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Rock Bottom Chicago Santas Revenge

Rock Bottom Chicago Santas Revenge
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Our 666th brew is a dark, extremely hoppy, malty, and high alcohol mess! Three pounds of hops per barrel gives this brew an explosion of hop flavors and aromas complemented by intense malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2007
Draft. Menu stated that this was batch #666. Came out rather dark. I was almost expecting an imperial IPA and got that seemingly blended with a porter. Small an colored head. Nose is big hops and not much else except licorice. Lots of pine and citrus with licorice. Good thing I like licorice.... Taste is more licorice, hops, pine, citrus fruits, cold coffee, sweet malts and mint. Body is oily and medium with moderate carbonation. Finishes with more pine and citric hops, lighter licorice, sweet malts and a minty hint. Not bad, but this seems to defy categorization.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Draft. Nice hop aroma, mostly of grapefruit. Flavor was pretty much the same, but some other fruit presence as well. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2007
On tap at R.B. Chicago... made sure to note that it was Batch #666. Poured damn near black with a creamy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma picked up heavy pine initially with caramel and chocolatey malts behind... quite heavy... as it warmed, more and more booze emerged. Flavor was quite tasty... rich chocolate and some coffee malts with a high level of piney bitterness... booze again became a bit too strong with warmth. Medium-bodied and it flowed OK on the palate.. booze and bitterness were a bit too sharp in places. Solid overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Growler brought forth a huge, fluffy, mocha head above a thick, dark mahogany body. The slowness by which the head formed predicted its density. Dry-hopping assaults the nose with some resiny, piney PNWs. Charred roasted malts follow late and a hint of alcohol sums things up. Flavors mimmick the aromas, but whereas the nose found the diversity intriguing, here things rather clash. Sweet and bitter and chocolate and pine needles and... I canít keep up. Donít get me wrong, I really enjoyed this... but I can see why others might not. It left with me the same impression as <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer/three-floyds-bla Black Sun.

As sage reviewer <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 might have said, "This beer reminded me of watching golf on TV but I lost sight of the ball against the bright blue sky."

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Sampled on tap. Muddy brown in color with a tan head. Fruity aromas, red fruits, grapefruit, sweet, something strange. I canít place it but Iím somehow with the combination of fruit and something off Iím reminded of an attic, old wood, stale air, I still canít place it. Anyway, on to the flavors, sweet fruity, dark flavors, a little chocolate, dry fruit. Its kind of all over and without any balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pint. Hazy dark brown body, small head. Strikes me as a hoppy porter a la Alpha Klaus - thatís a good thing! Grapefruit and tart dark malt int eh aroma. The flavor has a strong pine spiciness in front of sweet tootsie roll malt and grapefruit flesh. Finishes with an effervescent citrus rind and hop-spiciness. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Excellent stuff - good that they didnít put it in a barrel!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2007
I noticed the hops but didnít find them as overblown as did drewbeerme. Itís a murky dark brown brew with a bubbly light brown head. The aroma is rich with roasted malts, a splash of chocolate, and some PNW aromatics. Well carbonated, it tases of rich roasted malts, burnt chocolate, anda piney hop bitterness. The finish is more of a nutty bitterness. Go figure.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 sample on tap, pours a dark brown color with big head. aroma is mostly cascade. i canít say i got a good feel for this beer, but it described itself as a dark hoppy mess and i think that sums it up. the dark notes adds a very light chocolate but itís mainly a mess of hops. sorta like a double ipa and porter. iíd like to try it again, but i passed on getting a growler of it. re-rate, sample on tap. very dark fruity hoppy aroma. never smelled something like this. beer suffers from a lack of bitterness and roasted malts. just black patent?

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