fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle thanks to Sprinkle. What a great beer. Deep black color with a decent head. Aromas were oak and smoke, chocolate and mocha. The flavors were all there with more wood than I had expected. Very very good. The alcohol was amazingly hidden. Thanks a ton Mike
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG - 06 - Dense black, thick tan creamy head. Intense and complex nose of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, wood, and roasted nuts. Flavor was right up there with more roasted nuttiness, bourbon, milk chocolate, wood, vanilla, and coffee. Very rich throughout. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bourbony, chocolate-like finish. For me, one of the highlights of the night. Thanks jsquire for a sample of this gem...
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Nov 2005 batch, from a 3 oz sample in July 2006. Nose is rich, woody, sharp buttery bourbon, alcohol is at a moderate level. Strong, rich texture, with a toffee and bourbon bite, leaving a sweet, rich, prickly soft finish. Resinous, dry oak and bourbon, with some smoke as well. A good imperial stout, had alongside the Full Sail Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout and they are about equal in quality, but I still like the Full Sail a bit more. Thanks to jsquire for bringing the bottle. 9/5/8/4/17 = 4.3
Oct 2007 batch, full 22oz bottle, sampled in December 2007. First whiff of the nose and I know that this is not the same beer as two years ago. Gone is the sharpness and vibrancy in the nose, and in itís place is a sort of dullness to the roast and bourbon, with the bourbon especially dull, appearing pretty much as a muted butter and wood aroma. Texture-wise itís not bad at all, itís decently thick for 9%, itís silky and smooth, nothing overdone, itís quiet and subtle on the palate, with the flavors somewhat dulled from 2005 as well: mild buttered bourbon and wet liquid smoke and char (also quiet). Overall itís really not bad, itís just really nothing compared to the first version, which I still will defend and say it was deserving of such a high ranking. The 2007 version, I donít think so. Still, a very good beer, making some awesome drinking on a cold December night. 7/4/7/3/14 = 3.5
Average score between the two batches = 3.8
Metaphysicist (2) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like coffee and bourbon. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Incredibly rich yet mild, even sweet through the well-balanced bitterness. Tasting notes: Coffee and bitter chocolate, faint hints of cream and oak. You can still taste the bitterness when you wake up in the morning. A truly supurb effort.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... RBSG2006... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Good retention. The rich, woodsy aroma is a swirl of everything dark and toasty; roasted nuts, bourbon, caramel, vanilla beans and dark chocolate. The flavor is malty-sweet up front; burnt, bitter and alcoholic on the backside... good balance. More chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak in the flavor. Full-bodied and satiny with supple carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet, warming finish. World class brew!
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 Rerate from 06/29/07: 22oz bottle, #262 of 900 from the 2006 batch, courtesy of RagallachMC from a while ago. Thanks, Paul! Pours an intensely dark, rust-brown color; light tan head that quickly dissipates. Dense coffee and boozy bourbon in the aroma; hints of toasty vanilla and bitter chocolate. Full, viscous mouthfeel: dense, bitter coffee and dark chocolate; light vanilla and toasty bourbon character, well-integrated into the rest of the beer; intricate and oily and chewy without being overly sweet. Great stuff. Lengthy, dark chocolate and warm bourbon finish. 184.108.40.206.18=4.4
Rating from 07/16/2006: Courtesy of a fine citizen, RBSG 06. Sweet bourbon on the nose; vanilla, oaky tones. Bourbon is well-integrated into a dark chocolate and sweet vanilla core. Would like to compare it alongside the non-BA. 220.127.116.11.18=4.5.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Having more or less fallen from both the Imperial Stout and the barrel-aged bandwagons it is even all the more amazing who much I liked this beer. Black with a filmy tan head. Loaded with vanilla, chcolate and alcohol in the aroma. A surpising hit of roasted peanuts is the first flavor to develop, then the more traditional imperial stout/barrel-aged flavors kick in, but they manage to do so in moderation which leads to a much better beer. THe palate is full and silky smooth. Nice.
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 what a wonderful experience. This is by far my favorite stout that I have had up to the time of this review. It has a great aroma and a strong taste of chocolate and coffee plus a wonderful after taste!
railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Got this for my birthday from a friend in ohio. i loved the original and this is a great oak aged beer. i have not found too many oak aged beers i really liked but this aged fine CHEERS
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle #233/400, special thanks to kujo9 for giving this to me when we met up at Rocky River) Small brown head atop a jet black body. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, bourbon, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, melon/berry, some cream, light bourbon. Medium-full body, light alcohol burn.