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Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels - Reuben's Brews

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

22 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Reuben's Brews visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 02-25-2013)
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kjrod20

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-18-2014 17:34:48 | More by kjrod20
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-15-2014 21:20:48 | More by Rochefort10nh
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

06-11-2014 02:45:57 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.9%

03-21-2014 03:43:25 | More by mdaschaf
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DJMonroe

Washington

5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-11-2014 20:17:11 | More by DJMonroe
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fsck

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

02-23-2014 01:14:26 | More by fsck
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draheim

Washington

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz (hand-numbered: batch 1, bottle 40, vintage 2013) into a tulip. Pours a translucent deep brown w/ a minimal khaki head that settles quickly to a wispy film

Aroma is big rich bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and booze. The bourbon is strong w/ this one.

Taste is caramel and bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla. Chocolate and molasses. What seems to be missing here, or at least diminished, is the big dark roasty malt; it's overwhelmed by the bourbon. This could almost even be a chocolatey barleywine, or alternatively a non-imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels. The beer seems to be secondary to the bourbon. Don't get me wrong though: I like it. It's just a little unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is slick and coating, but never syrupy. Minimal carbonation doesn't help.

Overall a very bourbon-forward stout, a little on the sweet side. It's good for what it is, but I wish the base beer was big and bold enough to balance the bourbon character.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 04:42:55 | More by draheim
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-26-2014 06:54:04 | More by Kurmaraja
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Durb777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

12-18-2013 18:43:14 | More by Durb777
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.69/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 10.21.13
Thanks C!
Batch No. 1
Bottle No. 141

A - Pours a dark brown with a few dark tan bubbles that are gone instantly.

S - Subtle bourbon, that's all I got.

T - A differetn sweetness, almost fruit-anise, then some more bourbon.

D - Low carbonatino with a medium body.

O - Bourbon and a unique sweetness, pretty solid, but a bit dissapointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:53:37 | More by HuskyinPDX
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stx00lax

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

11-21-2013 04:31:09 | More by stx00lax
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TheEarl

Washington

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On top, into a tiny snifter, on release day, at the brewery.

Appearance: Jet black with a very thin and wispy mocha-colored head.

Aroma: The nose leads with strong bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a faint licorice or anise note.

Taste: First sip was quite cold but some roasted malt, whisky, and a bit of booze heat was apparent. As the ale warmed up, the vanilla and chocolate notes come in more. There is a bit of vegetal woodiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick, rich, mild carbonation, and pleasantly mouth-coating.

Overall: Easily the best barrel-aged stout from Washington. Also, dare I note, a rare ale which, even though it shouldn't, does add a bit to the fun.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 21:12:02 | More by TheEarl
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

10-22-2013 00:52:30 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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Zach122

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

10-21-2013 20:21:05 | More by Zach122
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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

10-21-2013 04:00:37 | More by CardsWinAgain
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bifrost17

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.9%

10-15-2013 23:53:33 | More by bifrost17
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CaptainQ

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

09-05-2013 00:11:45 | More by CaptainQ
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

08-05-2013 20:15:50 | More by kevwcamp
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Adamostella

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

08-03-2013 19:13:09 | More by Adamostella
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bgramer

Washington

5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-31-2013 22:25:24 | More by bgramer
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-25-2013 05:05:39 | More by strongaf
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dirtylou

Washington

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on-tap, at the brewery. $4 for a 6oz pour

12 year old bourbon barrels were obtained from Alan at Hair of the Dog

Served in a cute little snifter - ebony body, no head. Really lovely stuff - coconut, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak. Really nice flavor profile - for a brewery just screwing around with barrels, this is pretty eye-opening.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 00:59:34 | More by dirtylou
Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels from Reuben's Brews
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