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Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels - Reuben's Brews

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 38
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 30.52%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
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Reuben's Brews visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: dirtylou on 02-25-2013

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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.

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Appearance - Pours with almost no head or bubbles. The thinnest of collars. Black body but transparent and looks kinda brown in the light.

Smell - Nutty caramel. A bit of bourbon. More woodiness and some oxidation.

Taste - Sweet chocolate. Nuttiness. Caramel and oak. The finish is more oxidized. A little bitter. Slight cardboard.

Mouthfeel - Nearly flat. Medium heavy.

Overall - Not digging it much. Doesn't help that it's flat.

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Thanks C!
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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.

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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.

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