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Rock Bottom Chicago Barrel-Aged Coffee Porter

Rock Bottom Chicago Barrel-Aged Coffee Porter
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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An American-style porter aged with two pounds of coffee for four months in a Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrel.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pour is black with a thin dark brown head...smell is sweet with tons of bourbon and vanilla...faint hintsof coffee, but not much...sweet vanilla and bourbon flavors...where is the coffee? Pretty interesting beer, but it was just too sweet...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2008
On tap at Rock Bottom Chicago, thanks Holdenn. Dark brown to black color with medium tan head. Strong astringent coffee aroma with some chocolate and burnt malt. Flavor was a good balance of coffee and chocolate malt with some bourbon barrel. Thin body and well carbonated. I think it is interestig but lacking in body and flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 tap at RB Chicago on 1/18/08....served in a snifter....an almost black pour with a lingering tan head. points for looking pretty tasty...nose was chock-full of rich dark chocolate and loads of roasted coffee. traces of vanilla probably coming from the barrel but i can’t seem to locate any of the bourbon at all....dark chocolate and roasted coffee make up most of the flavor with some lingering bitter roast qualities that follow through to the finish. carbonation level was pretty noticeable and provided a little burn. very little detection of any barrel aging in the flavor.....a pretty nice coffee porter

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7146) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2007
On tap at RB – Chicago. Poured near black with a short, fairly well-retained yellowy-brown head. The aroma picked up sweet bourbon and vanilla first with nice complexity coming shortly behind.. cold medium-roast coffee hit along with aged oak chips, darker chocolate, and more vanilla.. sweet and engaging! The flavor was on par.. well-roasted coffee bitterness hit the tip of the tongue with coffee and vanilla rolling in shortly afterward.. roasty chocolate and coffee middle with light vanilla and bourbon surrounding.. long, decadent coffee and vanilla finish.. the barrel influence was low, and it worked very well. Surprisingly creamy feel on the palate with moderate carbonation.. great contrast of sharper bourbon and coffee bitterness on the back-end.. long, strong caffeinated finish. Great brew!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Sample on tap. Black in color with a brown head. Sweet aroma, sugary sweet, roasted coffee, alcohol, a lot like kahlua, well just like kahlua. Chocolate sweet candied flavors, green apple, bourbon, but with a light body and wow that’s hot.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
sample on tap, black with good head. nose is extremely strong with starbucks coffe liqour aged in a bourbon barrel. mouthfeel is too thin, taste is coffee mixed with bourbon, hardly a porter. very hot, green apple too. gross.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Draught at the brew pub. Black, opaque. Head was tan and laced the snifter. Similar to the other barrel aged beers they had on tap, the aroma was dominated by whiskey with oak, coffee, and chocolate undertones. Flavor was similarly dominated by whiskey. Medium bodied with a warm splash of alcohol at the end.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007

Sample from tap. Melon, peach, yogurt, and cold coffee in the aroma. Thinned roast flavor - tart white chocolate, coffee, grape. Too tart to fit what the beer is trying to do. 8 3 7 4 15

Pint re-rate 1/13/2006: Black body, thin brown head that laces well. A heavy bourbon dominates the aroma but it still has a good coffee/chocolate base. I’d like to see less bourbon and perhaps more vanilla come from the barreling. The flavor tips the balance more towards tart berry-like coffee and dark chocolate with the bourbon taking up the finish. I’d like to try this coffee porter w/o the barrel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 On Tap @ the brewpub- Pours a pitch black, small off white head. Aroma of butterscotch, booze, bourbon. Flavor is sweet, oats, caramel, bourbon, bitter finish. Very balanced, and delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Before I started on RateBeer, I never would’ve guessed there were so many beers brewed in my native Illinois. And now, here I am at IL rating #200 (out of 1409), and what a dandy beverage it is. It’s very dark brown, but clear, with a frothy, slightly lighter brown head. The aroma is malty sweet with roasted malt, chewy toffee, a dollop of chocolate, maple, old coffee, and lots of bourbon. Thick and vinuous, it’s loaded with a barleywine-like sweetness, roasted barley, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, a touch of smokey woodiness, and, of course, bourbon. It’s undoubtedly the barrel aging that does it, but I would have thought this was an imperial stout. Mr. Crowley had better get working on the next batch!

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