J. Wakefield Brewing

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J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #91
Ranked #2,112
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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Ratings by stevoj:
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3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

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
More User Ratings:
3.91 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Feb 28, 2020
4.5 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Feb 03, 2020
4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia on Dec 24, 2019
4.46 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Nov 24, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

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
4.44 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Feb 07, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by npolachek from New York

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
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Feb 03, 2019
4 by mig100 from Texas on Dec 15, 2018
4.39 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania on Sep 08, 2018
4.5 by Brian29 from Ohio on Sep 08, 2018
4.54 by jayhunter357 from Massachusetts on Aug 18, 2018
4.15 by shehateme from Massachusetts on Aug 18, 2018
4.25 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jul 30, 2018
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jun 29, 2018
4.59 by Tazmon from Hawaii on May 06, 2018
4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Apr 01, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

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
4.71 by aasher from Indiana on Mar 12, 2018
4.46 by Kurmaraja from California on Sep 14, 2017
4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jul 23, 2017
4.5 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on Jul 23, 2017
4.5 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky on Jul 19, 2017
4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Jun 18, 2017
4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jun 04, 2017
4.53 by mmcurran from North Carolina on May 27, 2017
4.28 by Coorsy from Massachusetts on May 25, 2017
4.5 by oline73 from Maryland on May 25, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mothman from Minnesota

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