Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Deep black color with a monster tall tan head. Hefty sweet roasted nose, modest amount of bourbon in the nose, a mild woody note, light chocolate and dark coffee notes at the end round it out. Flavor is rich overall with a very rich roasted malt and bourbon flavor early. This is followed by a light dark fruit presence but this is quickly overtaken by a sweet chocolate and solid coffee bitter bite. Flavors are well balanced with none of the flavors taking over the full flavor profile of the beer. The beer has a very smooth, dense feeling to it with a fine amount of carbonation. It has a very creamy feeling too it. Overall a fantastic beer! The flavors meld perfectly and have some staying power to remind you how good it really is. The only knock on this beer is that even with all the flavors present in the brew, it has a pretty alcoholic kick too it. Definitely a great beer for a not so hard hit on the wallet. DTM (798) - Vacaville, California, USA - SEP 17, 2013
On tap at Aces and Ales in Las Vegas. The bourbon aroma is overwhelming and in a good way. Tastes of bourbon and and SMG (sweet malty goodness). A little bit of alcohol burn, besides that it's fantastic.
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On tap(nitro)@the new Scripps Ranch Brewery: Pure black color with a generous cocoa froth head. Aroma is light sweet dark chocolate. Flavor starts rich dark chocolate followed by a lightly bitter coffee and cream finishing long and dry with a hint of whiskey. Full body and smooth with moderate carbonation. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Direct from the barrel at the Brewery opening. Poured viscous and black with a moderate creamy dark tan head. Rich dark malts with hints of chocolate, coffee , dark fruits, herbal notes and bourbon in the aroma. Flavor is also rich with roasty malts, more of the chocolate, a bit of molasses and coffee with nice bourbon and oak notes from the barrel aging. Full body and gently creamy carbonation. This alone was worth attending the opening for. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2006
On tap at the 10 th Anniversary party. Had it on nitro. A beautiful black pour with a creamy white head. It was very smooth and tasty, definitely a well down imperial
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Tap at 11th anniversary. Opaque black with a thick tan nitro head. Heavy hazelnut and bakers chocolate aroma. Mocha, chocolate flavors up front. Prominant vanilla, liquor character combines with rich malty sweetness. Nutty sweetness lasts in the finish, with hints of coffee and the last vestiges of the barrel characters. Mouthfeel is heavy, slick, and smooth. hopscotch (11181) - 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. Snojerk321 (2960) - 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. daleharshman (1072) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Pint at brewery with mspindler and joetheyounger on release day. Good stuff, so I took the plunge and got the $25 growler fill. Pours not quite opaque pitch black -- some light does shine through. A finger and a half of frothy brown head slowly dissipates. Rather mellow aroma of milk chocolate and cocoa, toasty malts, wood, and some light booziness. Flavor is initially lightly sweet with dark malts and cocoa. Then more whiskey tones and some black coffee toward the finish. The year spent in various barrels (then blended) has done a lot to mellow this out. One of the smoothest impy stouts I have had. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2009
2 ounce taster at the brewery. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla and chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma; lots of chocolate, mellow whiskey, some green apple, roasted malts and vanilla. The alcohol is well hidden. The palate is smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering bourbon. Overall: A very fine BA stout.