Remy | Taps Fish House & Brewery

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4.29 w/ 101 ratings

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Remy is a travel buddy whose life, at times, has rivaled that of the world's most interesting men -- free-spirited, adventurous, social, and with a penchant for fast women, whiskey, and beer: the perfect inspiration for something truly special. We filled eight Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with our award-winning Imperial Russian Stout and let them sleep for eight months. The transformation resulted in a beer that is rich and roasty, with incredible flavors of marshmallow, coconut, and dark chocolate. We hope you enjoy this very limited release -- that it inspires you to try something new and that it makes you a little more interesting as well!

Added by womencantsail on 01-03-2011

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3.08/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle shared thanks to Darrell. Not my favortie beer of theres we had.

Pours black with a lighter brown highlight running down the glass where the light is behind. Ring of tan head.

Nice roasty beast of a beer with nice sweet and savory notes with the barrel over the top of it all. Not a ton of aroma in the middle of the nose, just a hit up front and some stuff lingering, seems thin in aroma if that makes any sense. Not much malt to smell.

Tast and Mouth were both average really. Up front oak borubon and cofee/espresso like malt base and then a ton of booze in the finish. Again, lots of booze in the finish it is overwhelming in ways. Not balanced well at all, and I think this has some age on it too.

Overall not my favorite, there are many barrel aged Stouts that kill this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle available only for on-premises consumption at Taps in Brea.

A: The pour is essentially black with a finger of khaki colored head that has pretty nice retention.

S: At first, the bourbon and oak really overwhelms the beer, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, as it opens up, the base beer comes through. I pick up its usual traits of rubber cement and harsh rubbing alcohol. The chocolate, vanilla, and roast can't really cover it up.

T: Like with the nose, the beer starts off alright, but the flaws begin to show through. Begins with chocolate, bourbon, oak, licorice, and dark fruits. The alcohol starts to become a bit abrasive as it warms up.

M: The body is medium, nothing amazing for an imperial stout, with a smooth carbonation.

D: This is significantly better than the base beer, so the idea that -bal aging can help out a bad beer proves itself true, but it only does so much.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewpub while on a recent trip to Cali. Served from bottle into a goblet. Poured pitch black with a one finger tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, and alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and caramel. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad. It was still a little hot for my palate if I'm honest. It could probably improve sitting in the cellar for a little while to allow the alcohol burn to mellow out a bit. Worth trying if you are at the brewpub or if you want a good brew to tick.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from totoropanda a while back. Thanks for the brews man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
2010 GABF Silver medal winner

APPEARANCE: Pours out a transparent dark brown, almost black, yielding a two finger, looser, slightly foamy and crackly, tan head with only half decent retention. Head quickly recedes to a foamy cap. Transparent black body with no carbonation evident. A ring and slight wisp remain but leave no lacing down the glass. Body is a little too transparent for the style and the head too loose and foamy. Average at best.

SMELL: Smells really wonderful. Lots of oak, coconut, vanilla sweet cream, caramel, toffee and butterscotch on the nose. Bourbon with milk chocolate and light notes of tobacco as well. Bold with plenty of decadent barrel character. Really nice.

TASTE: Flavor follows the nose nicely but more bourbon forward than expected perhaps. Bourbon, oak, butterscotch, coconut and sweet vanilla cream up front with lots of bourbon and alcohol at the swallow. A bold and lingering finish of oak, coconut, toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate and some bitter dark chocolate as balance. Very flavorful and enjoyable, though a touch barrel heavy perhaps.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. Prickly on the palate, not quite smooth, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes a touch sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really enjoyable brew here. The barrel is wonderful and very forthcoming, though I’m not all that sure that the base stout is all that special. There might be a reason why the whole batch gets barrel aged. The look and feel could have been better as well, but overall, the beer has taken to the barrel extremely well and I enjoyed this one very much. Would gladly drink another one if it landed on my porch. Thanks again totoropanda. This was a beaut.

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Photo of anteater
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jmarsh123
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrhirshybar for the bottle

Pours deep brown to black with almost no head or lacing.

Aroma definitely tells you there's a barrel involved here. A little bit of licorice and dark fruits with some roast and a lot of booze.

Dark fruits in the up front in the flavor. Some good roasted malt helps balance out the sweetness although it's still maybe a tad too sweet. Barrel character is again high and comes out more as it warms. Definitely bourbon kiss and it finishes slightly hot.

Medium plus mouthfeel with medium carb level. Definitely boozy, but that's a good thing in a stout.

Pretty solid beer. I prefer my barrel aged stuff a bit hot, so if heat isn't your thing, sit on this a while. This one is definitely hot, but fairly well integrated so it's still good.

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3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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Remy from Taps Fish House & Brewery
Beer rating: 94.1% out of 100 with 101 ratings
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