Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-Aged Nikolai Vorlauf
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
4.34 | pDev: 7.6%
Dec 04, 2019
Aug 24, 2017
Notes: We brewed this imperial stout to be big, bold and strong, like a bear-hugging Russian wrestler. A thick body using oats and lactose is complimented by plenty roasted barley and an extended stay inside Bourbon barrels with an addition of whole vanilla beans.
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to Roguer for this one, from NBS BIF #10. Waxed (too damn much wax!!!!!!) 22oz bottle poured into 14oz tulip. Poured a solid black color with just a thin cap of tan head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma had just the right amount of bourbon to complement the beer without overwhelming it, and the vanilla added a touch of sweetness to counterbalance the booze.

The flavor profile was the same, just better developed and defined. The vanilla stood out over time, and the bourbon was never in the way.

The body was a bit thin for the style, smooth, and had a mostly sweet finish.

Drinkability was very good, not sure I would have wanted the whole bottle to myself, but it was perfect for 2 folks to share.

Overall, a very nice take on the style. Worth trying if you see it.
Dec 04, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Oct 28, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Oct 27, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by Roguer from Connecticut

May 26, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 18, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Oct 04, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Jun 02, 2018
Rated: 5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jun 02, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by maltznhopz from Nevada

Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 4.62 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Feb 15, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by MTKATL from Georgia

Dec 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Super glad for the opportunity to try so let's hurry and get to it.

Leaves a bubbly head and looks creamy pouring. Dark black in the glass, and it leaves a nice spotty lacing too.

Smells like a combination of chocolate, bourbon vanilla, with maybe a touch of tobacco and some boozy notes. Really good but has to be agitated for the full aroma.

Chocolate flavors are all over this. Chocolate covered cherries, melted marshmallows, vanilla, bourbon, caramel. Every thing this tastes like, just add that it's covered in melted milk chocolate. It's crazy.

This beer is super pillowy. A super creamy mouthfeel with almost no alcohol burn, which is actually hard to believe but it is barely noticeable.

Again, I am totally being stunned by the living barrel series. This is a superior, sweet, candy - shop of a stout. I wish it was easier to get, but that's the price to pay for geography. This is delicious and would strongly recommend it to anyone.
Sep 10, 2017
Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-Aged Nikolai Vorlauf from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 13 ratings