decaturstevo (5145) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown pour with tan head and lace. Sweet caramel malt dominates the aroma with a hinto abv. Flavor is sweet malt start with a bito cough syrup flavor on the back end along with the warmth. Medium bodied with good carbonation. pretty solid but for the cough syrup notes at the end
BiiruBierBeer (177) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smell is light coffee, alcohol, and moderate bourbon. Taste is bourbon, light to moderate chocolate, medium to heavy rye, and a moderate amount of alcohol. Not as thick or smooth as Iíd like and a bit too boozy in taste. Didnít hide the ABV nearly as well as other BA stouts Iíve had.
RussianDragon (490) - - AUG 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt! Pours a dark brown/near black with a small ring of bubbles lining the rim. Dark cherry red hue when backlit. Aroma is oak, chocolate malt, slight coffee presence, vanilla, and whiskey barrel. Rye barrel is prominent with dark cherry sweetness. Flavor is same with roasted smoky anise and dark fruit complexity with oak and whiskey. Full bodied, mild carbonation, and oaky whiskey finish.
darkyellowsky (2) - USA - AUG 3, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a growler during an epic bottle share at J. Greenwald's house. Pours pitch black with a deep aroma of smokey chilli and coffee. Taste was one of the most complex and balanced I have had in a few years. Tastes of chilli, semi sweet chocolate, vanilla and bourbon on the front and back end. Overall, it is damn near perfect. The age of two months in temp control probably created the perfect beer.
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beernbourbon (1309) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to Blake! Pour is deep dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is musty, loaded with tobacco, malty, full of molasses, and faintly fruity. Flavor is really nice: sweet vanilla up front followed by smooth bourbon notes, more vanilla, light coconut, faint peat, and a touch of smoke. Really complex but really cohesive and well executed. Great beer.
Pilgrim_211 (4) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was the 201st person to get a growler. Cool story about how it all went down.
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brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Black pour with a finger of khaki foam. Some smoke up front on the nose and plenty of roasted malt, bourbon, and charred wood. Some nice vanilla and toffee sweetness. Spicy pepper and coffee. A hint of caramel and molasses. Flavor has a nice bourbon, vanilla, and toffee sweetness to it. Subtle smoke and spice. Lots of burnt sugar and roasted malts, too. Pretty solid.
GenDV138 (1436) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler during RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. Black with no head. Aromas of pepper skins, chocolate. Tastes of caramel, pepper skins, chocolate. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
bytemesis (3308) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler with huge thanks to agent zigzag! Pours opaque black with a small brown head and decent lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasty, vanilla, oak, a bit of ash, bourbon. Flavor is light to medium sweet, medium bitter, rich and roasty with vanilla prominent and bourbon taking more of an accent note. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Really a nice beer. It was a bit hot from that 11.5% ABV, but not off-putting by any means.
phaleslu (6607) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a growler sent by bsuedekum and shared by DougT at the RBSG grand tasting - thanks, Blake and Doug! Pours a deep opaque brown with clear amber edges and a tiny ring for a head. Notes of molasses, vanilla, chocolate, roast, caramel, and fudge. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, rich mouthfeel. Well-made barrel-aged imperial stout. Hits the right notes and is very satisfying on the palate.