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Red Fox | Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Brewed by:
Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and roasted barley malts. This beer has essences of chocolate and roasted coffee and compliments many desserts. This heavy bodied beer is 9.3% ABV, 80 IBU's and is best enjoyed at 55°F-60°F.

Added by JBogan on 01-28-2009

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Ratings:
129
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
27.3%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cocoa, and slightly sour dark fruit aromas. Taste is quite sour with dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee bean flavors. There is an acidic quality and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, the sourness in the flavor of the beer is unexpected and definitely detracts from its score.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a Uinta pilsner glass. Thanks to me gaffmate Andrew for the bottle; he tried it and thought it was bollocks so he gifted it to me. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger rich tan colour head of nice thickness and cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is average. Looks pretty good. Right on the money for the style.

Sm: Roasted barley (me favourite), chocolate malt, caramel, and dark malts. An average strength aroma. Smells a bit sweeter than it ought to.

T: Middling roast, over-caramelization, badly handled chocolate malts, and a dark malt foundation. Quite simple for the style. Too sweet, almost evoking brown sugar. No subtlety at all. Not complex. No yeast or alcohol comes through - a decent achievement at this high an ABV. There's just so little going on here. If you're going to attempt this style, you've got to bring more to the table. Far too sweet. My housemate described it as a bit cough syrupy. I don't know if I'd go that far, but I do get a sort of artifical dark cherry sweetness that really doesn't help the balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Wrong for the style, outright. Especially too wet on the finish. A good stout drys and coarsens on the finish to make you crave the next sip. This is not that. Not creamy enough. Decent thickness, but a touch syrupy. Doesn't feel tailored to the flavours. Carbonation is good.

Dr: Drinkable for the high ABV; that's its strong suit. But it's very bland for the style. This will definitely get lost in the mix. With every brewer and their mother trying this style, you just have to do more. Specialize your flavours: barrel age, use vanilla bean, add cacao, do something. Don't do this.

C+

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I feel I should be listening to the Sanford and Son theme on a loop whilst drinking this... It pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, nail polish remover, and some dark coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, toning down the nail polish remover a bit and adding some chocolate syrup. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly chewy feel. Overall, this stout really ain't all that bad, but it is far from great. I could drink this...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours completely dark with a tan head. Nose is bland and almost nonexistent. Flavor is heavy with chocolate malts. Tangy sweetness. Just slightly off balance with the whole thing, but not too shabby really. I mean, we can face reality that this style brings some extremely heavy competition. That being said, I like this one. I can suggest it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The Red Fox is a surprisingly decent Imperial Russian Stout. A definite winter warmer. The beer pours a opaque dark in my sniffer glass. A lucious tan head forms when I swirl the glass but quickly thins leaving some lace on the glass. The smell has an alcohol roasty flare which makes one want to continue to sniff let alone drink. The caramel/chocolate malt start this beer then some nice bittering hops help it finish. The full body helps the taste linger on the pallete making it a joy to taste another sip. Overall I am really impressed with this stout....especially coming from a place of perpetual heat such as Nevada.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was kind of surprised to see this brewery's beers in Texas. This is my first beer from Nevada. Only a few more states to go.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights. The beer features a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and heavily roasted malt. The flavor is tobacco, leather, toffee and roasted malts. The beer is a bit astringent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: black in color with a short 1/4" dark tan colored head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: roasted malts with softer chocolate and coffee tones. Alcohol is noticeable.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, prunes, and some coffee tones arrive late. Bitterness is moderate, but alcohol is very strong here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied as this is a bit thinner than expected. Light prickly start with a smooth and long lasting finish. Alcohol burn lingers a bit.

Overall: this one was a bit too strong on the alcohol presence. Definite slow sipping beer but one is more than enough in a session.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is baked to burnt chocolate with hints of molasses. Burnt chocolate finish. On-tap, $8.00 for a 16oz glass from Central @ Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, NV.

Flavor from bottle is more molasses and baked chocolate - 12oz bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 30, 2013.

This is a beer that begins nice but ends badly. That would be my entire review but we have to have so many characters to post on Beer Advocate.

It is a very attractive looking dark brown to black pour with a long lasting tan head.

The aroma is full of chocolate malts more than anything else. I get little in the way of other malts or hops but I get plenty of chocolate.

The body is light to medium.

But the taste. Eww! Maybe I got a really bad bottle but all I'm getting is vinegar. Some chocolate but mainly vinegar. I rarely pour beers down the drain but this one may be destined for that finale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a thin wisp of deep tan head with only a few tiny bubbles visible stuck to the base of the glass.

S- The earthy roasted black malt takes on a berry quality in the finish. It is dark and rich but not a lot of depth.

T- The smooth clean flavor of fruity ester note to a roasted black malt flavor is very mellow. There is a blueberry note that grows in the black malt as it does in the smell. There is a mellow chocolate note in the finish as the beer warms and a soft tang and a coffee roasted inky hint aswell.

M- The light mouthfeel has fizzy texture but no real alcohol heat until the last few sips.

O- The smooth roasted black malt has a lagered quality to it with the fruity berry flavors growing stronger while the black malt gets overpowered a bit.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my parents for picking this up for me during their trip to Arkansas.

Just a few bubbles of medium brown foam after the pour. No foam or lacing after that. Clor is black with ruby/brown highlights. Not your opaque black abyss most are used to for the style.

Coffee syrup and cocoa liquer aroma. Strong and alcoholic, but the roasted malt aromas keep things in line. Maybe some walnut liquer in the scent as well.

Bitter roasted malt is the dominant flavor from front to finish. Some watery syrup flavored coffee with liquid chocolate product. The finish is is a weird yeasty, fruit and almost burnt malt mix.

This beer wasn't bad in my book, but off-putting for the style and my taste of course. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in my DT tulip. Poured two shades shy of black with a 1.5 inch tan-colord head that sizzled and popped and slowly receded into a fairly consistent swirl of foam. Generous amounts of lacing adhered to the glass during the tasting. Not much happening with the nose, just the merest suggestion of chocolate malt. Taste revealed chocolate malt, some coffee character and lactose (taste seems closer to a milk stout than an imperial) with perhaps a kiss of hops at the finish. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied and lightly effervescent. Also a slightly creamy quality in the mouth. Drinkability is decent. Alcohol is well-hidden, but lacks the boldness and concentration of flavors typical of the style.

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Photo of maximum12
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to Destral for dropping this in as an extra in a hot summertime trade. A new big stout is always welcome here, especially from a new-to-me, obscure-to-me brewery.

Pours flat, matte black. Smell is promising, with heavy roast, bordering on coffee, with slight balancing malt sweetness.

After a nice nose, Red Fox is a bit of a letdown. First impressions, which you only get one of, is that this beer is anorexic, not enough body to carry this off; not even sure if this would reach porter territory. And it's not just that, I don't care it's not to style, it's actively watery. Looking beyond, this could be a nice beer. Other than that it follows the nose with roasted malts, light sweetness, & not much else.

Decent enough, but one of the thinnest mouthfeels I've ever experienced in a dark beer. Detracts a great deal from the beer, & there's a distinct lack of depth. Very middle of the road.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pour is a viscous opaque black with a very dark mahogany brown head. Nose is a bit all over the place. Heavy roast, sugary malt, licorice and lightly nutty. Taste is also a bit flabby, not quite as roasty up front but there is an assertive roasted coffee and bitterness that lingers through the finish. Sweet dark malt, a touch sugary, faint licorice, and some dark berry towards the back of the palate. The body is thick, light carbonation, thins in the finish and actually a touch empty.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Thanks for this one Rizalini.

A: Pours near black with a thick, bubbly, dark tan head that slowly faded into a thick fuzzy film.
S: I get rich notes of chocolate, roasted malt, toasted marshmallows with a hint of dark fruits.
T: Roasted flavors dominate. The chocolate is there as well alongside a bit of char. The finish is lightly fruity with flavors of prunes and raisins, and the aftertaste is bitter, smoky, and lightly alcoholic.
M: Ample, fizzy carbonation – a bit too much. Body is a bit too light as well, and the mouthfeel is spritzy and a little rough around the edges.
O: Not terrible but needs some work. The carbonation is distracting, and the flavors are thin and burnt.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

635th review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz

App- a very dark brown bordering on black at the pour. A garnet edged color as it settles in the glass. A big two finger head gives way to maybe 1/8" ring of bubbles as the beer falls. No leg, no stick.

Smell- When you first pour and smell its much more alive on the nose. The roast and coffee notes are pronouced with a splash of hops. As it settles and warms its very much A bit of ethanol alcohol on the nose.

Taste- Almost follows the nose to the T but just fades even more. The roast and coffee seem to have faded altogether and are replaced with almost a straight ethanol blast on the tounge.

Mouth- medium bodied and medium carbonated. The roast and hops stay.

Drink- Had to bring home some local brews from LV and have so far not been too pleased. Over the top malt bomb IPAs and now a fast fading stout with too big an ethanol flavor.

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Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt it necessary to review this beer jus to warn people of the massive head I got when pouring this....I got an overflow after pouring roughly half the bottle, so be careful when pouring this.

Overall this Imperial stout is pretty good. Pours a dark mocha, almost black, with a nice fluffy tan head. Smell is dark malt, not sure which malts exactly but very inviting with an almost tangy characteristic to it. Taste is smooth dark malt, small alcohol burn on the back end, chocolate on the finish with a very nice aftertaste. May be a bit overcarbed but doesnt detract from the beer. Good body on this one. Overall I am pleased with this beer, nothing mindblowing but I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of woemad
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $4.99. This is my second beer from this brewery (the first was rather grim) and from the state of Nevada. No freshness date on the bottle.

Poured a very dark shade of brown, almost black, that allowed no light to penetrate and looked like it had a crude oil-like viscosity when it was poured into a large version of the Sam Adams new model glass. Huge, creamy-looking mocha-colored head. Lots of sticky, spiderweb-like lace left on the sides of the glass.

Aromas of brown sugar, mollasses, dark chocolate and prunes greet the nose. Seems a little on the sweet end, but not too far.

Surprisingly well-balanced tasting. I worried I was in for a sugar bomb, but although the sweet aspects do kick in first, they are almost immediately balanced by a bitterness that keeps things from getting cloying. Mild drynes at the swallow.

The body is somewhere between medium and full, with a mouthfeel that is both creamy and coating. It definitely leaves itself affixed to the palate.

A surprisingly good RIS. I would definitely drink this again, and would love it in a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thick reddish black pour with 2 fingers of dark brown head which quickly dissipated to a creamy ring around the glass. smells of roasted grains, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted nuts. this is a fantastic tasting beer... we're talking very similar to black albert (one of my favorites).. lots of roasty, yet subtle, flavors from the grain bill.. lots of coffee and chocolate, nutty flavors as well, bit of vanilla also. if it had a bit of lingering bitterness instead of sweetness, i would personally prefer it. full body, very sweet, low carbonation.

got this from my buddy in nevada.. an excellent beer i would have probably never gotten my hands on as it's not on the radar as far as highly sought after/ranked etc.. a delicious, very easy to drink imperial stout.. roasty enough to be to my liking, yet balanced out with tons of sweet malt.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- black, with 1 finger thin light tan head. Very little lacing that resides quickly.

S- Roasted malts, metal

T- Roasted malts, hint of coffee, has a off metallic-like taste to it.

M- Medium body. Almost a little thin for the style and abv.

O- Another bad beer by this brewery. Just seems to always be off flavors in their beers.

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Photo of jdense
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased in Las Vegas November 2010, mostly used for gingerbread for tomorrow's DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) Twelve Beers of Christmas, 12.17.11.

Ring of light brown head around edge of glass, slow dissipation, decent lacing. Dark cocoa nibs, some vanilla, floral hops in the nose. Chocolate up front taste-wise, floral hops not much else. Mouthfeel is well on the light side of medium, almost watery, minimal effervescence, a bit of stickiness. Really strange mouthfeel inhibits drinkability. Pass.

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Photo of AltBock
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz undated bomber bottle with a standing upright red fox that was cut off at the waist. The fox is standing up like a squirrel or a prairie dog. The fox is cut off by a gold crown. Nothing else on the label except for the ABV% and the Government warning. Poured into a Big Eddy (please don't laugh) Snifter.

This beer looks like it poured a pitch black color, but when I held the glass up to the light, I saw a reflection of myself. I'm forced to say that it's actually a pitch black color. No red in this color. On top of this pitch black brew was a 1/2 an inch dark tan head of foam. It had really nice retention that left behind a thick string of tan rings and a few spots of lace around the glass. It looks really nice. No problem with the appearance.

The aroma of Red Fox started off with the scent of raisins and plums. Behind the raisins was a mildly sweet aroma of caramel. Right behind the caramel was the roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate. It wasn't offensive, but it just seemed it was lacking. It smelled like it was holding back the strength of the aroma.

Like the aroma, the taste was holding back as well. It wasn't one taste after another. The taste was just one big flavor ball. This flavor ball consisted mostly of roasted flavors like roasted malt and roasted coffee. Stuck in this roasted flavor ball was a little dark chocolate, caramel, and raisin. That's all folks!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, a little carbonation, and a faint dry roasted aftertaste. This aftertaste doesn't stick around. Why it left so soon, I don't know.

It's clearly not the BEST RIS I've had, but its still drinkable. This beer was holding back. It should let some of the flavors/aromas off the chain. It doesn't cost an arm and a leg for a bottle. If you want a drinkable RIS from the Las Vegas area, pick a bottle. One bottle however was good enough for me.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Dec 2011. Courtesy of A&R, thanks for bringing this back from Vegas! Served in the 04. L Ulmer Munster snifter.

Large thick dark brown head that appears to be non self leveling. I think this is a first. Lightly carbonated. Clear dark brown in color. Aroma is sweet roasty malts and dark cocoa, a little on the light side for the style. Starts with lots of charred malt. Quite burnt bitter. Light body, warming ethanol. Finish and aftertaste redeem the start somewhat, a bit of licorice and charred wood, lingering sweetness and ethanol.

Needs work.

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Photo of Kromes
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pitch black color with a thin brown soapy head.

S: smells like a mixture of chocolate, coffee, and maple syrup.

T: Some nice chocolate flavor in the beginning. The chocolate rolls into a burnt coffee flavor that is a little bit on the sweet side. There is a very slight medicinal tinge to the beer. The finish is a little warm and spicy from the alcohol but the alcohol flavor is well hidden behind the other flavors.

M: Medium carbonation, makes it creamy and smooth. The alcohol gives it a nice spice on the tongue.

D: This is a pretty good RIS. There is a sweeter edge to this than most Imperial Stouts. It is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my BA friend alexgrahamlv for the trade! Vegas Baby....Vegas!

A- Pours a motor oil color, that is relatively clear and clean looking. Very nice caramel colored foam head a couple of inches thick forms, and slowly recedes into a thick film, just like a stout should. There appears to be some fine columns of carbonation rising to the top. Lacing is excellent with soapy strings of foam clinging to my glass. Great start!

S- Stronger than average stout aromas...cocoa powder, black coffee and burnt toast dominate the profile here. There is a soft peanut butter toast like aroma in the background as well. The finish does have some muted hop cones....they come across soft however, which is fine by me.

T- More of the same....just on the palate now! The black coffee is a little more pronounced than the dark chocolate/cocoa but it is still very nice. The roasted malt aspect is also more noticeable....as this warms up, the chocolate shows itself more. There is also a certain fruitiness in the flavor which I can't quite put my finger on. The finish is softly bitter, but more roasted and dry than anything. Surprisingly, the alcohol is very well hidden, which I wasn't expecting at all.

M- I wouldn't call this full bodied, but closer to medium....this is the only area that disappoints a bit, as there is a watery note right at the swallow that seems to wash the flavor away within seconds afterward. Aside from this, the carbonation is mellow and easy going.

O- Overall, this is a very nice example of a stong Stout. It has good, but short lived flavor, isn't fiery with booze, and provides an easy drinking experience. I wouldn't mind enjoying this with a meal or dessert, such as Black Forest cake. Reminds me of a stronger Irish Stout that isn't Guinness....

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Red Fox from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.
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