Ralphius | Free Will Brewing Co.

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4.33/5
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155 Ratings
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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): 16.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep, rich, multilayered beer with notes of Baker’s chocolate, warm vanilla, caramel, dark, jammy fruits, and a hint of anise, with the undertones of smooth bourbon in the finish. A lush, velvety, full mouthfeel is supported by tannins from the oak barrel. Aged 1 year.

Added by jp312 on 10-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,045
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
155
pDev:
6.93%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
36
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of SadMachine
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of curlybird
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackmagik2272
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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 +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reebtaerG
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of d_fiish
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at SAVOR 2017. This was a wonderful barrel aged strong stout that was incredibly smooth and rich. It was sticky in the finish, but amazing overall.

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Photo of DRA
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JeffKowalek
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rab53
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaxAdvo
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rdoggg
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Warren2621
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wheels2532
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GDawgs34
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Redscot
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottP
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Ralphius from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 155 ratings