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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 19, 2012
Hand bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Comes as. "Big Rock Chop House Double barrel Russian Imperial Stout". Pours a cloudy dark brown with an orange hue - far from black - with a tiny beige head. Sweet roast and heavy Bourbon in the nose. Rich body, a little low in carbonation, very sweet roast, thick and syrupy, loads of vanilla and bourbon, licorice all-sorts style. Warming boozy finish. A sweet but delicious one. 190412

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ICEatALAMO (1095) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2012
bottle - 2011 vintage. Not the typical black pour I was expecting, rather it is a rich amber/brown color. The aroma is nice, not too over powering, but the bourbon comes through. Taste is smooth and not as heavy as a lot of other bourbon RIS’s. Clean finish. Only compliant was that is tasted a little watered down, or I look for a little fuller body for a beer like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2012
In short: A splendid complex Barrel aged Impy stout that doesn’t overdo the barrels
How: Bottle 12oz, 2011 batch, hand-bottle by brewer and forwarded to me by sarro, thank-you so much Kyle
The look: Opaque mahogany body topped by a large beige head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is bakery black chocolate and moderate presence of bourbon barrels. Taste is creamy, chocolate cake, medium bourbon presence, vanilla, cashews, dates, burnt brown sugar, milky notes. Something about the velvety body and the whole beer felt like a cranked up oatmeal stout. Everything is so well integrated in this beer, it is almost to list flavour elements, it is like a big nice complex “one-flavor” beer. The barrel-aging-thing was not overdone and I almost suspect the barrel aged beer was re-blended with the fresh beer (this is the trick of brewer I know). I have a really hard time believing the advertise 12% (at least in this 2011 batch that I’m drinking) because this was absurdly easy to drink. Anyway, all that to say that it is an excellent beer deserving of a lengthy rating. And here are eight more words as bonuses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2571) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle. A nice blend of dark fruit, roast, coffee, molasses and chocolate. The bourbon gives it a nice touch, but it’s nothing new. Still good though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tendermorsel (1) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
Chocolate molasses and coffee boozy nose thin mouthfeel easy drinking delicious brown thin head

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Rather big head but disguised in the big snifter. Just too complex for me to pick out all the flavors. Sweet as in cherries with a hint of vanilla and some muted alcohol. Borders on syrupy. Very drinkable and not just for a Russian imperial stout. So perfect after a good meal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
emacgee (4299) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Pours weak copper brown with one finger of sandstone head. Nose is out there, smells like musty overripe grapefruit and sour bourbon. Man its weird. Tastes weird too, fancy that. Caramel and vanilla. No roast or chocolate. Tannin bite and alcoholic bite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2011
12oz bottle huge thanks to thirdeye11 - 2009 vintage. Dark near black pour with a slight tan head. Huge bourbon aroma with roasted malt, maple, and lots of chocolate. Bit of alcoholic heat but crazy drinkable at 12% - flavors of wood, vanilla, and fudge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2868) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Growler generously shared by Sean at 3F. Dark brown pour with a mocha head. Big bourbon nose. All kinds of smooth bourbon, dark roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, a little bitterness (maybe from the hops), and some molasses flavors. Good stuff, thanks IIB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (4024) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2011
Bomber thanks to the sarro crew. Appearance: Black pour with no head. Aroma: Lots of molasses, chocolate and vanilla, slightly diacetyl and fudge. Taste: Quite sweet, lots of molasses. Generic big stout. Palate: Heavy bodied, med carbonation and creamy. Overall: good stout but I didn’t find the bourbon.

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