Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Reuben's Brews

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Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-AgedImperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by dirtylou on 02-25-2013

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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2.54/5  rDev -40%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zonian1
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kevwcamp
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on-tap, at the brewery. $4 for a 6oz pour

12 year old bourbon barrels were obtained from Alan at Hair of the Dog

Served in a cute little snifter - ebony body, no head. Really lovely stuff - coconut, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak. Really nice flavor profile - for a brewery just screwing around with barrels, this is pretty eye-opening.

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Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.11/5  rDev -26.5%
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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Photo of Bunuelian
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drone
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Gold muted wax, Batch No. 1, bottle 1038, vintage 2016.

Pale forming head, but with a good tan color, that dissolves quickly. A good bubbly collar is present, and barely a whispy top. Deep walnut brown, and dark mahogany red color, with what appears to be some real good amounts of microscopic carbonation.

Sweet nose. Large strawberry like estery like quality, and touches of almost soda like carbon dioxide sweetness. Hints gaseous, but also wet on the nose, with a sense of almost thin sweet cola. There's a good marzipan and chocolate cake combination in here though, but I am worried about this sense of sweetness I am getting on the aroma.

Interesting palate. While not as wet as I thought it would be, a still very simple bodied stout for barrel aging. Quite a good touch of roast, and even hop astringency in taste, particularly on the finish. Slightly flat but with a thicker body. Touches of dark cocoa powder. A bit of bakers chocolate, and cake like rich flavors that are quite nice.

There's some great flavors in here, but the brew is just a little flat in bringing them to life. Decent, but not great, particularly in the barrel stout realm.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
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 stx00lax
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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 CardsWinAgain
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bespin15
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of sukwonee
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CaptainQ
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mehinaman
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bgramer
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of kamikazeokami
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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