Red Fox | Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States

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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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into Old Rasputin nonic

A: pours an opaque dark brown with an inch of head. Settles to a thin layer of foam with no lacing

S: rich aroma of dark chocolate, licorice and hazelnut coffee

T: creamy chocolate flavors, licorice, and a roasted nuttiness. a long, bitter espresso and chocolate finish

M: smooth and slick upfront, medium body with a low carbonation, light warming alcohol, and resiny, dry finish.

Overall, I'm digging this beer. Definitely not one of my favorite RISs, but very drinkable. I really enjoyed the chocolatey flavors in this one. I will buy more of this beer in the future

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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

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 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 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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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 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 tbern007
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.
Pours black, very dark brown - no light gets through. Very thick tan head that lasts well and leaves good lace.
S - earth, prune, raisin, light hop, roasted malt.
T - starts with a light smoke. Although there was a scent of fruit, there is no taste of fruit. Rather, there is roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, slightly hoppy.
M & D - begins slightly sweet and smokey, moves dry, finishes slightly sweet. I wish there was more dark fruit taste and considering the style, it's not as full as I wished. ok overall.

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

I want to start by saying that I love that a local brewery is bottle beers, great for Vegas! But...once again I'm not too impressed. I dont think I ever got over the initial pour. Poured into Duvel tulip glass with zero head and retention. Smell was of some chocolate, coffee, malt but all very watered down it seemed like. Taste was a little bland, better warmer (as is expected with this style) but still nothing too dominant. Some chocolate, some coffee, toasted grain, vanilla, alcohol, but nothing stuck out. Mouthfeel was a little thin for the style. I cant complain too much cause the bomber was on $2.99. And I will say the ABV is very well hidden, just needed a little more "umph" to it.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a bomber from Destral as an extra in a recent trade.

Midnight black motor oil poured with a 3/4 inch milk chocolate head quickly becomes something a bit more mundane. The head quickly collapses under the alcohol and leaves the partaker with no parting gifts. No lacing and, sorry fellows, this baby's got no legs.

Roasted barley takes the lead of the bouquet followed by dark chocolate and a healthy malty sweetness. Nuances of espresso and coffee beans are present but alcohol is, remarkably, unnoticeable. A very simple aroma, all in all, that strikes me as unimposing. In an RIS, I honestly want my nose to be bitch slapped with complexity. Flavor doesn't even do as well as smell unfortunately... Roasted barley mirrors in the flavor but then comes a touch of tannin astringency that grows. Hop bitterness and solid roast attempt to cover up shortcomings but the aftertaste is solidly astringent with a touch of metallic. If drinking the whole bottle, one might be able to forget about these off-flavors after about 18 ounces.

A super creamy mouthfeel is definitely present but taken away from by the taste. Very light in the body for the style but it is in this that one can find a bit of silkiness that adds a level of pleasantness.

I believe that this beer could have definite potential with a bit more QA at this brewery. The basics are all there for a great beer. Unfortunately, this bottle had its flaws.

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Photo of rbhockeyfan
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this both on tap at a beer tasting event and bottled. On tap, it was a great beer, the head was a little week, but the taste was spot on for what you would expect from a small batch RIS (carmel, coffee, touch of vanilla) The smell was almost all coffee. Mouth feel is not what I expected from a Russian Imperial, but still pretty good.

In the bottle, this beer goes way down hill. Sadly the bottling process is not the strong point of the brewer. If you can get on tap, it is worth it, if not, I say pass on it.

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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 davod23
1.54/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Just terrible. Had on tap at Pub in the Monte Carlo because I saw that it was a local brewer.

Pour appears deep, dark black color, which is good and all. However, the head on the beer looks suspect. This is weird for me, but it looks kinda sickly... and it's kinda tough to put my finger on it. Large soapy bubbles on a one-inch tan head.

Aroma is okay, actually. Roasted coffee, chocolately, a little boozy - boozier than I would have expected considering that it's only a 9% impy stout. Pretty standard, nothing exciting here.

You know that fear you had as a child? For some it was monsters under the bed, for others it was the dark, for people like my brother it was going down escalators. Me, personally, I had a problem with clowns. I did not like clowns. Still don't, truth be told, but I remember it was a bigger problem for me back then. And that's what this beer tastes like - my childhood fear of clowns in beer form. Actually, if you picture John Wayne Gacy in his clown makeup and no pants, sitting at his breakfast table with a cup of coffee from a three day-old pot of Folgers, through the eyes of a terrified child, and can imagine what that image tastes like - that is this. Just awful, one of the worst tasting beers I've ever had. Burned coffee, burned malt, medicinal flavors, tar, alcohol, and chalky, poor-quality chocolate. Ugh. Holy shit, this just lingers on my tongue and the back of my throat. This beer saddens me.

Mouthfeel doesn't help this beers' cause. I just don't want to talk about this anymore, it's making me sad and afraid.

Drinkability. Ha. The only reason I had a second sip was to verify that I wasn't crazy and that this beer is really that terrible. Sent it back and got an IPA to cleanse this off my palate.

Just awful. My avatar is appropriate for this one.

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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 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 jonziefle
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a thick black color, completely opaque. Half finger brown head with little retention (gentle pour). No visible carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Smoky roasted malts, with coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Mild sweetness.

Taste: Lots of dark fruit/apple and molasses sweetness. Roasted malts, but not as smoky/coffeelike as the nose. An alcohol bite comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied, with a very mild carbonation bite. There is also a small alcohol bite.

Drinkability: A decently drinkable stout, but missing the body and flavor of a true RIS. It has the alcohol, but that’s not enough.

Buy Again? No

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jwale73 for this bottle!
Appears near opaque brownish black - light tan head falls quickly to a ring.
Smells of dark malt and chocolate, maybe a little coffee.
The taste bitter and chocolaty. Some coffee flavors come in on the back end.
It is medium body - seems pretty light for an impy stout. Carbonation is a bit course and prickly.
This brew is OK...the mouthfeel was a bit disappointing but grew better as it warmed.

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Photo of climax
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Fox pours dark brown, next to black. Head is modest Caucasian tan.

Nose isn't as powerful as I was anticipating, smooth nonetheless. Vanilla, chocolate, dark roasted nuts and a bit of coffee-like bitterness. Some banana esters are evident as well.

The flavor is where this one hits. The warmth of alcohol (9% ABV) chimes in with other notes of roasted almond, dark chocolate, and a lingering dry roasted coffee finish.

Body is medium, thinner than expected. However it's creamy and slick as it fades to a dry finish. Carbonation is just enough to keep it lively in the mouth. It's not overly filling either, great tasting drinkable stout.

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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 Dibujob
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly wonderful offering from my beer of the month club. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a thick tan head that leaves a wonderful lacing. Delicious coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Flavor follows smell, bold coffee tones that deceptively hide the alcohol in this beer. Very smooth and pleasant mouthfeel, just the right amount of carb. I could easily see myself drinking a few of these, very nice!

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Photo of BeerBobWFM
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok this one is the latest from Joseph james...
This was the best one yet poured a nice dark brown to black color, nice for the style, a little thin on the body but it is still thick enough to be a good RIS. The flavor was great, nice hints of Coffee,caramel,anise,and notes of chocolate none of which were overbearing or too pronounced, which makes it a winner in my book...

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Photo of JBogan
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick and creamy tan head which left excellent lacing. I was completely surprised by the appearance of this beer, as the other beers from this new brewery were not very attractive at all. This one however, was totally different.

Smelled of roasted coffee and malt with some chocolate. Very nice and inviting.

Tasted much as it smelled. I gave it a slightly lower score here because it seems to be slightly watered down compared to the aroma. It just needs a bit more "oomph" in the flavor department. The alcohol is very well hidden in this brew.

As in other beers from this new brewer, the mouthfeel was thin, especially for this style. I must add though, it didn't seem nearly as thin as their other beers. However it could use a little bit more body in my opinion.

All in all this beer surpassed my expectations, which were to be honest, not all that high. This is easily the best beer I've tried from this new local brewer, and gives me hope they are on the right track. That's not to say this is up there with the best RIS's, it certainly has room for improvement, but I think they are on the right track here. If you're in the Vegas area and see this, it's worth a try.

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