Redline Imperial Stout | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged for one year in bourbon barrels.

Added by granger10 on 11-25-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by granger10:
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes:
I had this beer from the tap, apparently it's been aged for 3 years in bourbon barrels. Looks nice and black but not super dark. Good fluffy tan head that receds quickly. Smell is nice and roasty, a bit nutty, then a good dose of alcohol. This one is more of a sipper. Most dominant flavor is bourbon but its a bit subdued by the chocolate and plum notes. There seemed to be an earthy note around the edges. Finish is dry chocolate and alcohol. There's a good thickness in here and it's a bit creamy the further I go. This one is really good and I hope more brewers try to do this. Another great surprise from Rock Bottom in Chicago.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fantastic and extraordinarily unique. This beer smells like Drambuie and tastes exactly like an Irish Car Bomb. No joke. Drinking this is like sipping on my favorite shot. Warming as a Franklin stove. Smooth and very creamy. Loaded with vanilla and Irish whiskey notes. Just delicious. Not for the timid tough.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Op tap @ Rock Bottom Chicago. This is the bourbon barrel aged version of Redline.

Black as all get out pour with a 1/5 finger mocha head that hangs on for quite awhile.

Big hints of bourbon and vanilla with hints of coffee are all in the nose.

Lots of bourbony and malty goodness! Big hits of chocolate, vanilla, coffee bean. This beer doesn't break any rules but man, it's doing everything right!

This is a full-bodied beer, but not as thick as other BA RIS. The barrel smooths this beer out substantially, and one pour is definitely enough at 13%. Just another fantastic BA beer from Rock Bottom Chicago!

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Draft, at RB. Krikey! This stuff is incredible! Poured into a small snifter, it shows the most solid black I’ve ever seen, execpt for a bit of brown being held hostage at the edge. Head is the color of a brown hen’s egg, before it fades away intro bits of lace. For a beer aged only a few months, this has a wonderfully smooth character. All the alcohol goes for warmth instead of harshness. It’s creamy wiith vanilla and some Drambuie notes, with just a hint of bitterness in the after taste. It’s a rich taste that really stands out, more like a carbonated liquer than a beer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Clark Street Ale House.
Pours an oliy balck, viscous liquid with a deep, dark tan line of head that settles quickly.
Aroma of raisisn, chocolate some peaty bourbon notes and roasted malts and nuts.
Flavor is a solid dose of dark raisins and evne some grape tones with a heavy does of chocolate covered coffee and some peat-filled bourbon notes.
Mouthfeel is really "hot" can really feel the alcoholic sting but it works really well with the plethora of flavors that jump out at you. Once the plate adjusts the chocolate and earthy malt tones really stand out and are savored.
Drinkability is very high but could only imagine having one.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a snifter. A boubon aged version apparently released only a barrel at a time.

A - jet black with a dirty-brown 1/2 finger head that slowly dissipated with some lacing. Black as night, although in swirling it not as thick as I was expecting.

S - vanilla and chocolate gets you on the nose right away. The bourbon is nicely hidden, roasted coffee comes through at the end.

T - very nice. Bourbon hits just a tad too strong, but fades quickly to nice vanilla and chocolate malts. Roasted coffee comes through at the end with a breath of coconut.

M - full bodied, but not as thick as I was was expecting, especially after a bottle of dark lord the night before. Nice carbonation helps this one, semi-unusual for a good stout. Leaves the mouth very cleanly.

D - once you get past the bourbon kick this goes down way too easy for a 12%. Very nice offering from peter crowley.

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Photo of Crosling
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GABF 2005. Extremely rich malt and barrel aromatics, which is both unbelievably woody, with cocunut, vanilla and bournon, but also full of roast, fudge and chocolate. Big time full and creamy body, with the perfect mouth experience. Beautiful balance, almost artful, with rich woody barrel notes and malt decadence.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried in February of 2005 at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Chicago. Local speciality.

Beer was pulled into a snifter with almost no head topping this pitch black beer with a hint of purple in the foam resting against the beer.

Aroma is large and charges forward with vanilla being pushed by the potent punch of Bourbon volatizing the rest of the aroma into a mere whim and after thought as it smacks you off your stool.

Flavor starts with a sweet roasted chocolate that quickly succumbs to a strong spicy oak and a big finishing wallop provided by the oak.

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