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

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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 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 ChrisCage
4.31/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my BA friend alexgrahamlv for the trade! Vegas Baby....Vegas!

A- Pours a motor oil color, that is relatively clear and clean looking. Very nice caramel colored foam head a couple of inches thick forms, and slowly recedes into a thick film, just like a stout should. There appears to be some fine columns of carbonation rising to the top. Lacing is excellent with soapy strings of foam clinging to my glass. Great start!

S- Stronger than average stout aromas...cocoa powder, black coffee and burnt toast dominate the profile here. There is a soft peanut butter toast like aroma in the background as well. The finish does have some muted hop cones....they come across soft however, which is fine by me.

T- More of the same....just on the palate now! The black coffee is a little more pronounced than the dark chocolate/cocoa but it is still very nice. The roasted malt aspect is also more noticeable....as this warms up, the chocolate shows itself more. There is also a certain fruitiness in the flavor which I can't quite put my finger on. The finish is softly bitter, but more roasted and dry than anything. Surprisingly, the alcohol is very well hidden, which I wasn't expecting at all.

M- I wouldn't call this full bodied, but closer to medium....this is the only area that disappoints a bit, as there is a watery note right at the swallow that seems to wash the flavor away within seconds afterward. Aside from this, the carbonation is mellow and easy going.

O- Overall, this is a very nice example of a stong Stout. It has good, but short lived flavor, isn't fiery with booze, and provides an easy drinking experience. I wouldn't mind enjoying this with a meal or dessert, such as Black Forest cake. Reminds me of a stronger Irish Stout that isn't Guinness.... (1,780 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 rbhockeyfan
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this both on tap at a beer tasting event and bottled. On tap, it was a great beer, the head was a little week, but the taste was spot on for what you would expect from a small batch RIS (carmel, coffee, touch of vanilla) The smell was almost all coffee. Mouth feel is not what I expected from a Russian Imperial, but still pretty good.

In the bottle, this beer goes way down hill. Sadly the bottling process is not the strong point of the brewer. If you can get on tap, it is worth it, if not, I say pass on it. (523 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 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 climax
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Fox pours dark brown, next to black. Head is modest Caucasian tan.

Nose isn't as powerful as I was anticipating, smooth nonetheless. Vanilla, chocolate, dark roasted nuts and a bit of coffee-like bitterness. Some banana esters are evident as well.

The flavor is where this one hits. The warmth of alcohol (9% ABV) chimes in with other notes of roasted almond, dark chocolate, and a lingering dry roasted coffee finish.

Body is medium, thinner than expected. However it's creamy and slick as it fades to a dry finish. Carbonation is just enough to keep it lively in the mouth. It's not overly filling either, great tasting drinkable stout. (646 characters)

Photo of Dibujob
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly wonderful offering from my beer of the month club. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a thick tan head that leaves a wonderful lacing. Delicious coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Flavor follows smell, bold coffee tones that deceptively hide the alcohol in this beer. Very smooth and pleasant mouthfeel, just the right amount of carb. I could easily see myself drinking a few of these, very nice! (411 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 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)

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 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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a thin wisp of deep tan head with only a few tiny bubbles visible stuck to the base of the glass.

S- The earthy roasted black malt takes on a berry quality in the finish. It is dark and rich but not a lot of depth.

T- The smooth clean flavor of fruity ester note to a roasted black malt flavor is very mellow. There is a blueberry note that grows in the black malt as it does in the smell. There is a mellow chocolate note in the finish as the beer warms and a soft tang and a coffee roasted inky hint aswell.

M- The light mouthfeel has fizzy texture but no real alcohol heat until the last few sips.

O- The smooth roasted black malt has a lagered quality to it with the fruity berry flavors growing stronger while the black malt gets overpowered a bit. (829 characters)

Photo of BeerBobWFM
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok this one is the latest from Joseph james...
This was the best one yet poured a nice dark brown to black color, nice for the style, a little thin on the body but it is still thick enough to be a good RIS. The flavor was great, nice hints of Coffee,caramel,anise,and notes of chocolate none of which were overbearing or too pronounced, which makes it a winner in my book... (374 characters)

Photo of tbern007
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.
Pours black, very dark brown - no light gets through. Very thick tan head that lasts well and leaves good lace.
S - earth, prune, raisin, light hop, roasted malt.
T - starts with a light smoke. Although there was a scent of fruit, there is no taste of fruit. Rather, there is roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, slightly hoppy.
M & D - begins slightly sweet and smokey, moves dry, finishes slightly sweet. I wish there was more dark fruit taste and considering the style, it's not as full as I wished. ok overall. (536 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pitch black color with a thin brown soapy head.

S: smells like a mixture of chocolate, coffee, and maple syrup.

T: Some nice chocolate flavor in the beginning. The chocolate rolls into a burnt coffee flavor that is a little bit on the sweet side. There is a very slight medicinal tinge to the beer. The finish is a little warm and spicy from the alcohol but the alcohol flavor is well hidden behind the other flavors.

M: Medium carbonation, makes it creamy and smooth. The alcohol gives it a nice spice on the tongue.

D: This is a pretty good RIS. There is a sweeter edge to this than most Imperial Stouts. It is a very drinkable beer. (644 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was kind of surprised to see this brewery's beers in Texas. This is my first beer from Nevada. Only a few more states to go.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights. The beer features a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and heavily roasted malt. The flavor is tobacco, leather, toffee and roasted malts. The beer is a bit astringent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (390 characters)

Photo of JBogan
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick and creamy tan head which left excellent lacing. I was completely surprised by the appearance of this beer, as the other beers from this new brewery were not very attractive at all. This one however, was totally different.

Smelled of roasted coffee and malt with some chocolate. Very nice and inviting.

Tasted much as it smelled. I gave it a slightly lower score here because it seems to be slightly watered down compared to the aroma. It just needs a bit more "oomph" in the flavor department. The alcohol is very well hidden in this brew.

As in other beers from this new brewer, the mouthfeel was thin, especially for this style. I must add though, it didn't seem nearly as thin as their other beers. However it could use a little bit more body in my opinion.

All in all this beer surpassed my expectations, which were to be honest, not all that high. This is easily the best beer I've tried from this new local brewer, and gives me hope they are on the right track. That's not to say this is up there with the best RIS's, it certainly has room for improvement, but I think they are on the right track here. If you're in the Vegas area and see this, it's worth a try. (1,226 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 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 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 Gavage
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: black in color with a short 1/4" dark tan colored head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: roasted malts with softer chocolate and coffee tones. Alcohol is noticeable.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, prunes, and some coffee tones arrive late. Bitterness is moderate, but alcohol is very strong here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied as this is a bit thinner than expected. Light prickly start with a smooth and long lasting finish. Alcohol burn lingers a bit.

Overall: this one was a bit too strong on the alcohol presence. Definite slow sipping beer but one is more than enough in a session. (602 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in my DT tulip. Poured two shades shy of black with a 1.5 inch tan-colord head that sizzled and popped and slowly receded into a fairly consistent swirl of foam. Generous amounts of lacing adhered to the glass during the tasting. Not much happening with the nose, just the merest suggestion of chocolate malt. Taste revealed chocolate malt, some coffee character and lactose (taste seems closer to a milk stout than an imperial) with perhaps a kiss of hops at the finish. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied and lightly effervescent. Also a slightly creamy quality in the mouth. Drinkability is decent. Alcohol is well-hidden, but lacks the boldness and concentration of flavors typical of the style. (737 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jwale73 for this bottle!
Appears near opaque brownish black - light tan head falls quickly to a ring.
Smells of dark malt and chocolate, maybe a little coffee.
The taste bitter and chocolaty. Some coffee flavors come in on the back end.
It is medium body - seems pretty light for an impy stout. Carbonation is a bit course and prickly.
This brew is OK...the mouthfeel was a bit disappointing but grew better as it warmed. (431 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)

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