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Bourbon Barrel Aged Flying Buffalo Imperial Stout - Big Rock Chop & Brewhouse

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Flying Buffalo Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Flying Buffalo Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Big Rock Chop & Brewhouse visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: CharlesDarwin on 12-20-2006)
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Reviews by Frozensoul327:
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.4/5  rDev +14%

A: Coffee like black color with a late blooming head of tan foam. Medium low levels of carbonation. Some notes of lacing inside the glass.

S: Rich, malty, full. Strong notes of bourbon and wood, blended with spicy dark malts, grain, sweet dark chocolate and cocoa. Nice afterthoughts of vanilla and sugar. Very complex. Wonderful.

T: Complex and powerful. Dark malts, caramel, coffee, grain, toffee, vanilla, woody earth notes; complexity is abound in this one. Doesn't overload the palate, yet gives the tastebuds a nice workout when sorting out the flavors. Exceptional.

M: Slightly heavy on the palate, this one lacked the density that I find appealing in RIS's. Some carbonation was noted, but not too much, keeping things in line with the style. Slightly sticky. Pretty good.

D: A true winter warmer for the cold Michigan nights. I hope to see this one again come December '07. Nothing that i'd advocate having more than one of at a sitting, but definitly worthy of seeking out and having on occasion. Reccommended.

Frozensoul327, Apr 23, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

More than 2 years old and packs a wallop. Black with fading beige head. Bourbon and
Big alcohol, so much in the nose but amazing in the after-effects. Average mouthfeel,bourbon coconut,cocoa, chocolate malt, coffee all in that order.Good drinkability damn it all. Decent to try though not the best IS on the planet.Thanks Stephen

Sammy, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz. unlabeled bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 bottle according to the cap.

Appearance - Just shy of jet black. Transparent at the edges. Very little by way of a head.

Smell - Boozy. Nice vanilla and Bourbon. Very fudgy chocolate malt.

Taste - Sweet more than anything. Lots of caramel and vanilla. Not a ton of Bourbon or oak, but present. Chocolate malts but not overly roasty. Definitely some oxidation to this.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Maybe deserves a bit more viscosity. Low carbonation.

Overall - I've had this a few times. This bottle is probably the worst I've had, but probably due to age. It has lost some barrel character and body. And regardless it shows its quality.

Alieniloquium, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Originally reviewed on November 27, 2006. Handbottle. Nice cherry juice and fresh toast aroma, with sultry cherries aplenty and a blended multitude of chocolate, roast and coffee cream. As Andy points out, there’s some certain pretzel dough aromas. Deep black pour, with a mahogany fringe. Flavor is a deep sweet cream, concentrated black cherry juice and a dash of aged balsamic vinegar, tossed with distant orange peel spritz. Palate contains some more salty dough. Alcohols are a little bold and the barrel character a little forward. But I enjoy this as a well-done standard. Sips well, with a multitude of mellowed and refined character. Nice.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mdillon86, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Zaphog, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Murchmac
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

Weird beer, thought i've seen T.V. ads for this but not sure. Thanks to flandersned for including this in a trade.

This beer is housed in a green bottle which I didnt realize until I poured the beer into a pint glass. Thats how dark this beer is.

Interesting smells of booze, bourbon, vanilla, oak.

complex flavors of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, well balanced.

lingering bourbon tastes thats not so bad. Great little gem, thanks flanders.

Murchmac, May 31, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Received as a very generous extra from FlandersNed. Labeled as "Bourbon Barrel Aged Flying Buffalo Imperial Stout"

Pours black with a half finger of head. Smell is very chocolaty and oaky. Lots of vanilla and citrus hops, as well as coffee bean roastiness and some dark fruits. Some noticeable boozy heat. Wonderful.

The taste is definitely solid although not as complex as the nose would have suggested. Coffee bitterness, oak, and dark chocolate make up most of the flavor profile. The bourbon barrels added some depth of flavor and alcohol heat. I actually hated the non-barrel aged version of this, but this version is nice.

Mouthfeel is nearly full bodied and very creamy, quite nice overall. This one drinks pretty nicely at first but drops off after a while because of a bit of an acrid coffee flavor, but overall is still OK. This beer is a winner.

alcstradamus, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Brewer bottled, sent courtesy of Sarro.
Thanks man!
Split with PhineasGage and served in snifters.

Not quite as dark as I expected, but looks nice. Dark red with a tan head hiding hints of cinnamon in color. Very nice legs and good retention.

Smells just as I'd expect a barrel aged ris to smell like: big roasty malts, chocolate, booze, oak. The taste has notes of rum-soaked raisin, boozy bitter chocolate, charred oak, roasted malts... Very decent bourbon flavor adds some sweetness, but the finish is very dry with a hefty bitterness.

Nice full body with good carbonation. Good creamy feel with a sticky dry finish.

Overall-- this is quite nice. If this were available, I would certainly grab some. This is my first beer from Big Rock, and I look forward to more.

AleWatcher, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of NorthsideFred
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to StormKing47 for this bottle. I'm enjoying it while I'm watching the Bears put the hurt on San Diego (on my new TV).

A:  Almost black, some light seeps in around the edges. Decent head, nice lacing. 

S:  Aaaaah! - this smells soooo good. Bourbon (but not overwhelming) vanilla, and oak.  Unfortunately, I detect no roasted goodness. 

T:  Starts sweet with a nice punch of bourbon.  It has a nice, subtle, slightly bitter finish. 

M: Full-bodied, and silky smooth, but almost completely flat. 

O:  Better than I expected. 

I'm not sure why - but many reviewers are rating it lower than it deserves. 

NorthsideFred, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Thanks to Steve for this rare tick.

A: The beer pours almost black in color with a small off-white head.

S: Absolutely smells like a glass of bourbon. Intense bourbon and booze aroma with a bit of vanilla and oak. There is a bit of actual roast and dark chocolate to it, too.

T: The flavor is fairly intensely bourbony/boozy, too. There is a strong dark fruit aroma, mostly from the booze. A bit of charred oak and vanilla, and some booze. There is just a little bit of roasted malt and chocolate. And booze.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Definitely boozy, but pretty decent flavors and aromas.

womencantsail, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of MichiganderHB
4/5  rDev +3.6%

MichiganderHB, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Many thanks to Devin for cracking open a couple bottles of this delicious stuff the other night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with fair at best head retention and minimal lacing. On the other hand, this beer looks rich, thick and viscuous, an indication of what's to come. The nose is just outrageous, showing a huge aroma of coffee, milk duds (the sure sign of extended barrel aging), bourbon and light leather. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but isn't quite as intense or outrageous. Also, I get more leather on the palate, along with some butterscotch and vanilla. The mouthfeel is terrific, and this beer has the consistency of melted butter and heavy cream. It's very soft, creamy and long on the palate, with a finish that seems to last forever. Drinkability isn't bad, though of course you can tell the alcohol is up there, and there's no denying that this rich beer is very much a sipper. Still, this boozy RIS is just delicious and is quite impressive. Yummy stuff...

John_M, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Yodo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Yodo, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks for sharing this, Devin! We got to try this side by side with another incarnation of this going by " Barrel Aged Got Rocks" RIS, which was the 2005 gold medal winning Got Rocks RIS aged for 2 years in bourbon barrels and then bottled in 2008 at Kuhnhenn. This is probably a fresher version, and both tasted pretty similar apart from a small difference in barrel expression.

Jet black with a dense, brown head with good retention and a little lacing. The head does fall off to a ring. The nose is rather full on barrel. Boozy, vanilla, bourbon, licorice and a little molasses, along with some milk chocolate. Some dark fruit with some raisins, this is excellent stuff.

The palate opens mildly tart with an oak-like tartness, along with some grainy bitterness. Plenty of vanilla, coconut, bourbon are present, though it doesn't taste too hot. Chocolate is present, and there's a licorice-like bitterness along with some burnt caramel. With a long-lasting finish with a blend of barrel tartness, grainy bitterness and some chocolate, this big bodied beer has rather low levels of carbonation. Great stuff, I really like the finish. Well done! Still though, a big, boozy RIS is not really my choice tipple for a hot DC evening.

DefenCorps, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of amalburg
2/5  rDev -48.2%

amalburg, May 01, 2014
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +3.6%

klipper, May 16, 2012
Photo of mistakebythelake
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

7 oz bottle split 2 ways, 09 vintage poured into snifter.

Jet black almost motor oil appearance. Smell was a bit hot with overwhelming bourbon and also had an acetone type nail polish smell to it. Definitely could taste the bourbon with some cocoa,coffee and roasted undertones. Had a good finish and creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyed this a bit more once it warmed up a bit, but probably could use another year of aging. At 12.5 % drinkability was not bad and probably could finish one 7oz in a setting.

mistakebythelake, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mrebeka, May 30, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

3/18/2010

2009 vintage. A cool and unique extra received in a trade with FlandersNed. Thanks a lot, Steve. The beer appears black in my snifter with a one finger toffee colored head.

I poured this a bit too cold at first, and I found the nose fairly one dimensional. My mistake. After about 10 minutes this warmed up to an acceptable temperature and revealed itself to be quite complex. Dark chocolate is most prominent and it's accompanied by a nice vanilla presence. Bourbon is neither overpowering nor too subtle. I detect notes of brown sugar and a light earthy hop profile. Alcohol is well hidden, but perceivable nonetheless. It smells sweet, but the sweetness is restrained and never decadent. The roasted malt character is mild.

The flavor opens with dark chocolate, dark toffee, and bourbon. Alcohol heat quickly steps in, and it's at a perfect level throughout. Roasted malt is at a low level. The beer finishes dry and slightly astringent with a nice alcohol heat, chocolate, and strong bourbon notes.

Carbonation is quite high for the style, resulting in a somewhat spritzy mouthfeel that eventually abates into silk and stickiness. Damn good stuff. This pairs quit well with this random chocolate I found in my desk.

HopHead84, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of semibaked. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch black body with 1.5 fingers of well-retaining tan head. It leaves a nice cap on the beer after it recedes, and during sips it deposits nice curtains that coalesce into clumps of foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Caramel, earth, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Slightly raisiny or sherry-like, which I suppose is the oxidation.

T: Very caramel-forward; it's heavily bourbon-dominated, with chocolate hints following afterward to suggest there's a base beer. Rum-soaked raisins, vanilla, and oak bring up the finish. It's too bourbon-dominated, almost like a shot of bourbon was poured into a middling stout.

M: Medium-plus. It's very bourbon-dominated, but the bigger body of the beer stands up and prevents any heat from being felt. A clean finish with just the lightest hint of lingering roast and chocolate.

O: Some flaws, but I couldn't hate this one. It's middle-of-the-road as far as barrel-aged stouts go, but still tasty.

Arbitrator, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of markgugs
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%

on tap in a snifter at Hop Devil's "Daze of the Devil" fest, 1/19/08

A: Pours a color midway between mahogany and burnt siena, with a moderate 1-finger dark cream-colored head.

S: Woah, did I singe my nostrils? I wasn't expecting that, like putting my face in a vat of Maker's Mark. Vanilla cuts a wide swath through the oaky bourbon character, is joined by a slight not of dark chocolate, but even combined are not enough to mask the obvious alcohol presence.

T/M: Huge whiskey nose, just like the aroma warned. And unlike other big BA stouts, doesn't go away. Ever. In fact, it's a bit much (and I love this style, see: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout for an example of brewing perfection). The oakiness imparts some dryness to the finish, and vanilla is surely present, but I found the constant, ever-present bourbon led to an almost sour cherry flavoring that wasn't entirely enjoyable. Syrupy, as might be expected.

D: Due to the overbearing bourbon character, I wouldn't consider this terribly drinkable. I would try again, as I do love the style, but its surely been done better before.

markgugs, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

Thanks to iceicebaby for the opportunity to try this one. Hand-bottled and hand-labeled. 2005 barrel-aged "Got Rocks" RIS. Bottled 5/6/08 at Kuhnhenn Brewery. 12.5% abv handwritten on the label. Served in my Terrapin snifter. Poured an opaque black with a soapy mocha-colored skim that quickly coalesced into a thin, frothy band around the edges. Incredible nose on this one - bourbon, chocolate and cherries in the background. Nose is a little boozy, but not in a bad way; just an indication of the good things to come. Taste follows nose; cherry flavor lingers at the finish with a slight tartness that nicely balances out the decadent sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a pronounced slickness (not viscous, but almost buttery), and a light, almost barely noticeable effervescence in the background. Drinkability is very good, but best enjoyed as a sipper. A rare treat.

Jwale73, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of russwbeck
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks to hoppymeal for providing this as an extra in a recent trade! No label, just a sticker.

A: Brown pour that is pretty see-through out of the bottle, but rests in my Deschutes Tulip quite viscous. About a finger of brown head lasts quite a while and laces nicely. You can faintly see lots of little bubbles racing to the top of the glass well after popping the cap.

S: Quite an impressive aroma. Surprisingly a ton of dark fruits, roasted malts, alcohol, and bourbon. It's very sweet, but the chocolate/dark fruits/bourbon actually play well together. Let's see how they work on the taste.

T: The taste is actually quite nice, but a bit too sweet/fruity. Some chocolate and roastiness start it all off, dark fruits up next which blend into the bourbon. A sweet aftertaste with some booze.

MF: A bit light, but carbonated well. A warming alcohol sensation hits the body towards the end.

O: The drinkability takes a bit of a hit, but overall I quite enjoyed this. Nice little offering from a really small brewery.

russwbeck, Jan 05, 2012
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Flying Buffalo Imperial Stout from Big Rock Chop & Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.