jsf23mr (217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From cask at Rock Bottom Brewery Chicago. Copper in color with a think off white head. Laces well. Hoppy, caramel in taste. Strong finish.
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From cask at Rock Bottom Chicago. Pours an opaque black with a thick lasting brown head. Strong aroma of mocha, milk chocolate and molasses. The flavors are bitter espresso, dark chocolate and chicory. The finish is really long and bitter. The palate is coating and slightly oily. Overall this is a very solid beer.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I always have such high expectations for any of Chicago’s Barrel Aged beers. I think this one was just average. It was a dark black/brown with a thin tan head. The aroma was overpowering coffee and a little bourbon. I think it could have been better balanced. I really thought the coffee overpowered everything else in this beer, and the bourbon was more of an afterthought. I think it might have been served a little too cold. Still though, even a little disappointing barrel aged beer from RB is better than most of the stuff around. I like what they have been brewing.
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Chicago Rock Bottom. Straight coffee aroma is surprisingly bland for a barrel-aged offering. My immediate impressions are that this is far too carbonated, distractingly so. Earthy flavor, moderately bitter and lightly sweet. Heavily grainy flavor, like homemade rye bread. Jet black in color with a small, tan head that is totally diminishing after a few moments. Alcoholic finish. Just not too exciting. That being said, the bartender said that they *just* tapped this, so methinks it was tapped too early. 2006’s offering was likely much more robust, looking at the other ratings.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great big coffee and bourbon nose. More coffee and bourbon flavor, but vanilla/chocolate/molasses/ and brown sugar hitch a ride. Nice smooth roundness of mouthfeel...the oatmeal obviously! Very well brewed.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a thick brown head, Bourbon rearing its head throughout all phases of the drink... just like the old Bourbon drinker in me likes. But that’s certainly not all there is to this stout. Vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, cocoa, and the smoothness of oatmeal all expertly blended together. Another masterful work from Mr.Crawley.
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ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. First off, this was poured way too cold. After letting it warm for a while I then dove in. Near black with a brown laced head. Seems a little thin for an impy. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, and Bourbon. The Bourbon is strong in the forefront of the taste but then fades to the more complex flavors of the brew. Very nice.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub 12/16/2005: Pours a viscous opaque with a thin light tan head. Very nice bourbon coffee aroma has some dark chocolate complexty. Starts with a pleasant malty sweetness and a ton of rich mocha and nice boubron oaky balance. Lots of flavor elements coming together here and done very well. Reminds me of Dieu du Ciel’s Peche Mortel.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chicago. Opaque and inky black in color with a thin, creamy tan head. Complexity manifest early as the aroma takes on leather jackets, cowboy boots, horse saddles, semi-sweet espresso sludge, branded leather, roasted twigs and warped chestnuts. Flavor affirms that this is a big boy indeed. A few dark roasted espresso notions exist amidst the picturesque chocolate, caramel and bourbon vibes. Dark chocolate dripping with Frangelico. Tiramisu glazed with liqueur and artesian coffee grinds. Syrupy, expansive chocolate presence on the palate. Sweet and sticky chocolate malts and a touch of black and roasted malts help to achieve said coffee character. Chocolate-chocolate chip breakfast muffins chased with room temperature mocha java summarize the finish. Delicious.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(12.27.05) Oak barrel aged version available on tap at Rockbottom Chicago, Chicago, IL. Black hued stout having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Coffee and roasted malt aromas. Medium bodied that starts with faint malt sweetness and coffee, chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Bitterness development in the middle. Finishes with long lingering bitterness and some chocolate/coffee malt aftertaste. Though somewhat thin textured, watery flavored, and overly bitter for my taste, this is a good drinkable stout nonetheless.