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Brewed by:
Foolproof Brewing Company
Rhode Island, United States
foolproofbrewing.com

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.

Added by Jwale73 on 03-18-2013

BEER STATS
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28
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142
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
27.86%
 
 
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Photo of donkeyrunner
1.77/5  rDev -53.9%
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 NateF90
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber dated November 2014 purchased from the brewery, poured into a Foolproof pint glass with almost no head and even less carbonation. Had the correct opacity (or lack thereof) and mocha-colored foam. Acrid smell, hard to pin down. Somewhere between fresh asphalt and sulfur. Taste is bland, although not unappealing. The mouthfeel is particularly weak and insubstantial, borderline watery. Foolproof has better offerings, check out their saison/farmhouse ale, the LFU.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottled 2/2013.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the flavors are a bit too roasty and char forward in my opinion.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a thick black color with a one finger mocha head that dissipates slowly to a lacing around the edge of the glass and small patch in the middle.

S: Aroma is a little underwhelming, not a whole lot going one, there is some mocha and malts, a little bit of coffee, but little else.

T: Taste is similar to the nose, notes of chocolate, dark roasted malts, and some coffee. There's a little bitterness on the back end, but not too much.

M: A little hoppier than one would expect for a RIS, but it is managable, not too thick, medium body, low carbonation.

O: Overall, not as good as other Russian Imperial Stouts, decent, but not great.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ogie's Trailer Park in Providence, poured into a snifter:

Appearance: deep obisidian black, with some darker brown on the edges. Solid tan head, with a good amount of retention. Leaves pretty nice lacing for a beer that punches in at nearly 11%.

Aroma: pretty much just roasted malt. I didn't get any of the chocolatey or sweet aromas that usually come with a heavy RIS like this. Felt one-note and a little lacking in punch. Definitely understated at the very least.

Taste: follows the smell almost exactly. Not much else other than roast. I was really hoping for some sort of decadence here, whether it be choco, or caramel, or nutty, but I really only got roast. It's a one-trick pony in regards to taste.

Feel: mildly carbonated, with a medium body. Somewhat viscous, but not as heavy as would be expected at 11%.

Overall: its definitely not the first stout I'd pick off the shelf, though I would like to try it out of a can to see if it makes any difference. I was disappointed overall.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a five+ finger, brown head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Fierce carbonation and medium bodied-heavy bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is roasted/almost burnt chocolate. Not a bad RIS but expecting a more sweeter/maltier flavor. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA. Bottled Nov 2013.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.
Medium-bodied.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter at 51 degrees. Pours two shades shy of black with a loose, quarter inch, sudsy head that quickly dissipates towards the shoulders leaving an oily swirl in the center of the bowl; some clusters of bubbles adhere to the walls of the glass under the surface. Delicate spots and clumps of lacing coat the walls of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses dark malts, some acidic notes and molasses. Taste follows nose with the addition of cocoa, a slightly charred/ashy quality and some brewer's licorice towards the back. There's also a little bittering that comes out at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body (perhaps a little thin for the style) with an even carbonation. All and all, not too many aspects of this beer overly assert, thus making it a well-balanced example of the style with an extremely well-hidden abv. That said, a little more sweetness and just a touch of alcohol heat would really enhance this beer. All said, a very nice effort from this new brewery.

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Photo of tigg924
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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 RozzieBoy
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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)

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Photo of Professor_Frink
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours like oil, limited head, black as night. Chocolate flavor with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Sorta heartburn-y, and chewy, and gives me mucousy saliva. l'd drink one again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/15/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character and sweet flavors of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid big stout worth drinking for a while but there are others that I would choose first.

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Photo of Beglane
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark, near black with minimal, but clingy brown skim that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is nice - chocolate and a bit of smoke. The favor follows similarly, though while the chocolate and maltiness are forward, the smokiness is a little funky. Feel is smooth, and the finish is fairly clean, redeeming this somewhat.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. Let's call that SOP, am I right? Gorgeous black body and one hell of a head, three fingers worth. The carbonation in this stout is prevalent.

I get chocolate milk in the nose, some hints of vanilla. Not the best smelling stout I've ever had, but serviceable.

Taste is pretty hoppy for an imperial stout. Reminiscent of Founders, but not as good. I do get a bit of bitter dark chocolate.

Carbonation overload as it swirls around my mouth. I like smoother stouts, but this one works as it's delivery is crisp and dry.

I'm glad I bought this on a whim. The fine folk of New England have a worthy imperial stout to warm up with in the winter.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beige head that leaves a ring of lace that creates vertical streaks back to the liquid. Deep, dark brown--no light shines through.

A combination of burnt malts and a berry like aromas. Some alcohol and some chalk as well. Predictable and accurate for the style.

The flavor has a stronger burnt element initially. I also find the alcohol to be elevated on the tongue. Creamy swallow that leaves a coffee flavored aftertaste. Rich body, carbonation is appropriate.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my 16 oz Flying Dog tulip glass with the ABV being 9% now and canned. Pours a very dark almost pitch black with a light brown head, that leaves tons of lace behind.

Smell is dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, biscuit, and hints of tobacco and leather.

Taste follows well, starting with dark chocolate and vanilla and finishing with everything else.

Mouthfeel is almost large, the right amount of carbonation for the style, slightly dry, and very drinkable for a big full bodied beer.

Overall this is very good.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Mikecap
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a deep brown, almost black from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Two-finger dark brown head that disappears fairly quickly. Very good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate, loads of malt present in the nose. Can smell some roasted malt in there but chocolate is at the forefront with nothing overpowering.

Taste: Very, very smooth and not too filling, with very little burn from the alcohol. I can definitely taste the chocolate malt and roasted barley with just a touch of coffee. Very smooth and not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: This drinks incredibly despite the nearly 11% abv. Goes down dangerously easy and is not too filling compared to some other Russian Imperial Stouts. Medium bodied and not too heavy of a beer.

Overall: I really, really like this one and it is definitely a solid imperial stout. I would certainly drink again and I look forward to trying this one with a bit more age on it. Worth seeking out and it is great to see such a solid effort from this young brewery.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. NOV 2014 bottle.
The beer pours a deep dark brown to almost black hue with creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up in the glass as I pour. Head fades to a thin edge layer and wispy island in the center of my glass. Clingy tight lattice forms after each sip on the interior of the glass.
Aroma is rich and malty with brown sugar and molasses, some roasted malt, almost burnt actually and dark bakers chocolate. Rich and malty, but no hint of the 9% in booziness.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with very fine and gentle carbonation.
The flavor is as advertised by the nose. Lots of malt with brown sugar and roasted malt dominating and some raisin and coffee grounds too. Finishes very roasted and lingers flavor wise but dries out my palate. Are there hops in here? i dont find them and the booze is dangerously hidden too.
This beer is robust in flavor and easy to drink too. A dangerous combo as I realize by the end of the bomber. Quite a nice imp stout and a big malt lovers dream!
I will buy again and recommend to imp stout fans!

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Revery from Foolproof Brewing Company
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