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Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout | Brothers Craft Brewing

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Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels

Added by VBWharfRat on 09-11-2013

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 335
Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with a micro-thin dark cream toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, light oak.

T - Chocolate, roasted toffee, light bourbon, delicately balanced, oak, vanilla.

M - Medium body, velvety.

O - Delicate balance but very well done!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Aroma is boozy all the way. Flavor is boozy, a little sweet and roasted chocolate malts. Overall this has a great flavor and is booze forward, I think with a couple years of age in it this would be amazing.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of the 2014 batch. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black body, not unlike the Apple Brandy version; looks thick and oily. One finger offwhite head, no retention or lacing. Smells fairly oxidized; a bit of dark fruit, cardboard, bourbon, chocolate, cocoa. Flavour is dark fruit, smoky bourbon, chocolate, cocoa. It doesn't work quite that well, and I suspect this is a beer to be drank fresh. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, seems to have thinned out a little bit, mildly boozy on the finish with a wave of oxidation.

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Photo of Jeffo
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one from a trade with Siddfinch a while back. Cheers man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled: November 12, 2014
Bottle 1,546 of 2,500
Cellar Series vol. 1

APPEARANCE: Transparent black pour yields a three finger, thicker, denser looking, creamy, tan head with great retention. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a nice full cap and clings to the glass a touch. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: Big nose of barrel notes with bourbon, oak, sweet cream and vanilla aromas, coconut, pure dark chocolate, toffee and butterscotch as well. Milk chocolate aromas as well. Very aromatic and barrel heavy. Boozy too. Nice stuff for sure though.

TASTE: Quite alcoholic up front with quite a bit of oak and alcohol initially. Bourbon, oak, wood and vanilla cream up front with more harsh alcohol and wood at the swallow. Boozy and rather cheap in the spirit department. Perfume and some lumbar character, unfortunately. Alcoholic finish with a medium aftertaste of spirit, wood, some vanilla, toffee and cheap booze. Not nearly as lovely as the nose, unfortunately. Cheap in the bourbon department, while being overly woody and alcoholic.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body and medium levels of carbonation. Prickly and a bit watery on the palate, goes down a bit harsh and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat lingers for sure. A little lack luster here.

OVERALL: The tale of two stories. This one looks good and the nose is rather enticing, then everything seems to fall off after that. The spirit is rather perfume-like, while the barrel comes across as rather woody as well. The feel is also somewhat thinner and pricklier than I’d hope for the style. There are some nice characteristics to this beer but in the end, it doesn’t measure up to the better examples of the style. Thanks again for the swap Siddfinch!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had both the 2014 and 2015 side by side. Both were good, but neither was anything special. Rather sweet and chocolate heavy, with a nice bourbon flavor as well. But neither blew me away. Do not get the hype.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color.

Rich and roasted. Dark chocolate. Very malty. Lots of bourbon and oak.

Thick and creamy. Rich. Smooth. Creamy.

A nice BA stout. Well done.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 883, 2015 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is oily thick and jet black, with a low profile, bubbly, light tan head that settles out into a halo. Aromas of rich bourbon and vanilla, with woody highlights, a solid coffee and cocoa nib backbone, earthy highlights, and some rich molasses notes. Flavors are extremely rich and heavily roasted forward, with a solid and robust blend of espresso bitter and creamy chocolate. Wow! Solid notes of molasses, tobacco, woody highlights, vanilla, and bourbon. There's a solid warmth to the beer, too. The body is full, robust, and smooth, with layer upon layer coating the palate. The aftertaste is heavily rich in chocolate and vanilla, with some more bourbon warmth and boozy notes lingering on past the smooth, thick, layered finish. This is a damn good beer!

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Photo of chinchill
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large shared bottle.
Pours thick and dark with a decent head.

Aroma - sweet and moderately strong. The bourbon barrel effects are well tempered here and in the flavor - they are both obvious but gentle enough to allow the underlying stout to shine thru but just faintly in the flavor. Lightly sweet.

Thick, syrupy body with appropriate light carbonation.

Overall: excellent.

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Photo of HopAttack3
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on resolute release weekend, it is thicker and chewier than November 2014 or March 2014 releases. Lots of bourbon on the nose, and roasted malt notes. This beer does not drink as a 13.5% abv beer. Some complaints about too much bourbon, that is false, it is a bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, it's supposed have the bourbon on nose and taste. The beer is not hot, it is drinking perfectly now. Love it, one of the best beers from the Commonwealth of VA. Huge fan of what Brothers is doing with Resolute, as well as others. 2016 is gonna be great for them.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours black with a mocha head; strands of lacing linger

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate and Bourbon; hints of coffee and dark fruit

Taste: Chocolate and coffee tones forward, with building roasted tones, dark fruit and Bourbon; a bit sweeter through the finish, with the impact of the barrel-aging more apparent

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Enjoyable and well-constructed

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Photo of uvachief
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. 2 years old. stored keg. Really really damn good! Pours a black as your soul oily pitch black with a thin layer of tan head that lingered a bit and then dissolved leaving a oil trail at the top. Smells heavenly. Milk vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, toffee with coffee. Hint of oak. Bourbon. Delicious smells. Taste is just as good. Rush of all the flavors mentioned as smells. Right blend of chocolate and roasted malts balanced well with hops and sugars. One of the top RIS in the country. I'd put it head to head with almost anything. Definitely something that needed to age and not be hot. Fresh, this would be super hot. Label says store for 5 years. Who can wait that long! MUST TRY BEFORE YOU DIE!

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Photo of SaucerfulOfSecrets
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 11/2014. Gifted from a friend.
poured into two snifters, shared with my wife.
pours as black as oil with very little deep brown head.
i get a strong oakey bourbon smell with hints of something sweet that I cant pinpoint.
after one taste I was hooked. hints of vanilla in smell, but not so much in the taste. Definitely get cocoa or chocolate from this one.
Still a delicious and sweet flavor that finishes very smooth for 13.5%.
I will be seeking more of these out and would love to track down a Vanilla version.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Standard dark stout with minimal lacing. The smell is a little bourbon and a little heat, but not a lot there. Taste is solid, with an enjoyable stout backbone and a subtle bourbon taste to it. Finish is a little too harsh and hot. Overall a solid BA stout.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Roasty, Wood, Boozy, Sweet

Without even putting this beer to our lips, we know it’s a beast. Barrel aging is not a trend that has been overdone, not even the bourbon variety. It’s popular enough to be its own little sub-style and a standard for many brewers, and Three Brothers throws down with Resolute. Hitting all the right notes and keeping that 13.5% ABV tame shows that great care was taken here. Well done!

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 13.5% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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Photo of lupercmda
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super thick black color. Smell is strong bourbon with some vanilla notes and chocolate brownies. Taste: Wonderful chocolate sweet taste which finishes with a nice oaky bourbon taste. Not overly bourbon but you know it has been in some barrels. Not a very thick mouth feel but is mildly oily.

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Photo of HOPSareKey
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around solid ba stout. Nothing special, but very nice. Subtle bourbon and char nose. Heavy heat. I'd like a little more chocolate and body to meld the flavors.

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Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fine barrel aged imperial stout with quite a bit of heat up front. Some acrid and dark chocolate bitterness to cut through the beer. A medium plus to full mouthfeel.

The punch of alcohol is a bit abrasive at times.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of roger617
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

For those who like a little stout with their whisky, the Three Brothers brewing trio offers their flagship barrel-aged imperial stout. One with the common roast, complexity, charm, but with the pow... pow... power of straight bourbon to push the session into high freakin' gear.

Tall, dark and rip-your-heart-out handsome, the stout layers into the glass with its onyx-like body releasing a dense and condensed core of foam. With the very first swirl of the snifter, the wafts of caramel-sweetened bourbon leaps right out, encouraged by elements of char, cocoa, campfire, dark fruit and spice.

Its taste layers onto the tongue with the saturating sweetness of fudge but balanced with the roast of espresso. The apex of taste happens on the middle palate as those bittersweet chocolates, coffee, walnut and smoldering sweetness merge with coconut and licorice to round out the lush and velvety body ahead of the beer's waning moments.

Finishing with nearly brow-beaten heat, the punch of oak-soaked whisky is undeniable. Underneath the roasty cream, the penetration of booze numbs the tongue and spices up its soft tissues, faintly pretending to be capsaicin at times. Its lush texture keeps the roast balanced deep in aftertaste as the stout lingers indefinitely into the next sultry sip.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

packaged on 03 15 14 (I think). bottle 685 of 2000.

A: I think I could hear this thing pouring from the bottle. thick, black, sludge. I genuinely cannot think of another beer I have had that is this dark.

S: aroma is varied. vanilla. get a lot of wood. a little bit of char.

T: it kind of reminds me of a chocolate milkshake. so much vanilla and residual chocolate sweetness, this thing is a dessert. almost too sweet. a tobacco leather flavor lingers in the finish. any boozy heat is really a non-factor. enough there to let me know this is a big beer, but not off-putting in the least. there is a hint of oxidation in there as well.

M: silken, rich, thick. CO2 is low enough for my liking for the style.

D: I bought this back in June in a great bottle shop in VA. Didn't know much about this brewery or this beer, but was very happy to see the high remarks via BA. was going to cellar this, but since it is my only one I figured I should sample fresh. only imagining how this will do over time, I say drink this fresh. tastes great, no flaws, no excessive heat, im not sure what will lessen with time so I say drink fresh.

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Photo of mozif
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Motor oil dark sludge into a snifter. Huge nose of roast and bourbon as I pour. Very minimal head in the glass.

Smells of dark chocolate, bourbon, dark roast coffee, small hints of caramel and vanilla from the Barrel. Excellent nose.

Thick as it looks. Great viscosity and mout feel on this bad boy. Taste is on point. It is not the best of this style but it is very balanced with a great Barrel character. Roasted coffee hints of vanilla as it finishes. Some dark fruit flavors as it warms up. This is a big, big beer. Wish there was more available. Bummed I missed out on the variants this year...

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Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout from Brothers Craft Brewing
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