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Big Rock Chop House Bourbon Russian Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Draft at brewpub. Soaked in Elijah Craig barrels, this brewpub smells like crusty old dude with the cigar aroma wafting everywhere. Thick and resinous. I get some cherry also. Mighty tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2006
From a 12oz handbottle. Pours a dark black oily color. Lots of bourbon in the nose, which comes across a bit harsh, but is rich and complex nonetheless. Smells like a chocolate covered pretzel dipped in bourbon - there’s a unique toasty, salty, doughy character beneath the dark chocolate and caramelly bourbon notes. Full bodied, borderline syrupy mouthfeel. Caramel, lightly salty sweetness chracters that blend nicely with some raisiny prune fruits and a rich dark oily coffee. A touch hot in the final smack, with more of the chocolate pretzel flavors coming through. Unique, plasantly different flavor profile.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 2005 bourbon barrel aged for one year. 12oz handbottle. Nice cherry juice and fresh toast aroma, with sultry cherries aplenty and a blended multitude of chocolate, roast and coffee cream. As Andy points out, there’s some certain pretzel dough aromas. Deep black pour, with a mahogany fringe. Flavor is a deep sweet cream, concentrated black cherry juice and a dash of aged balsamic vinegar, tossed with distant orange peel spritz. Palate contains some more salty dough. Alcohols are a little bold and the barrel character a little forward. But I enjoy this as a well-done standard. Sips well, with a multitude of mellowed and refined character. Nice. Thanks Sean! 8/3/8/3/17

2005 bourbon barrel aged for two years. 12oz handbottle. Wow. Rich nose full of bourbon fudge, cream donuts, dark chocolate ganache, toasted oak, vanilla, sherry, cream and silky coffee. Complex, strong and rich. Barrel heavy. Nice. Pours a viscous, blackih, with thin rim of tan. Body is thick and strong! A real wallop of alcohol is followed by an indescribable wash of barrel and bourbon. Beer character diminished at the two year mark. Char, slightly stale Blue Mountain coffee, and tannins. Hot and some weird, bitter searing esters. Way too much time in the barrel. Shallow in its acidic tannin qualities, really the only thing to taste is dry oak wood. As I would imagine sucking on a piece of oak might taste. A bit harsh. Ash peaks in. Two years in a barrel is apparently too much. A finely nuanced specimen (at one year) is overwhelmed a year later. Aroma benefits. I could see maybe blending this back. But, straight up, it’s coarse. Vinous. Body that might be a touch syrupy finds balance in the oak. I really, really appreciate trying this, even if it is largely a failure, because it’s good to know and have experience with what something tastes like with too much exposure to wood. 9/4/7/2/12

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2006
On tap: Lots of vanilla, light chocolate, and moderate bourbon blend very well together in the aroma. Dark brown with faint orange hilights when held to the light. Small tan head. Lots of chocolate and hints of roastiness up front. Finishes rather pine hoppy compared to the regular version. Bourbon is subtle in the finish at not overdone. Suprised to see I rated this lower than the regular version.


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