AJ's Stout
Triptych Brewing

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Triptych Brewing
Illinois, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #103
Ranked #2,471
4.33 | pDev: 7.62%
Dec 09, 2022
May 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Resistance88 from California

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thank you @flatlander!
202 16oz pint can. 16% Alcohol
Poured wonderfully thick abd midnight black into my glass. Settled with almost no head . Nose is vanilla,caramel, coffee, dark malt and roasted coffee. Taste followed with anice alcohol burn on the end. A great Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout. Will seek out more
Dec 09, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by timmy2b from New York

Apr 27, 2021
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Rated by jgray from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
(2020). Best Aj’s to date. The mouthfeel and fullness of flavors were great. Lots of barrel. Abv is dangerously hidden.
Jan 11, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Eziel from Ohio

Mar 26, 2020
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to C. for this 16 oz. can that arrived via fantasy baseball 2019. My first taste of Triptych.

The pour it is black. The nose is roast, bourbon, chocolate, but not much of any.

AJ’s Stout has been dipped repeatedly in roast-crazy. Tons of roast, sweet malt, with only a spare hint of bourbon. All things in moderation. Except roast.

A fairly simple-celled organism & unfortunately, the organism is roast, which I prefer in moderation. Pretty good beer.
Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by SWChi from Illinois

Oct 13, 2019
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Reviewed by eppie82 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From can. Deep dark brown-black appearance with good bit of foam head upon pour. Big bourbon and chocolate nose. Dark roasty flavors. Bit of chocolate, bit of oak. Boozy. Medium mouthfeel. Very good beer.
Aug 15, 2018
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My old neighbor from Oswego gave me a can of this.....and it is da bomb! It poured an opaque dark with thin tan head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had dark fruit and chocolate with bourbon appeal. The taste was smooth and delicious with chocolate and bourbon with dark fruit balance. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation . Overall its a solid stout.
Jul 08, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Mar 10, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Feb 25, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Feb 02, 2018
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Reviewed by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
It pours a dark brown to Black with a very thin,creamy Mocha head that collects around the edges. No carbonation.
Smells of powder dark chocolate, slight spice and vanilla. Just a slight smell of barrel.
Taste follows the nose in which the powdered dark chocolate comes to the front and sticks around long. The chocolate blends well with the bourbon barrel. Vanilla at mid palate. Slight dark fruit and charred wood.
Thick mouthfeel.
This is a wonderful BBA Russian Stout!
Jan 30, 2018
Rated: 4.87 by cmdmzmjm from Illinois

Jan 18, 2018
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
2017 vintage 16 oz can. Part of a trade with flat_lander. thank you.
Drinking at cellar temp poured into a snifter.
The beer label is a tribute to the brewer's son, a nice touch.
The beer pours a dark cola brown color with almost no light passing through the beer. A creamy tan head foams up about 1 cm and fades to a sticky edge layer and a few curling wisps of bubbles on the surface.
The aroma is heavy with bourbon notes, very boozy nose with some dark fruit mixing in too. Big nose makes me think this will be a sipper.
First sip confirms that thought. Very thick body almost chewy, and leaves a sticky coating across my palate after each sip. Carbonation is gentle, spacious and soft, almost like a cask. This is a perfect beer for sitting in front of a fire.
Flavor is some roasted malt and a lot of rich bourbon. I get some sweet vanilla and brown sugar with a bit of charred wood and some dark fruit, raisins I think. Fairly complex flavor profile, hops no where to be found and the booze heat is well hidden. The physical pieces of this beer make it a sipper, but the booze is hidden pretty well but I can feel it a little by the end of the glass.
This is a very nice thick barrel aged stout. Im glad to have tried it and slightly jealous of the folks who can get this yearly release regularly.
Jan 14, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by Fubudu187 from Illinois

Jan 12, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by ultrasrs from Illinois

Jan 10, 2018
Rated: 4 by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by fredmugs from Indiana

Nov 26, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by withoutsorrow from Washington

Jun 11, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by OneEye78 from Texas

Apr 27, 2017
Rated: 4 by 22Blue from Kansas

Mar 11, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Mar 10, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by aasher from Indiana

Mar 03, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Feb 14, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by gratefulbeerhead from Indiana

Jan 25, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by Jason1221 from Illinois

Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by NateMac13 from Illinois

Feb 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Elumbeer from Wisconsin

4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This is a fantastic example of a BA stout. Nothing extremely unique or different about it- just one of the best attempts at it I've tasted (and I've tasted plenty).

Specifically, the taste is fairly close to a Central Waters BBS, or a Wild Onion Drago, but clearly a hair better than both. I'd blame that on the extra thickness / texture of a 10.6% stout vs. a 9.5%. Heavily barrel-forward. Thick, smooth, sweet. Maybe also a little bit better balanced than other similar BA stouts- it seem to last on my tongue for the perfect amount of time; not too biiter / quickly fading, but not too sticky.
Jan 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Zuthos from Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
In succession: Sweet, full, dark chocolate, oak and smoke, vanilla, and a deceptively small amount of booze on the finish given the high alcohol content. All around a fantastic and robust barrel aged stout for those seeking a very full bodied beer filled with flavor on a night they want to sip.
Jul 06, 2015
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Black with chestnut highlights, drippy arc of lace across the glass.
Sweet chocolatey aroma, pure liquid chocolate pretty much.
Taste has a little bit of bitter roast to round things out, malted milk balls and chocolate syrup figure in also. Full bodied and chewy, fairly rich. Overall it's nice in small doses.
May 20, 2015
AJ's Stout from Triptych Brewing
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