Barrel-Aged Rescue Buoy
Rip Current Brewing

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Rip Current Brewing
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #217
Ranked #7,533
4.22 | pDev: 7.82%
Jul 09, 2021
Apr 24, 2016
Notes: Rescue Buoy is our flagship Russian Imperial Stout that has received several prestigious awards including Gold at the California Craft Brewers Cup and a Bronze at the Great American Beer Festival and US Beer Open Championships! The bourbon barrel-aged Rescue Buoy has a silky smooth dark malt character featuring dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits (prune, date, fig) and coffee, all surrounded by complex bourbon flavors and oak tannins with fleeting notes of vanillin.

2020 vintage: Aged for 28 months in Heaven Hill barrels
2017 vintage: Aged for 15 months in Heaven Hill and Woodford Reserve barrels
2016 vintage: Aged for 18 months in Heaven Hill barrels
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2020 vintage and wow you could tell it was aged longer right away in the smell and taste, very hot with booze! Viscous black clean pour. With the hot booze I get plenty of rustic oak, molasses, brown sugar, and chocolate in the nose. Taste I get huge molasses and brown sugar riding the waves of hot bourbon, subtle oak, earth, leather and char are there some sips. Just way too hot, the imbalance undermines the entire beer
Jul 09, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Jun 13, 2018
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by SDRedDevil from California

Nov 08, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by emerge077 from Illinois

Mar 05, 2017
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Type: 5-oz. draft
Glass: Rip Current Brewing snifter taster
From: Rip Current North Park in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.50
Purchased: Jan. 20, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 20, 2017
Reviewed as: Russian Imperial Stout
Misc.: N/A

Snuck out early from work to try this Barrel-Aged Rescue Buoy and their Fourth Anniversary beer, but they just kicked the latter. Have high hopes for the BARB as I really loved their BA Scottish Lagoon last year about this time.

Poured an almost pitch black color with two fingers of khaki tan frothy head when I got it. Serene setting underneath. Very good foamy spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled smooth bourbon up front, followed by oak, vanilla, espresso, milk chocolate, leathery toffee, caramel, dark fruits and light molasses. (Smell - 4.25)

Very nice on the taste, getting bitter oaky wood, vanilla, leathery bourbon, chocolate syrup, chewy toffee, caramel, espresso, milk chocolate, dark fruits and light sticky molasses. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was just a really good barrel-aged RIS. Would like to have this aged. (Overall - 4.25)

4.14 | 92 | A-
Jan 24, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by largadeer from California

Aug 08, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Jul 18, 2016
Rated: 4.7 by EdrickCS from California

May 25, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by rawfish from California

May 09, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by StoutSnob40 from California

Apr 24, 2016
Barrel-Aged Rescue Buoy from Rip Current Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 12 ratings