Big Rock Chop House Bourbon Russian Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2008
On tap at Hop Devil Grill, NYC. Nice bourbon aroma, lots of chocolate and some dark fruit. Pitch black, thin small brown head. Silky smooth impressive mouthfeel. Great balanced bourbon taste that does not overwhelm. Strong, alcohol present. Almost a little too sweet. But on the whole, a fantastic bourbon impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
Tap at HDG Daze of the Devil. Pitch black beer with a thick brown head. Aroma has loads of raisin, oaky and quite rummy aroma over rich dark chocolate, raisins and plums. Flavour is great with loads of rich roasted malt, sweet licorice, and a lingering bourbony barrel character. Rich sweet palate, lingering figgy sweetness with a soft roastiness rounding it off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Tap at HDG for the strong ale fest. Probably the best beer of the day. Pours a pitch black body with a thin lasting tan head and nice lace. Aroma is tons of coffee, tobacco, and bourbon noticed from 1 ft away- nice! Sweet syrupy caramel malts, tons of chocolate, and roast, and big with the bourbon, but no real alcohol yet. More tobacco, chocolate, roasted dry acrid malts- blends really well with the moderate bourbon- and some syrupy and almsot oily licorice, tar and tobacco. Nice smooth almost oily mouthfeel with a nice warming light burn in the end. Nice BA impy stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Tap at HDG Daze. Nice dark color. Pretty much pitch black. Aroma of crazy bourbon and alcohol. Not much else on the nose, the bourbon covers up the malt sweetness. Faint vanilla or malasses maybe but its a struggle. Taste is more smooth than I expected. A lot of bourbon but was not hot at all. Nice when warms a bit but still took me some time to drink. Very good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Tap at HDG. Pours pitch black with no head. The aroma is a hard hit of bourbon followed by some roast. Pretty promising. Unfortunately, the bourbon element dominated this beer. Some oak and vanilla as well, though when warmed up for about 15 minutes, some chocolate finally came through. Maybe I shouldíve waited another 15 minutes for this one...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2008
on tap at HDG DOTD II. Opaque black in color with a small brown head. Aroma: bourbon, chocolate, roast, vanilla in. Taste is a nice mix of bourbon, chocolate, roast, wood, vanilla, molasses and some light alcohol. Full bodied, and complex. Bourbon was very much in the forefront but didnít completely overpower the taste. I thought this was my favorite of all the beers on tap that day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5159) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Draft at HDB Daze of the Devil II. Pours a viscous solid black with a small tight chocolate brown head. Aroma is excellent with tons of bourbon booziness, vanilla, chocolate and a slight touch of wood. Medium bodied with bubbly cahmpagne like carbonation and lots of alcohol warming. Lots of bourbon coming through on the flavor with some vanilla and a slight bit of chocolate. As much as I enjoyed this the aroma was far superior to the flavor, just like how Chuck D was far superior to Flavor Flav.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5860) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Poured an opaque black color with a small, dark tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, strong roasted malts, caramel, wood, and light alcohol. Really reminded me of Alesmithís BA Speedway. Taste of roast, molasses, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and chocolate, with a bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
on tap in a snifter at Hop Devilís "Daze of the Devil" fest, 1/19/08 A: Pours a color midway between mahogany and burnt siena, with a moderate 1-finger dark cream-colored head. S: Woah, did I singe my nostrils? I wasnít expecting that, like putting my face in a vat of Makerís Mark. Vanilla cuts a wide swath through the oaky bourbon character, is joined by a slight not of dark chocolate, but even combined are not enough to mask the obvious alcohol presence. T/M: Huge whiskey nose, just like the aroma warned. And unlike other big BA stouts, doesnít go away. Ever. In fact, itís a bit much (and I love this style, see: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout for an example of brewing perfection). The oakiness imparts some dryness to the finish, and vanilla is surely present, but I found the constant, ever-present bourbon led to an almost sour cherry flavoring that wasnít entirely enjoyable. Syrupy, as might be expected. D: Due to the overbearing bourbon character, I wouldnít consider this terribly drinkable. I would try again, as I do love the style, but its surely been done better before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Tap at Hop Devil. Probably the highlight of the fest for me (besides Paulís homebrew). Looks like pure oil coming out of the tap. Big, boozy, heavy whiskey aroma seems like it may be a sign of things to come, but it ainít. Flavor is calm, but refined, and as the beer warms breaks into an awesome complexity that is rarely found in bourbon stouts. Molasses, smoke, a nice chalkiness. Body is super-thick. Very good stuff.

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