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Rock Bottom Yorktown Bourbon Barrel Aged Argus India Brown Ale

Rock Bottom Yorktown Bourbon Barrel Aged Argus India Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
American brown ale, dry hopped, aged 6 months in a Woodford Reserve barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2009
At the brewpub. Awesome dark brown pour with a foamy tan head. Aroma of soft bourbon, nuts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is great bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate and maybe a touch of bitterness. The bourbon is very tasty, flavorful, and adds a lot to the bear. Very warming and complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3713) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2009
Snifter served at RB Yorktown bar. Appeared thick, with a black/brown hue, and a tan, foamy head that reduced down to a light, bubbly layer and a small, foamy ring of lacing. The aroma was smooth malt, sweetness, and bourbon. The flavor also was potent bourbon, but dry and almost overly bitter, prompted by notes of some baker’s chocolate, and slightly charred wood and resin. As it warmed, a touch of caramel and vanilla was revealed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
FoBAB 2008 offering: #411 - Very interested to try some of the RB FoBAB offerings by Tim. Dark brown hazy pour with a tannish respectable head. Touch of bourbon in the nose mixed with a nice hoppy bouquet and some subtley sweet malt balancer. Taste is initially hoppy bitter with some woody oak notes, mixing bourbon and chocolatey and biscuity maltiness. A nice bit of warming bourbon on the finish leaves a great impression on the palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2008
I thought this was a pretty solid Bourbon Barrel Aged beer. 6.5% seems a lot less than what they had on the board when I was there. Pours a dark brown, with basically no head. Nose is caramel, bourbon, and just a little bit of hops. Solid beer, but I think the regular Argus was better. Worth a shot though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Wow, this was really good. Big brown pour, barely any head at all. Big bourbony alcohol nose backed by nice chocolate and malty notes. Very tasty going down. Hope to get back before its gone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
on tap at RB Yorktown, pours dark reddish-brown with white head. nose is sweet caramel and licorice. flavor sweet toasted biscuity, woody, bitter hops still alive in there. a nice beer but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Draught at the pub. I’ve really come to like heavily hopped brown ales and found myself enjoying both the barrel aged and standard Argus here. The barrel aged argus pours an opaque dark brown with a big lacing light tan head. Aroma is citrusy hops, and malts with a subdued barrel character. Nicely hop forward with a sweet malt character that is complimented by the dry oak and bourbon barrel notes. Medium bodied smooth drinkg with a dry lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - FEB 9, 2008
On tap at brewpub. Thought the barrel aging thinned out the body a little too much. Preferred the regular version of the Argus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2008
On tap at brewpub. Dark brown to black color with a tan head. It was served too cold so I had to give it a chance to warm up. Once a bit warmer there were barrel driven scents of bourbon, wood, vanilla and chocolate. In the mouth it was creamy but a distinct hoppiness toward the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2007
On tap at RB – Yorktown. Poured very deep brown with a short cap of deep beige head. After some time to warm up, the nose found toasty chocolate and caramel rising above vanilla and sharp, but sweet bourbon.. initially the aroma was well-skewed toward the barrel.. glad it mellowed out! The flavor had lots of sweet vanilla and bourbon sugars with some sweeter chocolate and toasted caramel beneath.. reverted back to a bunch of bourbon at the finish. Thicker and fairly creamy on the palate with a nice sweet bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate uptake on the finish.. higher carbonation worked in here. Solid, but too much barrel influence for it to be really good.

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