Resolute
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #38
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #642
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 10.09%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
397
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Notes: Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels
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Photo of Trailboss76
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost identical in appearance to Goose Island Bourbon County I drank just before this. Very dark, chocolaty brown. A little bit more of a head than the other. A high-quality Imperial Stout. This thing has definitely got some kick with that ABV.

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Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark. Aroma is wonderful mix of chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Tastes as good as smells. Incredible mix of coffee, chocolate, bourbon & vanilla. Full body. Phenomenal stout.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a review of the 2020 edition.

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of bourbon, chocolate, malt, coffee, vanilla, and wood.

T: Tasted of a bit of espresso (less than expected, but still there), some malt notes (present throughout; a subtle ingredient), a good shot of chocolate (always welcome), a hint of vanilla, and a decent bit of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel). This is a subtle, well-formed, and focused flavor. Pretty tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A rock solid RIS. Drinkable.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Milky looking out of the bottle with a light it and making a simple black walnut opaque appearance. Head creation is minimal, making a good light mocha to tan color, but with kind of a watery sheen looking top.

The beers aroma has taken to the barrel very nicely. Excellent sense of fruity oak and whiskey notes, with a mixing of char and tobacco leaf like sweetness. Hits a little hot and boozy though, with not much sensing roast character or chocolate notes. Almost comes off more as like a good brandy interestingly. Still very nice, if actually exceptional smell.

Palate is very thin. Watery sensing body that hits a little char on first sip. Mid palate washes in a bit of steely and almost metallic twinge of fruit and whiskey, not quite getting the richness it should deserve. Nice touches of fruited sensing whiskey on the finish, but not much thick malt depth flavor to back it up. Hints an interesting prune like quality also. A bit of strange dryness without even tannic notes which just seems odd.

This beer comes off tasting more like something spiked than aged. Not sure what all the big deal was with this beer, while drinkable and unique there have been much better ones made in this style.

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Photo of EnderFett11
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, slowly forming a finger of brown head that soon faded away. Deep brown, not quite black color. Smell is an interesting bourbon, not too intense. Taste is malty, a bit of chocolate and almost banana at times, and primarily bourbon. Not too sweet, and it even improves as it warms. Medium bodied with light carbonation, quite pleasant. A little bit boozy, but not too much even though its 13.5% ABV. Top 3 bourbon barrel aged stouts for sure.

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Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has very generous Bourbon, roast malt and chocolate hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced and abundant Bourbon, roast malt and chocolate flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A great Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

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Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 1754 of 3000
750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that has decent retention

S- plenty of barrel on the nose, adding notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla . and coconut. Undertones of black cherry, charred malt, chocolate & dark fruits

T- the dark cherry notes comes through on the flavor up front, followed by notes of roasted malt, chocolate dark breads. The finish brings out barrel notes that add some vanilla and light coconut

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- solid stout with a good balance of barrel

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Photo of Zaximus
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 Vintage. Starts out a little hot but flavors really come forward as it warms. Nice, smooth vanilla and oak. Didn't disappoint. Would love to see what the variants do for this beer.

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Photo of Riff
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black color with a light tan head that faded away to virtually nothing save for a tiny ring around the glass. Smell is roasted malts, bourbon, oak, and dark fruit. Taste is dark fruit at first, fades into some vanilla, bourbon, a little dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee towards the end. Medium to medium-heavy body, hint of alcohol throughout. Slightly sweet finish. Overall, very nice BA stout, like the dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of JAStheAce
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Resolute on guest tap at J Wakefield Brewing. I had heard much hype of it and it certainly looked the part. Black as night with some dark auburn brown on the edges of my cup when held to the light. Low carbed and barely a trace of foam on the edges of my cup. The beer had a very strong, boozy smell. Lots of bourbon barrel. The taste was pure alcohol and heat with subtle notes of molasses and chocolate. It sweetened a bit as it warmed and I got a leathery aspect to it. The taste did not live up the the hype as there was no complexity or nuance as it warmed. It just stayed big and boozy throughout with mild sweetness as it warmed. The mouth feel was great, however. It was gooey and sticky and a very thick bodied stout. Overall, maybe this is best aged a bit but I was underwhelmed by this one.

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Photo of Slack
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

03/15/14
22 oz bottle
$?

Deep brown to black with a brown tinted head that settles to a nice ring.

Nose is bourbon, oak, coffee, and dark fruits on a swirl.

Taste initial sweet dark fruit, bourbon, minor chocolate, minor coffee, and oak.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and soft. Carbonation is aggressive up front and then none. Finish is semi sweet.

Hard to say what 3 years has done to this beer as I have not had it fresh. The beer is pretty mellow and balanced, not harsh bourbon wise and not too sweet either. The balanced between elements is nice. Would love to try this fresh but I can tell from this bottle that a year or so is the sweet spot.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: pours black with a dark brown head that faded fast. It was not the thickest looking beer.
S: Dark fruit and slight bourbon.
T: Tabcco, chocolate and slight bourbon.
F: a bit thin...medium thickness, slightly boozy, but still smooth.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably as perfect as a "classic" bourbon barrels stout can get. Smooth, medium/thick mouthfeel, not boozy in the nose or taste. Really flavorful. Hate using the word "balanced", but this is probably the right word to use here.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with a micro-thin dark cream toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, light oak.

T - Chocolate, roasted toffee, light bourbon, delicately balanced, oak, vanilla.

M - Medium body, velvety.

O - Delicate balance but very well done!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Aroma is boozy all the way. Flavor is boozy, a little sweet and roasted chocolate malts. Overall this has a great flavor and is booze forward, I think with a couple years of age in it this would be amazing.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of the 2014 batch. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black body, not unlike the Apple Brandy version; looks thick and oily. One finger offwhite head, no retention or lacing. Smells fairly oxidized; a bit of dark fruit, cardboard, bourbon, chocolate, cocoa. Flavour is dark fruit, smoky bourbon, chocolate, cocoa. It doesn't work quite that well, and I suspect this is a beer to be drank fresh. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, seems to have thinned out a little bit, mildly boozy on the finish with a wave of oxidation.

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Photo of Jeffo
3/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one from a trade with Siddfinch a while back. Cheers man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled: November 12, 2014
Bottle 1,546 of 2,500
Cellar Series vol. 1

APPEARANCE: Transparent black pour yields a three finger, thicker, denser looking, creamy, tan head with great retention. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a nice full cap and clings to the glass a touch. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: Big nose of barrel notes with bourbon, oak, sweet cream and vanilla aromas, coconut, pure dark chocolate, toffee and butterscotch as well. Milk chocolate aromas as well. Very aromatic and barrel heavy. Boozy too. Nice stuff for sure though.

TASTE: Quite alcoholic up front with quite a bit of oak and alcohol initially. Bourbon, oak, wood and vanilla cream up front with more harsh alcohol and wood at the swallow. Boozy and rather cheap in the spirit department. Perfume and some lumbar character, unfortunately. Alcoholic finish with a medium aftertaste of spirit, wood, some vanilla, toffee and cheap booze. Not nearly as lovely as the nose, unfortunately. Cheap in the bourbon department, while being overly woody and alcoholic.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body and medium levels of carbonation. Prickly and a bit watery on the palate, goes down a bit harsh and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat lingers for sure. A little lack luster here.

OVERALL: The tale of two stories. This one looks good and the nose is rather enticing, then everything seems to fall off after that. The spirit is rather perfume-like, while the barrel comes across as rather woody as well. The feel is also somewhat thinner and pricklier than I’d hope for the style. There are some nice characteristics to this beer but in the end, it doesn’t measure up to the better examples of the style. Thanks again for the swap Siddfinch!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had both the 2014 and 2015 side by side. Both were good, but neither was anything special. Rather sweet and chocolate heavy, with a nice bourbon flavor as well. But neither blew me away. Do not get the hype.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color.

Rich and roasted. Dark chocolate. Very malty. Lots of bourbon and oak.

Thick and creamy. Rich. Smooth. Creamy.

A nice BA stout. Well done.
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2014 bottle consumed 8/2017

Barrel flavor has faded. Roasted and burnt malt a bit. Lots of chocolate. Decent, but not as good as I remember it being. 4.0

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 883, 2015 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is oily thick and jet black, with a low profile, bubbly, light tan head that settles out into a halo. Aromas of rich bourbon and vanilla, with woody highlights, a solid coffee and cocoa nib backbone, earthy highlights, and some rich molasses notes. Flavors are extremely rich and heavily roasted forward, with a solid and robust blend of espresso bitter and creamy chocolate. Wow! Solid notes of molasses, tobacco, woody highlights, vanilla, and bourbon. There's a solid warmth to the beer, too. The body is full, robust, and smooth, with layer upon layer coating the palate. The aftertaste is heavily rich in chocolate and vanilla, with some more bourbon warmth and boozy notes lingering on past the smooth, thick, layered finish. This is a damn good beer!

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Photo of chinchill
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large shared bottle.
Pours thick and dark with a decent head.

Aroma - sweet and moderately strong. The bourbon barrel effects are well tempered here and in the flavor - they are both obvious but gentle enough to allow the underlying stout to shine thru but just faintly in the flavor. Lightly sweet.

Thick, syrupy body with appropriate light carbonation.

Overall: excellent.

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Photo of HopAttack3
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on resolute release weekend, it is thicker and chewier than November 2014 or March 2014 releases. Lots of bourbon on the nose, and roasted malt notes. This beer does not drink as a 13.5% abv beer. Some complaints about too much bourbon, that is false, it is a bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, it's supposed have the bourbon on nose and taste. The beer is not hot, it is drinking perfectly now. Love it, one of the best beers from the Commonwealth of VA. Huge fan of what Brothers is doing with Resolute, as well as others. 2016 is gonna be great for them.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours black with a mocha head; strands of lacing linger

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate and Bourbon; hints of coffee and dark fruit

Taste: Chocolate and coffee tones forward, with building roasted tones, dark fruit and Bourbon; a bit sweeter through the finish, with the impact of the barrel-aging more apparent

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Enjoyable and well-constructed

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Photo of uvachief
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. 2 years old. stored keg. Really really damn good! Pours a black as your soul oily pitch black with a thin layer of tan head that lingered a bit and then dissolved leaving a oil trail at the top. Smells heavenly. Milk vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, toffee with coffee. Hint of oak. Bourbon. Delicious smells. Taste is just as good. Rush of all the flavors mentioned as smells. Right blend of chocolate and roasted malts balanced well with hops and sugars. One of the top RIS in the country. I'd put it head to head with almost anything. Definitely something that needed to age and not be hot. Fresh, this would be super hot. Label says store for 5 years. Who can wait that long! MUST TRY BEFORE YOU DIE!

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Photo of SaucerfulOfSecrets
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 11/2014. Gifted from a friend.
poured into two snifters, shared with my wife.
pours as black as oil with very little deep brown head.
i get a strong oakey bourbon smell with hints of something sweet that I cant pinpoint.
after one taste I was hooked. hints of vanilla in smell, but not so much in the taste. Definitely get cocoa or chocolate from this one.
Still a delicious and sweet flavor that finishes very smooth for 13.5%.
I will be seeking more of these out and would love to track down a Vanilla version.

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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 397 ratings