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Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout - Three Brothers Brewing

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Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial StoutResolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 150
Gots: 92 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Three Brothers Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: VBWharfRat on 09-11-2013

Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels
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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcrossan
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fijimertz
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbwimer
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 701 of 2000. This is one of the better recent BA RIS I have had. Certainly better than Dark Lord IMO. My only critique would be that I wish I could taste more of the barrel influence. If I could, I'd rate this one a 4.75 or higher.

Photo of Jdub2839
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jlabs
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mr-jj
3.37/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 4 samplers from a 750 ml bottle. Reviewed on 12/28/14 - entered from notes.

Color is black, with minimal head. Very viscous appearance. Aroma is mild with notes of pear, anise, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is also mild, with a stronger pear taste along with the anise and chocolate flavors. Not really what I was expecting. Body is lighter than I expected but still viscous. Alcohol is well hidden. This was part of a tasting with BCBS, BCBCS and Fremont KDS and it didn't compete with the strong flavors and aromas of those beers. Maybe by itself it would have had a better showing.

Overall, it's a good beer, but well short of great.

Photo of mikepcarney
4.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of KYGunner
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like dirty motor oil with a dark brown near black color, a great viscosity and a dense head.

The nose sets up with earthy tones like wood and stone. It has a mix of chocolate, molasses, dark fruits and caramel. All the while a deep bourbon alcohol runs through the aroma.

The flavor presents a lot of barrel, oak or wood, chocolate fudge, earthiness, bourbonesque alcohol, alcohol soaked dark fruit and did I say alcohol.

Served at any temperature, and I tried from straight out of the fridge to room temperature on a couple bottles and this is just boozy. Cut the booze and it's worth the score but the alcohol is too strong.

Photo of IMFletcher
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppyBastard2
3.89/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesH
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ihadbeer
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.43/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014-12-28
750ml bottle split between four very different sampler glasses.

Pours black with no head and not much carbonation. Aroma is super mild -- barely got anything at all. Reaching, I get slight alcohol, slight light (like, pear) fruit, slight anise.

Taste is surprisingly mild. Slightly fruity, medicinal, cherry. More light fruit. Where the hell did the alcohol go?

Mouthfeel is smooth and very still. Overall, it's pretty good, but not great.

Photo of ChicagolandBeerGuy
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #2, bottled early 2014 (I think) and popped 12/24/14.

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unremarkable. Little barrel character and a slightly sour note.

Photo of wcu80
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moneynoobject
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lonewolfcry
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamesbspringer
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of roger617
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle #1849 / 2500

A: Pours deep black with a finger of khaki head that reduces slowly and leaves a hefty collar. Viscosity is thick, as expected for this big of a beer.
S: The aroma is absolutely dominated by bourbon. There's enough roast and malt to be detected, but this is all about that bourbon.
T: Tons of bourbon up front and throughout. I wouldn't be surprised if the barrel this was aged in had many gallons of residual bourbon left in the wood. I love it!
M: Thick, rich, creamy. Leaves a slightly dry after taste, which actually surprises me for such a rich feel.
O: As a big fan of bourbon, I am a big fan of this beer. It is fairly one dimensional, but there is just enough other components that are detectable that bring it together. If you like bourbon, get this beer.

Photo of indianabeerman
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout from Three Brothers Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.