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Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout | Brothers Craft Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding
44 Reviews
Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial StoutResolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels

Added by VBWharfRat on 09-11-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
342
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
110
For Trade:
32
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Reviews by JamieDuncan:
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4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A good friend brought this for a beer snobbery session at me beer guru's house. Unbelievable! One of the best beers I've ever had. absolutely could not believe it was that strong, unbelievably smooth and easy to drink with an unreal flavor. Can not say enough about how good this beer is.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jlindros
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1867/2000, big thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Small super dark head fades quickly, long oily legs, so pitch black. 4.5

Aroma explodes with dark malts stout and bourbon, big thick fudgey dark choc, like black forest cake without cherries, so much bourbon, layers of bourbon barrel, barrel juice, fresh oaky bourbon, and some roast notes, very little booze, faint coffee, touch caramel. 4.5

Taste starts with dark black malts, acrid roast, touch burnt coffee but not a ton, little barrel char as bourbon washes over, nice barrel juice, less than the aroma but obvious. Mild fudgey dark choc, cocoa, etc, little sweet caramel note, powdered cocoa, little bitter hop note and little roast bitterness. Faint dark fruits and nuts, little booze note, touch of booze warmth, heavy rich beer. Finish sticky costs the mouth, more fudge, dark choc cocoa, little roast, more bourbon and barrel notes, flash of booze. 4.5

Mouth is full rich bod, little viscous, but slightly thin, decent carb light booze but hidden well. 4.25

Overall this was delicious! Very enjoyable, waves of bourbon which I love, barrel juice even, nice dark malts, cocoa fudge, etc. Quite tasty. 4.5

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Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros bottle number 1867/2000. Bottled 2/14 (Batch 2)

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark black motor oil hue with a thin half finger dark chocolate head that fades rather quickly to leave a light halo. The legs are just awesome. 4.5 (x .05 = .225)

S - Aromas of big bold bourbon, super dense fudge and brownies. Bakers chocolate galore, loads of vanilla and barrel. Little roast, really no booze and this is 13.5%. Super light coffee and nuts. Lovely. 4.5 (x .2 = .9)

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of rich bourbon, heavy chocolate, dark bakers cocoa, the typical Russian imperial darker sweet fruits. Loads of black malts. This isn't remotely hot, but you just know it's double digits. Great bourbon comes back afterwards and nice roast and barrels. The finish is more sweeter bourbon. Really well balanced across the board. 4.5 (x .45 = 2.025)

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, though slightly thin. Alcohol is hidden very well, surprisingly so. 4.25 (x .1 = .425)

O - Overall this beer was awesome, just like the other Three Brothers. Love the bourbon. I have one more in the cellar and think this is at its peak. 4.5 (x .2 = .9)

Total Rating Score: 4.47
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Roasty, Wood, Boozy, Sweet

Without even putting this beer to our lips, we know it’s a beast. Barrel aging is not a trend that has been overdone, not even the bourbon variety. It’s popular enough to be its own little sub-style and a standard for many brewers, and Three Brothers throws down with Resolute. Hitting all the right notes and keeping that 13.5% ABV tame shows that great care was taken here. Well done!

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 13.5% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 3/15/2014.

Appearance - Black. Mocha head. Medium collar.

Smell - Oak. Vanilla. Sharp boozy bourbon. Deep fudge. Molasses.

Taste - Oak is still sharp, but the stout overpowers it a bit. Deep dark chocolate. Sweet molasses. Vanilla. Oak. Bourbon is the persistent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body. Boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good. It's rated 4.5 as I rate it, which I think is crazy, but it's a good beer. Huge, though.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

packaged on 03 15 14 (I think). bottle 685 of 2000.

A: I think I could hear this thing pouring from the bottle. thick, black, sludge. I genuinely cannot think of another beer I have had that is this dark.

S: aroma is varied. vanilla. get a lot of wood. a little bit of char.

T: it kind of reminds me of a chocolate milkshake. so much vanilla and residual chocolate sweetness, this thing is a dessert. almost too sweet. a tobacco leather flavor lingers in the finish. any boozy heat is really a non-factor. enough there to let me know this is a big beer, but not off-putting in the least. there is a hint of oxidation in there as well.

M: silken, rich, thick. CO2 is low enough for my liking for the style.

D: I bought this back in June in a great bottle shop in VA. Didn't know much about this brewery or this beer, but was very happy to see the high remarks via BA. was going to cellar this, but since it is my only one I figured I should sample fresh. only imagining how this will do over time, I say drink this fresh. tastes great, no flaws, no excessive heat, im not sure what will lessen with time so I say drink fresh.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of catboy
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chinchill
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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 jtladner
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopAttack3
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout from Brothers Craft Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.
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