Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) | Vault Brewing Company

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Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Vault Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
vaultbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
34
Reviews:
7
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
22.67%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of maximum12
1/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

22 oz. bottle from one of my favorite traders...whose house I'm now going to have to T.P. I'm going to dispense with my traditional review framework because I've taken one sip of this & I'm afraid that one sip is going to stick with me until the sun burns into a cold, black cinder. Infected - I'm thinking about a course of antibiotics right now. Horrible, soul-sucking, palate-fouling, dog-kicking aftertaste of spoiled garbage - really. Simply awful. My wife took one sip before me & said "what's wrong with this beer?" Well, only the town water treatment plant is ever going to know. This is burn-the-glasses putrid.

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the 3rd Anniversary. Bottle 96/270 into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Looks pretty typical. Nose is a bit awkward. What stands out here is the powdery milk sweetness, cardboard and roast. Very sweet but not in a chocolatey or "stouty" way. Definitely unique but I'm not sure its in a good way.

One sip is all I can really manage. Beer is certainly starting to sour and I'm not sure its meant to. Notes of roast, burnt dark fruit, sour cherries and raspberry. Ash and cooca powder towards the end. Really rough on the palate also. Not smooth at all, too carbonated and way too thin. Very little bourbon presence in the taste or palate.

My first experience with this brewery... and its not a good one. Even if this one was meant to be a dark sour, its not good. The body is way too thin to support the complexity and the carbonation is a mess. Not worth trying.

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Photo of LarryMyers
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was disappointed. Woody without much bourbon.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Vault
(2015 bottles are infected)

Dark brown-black pour with a beige ringlet that left a few streaks of spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty basic, stouty, dark roasty malts, hmm...that's about it really. I didn't really get any bourbon out of this beer in the nose or the taste. On the palate, a pretty basic stout, reflecting the aroma, dark roasty malts, maybe a subtle woodiness, but nothing really jumping out as "bourbon-barrel aged." Body was medium, lacking smoothness; drinkability was decent, as the alcohol was pretty subdued. This really just came off as an average stout. Not bad, but not memorable, and not really up to par for the style.

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3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cp45
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of HopBomb515
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sludgegnome
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from Vault Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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