Whiskey Rebellion
Warped Wing Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #122
Ranked #2,293
4.29 | pDev: 7.46%
Warped Wing Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Whiskey RebellionWhiskey Rebellion
Notes: Aged in bourbon barrels
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 83 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black, no head.
Strong aroma of booze. Oak and vanilla. A little chocolate.
Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate.
A little more alcohol than I wanted, but still an enjoyable beer to drink.

May 11, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

10oz pour on draft at Lucky's Taproom - Dayton, OH. Served in a Madtree snifter glass.

Appearance: Black with a thin dark tan head that died back slowly. Some fine islands of lacing that slowly disappeared over the course of the evening.

Smell: Bourbon with a hint of vanilla. Very little else.

Taste: Bourbon, with quite a bit of malt sweetness to compliment it. Notes of vanilla, caramel, and a tiny bit of sour twang. Bourbon through and through.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Very little carbonation. A little bit of a warming whiskey bite at the finish, but it was muted.

Overall / Drinkability: I've been hearing people rave about this beer in town and I can see why. It really is quite good. The bourbon is the focus of this beer, but it's not overpowering or dominating - it is rich, flavorful, and very tasty. Dangerously smooth as well, with the alcohol well hidden. My only minor issue with the beer is that it's not really a Russian Imperial Stout. That bitterness you find in a RIS is missing. This is a smooth sipping American Imperial Stout. It's dessert in a glass along with a post-dinner snifter of whiskey to boot. Went really well with a burger and ale-soaked chips, and probably would go well with a wide range of foods or just having a snifter all by itself to finish the evening. So high marks for being a well crafted beer, but it's not a RIS.

Mar 04, 2018
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle, 2017 vintage, label says 11.2% ABV. Served in a Warped Wing snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and oak. Taste is similar to the aroma but there's the addition of some molasses, coffee and cream flavors, too. It's a mostly sweet tasting imperial stout, but the roastiness does seem to kick in more as the beer warms. There's also a good amount of barrel in the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a pretty good barrel aged imperial stout, glad I bought this! Definitely recommend it. $9.99 a bottle.

Jan 14, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. It is like they were attempting to keep the RIS robust nature with shifting the flavors to be brighter and sweeter like an imperial stout. This mostly happened, but with a huge amount of whiskey, wood, and malt up front. Supporting flavors include vanilla, molasses, coffee, though less than expected, more wood and more booze. Interesting take on the style, leaving no holes

Nov 14, 2017
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BWood from California

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark but not much head

Strong whiskey barrel up front nose.

Flavor is great. The barrel takes over but in the back it shows some base

Smooth but a tad thin

Overall reminds me of a slightly watered down bcbs. It's a good beer though.

Jun 23, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat matte black color. Thin tan head dissipates leaving a thin ring of foam along the outside of the beer. Beer appears rather thick and viscous.

Smell has notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and roasted malts. Its like a boozy brownie - really nice.

Taste follows the nose with lots of fudgey chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, with a bit of heat towards the back. Lovely smooth oaky finish on the back end.

Feel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and velvety. Mild carbonation.

Overall a very well crafted barrel aged RIS from Warped Wing - quite impressively done and well worth seeking out for the BA stout fan.

Apr 11, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pours black with toasty brown fringes. Tan head forms a handful of large bubbles that mesmerizingly drift to the edges of the glass.

S - immediate bourbon on the nose with a lactosey milkiness. Coffee, dark chocolate, and booze. Getting some musty, aged cheese in there too. Interesting.

T - well now that's a strong whiskey barrel-aged brew. Lots of rye and grain characteristics that leans more heavily toward liquor than stout. Vanilla bean and a dry hoppy crispness. Earthy barrel presence and distinct wood chips. Burnt black coffee on the finish.

F - pointy and sharp. Flavor is laser-focused and the mouthfeel carries that flavor straight to the tastebuds in the most hands-off way possibly. A smooth and sensual delivery system for hot goods.

O - this is an aggressive barrel brew. The bourbon character does not mess around to the point where this feels like a more wholesome, full-bodied whiskey with added coffee and chocolate.

Apr 02, 2017
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JohnnyWeb from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well I can't add too much to what's already been said but I do think it's the best Warped Wing I've had. It's pretty balanced, it's big but relatively smooth. Could be a bit more soft but overall a very good barrel aged stout. If you know you like those you really should try it!

Dec 20, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark burnt umber, but not as black as I'd expected, since Warped Wing's other Baltic Porters, American Porters, and even "Tripels" have been crazily true black. The murky body is topped with a creamy dark tan head that recedes to a thin blanket.

Charred oak starts off the aroma, with nutty, salty roasted malt, coffee, savory woody maple, caramelized brown sugar and chocolate.

Taste is brown sugar, Tootsie Roll, Raisinettes, and woody oak that nears cedar at times. Make no mistake, though, the bourbon does not play around here--it is ever present and not shy at all. Whiskey Rebellion skirts being velvety smooth and frothy, but it's a little too hot and a touch gritty at times. If you'll allow this beer to age, it improves GREATLY with time. Having just opened a ~14 month old can on 1/16/18 that was absolutely divine, it mellows and matures with grace and all of its components come together in harmony.

Sweet and woody, finishing fairly hot and semi-dry. BA stout lovers really should give this a whirl, they might find it to be better than some of their all-time favorites (my more grounded review notwithstanding).

Dec 06, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate. This beefy beast pours a rugged
brownish black with a modest head of light tan foam that settles to a thin
with very light lacing. Nose of heavy bourbon, brown sugars, oak, vanilla,
and VERY sweet malt. Flavors nail the nose to precision---brown sugar and
bourbon mingle with oak and vanilla on all sides with bourbon lingering in the
finish with a touch of chocolate. Very nice mouth feel; smooth, warming, subtle
cream, and boozy warmth with a dry boozy finish with low carbonation. Overall
a really nice brew that stacks up well against any of the bourbon barrel releases.


Dec 02, 2016
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Mj45isback from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If this smelled like it taste it would be a 5/5 but it smells like a 20% abv beer and drinks like a 7% abv beer delicious all around I really enjoyed this one

Feb 07, 2016
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randelhall from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great Russian Imperial Stout bourbon aged draft beer from Warped Wing Brewing Company. Whiskey Rebellion is an excellent choice but a delicate head. Best bourbon barrel stout to date. You must try this beer if you like a stout and bourbon barrel aged beers . Very few beers get my attention and this amazing bourbon barrel aged stout had me log on to the Beeradvocate immediately to share with everyone!

Feb 04, 2016
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Brew33 from Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a legitimately great barrel aged imperial stout. Incredible mouthfeel. Really nice base beer that suits barrel aging perfectly. I would really like to do a blind tasting with this, BCBS, Parabola, etc to see how it stacks up. Amazing beer.

Jan 07, 2016
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the finest points of this beer is the smell,which is very boozy and sweet. Taste is consistent if not a bit aggressive. More whiskey then stout. I would buy this again if given the opportunity, though I'm reluctant to say its for everyone.

Dec 18, 2015
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Roehlstation from Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I only wish it had a little more head when poured. I bought a 2 pack 16 ounce cans, one for now and one to save for a while. I would put this up against any Imperial Stout out there. I enjoyed every sip of it.

Dec 15, 2015
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pacothrash from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft. This beer is the best beer I have had from Warped Wing. The beer did not taste like a stoud or drink like a stoud. It was very nice but the alcohol was obvious.

Nov 28, 2015
Whiskey Rebellion from Warped Wing Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 83 ratings