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Remy - Taps Fish House & Brewery


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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%

Brewed by:
Taps Fish House & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Remy is a travel buddy whose life, at times, has rivaled that of the world's most interesting men -- free-spirited, adventurous, social, and with a penchant for fast women, whiskey, and beer: the perfect inspiration for something truly special. We filled eight Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with our award-winning Imperial Russian Stout and let them sleep for eight months. The transformation resulted in a beer that is rich and roasty, with incredible flavors of marshmallow, coconut, and dark chocolate. We hope you enjoy this very limited release -- that it inspires you to try something new and that it makes you a little more interesting as well!

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 01-03-2011)
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Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz glass. acquired in a trade

A- Pours a deep brown, slightly opaque body with a small off white head that reduces to a thin layer of foam.

S- Sharp whiskey, french vanilla, caramel, some booze and a plastic-like smell.

T- Lots of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel-raisin, whiskey, coffee-char aftertaste.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel, low carbonation

A solid barrel aged stout. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 03:00:57 | More by gcamparone
Photo of elNopalero


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oooooh, this was a beaut. It poured the color of motor oil with a thin cocoa-colored cap.
I got a heavy whiff of fresh coffee with a swig of bourbon mixed in for good measure. Some coconut, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Flavor delivers on more of the same, with a touch of alcoholic heat. Definitely a sipper. Worth seeking out, glad I had a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 07:01:59 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with slight transparency. Nice khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Cola. Lots of caramel. Chocolate.

Taste - Wow, a lot of bourbon. Oaky bourbon. Sharp. Chocolate. A little fudgy. More cola here. Tons of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy and sweet. Medium carbonation. Strong bourbon, but not overly boozy.

Overall - Yum. That's all I got.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:46:53 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Little 375 provided by Buckeyeboy for an impromptu mid-week tasting. Brownish head rises and drops pretty quickly... spotty lacing.

Nose is big and boozy... bourbon soaked tootsie rolls.. surprisingly good.

Flavor mirrors the nose with some background dark malt... long finish. Very rich and decadent.

Body is a bit light probably accentuated by the massive ABV.

Thanks Jeremy... Surprised I have not heard of this gem.


Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 04:34:28 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Brabander


4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer last week from Nate, Cardinal79. Tonight the beer had to be opened by me cause i heard lot of good thing about it.

Poured in my small Struise tasting glass the beer has some troulble to get a decent head, only with a thourough pour! The head disappeared quit fast. Only a small ring stays in the glass.

Smell is on of the better one's in this style. Nice boozy.

Taste is super, what a balanced beer. This is one the RiS beers you should try when you beging tot drink this style.


Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 20:23:01 | More by Brabander
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to ObeMaltKinobee for this killer extra.

Appearance. Pours pretty much black with half a finger of light tan head.

Smell. Big dark chocolate, a little molasses, rum and old barrel wood, vanilla and bourbon and just a slight hint of plastic or maybe pvc. Smells rich, boozy and big.

Taste. Sweet dark chocolate, some nice barrel wood and a drop of bourbon. There's a lingering woody, bourbon-vanilla taste that's pretty darn nice.

Mouthfeel. Full body, just below medium soft and smooth carbonation. There's a nice boozy tingle that stays on the tongue but doesn't quite have the throat and tummy warmth one would expect from such a big abv.

Overall. The beauty of this beer is in the taste. I know that sounds obvious, but the look and smell just don't quite live up to the taste and it does taste mighty nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 02:21:06 | More by Rutager
Photo of FosterJM


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1605th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter

2012 Release
Thanks to MrHrschybar for this one

App- When this poured it wasnt deep black, nor dark brown. It was a mix of both colors with some nice reds mixed in from the bourbon barrels. The density was there and in the glass it did look thick and sludgy with a good viscous body. The center was dark and deep with some lighter edges. A small head of about 1/2" was there and left and didnt leave any cling.

Smell- This was a nice smelling BBA stout. It had the nose of a good malty stout and included the bakers dark chocolate and then moved into a bit of a thick malt and even transitioned into the vanilla and deep wood notes. The ABV on this was well hidden and didnt pick up on it at all.

Taste- This was a very good stout. The 11.2oz bottle was a bit of a let down. Maybe a 500ml wouldve been better. However, with the booze level it was acceptable. This had a ton of great flavors in the glass with a great depth of flavor. I read the label and I really did pick up on the marshmellow flavor with a tinge of coconut and more chocolate than I thought. The prickly booze was pretty tame on this one and was a lot smoother than I was thinking.

Mouth- A great low body with a big thick viscous feel behind it. The carbonation was a bit low to keep it creamy like a dessert. The residal flavors were of the vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and a bit of a grainy roasted marshmellow flavor.

Drink- I really enjoyed this beer. I drank it at 55 or cellar temp and it warmed a little from there. Good aromatics, but not great but the taste and the body on this were outstanding. I would like a few more bottles, but the $$ is a bit off for me. 11.2 and $10.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 15:58:47 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Jules11788


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. This is the 2012 release of this beer.

A: Pours a motor oil-like jet black with almost no head; barely any lacing; lets no light through. Reminiscent of Ten-Fidy

S: Smells of leather, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, tobacco, and a strong woody character that pervades throughout. The smell is very strong and quite amazing.

T: Taste is all bourbon and musty wood, and just like the nose carries hints of vanilla, leather, tobacco, and coconut as it opens up along the palate. The flavors are really intense, this is definitely a sipper.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, and carbonation is low. I don't mind the low carbonation as it comes with the style, and a good imperial stout shouldn't feel like a bubbly IPA. But the thin mouthfeel is pretty disappointing and I prefer something thicker and chewier with this style of beer. This is the weakest part of this brew.

O: Had this on tap in May at the release party and was not very impressed, but with a few months of age on it this thing has blossomed into a fantastic imperial stout. If you like your stout bursting with flavor then this is the way to go. Can't wait to hold on to my other bottle and see how it tastes with a year on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 16:33:37 | More by Jules11788
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:45:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of ikantspel


4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip

pours a not too dark black/brown with a slight/minimal dissipating head

chocolate. dark chocolate. hershey kisses mostly with a slight touch of alcohol to it

in the taste is super dark sweet toasted chocolate with a little hint of whisky/caramel

amazingly amazing. alcohol is masked remarkably . well done TAPS

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 04:22:28 | More by ikantspel
Photo of jmarsh123


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrhirshybar for the bottle

Pours deep brown to black with almost no head or lacing.

Aroma definitely tells you there's a barrel involved here. A little bit of licorice and dark fruits with some roast and a lot of booze.

Dark fruits in the up front in the flavor. Some good roasted malt helps balance out the sweetness although it's still maybe a tad too sweet. Barrel character is again high and comes out more as it warms. Definitely bourbon kiss and it finishes slightly hot.

Medium plus mouthfeel with medium carb level. Definitely boozy, but that's a good thing in a stout.

Pretty solid beer. I prefer my barrel aged stuff a bit hot, so if heat isn't your thing, sit on this a while. This one is definitely hot, but fairly well integrated so it's still good.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 21:37:58 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle shared thanks to Darrell. Not my favortie beer of theres we had.

Pours black with a lighter brown highlight running down the glass where the light is behind. Ring of tan head.

Nice roasty beast of a beer with nice sweet and savory notes with the barrel over the top of it all. Not a ton of aroma in the middle of the nose, just a hit up front and some stuff lingering, seems thin in aroma if that makes any sense. Not much malt to smell.

Tast and Mouth were both average really. Up front oak borubon and cofee/espresso like malt base and then a ton of booze in the finish. Again, lots of booze in the finish it is overwhelming in ways. Not balanced well at all, and I think this has some age on it too.

Overall not my favorite, there are many barrel aged Stouts that kill this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 22:32:14 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell.

The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a finger of beige head that leaves some decent lacing on the snifter. The aroma is of bourbon, roast, and alcohol. Nice flavor, though a fair amount of alcohol strength comes through. Quite toasty as well. A nice imperial stout. More complexity and a smoother feel would improve this beer. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 23:47:40 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewpub while on a recent trip to Cali. Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured pitch black with a one finger tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, and alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and caramel. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad. It was still a little hot for my palate if I'm honest. It could probably improve sitting in the cellar for a little while to allow the alcohol burn to mellow out a bit. Worth trying if you are at the brewpub or if you want a good brew to tick.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 19:52:09 | More by thagr81us
Photo of womencantsail


3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle available only for on-premises consumption at Taps in Brea.

A: The pour is essentially black with a finger of khaki colored head that has pretty nice retention.

S: At first, the bourbon and oak really overwhelms the beer, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, as it opens up, the base beer comes through. I pick up its usual traits of rubber cement and harsh rubbing alcohol. The chocolate, vanilla, and roast can't really cover it up.

T: Like with the nose, the beer starts off alright, but the flaws begin to show through. Begins with chocolate, bourbon, oak, licorice, and dark fruits. The alcohol starts to become a bit abrasive as it warms up.

M: The body is medium, nothing amazing for an imperial stout, with a smooth carbonation.

D: This is significantly better than the base beer, so the idea that -bal aging can help out a bad beer proves itself true, but it only does so much.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 21:55:15 | More by womencantsail
Photo of teamizm


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of this after the Bruery RS party.

A - Pours a viscous, almost coffee like black with a brown head that laces the glasses.

S - roasty coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and bourbon.

T - roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some toffee and vanilla.

M - a littl thinner than I had hoped for. Such a big nose, but the mouthfeel lacks the smoothness I was hoping for.

D - Very good drinkability, even with the alcohol taste. This is a very well balanced RIS. I just wish it had a little bit more body.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 20:15:50 | More by teamizm
Photo of OlieIPA


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle and shared with my homebrewing partner...Pehlman!

A: This beer exhibited bold black body and an extremely viscous body, which was evident when poured into the glassware. Once this brew settled in, a beaded brown head encompassed the exposed surface area for an ample amount of time.

S: A robust amount of bourbon and vanilla upfront with strong touches of dark fruit/fig, chocolate and roasted malt towards the back end.

T: The chocolate is much more apparent in the taste, but again, the bourbon and vanilla share most of the spotlight. A lingering dark fruit character is pronounced throughout the entire sip as well, but doesn't take center stage. Instead it adds a subtle complexity to the beer that helps balance the multitude of flavors. The alcohol is noticeable too.

M: Thinner than what I expected, but had some cream-like texture that wasn't too bad.

D: The flavors that developed from the barrel reminded a lot of the characteristics I find in some of Lost Abbey's beers! Alcohol was present, but was never over the top and the flavor profile was both robust and complex simultaneously.

Overall: Wow! A great beer! A must try! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:21:44 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of Pehlman


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sitting at the bar at TAPS in Brea and sharing a bottle of this lovely brew with my good buddy, OlieIPA.

Pours a nice smooth black with a light, foamy, copper head. Fairly medium bodied so it sticks to the glass here and there, but not too viscous.

Smell hits you softly, with a nice bouquet of vanilla, oak, spice, bourbon, and black currants.

Taste is also smooth and long on the finish. A nice vanilla tone fades into a lush black forest of chocolate and tart black cherries. The mouthfeel is also creamy with a light to medium body and soft carbonation.

This is a great beer. I've always been a fan of TAPS beer and this is another great one to add to their list. Not bad at $15 a bottle to share over some good food. Wish I could take this one home.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:59:35 | More by Pehlman
Remy from Taps Fish House & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.