Moody Ales – 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Moody Ales Russian Imperial Stout Review


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4.3 out of 5


  • Brewery: Moody Ales
  • Beer Style: Imperial Stout
  • Pros:

    Very balanced and smooth Russian Imperial Stout in a great packaging format

  • Cons:

    Very easy to drink, and that will catch up with you...

  • Conclusion:

    The perfect storm of flavour, balance and packaging.

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Moody Ales has stepped out of their usual packaging choices and into a 375ml bottle for their new Russian Imperial Stout. This rare, but preferred packaging is a refreshing sight among the bombers of 10+% alcohol beer on the local shelves. Pouring this beer it is nearly black in colour and has one finger of head that is very dark in colour and dense leaving thick lacing on the glass. An aroma of oak, molasses and bourbon hits the nose and is quite balanced. The Bourbon notes are distinct but mellow leaving room for notes of toffee to come through as well. The body is thick, creamy and the flavour is lightly boozy. A higher than expected carbonation leads into the molasses-oak tones that lead the way. Bourbon comes through in a mild way along side chocolate and toffee tones. Moody Ales’ Russian Imperial may be 11% but it is very smooth, mellow and hides its strength very well. For the first go at such a beer, Moody Ales is right on the button!

Alcohol – 11.0%
Size – 375ml Bottle

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  1. Mags
    Mags 26 April, 2016, 10:15

    Great review, but it’s not their first go. They had a delicious version in 2015 as well.

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  2. Mike
    Mike 27 April, 2016, 12:25

    Agreed last year’s batch was also really good! They are Killin it with this beer.

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  3. Jeremy Nemanishen
    Jeremy Nemanishen 27 April, 2016, 12:53

    I’m behind! I didn’t even realize that they were making this. Great size though, can’t wait to grab a bottle.

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  4. Phoenix
    Phoenix 27 April, 2016, 17:38

    Would everybody here agree that glass is a better container for aging? Less chance of corrosion?

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    • Mike
      Mike 27 April, 2016, 17:40

      Really depends on all kinds of factors. Cans let in no light and no oxygen leak. While only the cap of a bottle has any plastic. The lining of a can does often have a plastic liner I hear. Bottle caps to leak oxygen notoriously though.

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