kathouse (1183) - Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Make no mistake, this is a BIG beer. Pours black with a deep brown head. Aroma is heavy chocolate, coffee, and some burnt toast. Adding bourbon and oak aromas to the chocolate intensifies the aroma. Chocolate and coffee are still present but sharpness of the malts are subdued. Alcohol and bourbon take over. Think I’ll stay with the Vietnamese version.
drfabulous (4411) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Big chocolate and creamy stout with light taste of cocoa throughout and some barrel age. Nice.
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Much better than the original beer. More complexity but in the same time very ’soft’ or silky. Some of the things I found in aroma and taste: dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark fruits, wood (barrel, but also fresh cut wood), vanilla, .... Very well balanced, very good.
northropfrye (2404) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Bottle shared with cards04. Dark black body with brown quickly fading head. Aroma of bourbon, warm malts, biscuit and booze. Taste is bourbon first then cocoa and faint touch of coffee and tomatoes. Less coffee-centric than the original. A touch of booze but quite smoothe palate. Excellent beer.
cards04 (2061) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one special beer. Pours black with quickly receding tan head. Aromas are heaven. Vanilla and bourbon dominate. Than some nutty aromas come through with caramel in there too. Flavors are more chocolate than coffee for me. Bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, boozy heat as well. Awesome stuff.
Getbetter (928) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From a bottle at hotel room before going to day two of fuck yeah festival 2014. The pour Is dark brown with a white head , above average c02 compared to other bba beers . The great presence in aroma and taste is bourbon yet the aroma is more strong than the taste or palate with a ton of coffee and chocolate. This is my standard of a bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout.
AndySnow (4411) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Where: RBESG 14 Small Tasting.
Appearance: Black colour with a small tan head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, apricot, tropical fruit, raisin, vanilla.
Body: Full body, low carbonation. Oily thick mouthfeel.
Flavour: Vanilla, dried fruit, apricot, chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, some whiskey.
GothGargoyle (1536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a light chocolate head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, coconut, pecans. Full bodied, sweet and rich on the palate, smooth finish. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, fudge.
Ferris (6557) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Boozy barrel, molasses and roast malts. Jet black with a thin brown head. Boozy bourbon notes, intense coffee and syrupy molasses. To overpowering and big, you lose any subtly or flavours that should be there. I prefer the original.
harrisoni (14508) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Craft clerkenwell RBESG14. Black beer lasting tan head. Vanilla chocolate sponge cake. Still a great base beer. Lovely chocolate not sure the barrel ageing helps. Vanilla. some heat om finish. Not as good as the original.