Red Fox | Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States
jjbrewco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
16.09%
 
 
Wants:
5
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19
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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 dmorgan310
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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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 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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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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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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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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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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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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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours black leaving a mocha colored head that dissipated quickly. Minimal foamy ringy lacing is left in my nonic. The smell has the chocolate notes up front coming forward in a roasty way. The taste is sweet having the chocolate dominate the mouth in the same roasty way yet there is still a slight bitterness coming through. The palate is medium to heavy and coats the mouth in a creamy smooth wonderful way. Overall, pretty good RIS.

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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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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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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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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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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Red Fox from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
3.48 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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