SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewery during RBSG09. Black with a tan head. The aroma is just lots of sweet bourbon, with a hint of coffee coming through. Lots of bourbon in the flavor as well, but not much alcohol. Coffee, wood, and caramel show as well. On the lighter side for a stout this big, and it works well. The flavor on this was pretty simple, but nice. Much better than the regular version, which I really don’t care for at all, with its harshly vegetal coffee notes.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lagunitas during the 2009 RBSG visit there.
Served from a firkin, dark brown, very little carbonation, some coffee flavor with bourbon notes.
illidurit (1965) - Sonora, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG on cask at the brewery. Dark ruby brown color. Mostly still with a smattering of tan air bubbles. Big brownie aroma and smooth vanilla from the bourbon with some oakiness and subdued coffee. Chocolate cakey flavor with a nice medium bourbon influence. Light, moussey, airy body makes this beer hugely drinkable for a barrel imp stout.
nimbleprop (3920) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Max’s American Beer Fest. I was very excited to try this. Pours a nearly opaque black, slightly watery, with a ringing beige head. Aroma is very mild, vanilla, coffee, nuts and not a whole lot else. Flavor is a little better, slightly peppery, slightly boozy, some light wood, coffee grounds. Full bodied with a bitter finish. A little bit of a letdown. Frankly, I think the barrel aging eliminated some of the cappucino flavors.
bassbuckeye (81) - Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap at brews in Columbus Ohio... Had it after dinner and it was nice. Dark poor with copper head. Dark chocolate and roast smell with intense coffee arome. Taste coffee and cream not bad but a little to intense on the cappacino flavor.
baraciisch (1285) - USA - JAN 31, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep black in color…. Like chewing on coffee beans and drinking a stout if you like that kind of thing…. Decent aroma…. Alcohol content of 8.3% is well hidden over the strong coffee flavor… Not my favorite coffee stout….
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big Bourbon and coffee nose with notes of fresh oak and caramelyzed bread. Full and rich mouthfeel with lots of alcohol present. Lingering Bourbon centered finish.
IrishBoy (3689) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Bistro’s First Barrel-Aged BeerFest 11/11/06; Nose of coffee. oak, and bourbon (probably from the bourbon soaked wood chips it was aged with);dark brown with a small tan head; flavour of bourbon, caooffee, caramel, and some roasty woodiness!