Revery | Foolproof Brewing Company

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Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh, a RIS from Damase, can't wait to see how it is, and if I should cellar a couple bottles.

Pours a super dark inky pitch black beer that forms a small fizzy slight fluffy but rich black head covering, bit of lacing and bit of legs too.

Nose brings some dark malts, a big fluffy center with a nougat like aroma (thanks to the carafa I think), some chocolate candy bar with caramel and more caramel, varying levels of crystal malts that is, a mild roasty aroma with some dark chocolate, little biscuity like dark malt, and creamy oats, bit of a luscious chocolate. Touch of and earthy spicy almost fruity like hop.

Taste comes on heavy, thick and rich, and creamy too. Lots of dark malts, a little roast without acrid at least, hint of coffee with the roast, into dark chocolate, little creamy luscious chocolate and malting cocoa. Then into caramel again, and that nice chewy fluffy nougat center, chocolate nougat candy bar like, and mild biscuity malted milk ball. The bit of dark chocolate turns melty and creamy as the oats come through nicely. More mild earthy hops turn slightly spicy as it goes, but not very bitter, A hint of warming booze eventually catches up as it warms and the more I swirl it around my mouth. Finish dries a bit but leaves a little sticky feel and mouth coating, hops really kick up a couple notches and get quite spicy and chewy, and quite bitter, like I just chewed a hop pellet and it's lingering in my mouth for a while, a little more booze coming with the hops, and bit of cocoa and caramel lingering. The super spicy hops get a little much the more I go, so another reason to lay it down for a while to age.

Mouth is heavier fuller bod, a bit creamy and luscious, mild warming booze that ramps a bit as it warms, carbonation is on the lighter side but not bad for the style.

Overall not bad, nice combination of dark malts, roasty and carafa like fluffy feel without being too acrid or heavy roast, hops come on nicely but get a little too bitter on the finish, nice caramel layers, and booze is a bit on the heavy side eventually, so it will be nice to age a couple bottles of this. Reminds me of Night Stalker.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pkalix
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duhast500
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Kelp
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, slight vanilla, and a moderate amount of hops. More hops than I have been having in this style lately. Complex and interesting brew. This may be the first Foolproof beer that I really like. There are better RISs out there, but this one is solid and worth a try.

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Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle dated November 2013. Sampled January 11, 2014.

It pours a deep black color with a lingering tan head. Some lacing as it fades.

On the nose there are many interesting characteristics underway. I get dark malts, chocolate, cocoa, and even a touch of oats.

The body is mainly in the medium range but it is pretty smooth overall.

The taste has some similarities to the aroma but the difference is that there is a certain bitter bite attacking the palate at the end. At 10.7% ABV there is little to no boozy character but the bitterness does have a bite. A nice Impy Stout.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of liquorpig
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of donkeyrunner
1.77/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark viscous black with a dark caramel buttercream head. Smells like VOCs from a fresh can of paint. Tastes...vacant. There's a huge mouthfeel with very little roast malt flavor. Too much flaked oats and roasted barley make this RIS like a giant body over flavor Irish Dry Stout.

I'd either dump this recipe or dump it in some bourbon barrels.

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Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jbertsch
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PicoPapa
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Bottled in November 2013. Pours a black viscous color with an inch of brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, earth, smoke and booze. The taste is smokey malts with some dark chocolate. Charcoal, earth, and booze. Lots of roasted malts and smoke flavor. Earthy, boozey finish with more smoke and some espresso. Thick mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Reminds me a bit of their Porter. Overall, solid brew I would grab once in a while.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of dfecteau
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of athomasPSU
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in November 2013.

Color is very dark black with a brown head that has thin lacing that fades quickly.

The smell isn't as strong as I expected. I get plenty of roasted coffee, some chocolate, and I think It's got a rather forward "malty" smell that could be considered oat-like.

The mouthfeel is on the higher side of medium, with some decent carbonation, but not really heavy. It's going down rather quickly.

Overall, this brew is very tasty. It goes down smooth and still has a bitterness that's pleasing to the palate. Even at 10% + ABV, the alcohol is hidden very well, which is dangerous. It's changing quite nicely as it warms. More roasted flavors and bitterness peak out as it warms. It's definitely worth a try and a second try.

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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