SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Draught at Verdugo. Black with no real head and some tan bubbles. Aroma of caramel, wood, bourbon, and light vanilla. Light chocolate male flavor with lots of booze and light wood. Medium-full, smooth carbonation, and hot palate. I wasn’t wild about the regular sea monster, ands though this smooths out the rough oat flavor, the booze is just too much. This just needs much less barrel time or a lot more malt to stand up to it. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tap at Old Grove. Nose is less hot than the regular version - wet wood and vanilla. Flavor is bifurcated - bourbon barrel/vanilla and then a very clear taste of Imp. Sea Monster. Wish the flavors had married better. mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
5 oz. taster at the brewery. Pours black with a brown tint and no head. Aroma is heavy with whiskey, oaky vanilla, and some typical stout-like coffee/chocolate in the background. Flavor is boozy with alot of whiskey. It cuts the sweetness of the beer nicely. The barrel aging stands out in this beer more than any I’ve had, so if you’re in to that kind of thing (which I am) then you’ll love this. feels a little lighter bodied and less carbonated than the regular version. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Taster at the brewery. This was awesome. Super aroma, lots of vanilla, some bourbon notes. This beer picked up alot of flavor from the barrel for only being there for 3 months. I could have smelled it foever. this was spectacular. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
1st rating of this brew. Sampled at the Home Brew Mart Location. Tried after the barrel aged Porter. Pours midnight black with a creamy tan head. Nose held a touch of Bourbon with a boozy punch. Finish also held alcohol with some toffee, chocolate, and toasted malts.
JoeMcPhee (9549) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Tap at Hamilton’s. Deep black beer with a thick creamy tan head. Lightly smoky with a soft cocoaish character and a bit of light lactic tartness. Warming intensifies the tartness quite a bit. Flavour is quite oaky and vineous. Lots of light vanilla and a bit of tannic character. Soft cocoa and a light roastiness. Dusty and fairly herbal. Flavour becomes quite vineious as it warm. Not very stouty at all. Lots of lactic character. It’s a very strange beast. The whisky and woodiness are very subtle considering how tart the beer is. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
On-tap at the Linda Vista location. Pours dark brown/black with a good size, light brown head, sheet lace. Smells of sour malts as well as roasty malts and some sweetness from the wood and bourbon. Tastes of sour malt with some wood flavor on the back half. Not much sweetness or vanilla from the wood. The flavor is a bit of a miss for me as well.Medium body, good carbonation. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2009 Rerate; still thought the barrel aging was a bit too much but liked it better. 3.5 to 3.7.
On tap; black in color with a light brown head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, wood and roasted malt/cocoa. Flavor was a bit of a miss; not terrible, but just not as quality as it could be. Flavor was dominated by alcohol, bourbon/whiskey and a sourness. Roasted malt present, but the beer seemed to be dominated by the aging. Ztaproom (2) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008 does not count
My new favorite. I had it on draft and on cask in the same day at The Tap Room. It went perfect with cheesecake hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Draft... RBSG ‘08... This beer rocks!... Pitch black with a creamy, khaki head and terrific retention. Slowly leaves thick, creamy lacing on the glass. The aroma is a churning eddy of buttermilk and coffee with traces of chocolate and bourbon. Full-bodied and velvety with very restrained carbonation. Mostly acidic flavor provides a gentle note of sourmash. A touch chocolaty and not very sweet. Finishes chocolaty and tangy with a hint of bourbon. I like the subdued whiskey in this 30% barrel-aged blend.