slowrunner77 (12450) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 19, 2017
High expectations going in and this does not disappoint. Black oily pour. Aroma is pretty strong on the barreling, but the hops and roasted malts in the base beer are still coming through quite nicely. That's what I liked about it - decadent barreling yet the base beer still shows. 4.5 for now. May go higher after having a bottle to myself in a non tasting session. douglas88 (9501) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2017
12 ounce bottle thanks to Brandon. Expy is still my favorite beer. So this was a major want. Pours a jet black color with a medium dark brown head. A big expy nose, licorice, huge dark fruit, light bourbon. Dark roast, sugary dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, hot, licorice. Very good. Hotter than Expy bigger, sugary. Very good. AdmiralVernon (1197) - SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2017
A: Pitch black with a thin light brown lacing N: Coffee, caramel, vanilla fudge, bourbon T: Bourbon, oak, smoke, vanilla, coffee O: Would probably be even better in 6 months, but still nice! hackobock (4058) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2017
August 15, 2017. Bottle. Klimaet (2878) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2017
Black with a smäll dense brown head. Aroma is roasted with cocoa, burnt wood, coffee notes, some ash, sweet caramel, vanilla, some dark berry notes, light bourbon and an earthy touch. Taste is sweet, malty, roasted bitterness and light warming. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Finish is warming with soft bourbon, sweet caramel, berry and vanilla notes, slightly dry bitterness with dark chocolate and tannic burnt wood.
Bottle shared. Pours pitch black with a small dense dark brown head. Aromas of burned wood, vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate, light malt, light booze. Taste is sweet, malty, dark chocolate, vanilla, fudge, tobacco, walnuts, tad sharp boozy bitter finish.
biggsbowler (629) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2017
Bottle - Pours dark black/brown with a rich brown head. Nose is filled with bourbon and oak but that roasty chocolatelyness still shines out. More of the same with the taste, notes of roasted chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Rich body, Definitely some booze here but it doesn’t hurt it overall. SG111 (1927) - New York, USA - AUG 11, 2017
Bottled, 2017 vintage. Pours pitchy black, minimal tan head. Aroma is big boozy notes, tons of black strap molasses, vanilla, bitter burnt roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. But man, this thing is aggressive. Flavor follows. Bitter chocolate, aggressive bourbon, boozy. It’s really bitter and aggressive. It does follow the base beer well, I feel. But I dont think I would seek this out again. hayduke (5598) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 2, 2017
Sampled at the RBSG 2017 Grand Tasting. In my tasting glass this was black with a brown head of long lasting foam. Huge nose of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Plus bourbon. Full bodied. Creamy mouthfeel and alcohol well hidden. The flavor is much as the aroma with the bourbon aging and rich chocolate/vanilla/coffee in perfect balance. Finishes almost decedent. Superb. Best beer of the RBSG it seems to me and there are some darn good ones here. jake65 (3978) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 30, 2017
Bottle at RBSG. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a thick brown head. Huge aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon barrel. Sweet at times, so rich in flavor. Dark chocolate, heavy roast, woody, vanilla, and whiskey barrel notes. The barrel compliments the base beer nicely? so delicious. superspak (5781) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2017
5600th review! 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/2/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow cream, biscuit, dark bread, and roasted nuts; with lighter notes of licorice, cherry, raisin, fig, date, coconut, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow cream, biscuit, dark bread, and roasted nuts; with lighter notes of licorice, cherry, raisin, fig, date, coconut, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow cream, biscuit, dark bread, roasted nuts, light licorice/dark fruits, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel flavors; with an amazing roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Very slight dryness from bitter/oak spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and slightly chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is insane. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 12.8%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a world class barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Definitively a great improvement over the base beer, which is already a top style favorite. Same huge, rich, and complex malt body; with perfect barrel integration across the board. Also extremely less bitter; hardly any charred roast and earthy hop notes. A lot smoother/silkier and far less drying. An insanely amazing offering, and top tier style example.