Rock Bottom Chicago Redline Imperial Bourbon Stout

Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Our five-time, award-winning imperial stout aged in a Jim Beam barrel for 10 months.

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inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Deep black great thick body. Nicely balanced bourbon/stout aroma, though the bourbon definitely takes over. The flavor is perfect on this. It’s very malty and sweet enough to balance the bourbon flavor, also does a nice job of hiding the 12% alc. This actually went down way too easily, and i could have drank these all night long. Overall one of the best Bourbon Stouts I have tried.

kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Draught at the pub, 08/17/08. In a snifter, appears opaque big creamy cocoa head. Strong sweet bourbony chocolate aroma. Rich creamy palate some roast bitter and biting alcohol in the finish. A good strong but not over bearing imperial stout. Flavor is some dry barrel sweet chocolatey bitterness.

17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours dark black with a thin mocha head. Big raisin, dark fruit, bourbon, some wood, and molasses aroma. I love this beer. Raisin, strong bourbon, semi-sweet, fantastic light wood, lighter chocolate and notes of licorice. This stuff really puts the Paradox stuff to shame. Medium/full body, light creaminess with light carbonation. Fantastic!

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Name: Redline Bourbon Imperial Stout
Brewery: Rock Bottom Brewery
Date: 05/05/2007
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, Yankee Go Home!

Appearance: black, wispy tan head,
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma,
Flavor: lots of sweet bourbon flavor, lots of creamy vanilla and sweetness and sweetnesss, sweet chocolate and alcohol,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Great Taste of the Midwest 2008

The second timed tapping I made certain to be here as I had missed this last year. Not wanting to do so again I began to taper down so the palate would be fresh after a fourth barrel aged beer. While I did not quite find it to be on par with the best of the best this is certainly no slouch. I would love to get to downtown Chicago and have it again.

Aroma / Appearance - The black body had a thin tannish head that was a shadow of the previous sample. However the lacing was smooth and creamy. Vanilla, smoke, coffee and dark chocolate tickled the nose nicely. Overall it could have been a little more complex but it was not flawed.

Flavor / Palate - Chewy like a well made chocolate filled truffle it coated the throat in silky smooth bourbon, vanilla and coffee. Perhaps a bit unbalanced this was solid nonetheless. My initial rating appears to have suffered due to being preceded by such an amazing beer but after consideration I have to put this just below the best of the best.

pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4-23-08 tap
Dark brown black pour with a tan head. Smell is sweet malt and fruit and maybe some chocolate. Raspberries are present in taste. Big bold flavor of bourbon and malt. Very thick and creamy and enjoyable. Creamy and yummy!

lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2008
Pours black with a coffee brown head. Smell is strong and smooth bourbon, then roasty dark malt and then raspberry like red fruitiness. Server mentioned Raspberries being in this, so I’m not sure if this is the correct entry... Taste was strongly of bourbon, and dark roasty flavor behind that, followed by fresh raspberry flavor mingling well. Prickly, yet light carbonation. Perhaps a hint too bourbony, but still my favorite beer of theirs.

YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2008
Dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head. Bourbon prevails in the nose and flavor with backup from some chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. The Bourbon was up front but not overpowering. But, if you don’t like Bourbon, pass on this one. Otherwise, excellent.

hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2008
On tap @Rock Bottom. Dense Black, no head, served in a sniffer. Lots of Bourbon aroma, some clocolate there too. Flavors of Roastiness, coffee, chocolate, bourbon of course, and alcohol. Strong drink. Enjoyable, but just one.

jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Draft @ the bp. Served @ the perfect temp. This is the best brewpub in Chi-town and they consistenly brew the best beers. This is one of them. Bourbon nose w/ light choc, imp stout flavors w/ bourbon throughout. Excellent.

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