Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) Barrel Aged RIS
Thimble Island Brewing Company

Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) Barrel Aged RISMutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) Barrel Aged RIS
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Thimble Island Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #413
Ranked #12,258
3.99 | pDev: 13.03%
May 19, 2022
Nov 27, 2015
Very Good
Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) Barrel Aged RISMutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) Barrel Aged RIS
Notes: 2015: 12oz, 2014 label, aged in Buffalo Trace barrels
2016: 12oz, 2016 label, aged in Four Roses barrels
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4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on May 19, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Billolick from New York

2019 version in a 12 oz bottle.

Pours the expected dark shade of Imperial stout. Quickly departing mocha mini cap.

Muted nose with some bitter dark chocolate.

On the thinner side for a RIS.

On the palate its more dark chocolate, dry, dusty and on the bitter side, also vanilla, also bitter, roasted malts....

Tastes like it is a bit passed its prime...2-3 years in the bottle will do that, I suppose.

Jan 06, 2022
4.3 by Sellen from Connecticut on Dec 19, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by tradershmulie from Connecticut

Sweet, smooth, delicious.

May 20, 2021
4 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Mar 11, 2021
4 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Feb 22, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by 2beerdogs from California

Thanks to Roy_Hobbs for this one. Marked: Barrel Aged 2017
Pours nearly black. Initially, a fluffy head foams up roughly a finger high, but quickly drops off to a thin ring.
Smell is warm with booze, sweet caramel, roasted coffee, and a mild fruity note that is hard to nail down.
Taste follows the nose fairly faithfully. But there is a distinct fruit flavor that maintains its presence throughout. It is a deep, dark cherry-to-date flavor. It's the only way I can describe it.
Feel is ok for the style.
Overall, a little sweeter than your typical RIS, but not as sweet as many of the BA Impy's out there nowadays.

Dec 05, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3 year old bottle pours Jet black with a thin layer of head that leaves behind a thin ring. Smell is rich and boozy with notes of toffee and caramel. More distinct tastes have likely faded over time, but what's left is tasty and smooth. Slightly thin with not much carbonation. Still very drinkable and tasty.

Sep 16, 2020
3.81 by acbwarren from Connecticut on Feb 17, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Black, inky body like any other stout. Creamy tan head, like it was spooned on.
Wonderful aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and espresso bitterness.
The praise ends there. Very sweet with lots of char and wood. Almost overpowering.
A little sluggish in the body.

Feb 13, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Thanks to quirkzoo for this 2017 12 oz. bottle that arrived this summer in a fine BIF, but was the last survivor, marooned in the island beer fridge. We’re here to rescue you, Wilson!

The pour drives black, with bare shavings of bubbles floating hither & yon. Nice nose – charred barrel staves, chocolate, just a touch of vanilla. I love the classics.

Mutually Assured Destruction – Barrel Aged 2017 heaps too much ash on the lovely smell. Vanilla hit up front, followed by enough char….well, plenty of char, which allows the ashiness to intrude too much on what smelled like a winner. Sharp green wood, chocolate, with back of the throat sting of alcohol. Creamy.

One of those rare beers that leaves me super excited after one sniff, then dumps me right on my bony ass. A good beer with an elite-level nose.

Jan 15, 2019
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3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25
by GuitarIPA from Connecticut

As a Bourbon lover and a beer lover, barrel aging doesn't improve most beers. Case in point.

Nov 21, 2018
4 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on May 19, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Sample at the source.
Inky black color with a thin white head that dissipates. Lots of roasty chocolate and bits of caramel and toffee with hints of oak and vanilla. Tasty sipper.

May 03, 2018
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Mar 24, 2018
4.22 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Mar 12, 2018
3.87 by h4ger from Connecticut on Jan 14, 2018
3.81 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Dec 04, 2017
4.5 by grahuba from Connecticut on Dec 03, 2017
3.75 by rspauldi from Texas on Jul 12, 2017
3.5 by sgregory from Connecticut on Apr 11, 2017
4.35 by Ultra-Plinian from Connecticut on Mar 30, 2017
3.93 by vfgccp from New York on Mar 18, 2017
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1.53/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1
by CrazyDan from Connecticut

2016 Barrel Aged MAD
Look: poured into a tulip glass, but was ~50% foam
Smell: slight bourbon on the nose
Taste: Sour, obviously infected
Feel: thin bodied

Overall: I have a hard time giving this a good rating because my bottle was infected. I took two sips, and drain poured the rest. If I had a non-infected bottle, I would have rated it around a 3.75.

Mar 17, 2017
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big bourbon, sweet vanilla, and light charred malt. Sweet, heavy bodied with high carbonation. Really enjoyable RIS, even though I think I prefer regular MAD more. Well worth seeking out.

Feb 06, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Pours a thin soy-sauce black with a faint trace of head that vanishes immediately. Nice bourbon nose with hint of vanilla. Creamy bourbon-centric taste and feel. Very warming and enjoyable.

Jan 25, 2017
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3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a pretty dark brown, with a small wispy head, and not much lacing.

Smells like caramel, bourbon, oak, and chocolate. It smells nice but it's not super punchy.

The body and flavors here are just too watery. There's no booze flavor present, which is nice, but the thin body just makes this seem overly sweet. The caramel flavors are interesting, but ultimately are just too sweet. There's syrupy milk chocolate, and no roast character. The barrel just makes it sweeter too- the oak is not enough to provide any counterbalance.

This is light and thin, not enough heft to make it interesting. It's got a normal level of carbonation.

This has potential to be a better beer, but right now, it's just missing the mark for me.

Jan 08, 2017
4.05 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Jan 04, 2017
5 by krodrigues7 from Connecticut on Dec 29, 2016
4.26 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Dec 29, 2016
4.19 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Dec 27, 2016
4.26 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Dec 26, 2016
4.4 by CayseyW from Connecticut on Dec 13, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by PicoPapa from Connecticut

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a pitch black color with very little head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is Bourbon with some char, roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate. The taste is woody Bourbon with dark cherry, espresso, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Dark chocolate covered cherries at the end with a Bourbon finish. Small amount of carbonation with a bit of a light mouthfeel. Overall, worth seeking out.

Dec 02, 2016
3.92 by Eziel from Ohio on Apr 11, 2016
4.1 by PeteRiz from Connecticut on Apr 09, 2016
4.28 by mltobin from Connecticut on Jan 30, 2016
4.06 by Homebrew from Connecticut on Dec 15, 2015
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4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Speed_Racer9 from Connecticut

Pours jet black, with a head the color of staining in a macchiatto.

The nose is like a Bourbon Barrel, evoking charred heat.

The taste is smooth, vanilla and barrel, dangerously subdued booze, not too thin nor so thick that it feels sweet or sticky.

The barrel aging took a great beer and made it exceptional. Highest Marks!

Dec 09, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BranfordBound from Connecticut

2015 release (labeled stamped "Barrel Aged 2014"), poured from a 12oz bottle into a matching Thimble Island snifter glass. Comes out old motor oil brown with a small head of tan bubbles that fade to a ring, minimal lacing but the beer coats the glass. Potent aroma after pouring, lots of bourbon and dark fruit. Taste is sweet at first, maybe a bit too much, some dark fruit and cherry. Definite bourbon and barrel notes in the middle and end, no doubt about the barrel ageing. Finish is lingering, coffee, char, and bourbon. Minimal carbonation, very slick, heavy bodied. This one errs on the side of sweeter, and I think it would be better if it was a little less so and maybe a touch hotter. Well done overall though with a good smack of bourbon throughout.

Dec 07, 2015
Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) Barrel Aged RIS from Thimble Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 40 ratings