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Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout - Brothers Craft Brewing

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 283
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 177
Gots: 98 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
Brothers Craft 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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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 283
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +4.9%
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 +7.2%
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 -4.9%
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 -4.2%
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%
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 -5.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +5.6%
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 -21.4%
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 -4.7%
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 -20%
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 +4.4%
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 +2.6%

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 +4.4%
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 Sludgeman
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber, poured into a stemmed tulip. Bottle 682/2000. Purchased 3/15/14. Drinking this bottle about 7.5 months after purchase.

A – Pours black with a red tinge with a half finger creamy head that dissipates immediately (but head quick to come back with a swirl of the glass). Pours a little viscous. Significant alcohol legs. 4.5

S – Sweet (maybe too sweet), bourbon (but not too much), faint alcohol, lots of dark fruit/raisins, molasses, anise, vanilla and even some coconut. 4.75

T – Sweet toasted caramel with a splash of warming bourbon, a bit of coconut, black licorice and a tinch of smokiness. 4

MF –Medium-heavy, not dry, smooth, a bit velvety, warming, decent carbonation for the style. 4

O – An intense beer with layer upon layer of taste. You feel the 13.5% ABV before you taste it. A bomber is too much for this 200lb boy. I wish BA had a barrel aged category because this brew would have a place. 4

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep black . a smallish brown head. Strong retention. Small brownish legs.

Smell: espresso, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Oak and roast.

Taste: Opens with alcohol and bourbon. Roasted malts and chocolate. Dark fruit notes of molasses. More bourbon vanilla and oak.

Mouthfeel: nice and full. Bourbon slick and oaky notes. Alcohol and warmth.

Overall: a very good bourbon imperial stout. great notes of bourbon, barrel, and stout. good complexity with the dark notes and slight espresso. can't wait for this ones bottle release.

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Photo of jlindros
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1867/2000, big thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Small super dark head fades quickly, long oily legs, so pitch black. 4.5

Aroma explodes with dark malts stout and bourbon, big thick fudgey dark choc, like black forest cake without cherries, so much bourbon, layers of bourbon barrel, barrel juice, fresh oaky bourbon, and some roast notes, very little booze, faint coffee, touch caramel. 4.5

Taste starts with dark black malts, acrid roast, touch burnt coffee but not a ton, little barrel char as bourbon washes over, nice barrel juice, less than the aroma but obvious. Mild fudgey dark choc, cocoa, etc, little sweet caramel note, powdered cocoa, little bitter hop note and little roast bitterness. Faint dark fruits and nuts, little booze note, touch of booze warmth, heavy rich beer. Finish sticky costs the mouth, more fudge, dark choc cocoa, little roast, more bourbon and barrel notes, flash of booze. 4.5

Mouth is full rich bod, little viscous, but slightly thin, decent carb light booze but hidden well. 4.25

Overall this was delicious! Very enjoyable, waves of bourbon which I love, barrel juice even, nice dark malts, cocoa fudge, etc. Quite tasty. 4.5

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Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros bottle number 1867/2000. Bottled 2/14 (Batch 2)

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark black motor oil hue with a thin half finger dark chocolate head that fades rather quickly to leave a light halo. The legs are just awesome. 4.5 (x .05 = .225)

S - Aromas of big bold bourbon, super dense fudge and brownies. Bakers chocolate galore, loads of vanilla and barrel. Little roast, really no booze and this is 13.5%. Super light coffee and nuts. Lovely. 4.5 (x .2 = .9)

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of rich bourbon, heavy chocolate, dark bakers cocoa, the typical Russian imperial darker sweet fruits. Loads of black malts. This isn't remotely hot, but you just know it's double digits. Great bourbon comes back afterwards and nice roast and barrels. The finish is more sweeter bourbon. Really well balanced across the board. 4.5 (x .45 = 2.025)

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, though slightly thin. Alcohol is hidden very well, surprisingly so. 4.25 (x .1 = .425)

O - Overall this beer was awesome, just like the other Three Brothers. Love the bourbon. I have one more in the cellar and think this is at its peak. 4.5 (x .2 = .9)

Total Rating Score: 4.47
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 3/15/2014.

Appearance - Black. Mocha head. Medium collar.

Smell - Oak. Vanilla. Sharp boozy bourbon. Deep fudge. Molasses.

Taste - Oak is still sharp, but the stout overpowers it a bit. Deep dark chocolate. Sweet molasses. Vanilla. Oak. Bourbon is the persistent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body. Boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good. It's rated 4.5 as I rate it, which I think is crazy, but it's a good beer. Huge, though.

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Photo of argock
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a capped 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottle 156 of 2000 hand inked on the bottle label (nice label too). 2014 vintage. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark brown, not translucent, with 1-finger of chocolate cake batter head with decent retention and only spare spots of lacing.

S: Very oaky and tannic with herbal hopping but dominated by bourbon edge, dark chocolate, and pretty hefty roasted dark malt edge.

T: The flavor profile is dominated by bourbon character, stronger than I like, with tannic oak notes also very strong. The base stout is a little shy on sweetness, and I don't get much if any vanilla and minimal dark fruit character. The alcohol character is well-hidden. This BB stout falls in the heavy bourbon, earthy group for me. I wish is had a little more coffee and sweetness.

M: Thinner than I like for this style, with medium carbonation and higher than average dryness, which only enhances the thin character.

O: I didn't dislike Resolute, but it just doesn't work with what I like. It has heavier bourbon, low vanilla, more tannins and oak character, and minimal sweetness and coffee character. My wife loved it and I gave her 30% of my half. I am not surprised that many people really love this beer as it is a big guy, no doubt -- it just isn't my cup of tea, but it is a nicely crafted beer.

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Photo of kegnation
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. Aroma of bourbon sweet malt great Russian imperial with the bourbon characteristics. Mouth feel is spot on for style. Balanced great beer. Not heavy on the bourbon or malt. Fantastic aftertaste of bourbon and sweet malt. Would love to see them do this year after year.

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Photo of JackMorgan
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of those bottles you buy a few of. Drink one right away because it's there, beaconing you like the darkness of night and a warm, cloudy pillow filled with electricity. Keep the others in that special place you have in your home where you secret away the things you don't want other people to come across.

The bourbon embrace of balanced alcohol: not too tight; not too loose.
The sweet stickiness of malt: the vanilla kiss your high school girlfriend gave you at 2 AM when the whole world had no parents.
The coffee shop chocolate suggestion of mochas on rainy Seattle street corners.
Oak like an Amish furniture store: the soft sawdust on the workbench, like petting a scared rabbit.

Yes, Virginia, you have a new brilliant light to keep you safe in the beer world.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to wvdfh120fan who answered by plea to try this brew. 750ML bottle, 1325 out of 2000 bottled on 3/14/14. At least that what I think it says, but I'm comfy & it's now waaaay across the room.

The pour is appropriate black (which should be a Valspar paint color) with low carbonation befitting a muscle-bound RIS. Nose is heavy on the chocolate, lighter on vanilla, sweet malts. Inviting.

Resolute - Bourbon Barrel Aged is a G-Rated flick. This is like a checklist of bourbon-barrel attributes. Bourbon? Moderately heavy. Vanilla? Check. Sweet malts, chocolate, light booze nibble on the end? Check. A bit thin - which is hard to believe, wracking in at over 13% ABV. It does go down easily, which might be its best attribute. Or worst, if you try to take on a full bomber or two.

All the notions of a big, barrel-aged stout without much distinction. Not bad, but nothing to make it stand out from the pack. Pretty good.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A good friend brought this for a beer snobbery session at me beer guru's house. Unbelievable! One of the best beers I've ever had. absolutely could not believe it was that strong, unbelievably smooth and easy to drink with an unreal flavor. Can not say enough about how good this beer is.

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Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout from Brothers Craft Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.