Ralphius | Free Will Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
133 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): 15.10%

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
Ratings:
133
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
6.86%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
34
For Trade:
1
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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Redscot
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottP
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

A ridiculously huge beer. Sweet sugars, roasted stout character, and fine Bourbon notes abound. Hitting just above 15% abv even a 12oz bottle you'll want to share with more than none friend unless you are looking for a serious nightcap. Free Will Brewing Co. goes all out with this one but still makes it approachable to a spirits drinker ... the beer geek will be easily pleased here. Oozes of Imperial Stout talk, booze and wood barrel overtones, and ends a bit sweet ... a real treat.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to thebeers for this brew, via NBS BIF#5

12 oz. Bottle
Bottle On: 11/09/16
2016 Vintage

Poured into a tulip a black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy small tan head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is really nice, malty, some roast, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits (cherries, figs, raisins), chocolate/toffee, licorice. The taste is really nice as well, malty, lots of chocolate/toffee, vanilla, dark fruits, bourbon/oak, licorice. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, what a complex brew, definitely a sipper. Overall, this is a BIG BREW! Awesome! Glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Arthur!

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Photo of Philcassella
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buzzy
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattycasey
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rydev24
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwilcox767
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic BBS here. Like everyone said, pours like motor oil with a little carbonation. I really liked the vanilla, it's hard to high test find brews where this flavor comes out in any meaningful fashion. Definitely get it again.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjones5045
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1/27/17 home

Pours thick black like oil. Thin tan head but expected from such a big stout.

The smell is boubon with vanilla and a bit sweet malt with a bit tart cherry.

The taste is really impressive. All the flavor comes out at different stages. Chocolate, vanilla, hints of cherry. Not too sweet and very well balanced.

Very smooth and extremely easy to drink for a huge 15.1%. Not a huge burn but it there. Again a very impressive to be this smooth for a 15.1

Overall very impressed. Loved this stout. Great winter sipper after dinner.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jagada
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of citizencane
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks solid dark with decent head for being poured in 1oz glass.

Smells ok though a bit rough and woody and boozy on the end.

Taste is where this thing gets going. Creamy sweet bourbon and oak notes along with dark chocolate and coffe cream stout notes.

Mouthfeel: exceptional here as well. No more of excessive booziness or dryness. Well-balanced.

Overall: I'm picky about barrel-aged beers. This is the second exceptional offering in this realm by Free Will, among other very good beers of theirs. Whatever they're doing, they need to keep doing it.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of muchos
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L. Black, opaque, small tan head falls to a ring in a minute
S. Smells of dried cherries, sherry, Hershey bar, candied orange, molasses, a little rum and bourbon, plenty of booze. Crazy.
T. Big chocolate, sweet dried fruit, toasted vanilla, whiskey, wood, cigar. Boozy aftertaste with semi-sweet chocolate chips and booze soaked cherries.
F. Medium to full body, smooth, sticks to the entire inside of my mouth.
O. The fruitiness caught me off guard but works very well. These unique flavors were a pleasant surprise to me. Wow. I'll love to see how Ralphius does with a little time in the bottle. Cheers!

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seanchai
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Ralphius from Free Will Brewing Co.
4.37 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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