NathanJM (58) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a real beast. Pours very dark, almost ebony. Aroma of coffee, the darkest of chocolates, and bourbon. Even the head is dark. In the mouth the flavor is strong--it’ll knock you over strong. This is a beer to savor. A bit too strong on the coffee flavors for my preference, but still delicious. If you like coffee and you like bourbon, do everything you can to taste this beer.
brlywne_freak (7) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2010 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have had this on tap on-site and in a bottle...Definably the best beer I have ever had from a tap. the bottle was just a tiny bit too hoppy for my taste, but still outstanding.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the 2010 release.
Aroma:Bourbon, dark chocolate, dark chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and marshmallows.
Appearance:The head is a mocha or cappuccino color, great viscosity, great lacing. The beer is black and opaque.
Taste:The flavors on the foreaste are charcoal, roasted malts, chocolate, dark chocolate, burnt toast, bourbon, and vanilla. On the midtaste, I get raisins or figs. The aftertaste is the same as the midtaste, but slowly fades away.
Palate:Medium to heavy body, really really smooth. Subtle carbonation that is trying really hard to get thru the thick liquid.
Overall:This beer is amazingly balanced, and very complex, founders did an great job this year. Delicious.
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had compliments of my incredible unselfish herculean roommate James. Pour is solid black with little milk chocolate. Aroma is dark chocolates, roasted malts, and yummys. Flavor is so chocolate and malts. So minor hints of alcohol. So well balanced. This is incredible.
votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled pours jet black, light brown head, with roasted coffee aroma, roasted coffee flavor with bourbon and alcohol, thick syrupy mouth feel, coffee after taste
JulienHuxley (5578) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour, almost no head. Aroma is really strong I could already smell the coffee while it was pouring. Strong coffee notes, bourbon, booze and tobacco. Taste is a potent mix of espresso coffee and bourbon. Palate is actually dissapointingly thin with huge bourbon/alcohol burn on the end. Good, but still, generally dissapointing.
zdk (1860) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Founders for RBSG’10 - dark, thick and syrupy. Molasse with a shot of espresso, hot and boozey. Bourbon, woody oaky and liquor.
jcos (1783) - Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle acquired a few months ago at Rodman’s in DC.
Sweet coffee aroma. Pitch black appearance cofffe stout taste, with slight burbon taste in the middle and an oak finish. Some sweetness from chocolate, hint of vanilla. Medium body, fairly nice texture. Somewhat long finish. Covers up the impressive alcohol percentage very well.
A very very nice imperial stout. Impressive palate and alcohol coverage.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2013 2009 bottle thanks to either Phaleslu or Cletus, got a bottle from both, thanks guys! Pours jet black with a small caramel brown head that replenishes itself upon every swirl and leaves surprisingly nice lacing for such a high abv brew stout. Aroma is roast, coffee, vanilla, oak, wet, smokey campground and vanilla liqueur. Flavor is coffee, roast, creme brule, slightly hot oaky bourbon, sweet, dark caramel, a touch of spiced, dry dark fruit, tobacco, and last autumns leafy earth and wow, lots of hot bourbon. Palate is heavy bodied, somewhere between creamy and oily up until the hot, off dry finish. Boozy, sweet, hot, over bourbon barreled, brash a touch, unrefined and friggin fantastic. Improves in spades between fridge and room temp. Update-08.24.2013 After drinking this a few times since my review and currently drinking my last 2009 bottle I have to say this stuff ages fantastically. The heat wears off considerably with time, the coffee flavor has stuck around somewhat even after 4 years
paulys55 (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had one of these compliments of Jim at a Furthur show so my state of mind may not have been what I would like it to be for a serious tasting. All I remember is thinking "damn that is a great tasting beer and I can’t wait to have one when I am sober". Will re-rate at that time, hopefully soon. Thanks again Jim.