sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
jsquire (3386) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours pretty much jet black. Smelled a bit off at first but given some time it eventually opened up. Roasted malt, dark fruits and alcohol on the nose. Notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted marshmallow and some alcohol. Syrupy and lightly carbonated.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 2007. Black color with no head. Strong, roasty aroma. This fades to a very mild roast in the taste, mingling with a little bourbon. A bit on the watery side. Not bad.
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks goes to Joebrew for sharing this bourbon aged brew. Label even reads "Czar Brew" Pours a near opqaue dark amber brown brew with little head if any. Aroma is complex, lots of dark pitted fruit, sweet toasted chocolate malt, coffee, and some cabernet red wine. Taste is thick and chewy with a very sweet tongue feel. The finish is where I detect more of the bourbon flavor and then a light chocolate aftertate.