obguthr (3388) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brewvival: Raucous bourbon nose. Black, thin brown head. Flavor is of bourbon and dark roasted malt. Nice texture. Another example of bourbon barrel aging ruining a good beer. Still, it was moderaely enjoyable.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Twisted Spoke. Pours black with dark brown head. Nose is strongly raisiny & prunes. Distant cocoa and big vanilla notes from the barrel. Molasses and a touch of soy as well. On taste, much of the same. Lots of dried dark fruit and some savory slightly smoked notes. Not particularly focused and I prefer the un-bourboned version. Meh.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 1 liter swingtop bottle. Inky black pour glowing mahogany around the rim, settling beneath a thin tan film. Hot tangy bourbon aroma; butter, shaved coconut and toasted marshmallow. Malts seem a little hollow; chocolate syrup, cheesecake, graham crackers. Heat of a perfume stripe. Dirty, earthy malt and nutty sweetness in the flavor. Coconut milk. Cocoa nibs. Dry and powdery in general with a wisp of cinnamon; lots of gritty residual sugars. Some minerals, basic alcohol and metallic bitterness; mid palate is weak and lightly astringent. Mouthfeel is medium to full; while seeming made slightly more oily through barrel aging, it lacks severely in malt thickness considering the level of impact the bourbon seems to have had on the flavor. Generally, everything seems pressed by this tangy, hot, acrid quality that cuts through those rich imperial stout nuances and strips them down. Peppery alcohol, chewy roasts and perfume in warm, visceral finish that smacks with some kind of metallic, gritty coffee twang; harsh and simplistic. Thereís a fine line to be balanced when bourbon is in play, and this one just isnít careful enough. Ultimately, itís tiresomely ordinary. Thanks for the opportunity Ty. Next!
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Churchkey. Aroma and taste of Jack Daniels, enough to dilute the characteristics of the stout.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Stone-40 event in Baltimore. jet black, Thin tan head. Lots of roast up front nose, chalky milk chocolate. Way more bourbon in flavor, finish is heavy chocolate, light oxidation in finish. Lots of roast and alcohol finish the experience off.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Denver Rare Beer Tasting. Stranahans barrels. Black appearance with a tiny, dark brown head. Sweet caramel, toffee, whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate malty aroma. Low carbonation. Roasty dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, woody, whiskey flavor. Iím not too impressed.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a great example of what happens to world class beer when it comes in contact with bourbon. It is no longer world class beer. The palate has been thinned considerbly. Some vanilla and coconut. Good carbonation. Mostly bourbon flavor and bourbon aroma. Far from a top 50 beer in my opinion. Thanks to Tytoanderso and Stine for sharing.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Too much of the booze and bourbon came out in this beer. I had it next to the 12th anniversary beer and found it to be much more boozy and out of balance.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Handbottle, thanks for bottling, Stine and huge thanks go to tytoanderso for acquiring the growler!] Pours black with a good tan head. Aroma is fairly nice, if not simple, with a lot of coconut from the bourbon, chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt. Taste is really lacking. I just had the regular RIS last night and all of the complexity and subtle nuances that I loved with that one have been flattened out and overpowered by the bourbon. Just like in the aroma, there is still a little chocolate and roasted malt, but very little else is evident. Medium-thin mouthfeel with a long finish where the roasted malt shows up most strongly. Really, 95-100 percentiles for this and the Mikkeller Black? I feel like Iím taking crazy pills when I look at the high scores. This was not good, and itís sad because the regular RIS really is a quality beer.
Guerde (1135) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(handbottle, thanks for bottling Stine, and thanks to Tytoanderso for getting the growler!) Pours black with a tan head; looks good enough. Aroma is very limited with a lot of bourbon, coconut, and vanilla. Thereís also a little bit of chocolate and roasted malt, but none of the smells are really that strong. The taste really falls flat, with a hint of bourbon, light roasted malt, and really not much else. The flavors are there for a split second, and then they just vanish. As OSLO said, the regular RIS is far superior to this creation. I know itís the in thing to barrel age beers, but this particular beer was not enhanced in any way by the barrel aging. The mouthfeel is also very thin. This is just not that good.