Trace Of Remy
Taps Fish House & Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
4.71 | pDev: 6.79%
Taps Fish House & Brewery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this set from totoropanda a while back. Cheers for the trade man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2013

APPEARANCE: Identical to the original version. 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: Bourbon, oak, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, sweet toffee and butterscotch on the nose. Bold aromas for sure with lots of nice barrel elements. Similar to the others with perhaps less coconut.

TASTE: Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla cream and butterscotch up front. More barrel at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of oak, bourbon, sweet vanilla cream, toffee and butterscotch, some milk chocolate and notes of bitter pure chocolate as balance. Decadent and very enjoyable. Much like the other variants but less coconut 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: Again, this is a very tasty and enjoyable barrel aged stout. Like the other variants, the feel is not quite as full and creamy as I’d like for this style, and fixing that up a little would really make this brew world class. The aromas and flavors are top notch, however, as is true for all the variants. This one had a little less coconut and more butterscotch than the other versions, but all three incarnations are so similar that it doesn’t really matter that much. Thanks again totoropanda. These were all really enjoyable.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stone RIS glass
it is pretty dark and little lacing and very slight small head to it
smell is overpowering amazing barrel characteristic along with coconut and chocolate
taste is similar smooth chocolate slight heat from barrel on the back end
not as much coconut as in the smell but it melds nicely with all the other flavors
very intense complex beer could definitely drink another bottle
solid beer much recommended

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Had this after regulars Remy.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Medium collar. Slight ruby tinges at the edge.

Smell - Even sharper bourbon than the Heaven Hill Remy. Doesn't seem as boozy. More chocolate.

Taste - Again the bourbon is distinct. It's a separate flavor from the beer itself. Chocolate less caramel and cola. More straightforward.

Mouthfeel - Arguably more bourbon but less booze. Medium heavy.

Overall - The barrel is a little nicer than regular. Both are incredible beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and marshmallow flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty 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 a great barrel aged presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of JasonFromLA
4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Bruery snifter.

Pours a dark brown and looks among the best. Minimal head that fades.

Aroma is a bit boozy with the Buffalo Trace influence mending with sweet caramel and toffee notes.

Taste is smooth. Among the best BA stouts I've ever had. Good amount of barrel but it blends well into a caramel, sweet, marshmallow goodness.

Not too syrupy and slight carbonation.

Maybe one of the best BA Stouts ever made. Wow. This is amazing.

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Photo of Rado
4.69/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to wowcoolman for opening this a few hours after the release. Jazz at el cerrito did a fantastic job with the small release.

A- opaque dark with a chestnut collar, typical of a good barrel aged stout, some nice head that's minimal but dissipates moderately quick

S - complex, a little boozey with excellent Carmel heavy sweet nose, lots of great charateristics from the buffalo trace barrel, opens nicely

T- lots of barrel here, but surprisingly smooth probably due to the quality of buffalo trace. Typical Stout goodness allows as a base for the huge barrel flavor. Carmel, dark sweetness, long finish

M- medium to heavy with a sweetness that isn't quite syrupy. Surprisingly carbonated (not a lot) for the length of time in barrel.

O- very good big beer that stands up to a tasting format. Drinking a bottle to yourself gets to the levels of rare or ba kopi. Super good but definitely a huge wonderful beer

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Green waxed bottle purchased El Cerrito Liquor. Dark, inky, silky, luxurious, a little oily- lacing clusters into globules. Very viscous. Nose is fresh caramel, marshmallow, Bourbon, some roasted malts and a little soy. Very well integrated taste echoing flavors mentioned in the smell, with a sumptuous full mouthfeel. Incredibly smooth and slick. Well done Jazz and Taps; looking forward to enjoying my second bottle.

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Trace Of Remy from Taps Fish House & Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 63 ratings