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Ralphius | Free Will Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
freewillbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rich full-bodied stout with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, and jammy dark fruit. This bourbon barrel aged blended behemoth has a complementary smooth finish with a lush velvety texture. Aged for 1 year.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#952
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
169
pDev:
6.68%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
35
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of larryi86
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thank you thebeers for this
12 oz can, dated 11/20/18, poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger mocha head

S- Lots is bourbon, fudge, vanilla, some dark fruits.

T- Bourbon, charred oak, some vanilla, chocolate, some coffee, hints of caramel, some warming alcohol.

M- Smooth, thick, full body.

O- A great sipper of a stout. Definitely let’s you know it is over 16% ABV, but it is not too hot.

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Photo of dirtyjerk
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a goblet. two canned on dates here, Oct 2018 on the label & 11/20/18 on the bottom of the can. . Take your pick.

Jet black body with initially a thick dark tan head looking like a well done pancake. Good lacing initially.

Molasses and dark fruit on the nose.

Lots of tastes and feels going on here. The BBA element is strong without being harsh. There is a nice vanilla presence taking the edge off a little. Abv is quite hot. There are faint hints of chocolate and dark fruit. The balance here is excellent, because although several elements are strong, nothing dominates.

The mouth is full, finish warm & sweet with a little molasses.

Overall, really tasty well made and balanced BBA RIS. Happy to have picked up a pair. Sorry I didn't pick up 4.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cambabeer
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamFuel
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with soapy, chocolate colored foam.

Smell is rich, sweet and oaky with notes of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and fudge.

Taste is sweet with some charred oak notes upfront, leading into notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, fudge and caramel. A hint of warming booze and a slight bitterness brings the intensity up een further. Massive taste and a long, lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and sludgy, well carbonated.

Overall, a truly massive stout that manages to not be overwhelming. Looking forward to trying the maple version.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of srw
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger mocha head atop a pitch black body.

S - chocolate, vanilla, bourbon.

T - follows the nose. Tons of chocolate and bourbon, with caramel, molasses, wood. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. Moderate booziness.

F - medium-full body with average carb.

O - very tasty.

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Photo of Shantzak
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of curlybird
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackmagik2272
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Russian-style Imperial Stout was aged in Bourbon barrels and you can taste it for sure, but its not as pronounced as you would think i would be. Anyway, This beer is a real rich-bodied stout and I tasted notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit, but not the advertised vanilla and caramel. It has a smooth finish and a velvety texture, but something just didn't connect for me to put it in may rotation of beers. \m/


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Photo of Jlabs
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seeved into a 10oz glass via draft
Color is straight up like a black hole..deep black
Smell is some bourbon and creamy vanilla with some dark fruit in the background..taste is about the same with the vanilla and dark fruit coming more to the forefront and the bourbon makes more of a guest appearance
That being said i thought this was a well balanced stout and nice after dinner sipper

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Photo of uturn
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. Received as an extra in a trade.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice deep brown almost black with a half finger mocha head that fades slowly to leave thin wisps. Very, very nice legs though.

S - Aromas of fudgy chocolate, roasted dark malts, little bit of black licorice and dark fruits. No discernible alcohol on the nose, however, no real barrel qualities either.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Very nice dark fruits and big anise notes. Good dark malts, almost bitter finish. Chocolate notes are super light. I don't really get any bourbon notes at all. Super, super faint tannin. Alcohol hidden on the taste, lingering bitter roast.

M - Mouthfeel is almost brightly carbonated, really light on the tongue. Body is on the lighter side too. Alcohol is hidden phenomenally, but this some how drinks thin. Not really sure how that's possible.

O - Overall this had loads of potential. Pretty much no barrel notes anywhere though. It's a solid enough russian imperial, but the lack of bourbon and the surprisingly light mouthfeel really were unfortunate. Perhaps a bad vintage.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Lucular
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reebtaerG
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ralphius from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 169 ratings