OKBeer (1175) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2006
On tap at RB Chicago. Opaque black colour with a fully diminishing tan head. Light chocolate and coffee aroma that builds some fruitiness and alcohol as it warms. Bourbon influenced flavours, but the chocolate and coffee stand out. Medium to full bodied with an oily smoothness and some alcohol and dryness in the finish. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2006
GABF 2006 This was my first beer of the first session and it was a great start. Black with a large tan head. Huge vanilla and bourbon aroma over a milk chocolate base. Mmmmm. Big bourbon, roasted malt and chocolate. Full bodied and silky mouthfeel. hopscotch (11409) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Draft...GABF ’06...This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, tight, light brown head. Excellent retention. The aroma is a marriage of bourbon, chocolate and coconut. Medium-sweet, moderately bitter flavor with lots of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and coconut. Medium to full-bodied and oily/velvety with mellow carbonation. Chocolatey, coconut finish. World class stout! MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Jet black pour nice tan head w/ nice lacing. Heavy bourbon aroma sweet roast malts touches of vanilla (a bit plain). Palate is rich well caoted and creamy. Flavor is sweet roast malts, bourbon, vanilla, raisens, and butter. Very nice IS. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 Rating 500. Several samples at the GABF 06. Black with a brown head. Just how I like them. The aroma features a coconut scent along with some oak and bourbon. Roast even some burnt grains. All of the aromas are well blended and present in the flavor. Silky smooth palate. This is really damn good stuff.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2006
(06.08.06) On tap at Rockbottom Chicago, Chicago, IL. Poured opaque black with small tan head. No discernable carbonation. Oak and soy sauce aroma. Full bodied stout that starts with moderate malt sweetness and caramel/soy sauce/fruity (prune)/roasted malt flavors. Finished with light roasted malt fade. Very port-wine like. Definite alcohol presence. Rich, smooth, and having a complex flavor character. An excellent stout. Zeswaft (1785) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Besides the fact that I was forced to drink as much of this in 2 minutes (only half) I found this outstanding. Lots of roasted chocolate malts and sweet coffee. Thank god that the oak and bourbon flavors compliment this rather than mask it. Alcohol is unnoticeable. very rich in texture and flavor. Very sweet. I’m surprised at how good this is compared to the otherwise mediocre rock bottom beers. I would love to have a full one at normal pace. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 a very difficult rating for me. my first barrel aged beer in probably 2+ years. further muddying my rating was the fact that i was given 2 minutes to drink the about 11oz of it. that situation was resolved subsequently. now, chugging a BA RIS aside, the beer: pitch black (duh), little head, quite elegant. big RIS nose with those hints of bourbon. the flavor was a real highlight. allowed the beer to warm up, and was rewarded with a bold but balanced combination of cream, bourbon, chocolate, woods and molasses. basically all the shit you expect. but the elements were seamlessly unified, and this was the true treat. mouthfeel was straight cream. the heaviest beer i’ve had since... oh, mephistopheles? this was probably thicker. we’ll go with since dreadlord. next time i’ll hopefully have 25 or so more minutes to properly experience this creation. bravo to brewmaster peter crowley... Rerate: alot like i remembered it, but more bourbon and a bit more light-bodied. still pretty complex and certainly well-crafted RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Rock Bottom Chicago proves once again they are on top when it comes to brewing hugely flavorful robust barrel-aged brews. This one is naturally bourbon dominated. But it has an enormous roasted malt profile to ground it...big caramel, molasses, brown sugar, espresso, and oak. The bourbon, everpresent, is a boozy afterhours roundhouse in the face...and you can’t even claim to your friends later that you were sucker punched! Finishes with an intenses alcohol warming, comforting as you lick your wounds. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2006
This one appealed to the Bourbon drinker in me, although I would have prefrred a Jack Daniels barrel. Bourbon takes over the nose with a supporting cast of rich, sweet roasted malt, a dash of vanilla, and oak. Thick and creamy, this black liquid goes down very smoothly, the alcohol coming through in the strong and sticky Bourbon finish. Very nice.
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