Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1st rating of this brew. Sampled at the Home Brew Mart Location. Tried after the barrel aged Porter. Pours midnight black with a creamy tan head. Nose held a touch of Bourbon with a boozy punch. Finish also held alcohol with some toffee, chocolate, and toasted malts.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Hamilton’s. Deep black beer with a thick creamy tan head. Lightly smoky with a soft cocoaish character and a bit of light lactic tartness. Warming intensifies the tartness quite a bit. Flavour is quite oaky and vineous. Lots of light vanilla and a bit of tannic character. Soft cocoa and a light roastiness. Dusty and fairly herbal. Flavour becomes quite vineious as it warm. Not very stouty at all. Lots of lactic character. It’s a very strange beast. The whisky and woodiness are very subtle considering how tart the beer is.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On-tap at the Linda Vista location. Pours dark brown/black with a good size, light brown head, sheet lace. Smells of sour malts as well as roasty malts and some sweetness from the wood and bourbon. Tastes of sour malt with some wood flavor on the back half. Not much sweetness or vanilla from the wood. The flavor is a bit of a miss for me as well.Medium body, good carbonation.
alexanderj (3350) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2009 Rerate; still thought the barrel aging was a bit too much but liked it better. 3.5 to 3.7.
On tap; black in color with a light brown head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, wood and roasted malt/cocoa. Flavor was a bit of a miss; not terrible, but just not as quality as it could be. Flavor was dominated by alcohol, bourbon/whiskey and a sourness. Roasted malt present, but the beer seemed to be dominated by the aging.
Ztaproom (2) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
My new favorite. I had it on draft and on cask in the same day at The Tap Room. It went perfect with cheesecake
hopscotch (9858) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft... RBSG ‘08... This beer rocks!... Pitch black with a creamy, khaki head and terrific retention. Slowly leaves thick, creamy lacing on the glass. The aroma is a churning eddy of buttermilk and coffee with traces of chocolate and bourbon. Full-bodied and velvety with very restrained carbonation. Mostly acidic flavor provides a gentle note of sourmash. A touch chocolaty and not very sweet. Finishes chocolaty and tangy with a hint of bourbon. I like the subdued whiskey in this 30% barrel-aged blend.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ O’Brien’s @ RBSG. Black with a thin, loose light tan head. Roast, light oaky bourbon character, but a very mild aroma for a barrel-aged beer. Odd funky taste mixed with oak and a very light roast and sweetness.
bb (7068) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Almost black beer with a big off-white head. Bourbon aroma with rich malt. Bourbon flavor with a slight sourness and a bunch of caramel malt. Medium bodied. Tartness lingers with rich malt and bourbon. Tartness holds the beer back.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
BRSG08. Pours black with a nice tan head. Date/prune, smoke, syrup aroma and taste with a creamy body.
dalekliz (888) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewery for RBSG 08. Pours an inky black, with a small tan head. Sharp malt aroma, a little boozy smelling, with hints of chocolate, coffee, wood, and bourbon. Very sharp taste, not at all mellow for a BA, with notes of coffee, a bit of sweet malt and alcohol. Lingering sharpness. Tasty, but I prefer the normal Sea Monster.