Rock Bottom Chicago Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Rock Bottom Chicago's house porter aged in a Woodford Reserve barrel.

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3.7
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Sampled on tap. Dark brown color, translucent along the edges. Bourbon, cherry, and fruit aroma. Lots of bourbon in the flavor, especially for a lighter body. Roasty, a little chocolate, and a little of the heat on my throat. Not really that good, but not that bad either.

3.7
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2007
on tap, pitch black with almost no head. aroma is mainly bourbon with some roasty notes. flavor is mainly bourbon. it over takes the beer but i dont find it too much. since the beer is only 7% the bourbon doesnt taste hot at all. i found the porter to be a little weak and failed to hold it’s own against the bourbon, just not enough roastiness and chocolate notes. mouthfeel is not full and sorta fizzy. in the end a decent porter i’m sure improved by the barrel.

3.7
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Draught at the brew pub. Opaque blck color with light brown head that laced the snifter. Smelled of whisky mostly with a bit of chocolate and oak coming through. Tatses of milk chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Very creamy mouth feel with a sweet finish.

4
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Nearly black of body, this dark brown ale is capped with a bubbly, sustained brown head. The aroma begins with the Bourbon, followed closely by dark malts, a hint of roasted barley, a drop of chocolate milk, and alcohol. Very smooth. The flavor is strong with bittersweet chocolate, a chewy dark caramel, Bourbon, molasses, and a light touch of alcohol. It finishes on a sticky, whiskey note. Mr. Crowley continues to do amazing things with a barrel, and I thank him for his efforts.

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3.4
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Dark brown with a thin, crema-colored head. The aroma definitely shows it’s barrel-aging. Vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, fresh coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread and maybe some light acidity. The body is pretty full and robust with a pretty nice carbonation. The flavor isn’t nearly as in your face barrel action as I might have expected. The roasted malt is much more pronounced and the sweetness is way down. The bourbon and vanilla are there and they mesh pretty well, until about midpoint when the acidity comes back and whites out much of the rest of the flavor. The alcohol seems pretty strong, but I could be wrong. Good, but not outstanding. I don’t know why it all seems to drop out about halfway through. Maybe it’s past it’s peak, but it just didn’t quite do it for me.

3.1
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 On tap at RB Chicago. Dark brown colour with a mostly lasting frothy tan head. Straight coffee and chocolate aroma, but bourbon again is predominant in the flavour, no porter character left. Unlike the doppel, though, even the bourbon is muted here, almost as though the porter flavours and bourbon barrel character cancel each other out. Medium bodied, smooth.

3.9
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Huge bourbon nose following through even stronger in the upfront flavor assault. Rich, creamy texture...very mellow and inviting. Coffee, mollases, and brown sugar highlights. Finely crafted beer.

4
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2006
12/16/05. At RB Chicago. Pours to a strawberry seed and chocolate oatmeal aroma. The flavor is Nestle quik and strawberry seeds and bourbon. Pours to a creamy dark tan head. Very original flavor. I’m digging this. The palate is rich and creamy. Thick. Oatmeal derived?

3.8
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
On tap at the brewpub 12/16/2005: Pours a mostly opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin tan head. Sweet bourbon and light nutmeg aroma has some nice dark chocolate notes. Starts with a sweet malt and earthy bourbon oak flavor with a lightly warming, yet smooth finish. An enjoyable and interesting brew.

4.2
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Chicago. Really nice bourbon aroma; sweet. Completely opaque with a small, brown to light tan head. Excellent lace. Fairly strong beer with a relatively high alcohol profile. Very nice bourbon laced flavor. Rich, roasted malt; very well done. Not the best bourbon porter I’ve had but a damn good one! Chocolate caramel notes. This brew instantly put me in my happy place.


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