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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Imperial Stout has been complemented by a generous bourbon flavor after aging five extra weeks in white oak bourbon barrels. Already saturated with dark roasted malt flavor, bourbon and oak highlights perfect the balance in this enormously rich ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5024) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2007
RBSG 07. A huge chocolate aroma from this beer. A jet black pour with little to no head. A flavor of chocolate, bourbon, and a hint of abv. Very good carbonation and mouthfeel. Nice warmth without being to warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Bottle… RBSG 07… Pours near black with a small, creamy, beige head. Notes of milk chocolate, cookie dough, tobacco, vanilla, sour mash and charcoal in the nose. The flavor is all sweet chocolate and vanilla with mild bourbon warmth and bitterness. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with soft carbonation. Chocolaty, whiskey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1168) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Poured black with a small dark tan head. Aroma was bourbon and oak with some chocolate and coffee coming through as well. Alcohol was also present in the aroma, but was well masked in the taste. Flavor was predominately bourbon and oak, with a nice long finish of roasted malt that was accented when exhaling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 [Bottle, thanks Guerde and Philsner] Pours jet black with a very small dark head. In the aroma the oak and bourbon is very strong, but there is also chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol present. The oak and bourbon also come through strongly in the taste at first, but then the roasted malt and chocolate come through nicely. Overall it is ok, but the bourbon is far too strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Thanks Jason for offering this one up! Sprecher’s best attempt yet at barrel-aging. No doubt used the current incarnation of their imperial stout for the backbone of this one. Good idea as the previous attempt was a thin fructose mess. Although they upped the grain bill on this one, they’re still using fructose. Stop with the damn fructose already! Geez, spend the extra couple bucks to do all-grain and you won’t have to worry about hitting your target gravity. Anyway, some good vanilla and bourbon notes that are decently balanced with the malty/fructose body. Creamy texture with a bit of a warming character and a slight astringent piece from the fructose. Almost there Sprecher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Shared by Jason, this beer pours to a black body with a really dark brown cocoa powder head. The aroma is vanilla, chocolate chip cookies, and high fructose corn syrup. The flavor is black patent malt, chocolate chip cookies, vanilla, and rich chocolate. The palate is creamy and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottled in Spring 2007, 1L, labeled at 11% ABV. Poured quite black with a respectable cap of very deep beige head. Aroma was of chocolate chip cookies and vanilla.. subtle sweet bourbon and woody aspects.. fructose sugars take over as it warms up a bit.. not bad. Flavor had a rather sweet chocolate base accented by ample vanilla beans.. bourbon rose as this warmed up, but the chocolate sweetness prevailed. Heavier-bodied on the palate with lots of sweetness.. tasty beer with not too much influence from the barrel. Very good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3468) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Out of the big bottle at the 07 RBSG grand tasting. Very dark beer with a thin whisp of a head. Barrel wood, vanilla, and chocolate all in the nose. The flavors favor the bourbon barrel with noticable vanilla, ripe pit fruit, caramel, and some burnt sugar. I’m not sure what the bourbon adds to this beer, but its a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
(1L Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of toasted marshmallow , chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit. Flavor of light roastiness, caramel, and some hints of bourbon. Thin in the body for an Impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Murky, very dark brown color with a moderate tight bubbled creamy tan head. Roasted malt, malted milk, caramel, coffee and chocolate liqueurs and bourbon oak aromas. Aroma has a bit too much alcohol in it. Smooth and silky in feel, which seems to thicken and get more mouth-coating and syrupy as it warms. Lots of caramel in the flavors with burnt sugar and a pale malt sweetness in the background. Light oak, the bourbon seems to be present in the very beginning and in the linger along with the roasted malt. An after dinner sipper.

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