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Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) - Vault Brewing Company

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Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Vault Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Jason on 10-17-2012)
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Reviews by MCain04:
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4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, about 6 months old, from the 8-wk barrel-aged batch. Poured into a Vault snifter.

Pours beautifully, dark brown body with a kahki head of great depth, retention, and lacing.

Smells mainly of roasted malts, coffe, and dark chocolate, some hints of bourbon but not overpowering, oaky, come caramel, nice nose.

Taste is very flavorful. When served at 55F the flavors come through nicely. The roast character is great without being overtly smokey. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, oak notes, follows the nose well. Not boozy at all. Only surprise is that the bourbon is not as present as one might expect, but it improves the drinkability.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation levels and a sticky finish, extremely drinkable.

Overall a very very nice brew, much more drinkable then you might expect for a BBA stout. Having had this fresh, I prefer it with some age, and though the bourbon has faded considerably the bottle conditioning has made the beer more complex and flavorful. Variants of this will be excellent. Great things happening at Vault Brewing Co.

MCain04, Sep 08, 2013
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First had: on tap at Vault

Dark brown-black pour with a beige ringlet that left a few streaks of spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty basic, stouty, dark roasty malts, hmm...that's about it really. I didn't really get any bourbon out of this beer in the nose or the taste. On the palate, a pretty basic stout, reflecting the aroma, dark roasty malts, maybe a subtle woodiness, but nothing really jumping out as "bourbon-barrel aged." Body was medium, lacking smoothness; drinkability was decent, as the alcohol was pretty subdued. This really just came off as an average stout. Not bad, but not memorable, and not really up to par for the style.

Rifugium, Feb 09, 2013
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10.11.2013, No. 475 of 1100, Barrel Aged 3 mo.
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Black with virtually no head. A nice layer of film clings to the side of the glass.

Raisin, dark chocolate, nutty malts and a bourbon sweetness.

Raisin, fig and dates. Well blended notes of sweet bourbon with additional notes of honey. Dark chocolate along with a more earthy cocoa nib flavor. Hints of espresso, charred oak and vanilla.

Medium-plus bodied, creamy and smooth.

A lot of sweet dark fruits and chocolate. The bourbon is light but well integrated adding to the sweetness. A very easy drinking BBA RIS.

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Had this on the beer engine in a tulip.

A: about 1/3" head, the first one was a bit lighter in color, the second one was a nice tan on the head. The brew itself is black in the center of the glass, a bit of a reddish hue to the dark brown/black when you look at it in a thin layer.

S: roasty, malty goodness, with a tiny hint of the barrel

T: Good flavor. There's roast malt, but it's well balanced by the alcohol and hopping, it's well-balanced and it's complex enough to keep developing as you drink.

M: could use a tiny bit more body, but it coats the tongue in a good way and fills your mouth...

O: I had 2 and could have had more. It drinks well, it's well-within the style, and the barrel seems to be great with the beer (they're tapping some longer aged versions in the next few weeks). I'll be back for this one.

This is my favorite beer from Vault so far. In terms of the style, it's not 'blow my head off' good, but I'm going to buy a few bottles for friends and cellaring.

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Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from Vault Brewing Company
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