Foolproof Brewing Company

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Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #493
Ranked #18,223
3.86 | pDev: 11.66%
Aug 05, 2022
Mar 18, 2013
Very Good
Notes: We put together an insane malt bill for Revery – two row, Crystal 40, Carafa, roasted barley, chocolate malt, and flaked oats combine to make Revery incredibly smooth and rich while boasting a high alcohol content. A delicate blend of Northern Brewer, Tettnanger, and Hallertau hops round out this wintery masterpiece.
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Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Aug 05, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by cd34 from Illinois

Apr 28, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Oct 04, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Jul 22, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jul 22, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Jul 22, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jan 23, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Aug 14, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The aftermath of NBS (Week 746) CANtinues as I eradicate the CANned Beer Backlog here at Chez Woody in support of The CANQuest (tm). This is everything that I had set aside on Sunday, but just did not have the stamina or wherewithal to get through that day. I am now unemployed as my time as a substitute teacher has come to a close for the Summer & what better way to while away the idle hours than by catching up? Time enough, at last, indeed. I am set, as long as all of my glassware does not break …

From the CAN: "Revery is a daydream in a glass … and now in a [CAN]! We put together an insane malt bill for this Russian Imperial Stout. English and American 2-row, Crystal 45, Carafa, roasted barley, chocolate malt, and oats combine to make Revery incredibly smooth and rich. A delicate blend of noble round out this masterpiece. Revery is a dark, malty escape best enjoyed in front of a roaring fireplace."

I was VERY excited to try this one, having visited the brewery in their nascence! Even then, they were CANmitted to CANning at least their flagships & now, obviously well beyond. I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a steady, even-handed C-Line Glug into the awaiting goblet. It formed just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with modest retention, thanks to the relatively large surface area created by using a goblet. Color was an inky, stygian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a beautiful roastiness, like a cross between my morning coffee and a chunk of dark chocolate! Mmm. Catherine the Great would be most pleased with this offering, I am sure. Mouthfeel was thick, dense & rich, like a liquefied brownie! I let it just roll around on my tongue to warm as I CANtemplated this one. The smoky, roastiness really came alive as I did this. I would have to say that it was more chocolaty than coffee-like, but by the same token, it was anything but sweet. This is precisely the sort of thing that I want in this style. Kate the Great was a no-nonsense matriarch who simply wanted a beer to sustain her through the day until she could retire for the evening & indulge in vodka through the night. She would NOT have brooked something sweet as a result & I simply follow in her exalted footsteps. OMFG, this was gooood! The roasted malts were the centerpiece in this gem & I found myself drinking it perhaps a bit more quickly than was called for. One sip seemed to segue into the next …. Ahh. How satiating it was. Their choice to use Noble hops was a good one since they did not interfere or become overrun as happens in the Cascadian/Dark IPA style. Here, the malts were queen & rightfully so. Did I mention the CANparatively low price point? Perhaps a cooler full of this and Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy when heading to the beach this Summer? I'd either awake on the shore, burnt to a crisp or clinging to my mostly-deflated inflatable raft as the Coast Guard chopper hovers above me with a SAR swimmer being deployed to bring me into the aircraft. NOT advisable! Finish was dry and smoky & left me pondering my next move.
Jun 12, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Qvicken from Massachusetts

Dec 24, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 3.26 by gbiello from Massachusetts

May 19, 2018
Rated: 3.48 by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by JorgesThemeSwimming from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color almost black. Thin white to off white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Concave light lacing. The smell had all of the initial qualities of a nice RIS with more roast and bitter coffee coming all about. Subtle cocoa underneath. The taste was more roasty than sweet with some subtle dark fruits engaging the flavor nicely. More roastiness on the aftertaste and gets slightly sticky on the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Decent sessionability about it. Carbonation is quite low key on this one. Bitterness of coffee hits with a slight stickiness as well. Overall, for the most part, it’s a good RIS, I could come back to.
Jun 21, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by kdivers from New Hampshire

Apr 29, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by BigSmooth12 from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Having me a 12oz tulip pour at The Flight Center in Nashua, for $7.50.

It's a very dark, opaque brown, with no highlights showing anywhere. Head is some rim-clinging beige foam with decent lacing. Nose has some roasty malts and dark fruit; rather inviting. The body falls into the medium/medium-plus range, and there is little in the way of prickle.

Flavor has a good mix of roasty malts, dark choco and some espresso. Then there is a bit of molasses and some dark fruit. Almost like chocolate covered cherries.... The hopping is not overly strong, but there are lovely earthy, tobacco notes finishing on the palate. Pretty good, all-in-all... Prosit!

4.19/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 31, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Jan 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

Creamy , and dark mocha forming head, if a bit fleeting on creation. Very fine tan collar as it settles, with an absent like puck on top almost. Dark walnut brown body color and a bit of red clear color on the edges as well.

Fruity nose hinting of a bit of strawberry quality, but also deep roast and malt whoppers candy. Spicy notes of tobacco, accenting a possibly earthy leafy hop quality as well. Delicious.

Palate sticks to basics and real nicely. Oily coating mouthfeel that brings a real solid flavor on the palate. Mid palate of bitter chocolate, almost ganache like without the sweetness. Aftertaste is a nice lingering bitterness, sort of hints of coffee acidity but gets very close to fudge flavored and thick. Slight leafy tobacco notes also bring a bit of hop bitterness pull, but thick body brings out even slight fudge black dark chocolate sweetness.

A very well made Russian Imperial, and even almost gets into barrel qualities which is dang impressive for not even being one.
Jan 11, 2017
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Reviewed by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Consumed 12/4/16

A: Pours dark, oily black, but it's actually more of a deep, dark brown - pours with a medium sized, light brown head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, maintains a small collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Dark and rich, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, semisweet chocolate, fudge - burnt malts, char - hints of tobacco and leather - some caramel malts, caramel, molasses, and toffee - roasty coffee

T: Roasty and burnt, but not without some sweetness - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, baker's chocolate - burnt, roasty chocolate malts, some char - some leather - toasted biscuits - dark caramel, caramel malts, toffee, hints of molasses - some sweetness - some oxidation - some coffee - burnt bitterness

M: On the full side of medium, smooth

O: Maybe I'll shotgun the next can

I've been meaning to try this for a while. It's not the greatest RIS, but it's very solid, and it's generally easy to get, at least in New England. Definitely worth a try.
Dec 05, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by KGilmour from Vermont

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 4.45 by zachthelaxer93 from South Carolina

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania

Aug 07, 2016
Rated: 4 by Patlee3324 from Massachusetts

Aug 07, 2016
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Foolproof Brewing Co. "Revery"
12 fl. oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
"Alc. 9% by Vol."
$3.50 @ Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT

Wow, it looked like motor oil coming out of the can. Black! And it remains that way in the glass. Yes, there's a brown tinge to it, but it's also opaque. A frothy dark tan head tops it, and holds quite well. Widely broken sheets are left about the glass as it goes.

The aroma expresses dark malt, a coffee-like roastiness, and hints of dark and medium dark chocolate and golden caramel.

It's not a bold aroma, but it's pretty full, until you taste it and know what full really means! It's rich and malty with everything that the aroma suggests and more: black bread, soft molasses, herbs, brown sugar, cocoa, a spritz of alcohol, ashen roastiness (some might call it lightly smoky), tobacco, and dry leather. Some floral and herbal, perhaps even spicy, hops make it through as well, and there's even a touch of underlying fruitiness (apple, red grape/raisin, berries). A solid bitterness backs it, and it's balanced and finishes dry with lingering notes of all of the above at certain points.

In the mouth it's full bodied, and creamy and smooth once the gentle tingle of carbonation has passed.

Impressive. A nicely done Russian Imperial that in general sticks to traditional ingredients rather than wandering off. As it's currently spring and this is a winter beer I'd imagine that it was packaged sometime in fall of 2015 which would give it about 9 month of aging which has probably made a difference.
Jun 10, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by 2dogbrew from Virginia

May 30, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

May 14, 2016
Rated: 3.72 by kalosjakar from Rhode Island

Apr 24, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Apr 13, 2016
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Reviewed by mickyge from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice tasting stout. Poured chocolate brown with a slight head, no lacing. Smooth mouth feel slightly bitter and slightly carbonated , flavor of chocolate came out more as the beer warmed. Drinks very easy hides the alcohol nicely
Apr 12, 2016
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Got in a BIF from tasterchoice62. 12 ounce can into snifter, no can dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earethiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, light pepper, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness that lightly increases through the glass. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Apr 09, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by BeerOps from Illinois

Mar 21, 2016
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Reviewed by RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L - Pours black with a limited tan head. No lacing.
S - Roast malt with slight coffee.
T - Slight roast taste with a nice aftertaste (hangs around for awhile)
F - Thick but not creamy. Fairly smooth going down
O - Liked this beer. Good from the first sip to the last. If I drink more of this stuff, it may supplant my favorite from Foolproof (toss-up between Raincloud and King of the Yahd)
Mar 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Beglane from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Stamp on 4 pack reads 11/23/15. The good people at Foolproof were obviously in the holiday spirit when they made this one. 9% ABV is a little bit low for the style, but that's OK. Pours with little to no head, smells of chocolate and a wee bit of coffee. Taste really good, but I believe cellaring this will mellow out the greenness. So I'll drink this one, and re-review it next year.
Mar 14, 2016
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Black-colored brew with a small orange/tan head. Some lace.
Aroma of coffee and roasted malt.
Strong espresso taste, a little bit of dark chocolate. Faint hop bitterness.
Mar 05, 2016
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 164 ratings