (777 characters)

Photo of BgThang
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was an extra in a trade sometime last year. Just now getting around to trying it. Looks nices and black, the nose has a very nice roasty -ness to it. the mouthfeel is a nice medium body that is typical of this style.

This is not your overly sweet under attenuated impy stout. this is a classic impy stout and a very good one at that. Not sure why it has a very low rating. I am loving this beer. There is a little bit of astringency but very slight. Not a detractor at all.

I wish this was available in texas as I would buy it regularly. (545 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a Uinta pilsner glass. Thanks to me gaffmate Andrew for the bottle; he tried it and thought it was bollocks so he gifted it to me. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger rich tan colour head of nice thickness and cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is average. Looks pretty good. Right on the money for the style.

Sm: Roasted barley (me favourite), chocolate malt, caramel, and dark malts. An average strength aroma. Smells a bit sweeter than it ought to.

T: Middling roast, over-caramelization, badly handled chocolate malts, and a dark malt foundation. Quite simple for the style. Too sweet, almost evoking brown sugar. No subtlety at all. Not complex. No yeast or alcohol comes through - a decent achievement at this high an ABV. There's just so little going on here. If you're going to attempt this style, you've got to bring more to the table. Far too sweet. My housemate described it as a bit cough syrupy. I don't know if I'd go that far, but I do get a sort of artifical dark cherry sweetness that really doesn't help the balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Wrong for the style, outright. Especially too wet on the finish. A good stout drys and coarsens on the finish to make you crave the next sip. This is not that. Not creamy enough. Decent thickness, but a touch syrupy. Doesn't feel tailored to the flavours. Carbonation is good.

Dr: Drinkable for the high ABV; that's its strong suit. But it's very bland for the style. This will definitely get lost in the mix. With every brewer and their mother trying this style, you just have to do more. Specialize your flavours: barrel age, use vanilla bean, add cacao, do something. Don't do this.

C+ (1,800 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is baked to burnt chocolate with hints of molasses. Burnt chocolate finish. On-tap, $8.00 for a 16oz glass from Central @ Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, NV.

Flavor from bottle is more molasses and baked chocolate - 12oz bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California. (447 characters)

Photo of challenja
4.73/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served On Tap at ChurchKey DC.

A: Sacloth black, no froth, all bizness!

S: Brown Molasses dark cocoa nibs, Sweet red berries. Cherry bourbon barrel. Wifs of sweet smoked meat and sherry.

T: Bourbon barrel smoked malt. Sweet Costa Rican dark roast coffee. Cherry pitted Biscuits. Lushish sherried cream.

M: Medium bodied great flowing carbonation that cuts through the velvet underlaying alcohol lingers on the gums and the tongue.

O: An amazing complex bourbon barrel stout that is imposing but not overpowering in character or greatness. A solid A beer! (561 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cocoa, and slightly sour dark fruit aromas. Taste is quite sour with dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee bean flavors. There is an acidic quality and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, the sourness in the flavor of the beer is unexpected and definitely detracts from its score. (578 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Dec 2011. Courtesy of A&R, thanks for bringing this back from Vegas! Served in the 04. L Ulmer Munster snifter.

Large thick dark brown head that appears to be non self leveling. I think this is a first. Lightly carbonated. Clear dark brown in color. Aroma is sweet roasty malts and dark cocoa, a little on the light side for the style. Starts with lots of charred malt. Quite burnt bitter. Light body, warming ethanol. Finish and aftertaste redeem the start somewhat, a bit of licorice and charred wood, lingering sweetness and ethanol.

Needs work. (574 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks for this one Rizalini.

A: Pours near black with a thick, bubbly, dark tan head that slowly faded into a thick fuzzy film.
S: I get rich notes of chocolate, roasted malt, toasted marshmallows with a hint of dark fruits.
T: Roasted flavors dominate. The chocolate is there as well alongside a bit of char. The finish is lightly fruity with flavors of prunes and raisins, and the aftertaste is bitter, smoky, and lightly alcoholic.
M: Ample, fizzy carbonation – a bit too much. Body is a bit too light as well, and the mouthfeel is spritzy and a little rough around the edges.
O: Not terrible but needs some work. The carbonation is distracting, and the flavors are thin and burnt. (728 characters)

Photo of hdelavega
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a snifter.
Pours a dark black, tan two finger head that leaves nice lacing.
Sweet aroma, dark fruit, a little roast. Dry in flavor compared to nose, nice roasty malt, not as much of the dark fruit i was expecting after the nose, strange metallic finish. Fairly light body for a stout but easy to drink.
Overall a nice beer to try but nothing to write home about. (372 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased in Las Vegas November 2010, mostly used for gingerbread for tomorrow's DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) Twelve Beers of Christmas, 12.17.11.

Ring of light brown head around edge of glass, slow dissipation, decent lacing. Dark cocoa nibs, some vanilla, floral hops in the nose. Chocolate up front taste-wise, floral hops not much else. Mouthfeel is well on the light side of medium, almost watery, minimal effervescence, a bit of stickiness. Really strange mouthfeel inhibits drinkability. Pass. (517 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- black, with 1 finger thin light tan head. Very little lacing that resides quickly.

S- Roasted malts, metal

T- Roasted malts, hint of coffee, has a off metallic-like taste to it.

M- Medium body. Almost a little thin for the style and abv.

O- Another bad beer by this brewery. Just seems to always be off flavors in their beers. (362 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my parents for picking this up for me during their trip to Arkansas.

Just a few bubbles of medium brown foam after the pour. No foam or lacing after that. Clor is black with ruby/brown highlights. Not your opaque black abyss most are used to for the style.

Coffee syrup and cocoa liquer aroma. Strong and alcoholic, but the roasted malt aromas keep things in line. Maybe some walnut liquer in the scent as well.

Bitter roasted malt is the dominant flavor from front to finish. Some watery syrup flavored coffee with liquid chocolate product. The finish is is a weird yeasty, fruit and almost burnt malt mix.

This beer wasn't bad in my book, but off-putting for the style and my taste of course. Glad I got to try it though. (740 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into Old Rasputin nonic

A: pours an opaque dark brown with an inch of head. Settles to a thin layer of foam with no lacing

S: rich aroma of dark chocolate, licorice and hazelnut coffee

T: creamy chocolate flavors, licorice, and a roasted nuttiness. a long, bitter espresso and chocolate finish

M: smooth and slick upfront, medium body with a low carbonation, light warming alcohol, and resiny, dry finish.

Overall, I'm digging this beer. Definitely not one of my favorite RISs, but very drinkable. I really enjoyed the chocolatey flavors in this one. I will buy more of this beer in the future (605 characters)

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Red Fox from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.