J. Wakefield Brewing

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J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
4.36 | pDev: 4.82%
Mar 15, 2020
May 18, 2017
Notes: Desperado is a dark, rich, and boozy Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey barrels with Cocoa Nibs, Ancho Chili Peppers, and Cassia bark.

40 IBU
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle at the 2017 RIS tasting, thanks to Steve. poor planning on my part, but these last few have all had the breakfast/cinnamon roll spin going on, making it hard to discern one from the other. Not a bad thing, and this one was pretty good and delicious, but I can’t add much more than to say black pour, beige head, boozy aroma, roast malts, cinnamon, vanilla.
Mar 15, 2020
Rated: 3.91 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Feb 28, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Feb 03, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia

Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a pitch black coloration with a small, creamy, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates. Smells of caramel, slightly roasted malts and rich dark chocolate, with a strong cinnamon aroma and hints bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, chiles and earthy oak tannins, as well as a certain sharp booze note. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by slightly roasted, caramel malts, rich dark chocolate and cinnamon, as well as ligher notes of dark fruits: plum, raisins, bourbon, earthy oak tannins and a light sherry-like oxidation note, as well as hints of vanilla and chiles. Finishes rather sweet, with a light bitterness and some dark fruits and earthy cinnamon lingering in the aftertaste, as well as some more chile heat coming through. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and light carbonation.

This is quite a rich and complex stout, but just too much on the sweet and boozy side for my personal taste, with the strong cinnamon and slight cherry notes not really helping to balance things out here. It does have a certain earthy quality to it though that helps keeping things grounded, as well as a light, roasted bitterness at least. Still quite boozy after roughly 2 years as well. I actually drain-poured the last quarter of this because it was just way too sweet and boozy to finish in one session for my personal taste, your mileage may vary.
Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Feb 07, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Good sweetness in the stout. Tastes of chocolate and some cinnamon. No bitterness whatsoever in this. Good mouthfeel, light head. Sweet smell. Great taste.
Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 4 by mig100 from Texas

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Brian29 from Ohio

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.54 by jayhunter357 from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by shehateme from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jun 29, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by Tazmon from Hawaii

May 06, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Apr 01, 2018
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Reviewed by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The initial flavor is primarily dark, bitter chocolate and cinnamon. There is a slight barrel presence, but the whiskey flavors are not pronounced. As the beer warms, the flavors of the adjuncts open up, making way for a nice dessert beer finish. Overall, this was a solid offering from JWB.
Mar 15, 2018
Rated: 4.71 by aasher from Indiana

Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by Kurmaraja from California

Sep 14, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky

Jul 19, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Jun 18, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jun 04, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by mmcurran from North Carolina

May 27, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

May 25, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by oline73 from Maryland

May 25, 2017
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I didn't see this on BA which I found odd. This is batch 2 released at wakefest 2017z

Tan head. Black in color.

Thick and oily. You can smell the spices for a few feet away. The peppers are spot on and the cinnamon doesn't over power. Great chocolate notes and cacao nibs. The bourbon or whiskey barrels add a very nice warming flavor.

This beer is way better than it was on tap at wakefest. Very impressed with it.
May 18, 2017
Desperado from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 30 ratings