tmoreau (4302) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2015 Shared bomber, poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with a modest layer of tan head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. The aroma was roasted, with a nice, malty creaminess, chocolate, and some dark caramel sweetness. Medium+ bodied, the taste was similar to the nose, plus notes of dark fruit as prune, and barrel notes as bourbon, a touch of vanilla, and some subtle, tannic astringency. Had just previously sampled the RIS, and found this to be more complex, richer, and fuller bodied. Shared another bomber with some cellar time to it,(maybe a year & 1/2) and poured to snifters noting an added barrel induced note as coconut, some treacle sweetness, syrupy texture, with a touch of soy on the edge, and a little tartness to the finish. fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a snifter brown black with a tan head that left quickly.
Aroma is roasted malts vanilla some cocoa faint bourbon
Flavor is unique-a bitter finish. Trying to understand the acidity of this brew. It ithe hops? Or how it was aged in the white oak barrels? Whatever it is it actually works. Definite chocolate bourbon. Only complaint is that it is thin to the mouth compared to how I prefer my Russian Imperial stouts. Better than average. Would like to crack open a bottle again down the road to compare. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottled in Spring 2007, 1L, labeled at 11% ABV. Poured quite black with a respectable cap of very deep beige head. Aroma was of chocolate chip cookies and vanilla.. subtle sweet bourbon and woody aspects.. fructose sugars take over as it warms up a bit.. not bad. Flavor had a rather sweet chocolate base accented by ample vanilla beans.. bourbon rose as this warmed up, but the chocolate sweetness prevailed. Heavier-bodied on the palate with lots of sweetness.. tasty beer with not too much influence from the barrel. Very good stuff! hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Bottle… RBSG 07… Pours near black with a small, creamy, beige head. Notes of milk chocolate, cookie dough, tobacco, vanilla, sour mash and charcoal in the nose. The flavor is all sweet chocolate and vanilla with mild bourbon warmth and bitterness. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with soft carbonation. Chocolaty, whiskey finish. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
1 L bottle from Holiday. Black with a small tan head. Bourbon, pussy, and chocolate aroma. Ok, just chocolate and bourbon, really. Chocolate, drip coffee, and mild bourbon flavor with some vanilla notes. I was wanting better.
Grovlam (4224) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle. Average brown bubbly head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Pitch black. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, wood, mild dried fruit notes. Over the palate came mild metallic notes as well with light liquorish feel. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Heavy sweet flavor with mild bitterness. Lingering malty and light bitter finish. portableparty (2347) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle to snifter. Pour is deep black brown with frothy but thin head that dissapates. Solid lacing that lasts. Smells of bourbon chocolate molasses and vanilla and scents of coffee. Taste bitter and I felt it was very bitter boozy and dry finish although there were some coco flavors as well. Palate medium feel and lively booze on swallow. I am very glad that I was able to try this, but we probably skip next time around. BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the Sprecher tour/reserve tasting. Jet black pour with a small tan head. Awesome aroma of oak and bourbon. Palate is a little thin for this style. Taste is bourbon, wood, and some roasty bitterness. Aroma definitely trumps the flavor on this one. Paired with an Irish cheddar whiskey cheese. kayres (885) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Black with a thick tan head. Dull oaky vanilla nose. Malty bourbon flavors. Less smooth than I would have figured not bitter. More sweet and soy
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12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Pretty decent.