jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Sampled at O’Briens - RBSG ’08. Cloudy, muddy dark brown with a small, fading head. Caramel, mocha, wood and hint of tart/sourness in the nose. Like the aroma, the flavor starts with notes of mocha, caramel, wood, light tobacco and ends with a bit of saltiness and medium tartness/sour acidity - which works well. Medium to light bodied (perhaps the bugs dried this up a bit) with soft carbonation. Well-done. 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. nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
On tap at Stone Bistro. Black in color with a medium-sized frothy tan head and good lacing. Aroma is lots of bourbon along with typical imperial stout coffee, chocolate, and roast. Flavor is chocolatey and roasty with some coffee, vanilla, and wood, but the Jim Beam really dominates and overwhelms the beer a bit. Hot and boozy with and a bit thin on the body for the style. Decent, but a bit underwhelming compared to what I expected. indigentone (10) - Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2013
On cask at rock n brew in manhattan beach. Pours black with a thick tan head which was gone quickly. Slight lacing but not terribly interesting in that regard. Cask temperature helped get t the aromas quickly. Obvious liquor and chocolate. Barrel was prominent. Aroma and flavor similar but a bit more bitter than i expected. Palate was ok but not what i would expect from a beer this big. Certainly a good beer and worth imbibing goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
RBSG: At the production facility tasting room. Poured a very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Mild vanilla and whisky aroma over a sweet roasted malt. The flavor had a light whisky taste with a mildly tart roast. The finish is semi-dry with a roasted bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
On tap At O’Brien’s in San Diego on 08/01/2008 on the RBSG Friday Pub Crawl. Dark black body with a small off-white head. Roasted malt aroma with light oak hints. Slightly sour oak flavor with light roast. Medium light body wtih moderately low carbonation, slightly watery. Ungstrup (37586) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Draft. A black beer with a brown shine under a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with roasted malt. The flavor is sweet and acidic from the strong notes of hard roasted malt, leading to a dry roasted finish. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Draft at hamiltons: pours dark with glimmers of red light. The head atop is stable, thin, and light brown/tan. Nose was boozy with vanilla and chocolate but nothing too vibrant. Flavors are on the tart side of lactic and a little roasty. The mouthfeel is a little wet and certainly boozy...it may be a bit cold, but I don’t think the bourbon barrel added anything too good here...other than booziness and maybe a slight vanilla character. Bitterness is firm to strong and always in the background...just seems a bit wet to me and boozy in a unrefined way. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Black color with tan foam. Dark chocolate, wet wood tannin, tobacco aromas. Medium to full bodied. Lightly tart wet wood bug, dark roast malt, dark chocolate flavors--good bugs jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Nitro Draft at capones with Vinny. Pours a deep brownish black with perfect cappuccino head. Aroma is light roast, smoked malts and bourbon. Mouthfeel is super creamy with notes of chocolate, roast, lots of bourbon.