Ughsmash (7508) - 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!
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Grovlam (4207) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Average brown bubbly head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Pitch black. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, wood, mild dried fruit notes. Over the palate came mild metallic notes as well with light liquorish feel. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Heavy sweet flavor with mild bitterness. Lingering malty and light bitter finish.
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Pour is deep black brown with frothy but thin head that dissapates. Solid lacing that lasts. Smells of bourbon chocolate molasses and vanilla and scents of coffee. Taste bitter and I felt it was very bitter boozy and dry finish although there were some coco flavors as well. Palate medium feel and lively booze on swallow. I am very glad that I was able to try this, but we probably skip next time around.
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the Sprecher tour/reserve tasting. Jet black pour with a small tan head. Awesome aroma of oak and bourbon. Palate is a little thin for this style. Taste is bourbon, wood, and some roasty bitterness. Aroma definitely trumps the flavor on this one. Paired with an Irish cheddar whiskey cheese.
kayres (821) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a thick tan head. Dull oaky vanilla nose. Malty bourbon flavors. Less smooth than I would have figured not bitter. More sweet and soy
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RobertDale (5441) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Pretty decent.
AdamChandler (4518) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, from AFH. Looks really nice, dark, tan brown head, a slight reddish hue but looks like a classic Imperial Stout. The aroma though..next-level. Vanilla, Coconut, Bourbon and chocolate. There is a little bit of smokey year here. Mouthfeel is thin, carb is spot on but there’s just not a to of malt density here. the initial bit of smoke, wood and bourbon are on spot then it fades pretty fast. Actually, yeah the carb is pretty much on point, just it’s lacking the malt backbone it ends. The vanilla at the finish is a really nice touch.
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.
sthlm (1280) - Duluth, Minnesota, 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.