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Remy - Taps Fish House & Brewery

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 73
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 01-03-2011

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!
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.04/5  rDev -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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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.


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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.7/5  rDev -14%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Remy from Taps Fish House & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.