Russian Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Rock Art Brewery

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Russian Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-AgedRussian Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
rockartbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SpasmWaiter on 12-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,208
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
135
pDev:
10.28%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
28
Trade:
4
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Reviews by BTVflatlander:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Boozy, Woody, Brash, Bourbon

We have a bold one here. The darkness is alluring, but it is that nose that sucks us in. Boozy, roasty, espresso aroma. Slickness to start, smoothness with a big body. Very warming with a thick wave of woodiness and bourbon on the palate. Booziness rides on top of the Imperial Stout character. The underlying sweetness brings suggestions of burnt sugar, while fumey alcohol gets rosey on our breaths. A stellar brew.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 10.0% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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Photo of Bierman9
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber ($10.00) last month while visiting the brewery. Did a side-by-side with their wine barrel version yesterday (12SEP15) with Alewife out in The 'Zebo....

Poured into a small tulip, it was oily black with decent carbo. Had minimal head, though, mostly a gathering of light tan foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing was on the light side also. Smelled of choco and coffee, with an over-riding bourbon presence. Body was more than medium, and it felt rather smooth on the tongue.

Flavor had notes of dark choco, some coffee, mocha and cocoa. I also detected subtle touches of molasses and brown sugar. The bourbon character was present and well-done, not being over-powering as some versions are. A lovely bier, all-in-all! Prosit!!

4.39/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a shared bomber.
A very solid, middle of the road, bourbon barrel RIS with perhaps a touch more bourbon barrel contribution than average. Also it had a slight smokiness. The bourbon barrel does not overwhelm the dark malts altogether but does contribute vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors and does dominate the aftertaste. Very good bitter-sweet balance.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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2.46/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spacecake9
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased last summer during my New England beer tour, aged in my cellar for 6 months.
A - Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that disappears quickly.
S - Sweetness and bourbon on the nose.
T - There's a lot going on here. Some molasses and vanilla on the front end, then you get a bit of chocolate, then dark fruit on the finish.
M - Below average carbonation, thicker mouth feel.
O - I really like this beer. I love the different flavors that come through. Wish I'd purchased a second bottle.

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Photo of woodchip
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraigMack61
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blindhoedeath
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite beer! I've never had a beer that's got such subtleties to its flavor. Past that chocolaty stout taste are plums and blackberries and coffee. Its got an odd sweetness that's hard to place. But i still remember the first time i tasted it. For me and my pal, this is the king of beers. Its a truly beautiful beer. If you see it, grab it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle to snifter.
The appearance was a pure thick black color with just a slim cap of a little off white foamy head that stifled into a light concave sort of lace touching around the glass.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet licorice, light char/ash, milk chocolate, vanilla, a little bit of coconut, light earthiness and a touch of bourbon sweetness.
The flavor seemed to lean towards the sweet side initially and then develop some of the char/ashy dry taste that seemed to bring in some bitterness. Light smoke and then dark bread with the dryness of the char/ash in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Definitely not one to gulp, by all means, that ashy/char factor does seem to penetrate a bit more in it's dryness along my tongue - some distractibility. Carbonation did feel good. ABV felt on par. Semi-dry and smooth with the bourbon on the finish.
Overall, this was aged in Maker's Mark casks for 6 months before bottled - me, well, I can tell that it's definitely a well brewed beer and a wonderful one for when it's close to sub zero temps outside. I'd definitely have this again.

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4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled May 17, 2014.

It pours jet black with a long lasting beige head, It is a soft delicate one.

The aroma has a definite bourbon and hard liquor scent to it along with the dark malts and vanilla scent. Earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is pretty bold and creamy.

It is hard to get beyond the boozy bourbon and hard liquor flavors that dominate this over the dark malts and vanilla. This is something that has to be savored slowly.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of acostuhhh
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of diamondlie
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Supergenou
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dunruh
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Russian Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 135 ratings