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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Around the time of the Louisiana purchase, beer was shipped in barrels. if one had been lucky enough to receive a used Bourbon barrel of Imperial Stout, this is what his/her happy taste buds would have encountered: roasty, rich, malty imperial stout with a strong dose of caramel, oak, and Bourbon character. This is the perfect beer to pair with hearty, cold weather dishes, smoked meats, and virtually any dessert.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7885) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 Sample from a 2006 bottle. Thanks to willblake. Pours with only a thin film, has the appearance of cola bubbles. The nose I don’t think I’m into at all, a bit of some spoiled lactic and butter whiskey notes – this is the bourbon I don’t like in my stout. Vinous on the palate, with roasted peanuts and chocolate covered crackers. Sharp and moderately boozy, rough and dry oak hits the tongue, and then finishes with a dry flavor of ashy crackers and pasty oak wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5154) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Sampled at RBSG Grand Tasting room. From a 750ml bottle, pours a clear dark brown brew with a thin tan head that quickly dissolves. Aroma of milk chocolate and caramel malt, bourbon whiskey, with some vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, very low carbonation with flavors of molasses, caramel and bourbon. Finish is sweet, a little alcoholic, with some sweet chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Bottle provided by Paul at a recent beerinatior gathering. Pour was dark brown with some garnet around the edges. Nose is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malts. Flavor is very smooth for a bourbon stout which I appreciate. I thought this was very well done and the alcohol well hidden. Yum. This one stood out amonng the 10+ imperial stouts we tasted last night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 8, 2007
(sample from irishboy)brown body with lots of red highlights.light brown head that leaves nice webbing on the glass.nice complex aroma of caramel,vanilla,bourbon,chocolate,molasses,and brown sugar.flavor mixes up the aroma.although the bourbon and vanilla are a little more upfront in the taste.mouthfeel is on the medium side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2193) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
RBSG ’07. Caramelly, rich aroma. Very dark, reddish black body with a large bubble head. Like many of the beers I sampled later in the evening during RBSG, this beer was too warm. Sweet. not all that rich. Several years ago at the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, Schlafly drew a lot of attention from fest goers. However, like most of their beers this one is nothing fabulous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 6, 2007
2006 Bottle from Beerdrenched; Thanks Eric! Waited a long time to drink this one! Odeed made me do it! Rating #1200 Nose was woody, with coffee, chocolate, and light bourbon and molasses notes; clear dark brown (lighter than expected) with a small, but lightly glass-lacing, tan head; Flavor of chocolate, bourbon (but not too much), dates, oak, and some light vanilla from the medium body and a light bourbon finish!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2007
(RBSG07, 750ml bottle) Brown-black body with minimal tan head. Aroma is medium sweet,Bourbon, milk chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, milk chocolate, some roast, Bourbon. Some alcohol, alcohol burn. Medium-full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
2006 vintage. Moderate brown color with yellow at the dges. Some alcohol in the aroma tends to dominate the more sublte flavors. In the mouth the bourbon notes hit. Average to below average BA Impy. Some roast in the finish, but....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2007
RBSG 2007, 2006 vintage. Thanks to JPDIPSO for this one. The beer pours to a dark brown body with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet chocolate sauce and syrup. Vanilla and chocolate malt. The flavor is sweet chocolate syrup, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Subtle bourbon. The palate is sweet and syrupy. A let down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
RBSG 2007, 2006 vintage. Black color with no head. Big aroma of oak and vanilla. Some bourbon, but not an outrageous amount. The taste is mostly sweet malt and a little bitterness keeping it from becoming syrupy. Lots more oak. The bourbon faded into the background a bit too much, but still very good.

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