imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating # 300. 2007 bottle with huge thanks to ajm. Shared with TheRealBastard. I sereved this one in a 26oz. frosted mug. Pour is an oily pitch black with a 2 finger milkshake looking head. Powerful aromas of burbon, huge roasted malt, fresh brewed coffee, wood, and nice caramel in the back. Flavor is very intesense throughout. Right up front with roasty goodness, going right into a hit of burbon, and finishing with coffee and vanilla. Holy hell, this is one of the most amazing and complex impys that I have ever encountered. All I can say is Wow!
Jimsal27 (244) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome brew! Rich choclate, bourbon and coffee aromas. Huge dark choclate flavor with coffee and bourbon notes. Takes an awesome beer to the next level.
Ionlyrate5s (86) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Another perfect brew from folks at Alesmith. Roast, toast biscut and bourbon nose and flavor. Loved the added dimension of the barrel aging. Some slight sherry character also added to its perfection.
Desverger (2094) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle@Craft Clerkenwell (RBESG 10/08/2014) - black coloured pour with tan head. Dark roasted malty aroma and taste, slight burned malty notes, with chocolate, treacle, caramel, vanilla, dark dried fruits, thick mouthfeel, bourbon wooden nuances throughout. Beautiful.
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Make no mistake, this is a BIG beer. Pours black with a deep brown head. Aroma is heavy chocolate, coffee, and some burnt toast. Adding bourbon and oak aromas to the chocolate intensifies the aroma. Chocolate and coffee are still present but sharpness of the malts are subdued. Alcohol and bourbon take over. Think I’ll stay with the Vietnamese version.
drfabulous (3991) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Big chocolate and creamy stout with light taste of cocoa throughout and some barrel age. Nice.
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Much better than the original beer. More complexity but in the same time very ’soft’ or silky. Some of the things I found in aroma and taste: dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark fruits, wood (barrel, but also fresh cut wood), vanilla, .... Very well balanced, very good.
northropfrye (2208) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Bottle shared with cards04. Dark black body with brown quickly fading head. Aroma of bourbon, warm malts, biscuit and booze. Taste is bourbon first then cocoa and faint touch of coffee and tomatoes. Less coffee-centric than the original. A touch of booze but quite smoothe palate. Excellent beer.
cards04 (1758) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one special beer. Pours black with quickly receding tan head. Aromas are heaven. Vanilla and bourbon dominate. Than some nutty aromas come through with caramel in there too. Flavors are more chocolate than coffee for me. Bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, boozy heat as well. Awesome stuff.
Getbetter (839) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From a bottle at hotel room before going to day two of fuck yeah festival 2014. The pour Is dark brown with a white head , above average c02 compared to other bba beers . The great presence in aroma and taste is bourbon yet the aroma is more strong than the taste or palate with a ton of coffee and chocolate. This is my standard of a bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout.
AndySnow (3275) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Where: RBESG 14 Small Tasting.
Appearance: Black colour with a small tan head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, apricot, tropical fruit, raisin, vanilla.
Body: Full body, low carbonation. Oily thick mouthfeel.
Flavour: Vanilla, dried fruit, apricot, chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, some whiskey.