Jam The Radar
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #72
Ranked #253
4.49 | pDev: 5.79%
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
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Notes: Russian Imperial Stout aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels and finished with cocoa nibs and raspberries.
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IKR from California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2021 Release

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with purple undertones. The beer has a modest sized dark beige head, that also has some purple undertones which faded fairly quickly to a nice ring. Nice looking Imperial Stout and the purple undertones is a nice touch..

Smell: Prominent raspberries, moderate Bourbon aromas and brown sugar aromas, and mild roasted malts/coffee aromas. The beer has a good nose featuring the raspberries.

Taste: The palate features raspberries, moderate bourbon notes, modest chocolate and roasted malt notes. The taste profile is nicely balanced and while the raspberries are very apparent all the flavor elements work well together. The beer starts off fairly sweet but dries up a bit. The beer has a mild alcohol presence for the listed 14.56% ABV.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation that results in a nice mouthfeel for this beer.

Overall: Another well done Bottle Logic stout. The taste profile nicely balances all the flavor elements resulting in a very cohesive taste profile. Very nice.

Mar 07, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - fantastic black with a great tan head
Smell - chocolate raspberry and roasty malts
Taste - easy on the raspberry with some nice chocolate and roasty malts and nice barrel
Feel - medium full body syrupy almost not carb
Overall - pretty tasty

Feb 18, 2021
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Yabu from California

4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Raspberry stout around. There are a few different batches, some more Raspberry while others have more barrel. Ymmv.

Best fresh witjin a year or so. Not for many years.

Very satisfying.

Jan 20, 2021
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J_mo from California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark red. Sweet and bourbon to the nose. Raspberry upfront then fades to bourbon. Not very bitter. Smooth with a little boozy finish. Tried the 2019 and 2020 vintages. Preferred 2019.

Jan 20, 2021
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Beersnake1 from California

4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 bottle opened in 2021. Pours pitch black with little head. Nose is dominated by chocolate and raspberries - no complaint. I'm trying hard to find other notes on the nose, but I think I would be making things up if I said I could smell other things. I keep going back and it's chocolate and raspberries - maybe raspberries dipped in chocolate? The taste is pretty insane. Again, I'm getting the chocolate and raspberries, but I'm getting more. cherries, brown sugar, bourbon, toffee, blackberries, oak, and some nice hard fruit candy. Sweet is the overall theme, but definitely not too sweet. This is just a lovely drink with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol is detectable.

Jan 17, 2021
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of dark tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of tons of raspberries and chocolate with a nice amount of bourbon barrels with some oak, vanilla, and caramel.
T: Taste is raspberries and chocolate with some nice bourbon barrel notes coming in with some slight oak and vanilla. Good roasted malt presence with a hint of coffee as well with the raspberries coming around again and again. On the swallow there's more raspberries and dark chocolate, roasted malts, oak, and vanilla.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a silky feel on the palate. Carbonation is on the low end but it's adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this beer is awesome. It has some great flavors and a killer amount of complexity. This beer is definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on it.

Nov 12, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Viscous pitch black body with a brown collar. Smell is decadent raspberry truffle with bourbon backing, incredible and pure with surprising depth, best smelling raspberry stout ever. Taste reminds me of raspberry vlad by hailstorm, raspberry is pure and sweet, but it folds in perfectly to the gooey chocolate and bourbon with a hint of caramel, vanillins, and oak. Feel is thick, viscous, smooth as a still lake at dawn, and warm. Luxurious! The wife loved it

Oct 18, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2019 Vintage.

L -- Pitch black in the glass with a finger of dense head that looks oddly like red velvet cake. Fairly quickly dissipating, leaving a ring of lacing around glass
S -- Raspberry liqueur, chocolate liqueur, boozy bourbon, jam, port wine, dried strawberry, brandy, caramel. It's an interesting combo that promises to either be delicious or really weird
T -- Yay! It's not really weird! Basically a bourbon-soaked Russell Stover raspberry truffle in liquid form. Nice balance between the juicy, jammy fruitiness of the raspberries and blackberries, the milk chocolate fudge sweetness of the base beer, and the bourbon barrel character. The cacao nibs aren't really discernible from the malt bill
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Quite velvety. Feels maybe a touch thicker than 2019 FO, and that would make sense since the ABV is marginally higher
O -- Usually not a fan of fruit in stouts. This one actually pulls it off pretty well. Not sure if quite worth the $26/500ml retail pricing, tho


Sep 14, 2020
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BeersOfLeon from California

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First tried jam about 3 years ago and its been great every time.
Smell is what honestly gets me. Love me some good aromas before a sip.
The hints of raspberry are the exact amount it needs and taste follows
with a smooth chocolaty flavor. BA is the way !!!

My food pairing = Swiss cheese sandwich

Aug 22, 2020
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unclekeith from Alaska

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Raspberry themed tasting. Big black and bold. Raspberry jam wafting out of the glass being closely trailed by the bourbon. Still a bit hot but appropriately so. Big creamy mouthfeel. Not as sweet as other BL bombs. ¡Excellente!

Aug 16, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bottle Logic in Anaheim, CA.

Bam. Like Miranda Kerr with just the right amount of blush on, this is a sweet one. Man, it doesn’t taste big at all like The Rock on steroids. It’s a so called “big” beer, but it’s just damn smooth like Errol Flynn when he isn’t being a pervert.

Get it!

Feb 15, 2020
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pants678 from California

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with tan foam.

Briney, raspberry jam.

Raspberry is in the background, comes in tart tinges. Chocolate's most prominent, sorta dark but no bitterness. Nowhere near cough syrup. Not candied either. Don't know that I'd know raspberry if it was blind taste.

Dense but fruit cuts through that a bit.

Sep 06, 2019
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer deserves every bit of acclaim that it has reserved. I wish it were thicker but it otherwise really comes together.

As the name indicates, it's jammy. Also cocoa and bourbon. It tastes like it is described. Fantastic.

Jul 07, 2019
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The raspberry is obvious just from the pour because the head is tinted red.

It is there early and often in both the aroma and taste. It borders on, but stops just short of overbearing. Having an actual raspberry taste to it, meaning there is a touch of sourness, makes it work. It really is like chocolate covered raspberries. It smells better than it tastes, but is solid overall.

Jun 02, 2019
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sfielder001 from California

4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer is dark black with a tan and hint of pink shade head. Raspberry flavor is the star of the show but still silky smooth and very drinkable for the ABV. Clean finish with a touch of warmth.

Apr 29, 2019
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a taster glass.

Thick as usual for bottle logic stouts, small brown head that reduces fairly quickly. Little lacing.

Chocolate-raspberry-bourbon on the nose, the raspberry is more pronounced as it warms up. On the tongue it's a good balance of chocolate, raspberry, sweet caramel, maybe a bit of vanilla, cocoa. Medium-heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Apr 23, 2019
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RNbeerfan from New York

4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Thick black. Viscous. Tan head
Smell: Raspberries, chocolate and bourbon dominate
Taste: Like a raspberry chocolate bar. The bourbon is present but doesn't dominate
Feel: Great feel, super thick
Overall: Great beer. One of my favorites. This hides the ABV beautifully. It allows the raspberries to shine, but bourbon and chocolate are both present.

Feb 26, 2019
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage.

A: Pours a thick black with a cap of dark brown head. Recedes quickly to a sharp ring. A few streaks of lacing.

S: Juicy raspberry and dark powdery cocoa, light bourbon and dry oak, and a hint of roast and vanilla.

T: Rich cocoa, fresh raspberry, vanilla, finishing with slight bourbon and an almost burnt roastiness. Mild sticky sweetness.

M: Medium-full body with medium-light carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth.

O: Exceptionally well balanced and integrated fruit, base beer, and barrel treatment.

Feb 24, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at BL tap room. Not a fruit stout guy... so trying to judge on merits not my preferences. Jammy red colors standout against dark brown/ black color. No real head and minimal retention. Nose is base stout and chocolate with the raspberry wafting up in a swirl. No real notes of BA. Taste is chocolate and raspberry forward... actually buried the bourbon. Feel is smooth; medium with some light carbonation that seems to suit the fruit. Overall it all seems to mostly work except the bourbon which seems to be at odds with chocolate and fresh raspberry. Likely works very well for others that like this kind of stout. I admire it but would not seek out again.

Feb 14, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at local place. Been wanting to try this for a while, glad I’m able to today.
L: pours oil-like black in appearance. No head, but a nice chestnut-colored ring of microscopic bubbles perimeters the glass. Alcohol legs are evident. No lacing.
S: when the glass was served me, the raspberry was evident. As it warms, I get less Black Berry, but more molasses and chocolate. Very sweet smelling with just a touch of bourbon oak presence.
T: really great. I get tons of chocolate and molasses, with some butterscotch and caramel. Fig, raisin and date also come to mind. Raspberry is most noticeable on the finish, proving a tartness that cuts out the chocolate brownie batter sweetness. Bourbon very mild, but does warm.
F: thick in body and weight. It’s full, slick, and oil-like. Great weight and viscosity. I can tell this is a big beer AbV wise.
O: as it warms even more and practically room temp, the raspberry flavor has really meshed well with the chocolate. It’s big and bold. Chocolate covered raspberries. At 14 percent, drinks way easier than it should. This is great. I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Feb 12, 2019
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First impression: tastes like a damn Munson’s chocolate! Pours beautifully. Smells like that Munson’s chocolate also. Nice and thick velvety mouthfeel. Beautifully crafted beer here!

Dec 23, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a bottle on October 5, 2018. Bourbon barrel aged Imperial stout with cacao nibs and raspberries. This decadent dessert beer drinks like the liquid form of its chocolate truffle inspiration.

Oct 09, 2018
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AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Such an amazing beer. Poured into two FO snifters. Smell is sweet raspberry and cherries. Trying not to say jammy, but it's jammy. Getting the alcohol up front, then the slightly bitter imperial stout, then comes the chocolate and raspberries and cherries on the back end for quite some time. Wish I had more!

Oct 04, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like bourbon, chocolate fudge, chocolate covered raspberries, vanilla, roast, and barrel.

I expected a bit more raspberry out of this one, honestly. It still tastes very good though. The raspberry comes across as a light jam sweetness, with much more decadent fudgy and sweet chocolate, a nice balancing roast, with some bourbon nougat flavors as well. There's a touch of oak, too.

This is medium bodied, with absolutely no booziness, which is very cool. It's surprisingly drinkable.

This is not quite my favorite Bottle Logic that I've had, but it's still an impressive beer.

Sep 13, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours Black with a thin khaki head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of chocolate covered raspberries, pecans, molasses, and truffles. It tastes of chocolate covered raspberries, pecans, almonds, truffles, and a little bourbon. The feel is medium light. A great barrel aged stout from Bottle Logic.

Sep 02, 2018
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