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Brothers Craft Brewing
Virginia, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #69
Ranked #1,043
4.33 | pDev: 10.16%
Feb 22, 2023
Sep 11, 2013
Notes: Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels
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Reviewed by SpaceCamp from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a deep black, almost motor oil, that forms a cm or half-inch tan head which dissipates fairly quickly to leave a soapy lacing and moderate retention on top. Aromas of bourbon barrel, vanilla, chocolate, espresso, and dark fruit (cherries?). Taste follows nose with strong hints of chocolate, bourbon, cherry, and brown sugar; coffee and roasted malts are secondary, which an almost leathery finish. Medium bodied. Solid carbonation. A very good Russian Imperial Stout that conceals the ABV well.
Feb 22, 2023
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Rated by tyden46

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Wow, strong chocolate and bourbon flavors, a great stout! No hoppy flavors, maybe some dark fruit.
Dec 17, 2022
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle, tulip, 2018 vintage.

Motor oil color, no light, small rushing dark reddish brown head.

Black strap molasses, chocolate syrup, vanilla, cocktail cherry, Manhattan, and yes, soy sauce.

Almost soy, very hersheys, layer of vanilla cream, oak next, sinks into roasted bitterness at the end. There’s just a touch or bourbon flavor, but there’s no alcohol to speak of.

Smooth, slick, and more carbonated than I would have thought.

The bourbon is well integrated when you get it. There’s a little too much soy sauce.
Dec 04, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Apr 05, 2022
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Rated by JohnJunior

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a slight tan head.
S - Smells of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.
T - Tastes matches the smell, lots of bourbon, chocolate & vanilla.
F - Full bodied and lightly carbonated.
O - Really delicious stout.
Oct 23, 2021
Rated: 4.68 by beerrat from Virginia

May 30, 2021
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Sampling a 12 oz bottle poured at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer is courtesy of @cubatobaco. thank you!

the beer pours a rich cola brown to black coffee color with a dense creamy tan colored head foaming up about 2 cm. this foam fades quickly to a sturdy surface layer. The foam is leaves dense lattice when I swirl the glass.
the aroma features rich roasted malt, some light charred wood and mild bourbon and brown sugar notes. I do get just a little bit of dark fruit like a plum or red grape in background. No hop presence and the ABV is hidden pretty well too.
The first sip reveals a medium body with very smooth texture and fine gentle rolling carbonation. Pretty easy drinking for a higher ABV big imperial stout.
Flavor is similar to nose, again some red grape notes mix in with the roasted notes and here dark chocolate comes in too. Bourbon is mild as is brown sugar, but there is also no heat or other signs of the high ABV on this beer. Hops not really present either.
I enjoy this beer and am glad to have tried this one and would recommend it to other lovers of big stouts. Not a lot of frills on this one, just straight forward BBA imp stout.
Apr 12, 2021
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Reviewed by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a very dark brown color with about a finger of khaki-colored head. The head actually doesn't fizz away to nothing in record time, and manages to leave splotches of lace on the glass - more than I can say about too many other barrel-aged stouts. Aroma-wise, it's fairly fact, almost too subtle for its own good. While the oak character is mild, notes of vanilla and even coconut are quite evident. This is a Russian imperial stout through-and-through, which means less focus on deep roasted malt or espresso, and a greater focus on chocolate, dark fruits, tobacco, and leather. The flavor profile follows the nose very closely. Dark fruits hit the palate first, while notes of vanilla, coconut, and even some oak slowly build during the flavor progression. The finish is chocolaty and a little leathery. This is incredibly smooth and balanced for a 13.5% monster stout - it doesn't conceal its alcohol presence with unmitigated sweetness, rather it remains a suggestion that's smoothed out almost perfectly by the general flavor profile. I'd almost call it easy. While I could use more body, the texture itself is creamy and soft, nor is it harshly tannic. This would make a great starter beer for someone looking to get into huge barrel-aged imperial stouts. What it lacks in intense flavor and endless depth, it makes up by being dangerously smooth and well-rounded. I'd buy again, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a barrel-aged stout.
Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Dec 07, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by Boone757 from Virginia

May 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Trailboss76 from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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.
Mar 24, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Mar 16, 2020
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.
Feb 22, 2020
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
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.
Feb 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
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.
Feb 02, 2020
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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.
Jan 27, 2020
Rated: 4.74 by themayorkoch from Ohio

Jan 25, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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
Jan 19, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Sep 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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
Sep 19, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by grover37 from District of Columbia

Aug 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Zaximus from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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.
Jun 10, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by bb-magic from Florida

Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Mar 03, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by rossracing from Illinois

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by coz from Illinois

Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by hophugger from Virginia

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by Jason_cs from Florida

Dec 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Riff from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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.
Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by StoutSnob40 from California

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Oct 23, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Oct 05, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by Ryannotbryan from Texas

Sep 24, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by scottiethebody from California

Aug 31, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by Eziel from Ohio

Aug 19, 2017
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