DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF ’05. Black body. Bourbon, boozy aroma over chocolate malt. The flavor improves with teh booze going away and being replaced by sweet bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish along with sweet malt and coffee bitteness. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
RBSG 2006 Grand Tasting. Jet black with ruby edges and a beige head. Chocolate, floral/grassy hop character in the nose. Flavor has notes of dark roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, caramel, plum, raisin and a welcome ton of hoppage. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Excellent. Why haven’t I moved to the Pacific Northwest yet? ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival on September 17, 2010. Dark, solid black color, medium brown head. Aroma is malty, but with only a hint of roast. Quite a surprise as it hits the palate… extremely sweet with light roasted malts. You can detect the alcohol... for sure. Has some sort of weird fruit-like character to it... cherry almost. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2010
Handbottle from my man Buckeyeboy!!! Pours thick like chocolate syrup, almost black with a small tan head..aroma is hersheys cocoa, slight metal, vanilla, heat, plenty of burnt charcoal bitterness...flavour follows pretty closely, very smooth in the mouth, bitter baking chocolate, vanilla, coffee and charcoal...some dk fruit maltiness hiding in there, dry dark malt and bitterness on the finish...definitely worth the trip, thanks Jeremy! awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2007
GABF 2007. Pitch black, viscous pour with a thick layer of tan head. Rather sweet aroma of caramels and bourbon blend with some spicy fig-like dark fruits and some dark chocolate. Mildly roasty, but the sweetness dominates the nose. A bit of additional roast bitterness could actually help smooth out some of the malt aromas, as the sweetness is a bit strong. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel with a creamy texture and carbonation. A bit of brown sugar sweetness at first on the tongue, and then develops some nice prune/dark fruit flavors mid-palate. A bit of bourbon caramel sweetness lingers in the finish. Could use a bit more roast character to balance out the flavors, and far too sticky sweet for my preference.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
RBSG DC 2006: Deep brown-black with a medium sized, tan colored head. The aroma is pure coffee, mocha, and grapes. Taste is dry cocoa, strong vanilla/oak tannins, alcohol, but the richly bitter roasted malts really come through, figs, prunes, and finishes somewhat sweet. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Growler at RBSG ’06. Black color with a small tan head. Nice dark roasted malt aroma with lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Flavor was roasted malts, chocolate and molasses with a warming alcohol finish. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Hand bottle from jeremy. Thanks for going through all that it took to get your mitts on the bottle. I have been waiting for many years to get my dick beaters on this. Pours an absolute Ebony with a lighter tan, creamy head. This is very close to Expedition Stout in many ways which makes me realize how lucky I am to have this. Nose and taste in very complex, loads of coffee and molasses. Creamy and smooth for the ABV. Wow, a great RIS. Thanks again Jeremy! glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2006
On tap at Duck Island. Black with small head. WONDERFUL aroma. Lots of roasted malt...chocolate...small notes of alcohol. This is a serious stout....a very impressive effort. Lots of chocolate, dark fruit, and a little coffee. But, the alcohol was overpowering in the taste...great stout, but they need to hide the strength more. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Poured and sampled at GABF. Black pour with a foamy brown head. Nice burnt malt aroma with caramel sweet hints. Deep flavor. Burnt malts, caramel, chocolate, alcohol (a bit strong actually) perhaps cherry, lovely. Body was creamy and full. Delicious.