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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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4.2
   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

4.2
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4212) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - 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 didn’t completely overpower the taste. I thought this was my favorite of all the beers on tap that day.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8569) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 Draft DOTD. Pours a black beer with a white head. Aroma and flavor is filled with bourbon, plum, raisins, wood and coffee liquor. Awesome BA stout!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Bottle from 2005. Poured super thick and black with a small dark tan head. Smelled huge, could smell it without even lifting it to my nose. Big bourbon as well as vanilla notes. Taste was big and rich as well, more bourbon, dense chocolate, vanilla and maybe some very dark fruit. Great lasting finish. I thought this stuff was really good. One of the best barrel aged stouts I have had in awhile. Big Rock keeps on impressing me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Tasting at miketd’s
Thanks to flandersned for bringing this down from Michigan. I had never heard of Big Rock before this but based on this sample it seems like a promising brewery/brewpub operation. If I ever find myself in that neck of the woods I may have to make a stop.

Aroma / Appearance - The dirty off white head matched the lacing sticking to the sides of the small snifter. Underneath a black oily body swirled slowly. Bourbon, vanilla, fresh dough, smoke, coffee, anise, and cherry formed a rich composition that pleases the nose. Nothing was lacking here.

Flavor / Palate - Dry and oaky the bourbon and vanilla take center stage. Next comes the coffee, chocolate, and other imperial flavors. One weakeness is that this one feels a little unbalanced - it is almost the peer of Bourbon County Stout in that regard. Still I would not mind drinking more of this if the chance arose.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4960) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
bottle marked 11/09 thanks to blutt59. black with an espresso head. bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts and more vanilla. great thickness with a nice vanilla/bourbon flavor with chocolate and roasted malts as well.


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