Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels | Reuben's Brews

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Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon BarrelsImperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States
reubensbrews.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dirtylou on 02-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
15.76%
 
 
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Photo of powdersoldier
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a properly cellared, 2013 vintage bottle into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours pitch black with slight head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, bourbon, light chocolate. Flavor is sweet toasted malt, lightly nutty, milk chocolate. Medium bodied with light, but sufficient carbonation, which is a relief after the nearly still pour. Nice chocolate and mild nutty flavors here, but the malt seems a little thin for such a big stout. However, it has handled three years of aging quite nicely and tastes pretty good. The nutty notes of a brown ale are odd in a big stout, but fit into the profile fine. Enjoyable and aged better than expected. I will have to try a fresh bottle, but this has been unexpectedly popular and hard to find over the last few years. I very rarely change my reviews after posting, but in this case, I'm increasing the Taste score; this was very pleasant to drink and I enjoyed it until the last sip from the glass. Although a bit light in malt for its ABV, it is nicely balanced and held up exceptionally well over time.

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Photo of lupercmda
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DamienI
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of drone
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mehinaman
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.54/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch #1, bottle #311, 2014 vintage.

2.5 A: Black color. Not much of a head formed - just enough to prove that it isn't totally flat.

2.75 S: Very woody. The rest of the nose is a bit subdued, which is probably mostly the result the low carbonation. Chocolate, caramel, and molasses with a pronounced roastiness. For a beer this big, it's awfully dry though. The barrel offers hints of leather and vanilla, but it's a lot weaker than the typical BBA brew.

2.5 T: Like the nose, this is very dry and roasty with a big woody presence. The bourbon component itself is rather lacking again. The trio of chocolate, molasses, and caramel is back but could use more strength. Boozy, somewhat astringent finish.

2.25 M: Medium to heavier medium body. The very low carbonation makes it feel lighter than it is and doesn't allow for any creaminess.

2.5 D: It's not terrible, but I grade on a curve and this is well below the average barrel aged imperial stout. It's unbalanced in that it's too dry and lacks the essence of bourbon. The only brightspot is that this is batch #1, hopefully subsequent batches are better.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch No. 1; Bottle No. 48; VIntage 2013

Appearance: Pours a translucent coffee color with a modest head; speckles of lace here and there

Smell: Chocolate, caramel and Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate and caramel forward, rather sweet, with the Bourbon flavors developing through the middle; while the Bourbon makes a statement well into the finish, it is the sweet chocolate and caramel flavors that are most prominent

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A few flaws here, particularly in the mouthfeel and the lack of roast; enjoyable, just a bit shy of what it could and should be

Thanks, Flanders Drive, for the opportunity

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reuben's brews some incredible beers, in an impressive array of styles, but based on my experience with this, their 'barrel program' still needs some work. The bottle I had was close to flat, and too oaky and dry to be really enjoyable. There were some interesting fragrances and flavors here, and real possibility, but it just never came together. With more experience ageing beers, and Reuben's recent expansion, this is only bound to get (much) better.

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Photo of Tenny
4.84/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bunuelian
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild bourbon, chocolate, slight coffee. Tad watery but balance is good. Some dark fruits sneak in as well.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of sukwonee
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of sanford_and_son
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of PacNWDad
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of crowellbw
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with almost no head or bubbles. The thinnest of collars. Black body but transparent and looks kinda brown in the light.

Smell - Nutty caramel. A bit of bourbon. More woodiness and some oxidation.

Taste - Sweet chocolate. Nuttiness. Caramel and oak. The finish is more oxidized. A little bitter. Slight cardboard.

Mouthfeel - Nearly flat. Medium heavy.

Overall - Not digging it much. Doesn't help that it's flat.

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Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels from Reuben's Brews
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