Remy's Pappy | Taps Fish House & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Taps Fish House & Brewery
California, United States
tapsbrea.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
For Remmy's Pappy, we filled barrels from an exceptional Bourbon distillery with our award-winning Imperial Russian Stout and let them steep for many months the transformation result in a beer similar to our original Remy: rich and roasty, with incredible flavors of marshmallow, coconut, and dark fruit, with additional layers of chocolate ganache and rare whiskey goodness. Enjoy!

Added by BierGiek on 02-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
35
Ratings:
370
pDev:
8.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Reviews by BeerZombies1:
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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of carrionricardo
4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour was black as night. 1 finger khaki head that lasted just a while. Very very nice on the nose. Lots of vanilla and marshmallow. MILK CHOCOLATE!!! Taste is wonderful like the inside of a Lindor chocolate truffle!!!! Wow blown away by the taste on this one. Very very well done!!! You still get the vanilla and marshmallow on the back end but not as strong as the nose!! Mouth feel was good a lil lighter than I prefer but I always compare mouth feel to bourbon county!! Overall outstanding brew.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle. Thanks Tim. Poured into a CCB snifter 7/19/2014.

Beer #1,000, Review #700.

A- Opaque pitch black body, with a one finger mocha head that is quite dense. Good retention. Thin streaks of lacing stick to the glass intermittently.

S- Huge chocolate fudge. Roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark fruits. Complex nose that is packed full of all the aromas you would ever want from a BA stout. Some coconut along with the vanilla makes me think liquid marshmallows. Reminds me a lot of BCBS and to an extent, Rare. Gets even better as it warms up.

F- Roast malts, chocolate fudge, oak, bourbon. Similar to the nose, but the vanilla, dark fruits and chocolate fudge character seem to recede a bit in the background to the bourbon. The bourbon flavours on the finish are very clean and flavourful without getting too dominant. Quite well-done.

M- I have to agree with previous reviewers that for the amazing nose and complex flavours this beer delivers, the mouthfeel really hinders it's execution. It's on the thinner side of medium in body and is not very substantial on the tongue. Lower in carbonation as expected. Finish is chocolate fudge bourbon, slightly smoky and oaky but sweet.

O- This beer has all the markings of a top-shelf BCBS variant as far as the nose and flavour profile goes, but it lacks the vaunted thick, chewy mouthfeel. Definitely worth getting a bottle of if you've not tried it before, but there are BA stouts out there that offer a more complete drinking experience.

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Photo of jegross2
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Remy's Pappy from TAPS Fish House & Brewery out of Corona, California. This beer is their award-winning Imperial Russian Stout aged in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels.

Score: 97

2013 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 04/21/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a thin layer of khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass. No lacing or retention. Good oily legs. 4/5

Smell: Bourbony chocolate and milk chocolate. Vanilla, coconut, graham crackers, and molasses. Bold bourbon notes present, but not in a boozy/fusel way. Ample dark fruit too. Light caramel and toffee notes. What an appetizing aroma! Bold and well-integrated. 5/5

Taste: Big vanilla-forward bourbon flavor and milk chocolate, with a bold and lasting bourbony finish. Lovely coconut and graham cracker flavor towards back half. Dark fruit comes out in the finish more and more as the brew warms up and breathes. Really, it tastes an awful lot like it smells. Not boozy or fusel at all. The flavors meld nicely! I love how much milk chocolate comes across despite the bourbon-forward characteristics. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel, just a touch dry on the finish. 4.25/5

Overall: My only knock on this beer is that the mouthfeel was lacking relative to its big bold nose and flavor, but it was not a "thin" beer by any means. The bold coconut/vanilla/graham cracker flavors are magnificent. I think I slightly prefer to Trace of Remy due to the relatively better mouthfeel, but both are excellent twists on the normally Heaven Hills-aged Remy (a delicious brew in all its own right). The guys at TAPS really know how to get the most out of a bourbon barrel! Seek this one out with confidence.

Cost: $35 for a 750 ml beer.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great stout. Nose is sweet and a touch bitter. Body is smooth and flows on the tongue like nectar of the gods. Finish is the best part. No bite

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, vanilla, toffee, maple, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, toffee, marshmallow, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with lots of fantastic and complex aromas and flavors that make this beer one of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I have ever tried.

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage

The nose on this one is great. Rich with chocolate and coconut. Vanilla, oak, and warming bourbon. Coffee and roast. The bourbon is really nice here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and warming. Full bodied. Ends with a tad too much roast.

Really solid offering. Very complex.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of gibgink
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay, so my experience with Remy's Pappy. This was presented to me as "hey try this...I've been told this is infected, but I've kept it cold ever since...you might be able to taste a bit of infection on the end." So obviously my expectations were not high from the start. That being said, I really didn't pick up any infection issues, although my palate is not the super trained "oh my god so much green pepper" as some. And even though infection was not detected by me, nothing else of worth was either. Maybe it was too cold? Not sure, it just wasn't very memorable after the warning to warrant a decent rating. To sum it up in one word, "meh".

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Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Trapist007
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2013

APPEARANCE: The beer pours out dark brown, almost black, yielding a very thick, medium-heavy, creamy tan head with good retention. The head slowly fades away. It has a transparent black body with no carbonation evident, or lacing.

SMELL: There are lots of coconut, sweet vanilla cream, milk chocolate, oak, toffee, bourbon, and some clean dark chocolate notes.

TASTE: The bourbon, oak, toffee, vanilla, coconut are present at first taste . An intense long lingering finish full of oak, coconut, toffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate. After swallowing there are some very subtle hints of coffee left behind. This beer is very flavorful.

PALATE: With a medium body and light carbonation. It's light on the palate with a a very light hint of bourbon heat. It goes down smooth.

OVERALL: Outstanding beer! Was it perfect? No, but it's a great example of a very very well crafted Russian Imperial Stout. I highly recommend it...

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Shawner
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wheresblue
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brians52
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.28/5  rDev -27.3%

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3.45/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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Remy's Pappy from Taps Fish House & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 370 ratings