madvike (2066) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shard by BenC at his massive BCS tasting - Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose has a good deal of sharp alcohol--the nail polish kind--and huge butterscotch notes. Surprisingly the maltiness is hidden behind the barrel sweetness and the sharp booze. Taste is big sweet caramel and butterscotch, dark malt, medium roast, a touch of charcoal, and just...smooth. Very warming in the belly, though itís not particularly hot going down. Thick as hell, and not very carbonated. Just not my thing anymore--Iím glad I tried it, but if this is the pinnacle of imperial stout, then I guess I really donít need to have anymore imperial stouts. I feel like Iíve either moved on from or burned out on the style.
dmbsnuts (301) - Carpentersville, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a default message... As I do not wish, nor have time to comment on each beer I try at this time.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Vaiz (2681) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZeeBra Extreme Beer Festival 2013. Pitch black pour. Aroma is huge leathery bourbon, some alcohol, vanilla. A bit overpowered. Flavor is extreme bourbon, envision myself sitting in the wild west, in some old saloon with some rich cowboy smoking a huge cigar and drinking this ages old bourbon in front of me. Exquisite, but a tiny bit too much for me.
davey101 (490) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quick notes. 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle #2209, bottled on 11/19/2010. Huge thanks to Doug for slaying my number one want by sharing a pour with me!
Appearance wise it is identical to BCBS, no surprise there. Having never had the 2008 vintage which this beer is using, I can say its awfully similar to how the 2009 vintage is drinking now. There is a stronger vanilla presence and it is smoother and mellower than the standard beer. Just loads of chocolate, charred malt, and rich and decadent bourbon. It drinks far too easily, which is sad considering how elusive it is now. A marginal improvement over standard BCBS, but when that is your favorite beer it truly does matter. Such a beautiful beer that Iím glad to have finally tried.
dEnk (2632) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZeeBra. Aroma is huge bourbon, banilla, wood, liquorice and more bourbon. Flavour is big boozy nourbon, liquorice, roast vanilla and more. Too boozy imho, prefer the other versions.
jhogan4 (221) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by Steve - thanks, Iíve been wanting to try this one. Shared San Diego style, in the parking lot of a baseball game. Pours dark black with minimal head. Nose is vanilla and bourbon. Taste is very sweet vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit (I could swear I tasted raspberry). Balanced. Full bodied and smooth. Probably the best beer Iíve ever tried.
kraddel (841) - deurne, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
oooooooooooooow yeah! ZEBF 13
pours black, no foam.
very much bourbon in the smell, as well as a íswimming pool scentí ( water-ish ??? ) soft carbo. just like the regular, but the bourbon tastes better, iíd admit that. so better than i thought, but for me, its just overkill again ..
erickok (2282) - Tours, FRANCE - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark body and almost no head. Bit more roasted than the coffee version. Chocolate, sharp dark roasted malts, big bourbon. Refined yet a bit sharp. Not exactly for me. Too much barrel, affects the palate. Still good if course. (ZeeBra)
Godofthecellar (274) - NYC, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured jet black with a thin layer of head, and no retention.
Flavor of chocolate, soy and barrel. Can really taste the char from the pappy 23 barrels which gives Rare a distinct flavor over the other variants. Mouthfeel was oily and thick.
joromiller (22) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed Rare at a Beer Tasting with some local beer snobs in Feb.
I knew this was going to be a fabulous tick, but man, I had no idea it would be so good!!
Aroma: Vanilla and bourbon.
Appearance: Dark black pour with minimal head
Taste: Sweetness from vanilla and bourbon plus the strength of the alcohol
Palate: Full body and smooth texture. Finish stayed well after each taste
Overall: Unbelievable!! So glad to have such good friends who share such great beers like Rare.
Damico (1914) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and dark unclear black without much of a head. Aroma brings smooth bourbon and some nutty malts with a hint of vanilla. Flavor is so smooth, especially next to a bunch of different years of BCS. The flavor brings sweet and roasted malts and then smooth sweet and boozy bourbon shortly thereafter to settle so nicely on the palate. The smoothness of the beer is the incredulous part, not a richness you might expect, it is barrel aged, and Pappy brings the rare smoothness.