StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Chicago. Opaque with no light peaking through anywhere. A once short, creamy tan head has vacated the area and nothing remains on the surface. Aroma is clearly Jim Beam, strongly yet slowly wafting into the nose with dark chocolate and vanilla nuances and a trace accent of caramel ribbons through fudge; however, it’s all secondary to the bourbon beauty. Thick, longingly lovely palate feel. The bourbon flavor is a given, yet the vanilla, caramel and fudge elements are complimentary geniuses. Liquid velvet impeccably harps along the palatary playing field. A dynamically robust chocolate sense. Sweet, rich and brevity of titillating spice on the underbelly gives recognition to the hops, which they damn well deserve. Rich mocha espresso flavors linger long after. Pen down, mouth open. It’s time to just appreciate... 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Chicago location. Well it comes to this. As Harry Caray would say, "Holy Cow!" The beer pours to a black, dark brown body with a thin ring tan head. The aroma is nicely malty (sweet), bourbon casks, dark chocolate. The flavor is quite nice. Chocolate truffles, espresso beans, deliciously balanced milk chocolate.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2005
The bourboning mellows this beer nicely. The palate is smooth and delicate. 0% alcohol detected. I got a hint of cherries in the last sip. OH MY GOD!
rerate info: detected a bunch of hops this time.
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 First at 3rd Annual FoBAB, updated with a snifter at the brewpub. Big, beautiful, black pour with an initial deep mocha head... dropped to a light ring rather quickly. Mahogany highlights around the edges. Intense, very deep roasted chocolate, cherries, sweet bourbon, and dark fruit provided a magnificent nose. Chewy dark chocolates, roasted Columbian coffee, espresso, exceptionally well-integrated bourbon, and light tobacco were brilliantly matched for the flavor. Brilliant mouthfeel! Rich, roasty, and full... slick yet thoroughly coating of the palate. Long, roasty bourbon chocolate finish. This was phenominal! 17thfloor (2443) - 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! Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Whoa! Many MANY thanks to Ughsmash for this incredible treat. I must admit how skeptical I was in believe that Rock Bottom could produce even a decent brew. This after having been burned many times by the horrid example we have up in Milwaukee. However, after sampling this treat - I am a convert. At least for the Chicago location...........Again, keep in mind I am talking about the Chicago location! Your location WILL differ. Smooth, light on the bourbon and not overpowering in the least. Huge coffee notes! Beautiful use of malt in creating a deep complex aroma, body and flavour. Lingering finish that just won’t quit. Wow, so well balanced even with the assertive character of the oak and bourbon. Outstanding example of what bourbon barrel aging could be.
zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Sampled at GABF 2009. Black pour. Incredible oak, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate aroma. Some dark fruit flavors as well as vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. Glad I did my research or I would have most likely not tried this beer; one of the best beers at the festival. Incredible. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
He pours, in a word, black. Black and then more black. Thick and viscous with an ashen ringlet and nary a head in sight. Granted, it has been a while since he was drawn into my tasting glass, but I seem to recall his visage being rather barren and heavy even upon his arrival. Like a perfume descended from the heavens above, or a bourbon distillery around the corner, my nose and heart is filled with the sensual esters of bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon. Of course, where there is bourbon to be found, vanillin and wood tannins aren’t too far behind along with a nice helping of charcoal and ash. Burnt licorice adds to his dark delights while intensely burnt sugar caramelized crunches and crackles before my attentive ministrations. Prunes and dates thick, meaty, and ripe for eating tease while one last flourish of concentrated vanilla extract brings me into my first quaff. O.M.G. My mouth is officially luxuriating in orgasmic riches of bourbon and stout. Burnt caramel and licorice root toil amidst a thick, oily mouthfeel ripe with intense vanillin and vanilla extract kissed by burnt sugar sweetness. I’m not talking slightly caramelized; oh no, this is the full bevy of sugars burnt black as a moonless night. I chew through dates and prunes oozing meaty juices while warmth immediately settles in my chest and spices linger in the back of my throat and breath. Did I mention oily? Not just in appearance, but in body, weight, and mouthfeel. There isn’t a single iota of space upon my lips and within my mouth that isn’t happily drowning in bourbon stout ecstasy. A sipper of epic proportions, being the last taster, he has had ample time to warm to the perfect temperature. Fudge as dark and rich as her brew trudge their way through the back of his palate while wood burnt black and dripping bourbon tantalize. Nummers!
thebarnesbomb (18) - Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2010
I don’t think anymore need be said. The Redline Bourbon Imperial Stout came, and so did I. Children and the faint of heart need not apply.
As every bit of an Imperial Stout as Old Rasputin or any other favorites- jet black, dark tan head, HUGE malts, very well-rounded and very drinkable. Outstanding! FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a small creamy rich tan head. Aroma is very bourbony, nice coconut, espresso, vanilla, almonds, nicely woody balanced with the cocoa. Flavor is also delicious, very well balanced with all of the above notes melding with the dark chocolate and, very sweet and woody. A light berry note in the finish and almost no booziness. Nice creamy rich body and a soft carbonation. Delicious stuff Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 this brew i was told was 8-9%, tasted like 11+ though. pour was a dark black, with tiny dark brown head. nose was full of alcohol, as matt_dinges stated "stout is lost on me..." but still a fine brew by all means. taste was slightly roasted, small amounts of chocolate and malt, but overwhelmed by the barrel aged effects of beam and wood. most excellent experience, only makes me long more for a chance at a speedway aged.