Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle courtesy of Naka. Oak and vanilla heaven, a super aroma. Sweet and velvetty. Dark black with thin tan head. Oily viscous body with medium carbonation and a bunch of warming. Great oak, vanilla taste, with sweet and alcoholic warming. Great malt flavor. Chocolatey and smooth. Just a great beer and a super way to finish up the evening.
undsioux7 (848) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours blck with a good sized dark brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, raisons. Taste is bourbon, alchohol, chocolate, sweet malt, but not cloying. A bit too boozy.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, alcohol, chocolate. Flavor is lightly sweet with a bit of a bite at the end. Nice mouthfeel. Too much alcohol comes through.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of SoLan: pours a dark dark brown witha very small to no head the is tan. aroam is very bourbon with plenty of alcohol, lots of dark fruits, raisins mostly, some deeper caramel malts. flavour is plenty of bourbon alcohol, decent roast and a touch of bitter chocolate, good malts but not as amzing as a expected, tons of bourbon seems to overpower the rest.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml bottle. 2007 vintage. Dark black pour. Thin, light brown head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, bitter chocolate. Sweetness has mellowed nicely. Bourbon notes really come through and compliments the dark chocolate notes. Warming alcohol at the finish. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. What an amazing beer!
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2011 2007 Bottle (9/19/2008 ). Yum, a real delight! Oak and bourbon tones are not overly in your face like a lot of bourbon barrel aged beers. A lot of sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. Warms in the mouth. Definitely drinks like a port.
2009 bottle served 3/1/2010. The appearance is a beautiful glossy flowing back. No head no carbonation. The nose is strong with bourbon, figs, plums, and heavy roasted malts. A good amount of alcohol in the nose as well. The flavors are very complex. A lot of bourbon, port, figs, prunes, other dried dark fruits, more bourbon, dark cherries, heavy roasted malts. The flavors are distracted with a lack of carbonation. A good grainy wet oak flavors as well. I wish it wasn’t so distracting but it is and it makes the alcohol heat be more upfront. I didn’t adjust my score as far down since the sample I have from a 2010 bottle was so phenomenal. I will take more notes when I open my bottle of that.
dalekliz (899) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the brewery for RBSG 08. Pours a deep black with a small tan head that fades into a ring. Huge bourbon-malt aroma, sweet, sharp, and a bit boozy. Big sweet malt taste, with wood and bourbon notes, and a lot of alcohol. Lingering sweet malt-bourbon flavors. Delicious.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thought I would start the next 1000 with a goodie, this being #1001. Alexanderj got me a bottle of this awhile ago, but I recently acquired a new one... I am drinking the new one and saving the one from alexanderj. Black pour with some tan head. Aroma is nice vanilla bourbon, some sweet toffee, and chocolate malt. The flavor is the same, the sweetness of the toffee like malt is rich and provides excellent balance to the bourbon / vanilla. Its a very nice bourbon aged beer.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like old, old motor oil. Licorice and and molasses aroma, with a very distinctive licorice and baker’s chocolate flavor.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Inky black-brown pour with a short lived tan head. Intense aromas of vanilla extract, bourbon, and sweet malt. Flavor is well balanced and not overpowering, with sweet vanilla, bourbon, and a hint of oak on the finish. Very smooth and rich. This is a truly extraordinary beer!