Nightmare On Bourbon Street
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Stout - Russian Imperial
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4.41 | pDev: 10.43%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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msarver16 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

Jul 23, 2012
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thefireman from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this yesterday as I always like to try the cask ale first. Opaque black with a tan thin head. A sniff reveals bourbon and oak. A boilermaker? A sip is silky smooth stout with whiskey and oak tones, then the alcohol kicks in.

A few more of these and they carry me out of the place. A really drinkable, kick ass, drinkable beer. One of the best I have ever had at RB, and I've been there a lot. I must go back for another.

Jan 24, 2010
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bourbon-barrel-aged and cask-conditioned version of their Czar's Nightmare Russian Imperial Stout adds an extra dimension to the beer but doesn't necessarily improve it as it's quite spectacular on its own. This version floats a thin layer of sweetish Bourbon flavor and a thread of alcohol atop its already rich character, mainly improving its aroma, and adding some complexity. The note of vanilla it adds to the flavor, however, is its best improvement. The fact that it's served cask-conditioned at cellar temperature helps to bring these new nuances out; and adds a bit to its mouthfeel, leaving it even creamier and more smooth. I look forward to the Czar each year, but this is not to be missed!

Feb 27, 2005
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a brandy snifter...
Appears an opaque black with a fluffy, light tan head that slowly fades into a floating cap. Tons of scattered lacing s left around the glass.
Smell...holy mother of pearl! I adore Woodford Reserve bourbon. Add in some cocoa powder and nuts and that's the aroma. Strong bourbon and oak pulling through.
Taste is of the aromas with a bitey oak flavor of sweet booze.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, silky smooth, boozy with the obvious bourbon clinging to the palate. Lip smacking sweetness...mmm!

Jan 19, 2010
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Rock Bottom KOP on 12/12/08 in a 10oz snifter.

Poured a deep black with a thin tannish cream colored head. Smells mostly of chocolate and coffee like the Czar's Nightmare but with an added kick of vanilla and bourbon. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of anise, earthy hops, vanilla and coffee with a semi-boozy bourbon warmth in the finish. Full in body, smooth and exceptionally creamy thanks to being served on cask with a good sweetness, a solid roasted bitterness, and a nice alcohol presence. Another surprise hit from Rock Bottom that they don't advertise. Easy to drink and definitely worth a glass when it's found on tap, maybe even two glasses on a cold Winter's night.

Dec 31, 2008
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask into a snifter at the brewpub on 12/6/08.

Pours pitch black (complete with some creamy bits of carbonation that continue to float to the top for a good bit from the cask pull) with nice, tight, near finger of creamy mocha colored head. This hangs tough with a solid layer of creamy foam that flairs up well, throwing a big, creamy, cascade of lacing up the sides of the glass. The aroma is extremely rich with chocolate and to a lesser extent, coffee. Bourbon and vanilla from the barrel is present but comes out in a more subtle fashion in the back. The vanilla especially works well with the intense chocolate character to form a delicous smelling blend of both.

The taste is a chewy mix of chocolate and coffee that just dominates up front. Much like the aroma, the bourbon character is more subtle than the other flavors can be really be felt in the finish, where it spreads out with notes of vanilla and even a little bit of dark cherry tang! Finishes warm and dry from the Bourbon character. The mouthfeel is full bodied with an extremely creamy carbonation and silky feel from the cask conditioning. Some alcohol beef is present but is more warking in nature with just a slight sting of heat towards the end.

I really dug the Czar's Nightmare RIS (even if it was a little too heavy on the chocolate at times) but this new barrel-aged version really adds a new dimension to it. Plus serving this on cask guarantees a rich and creamy body for optimal drinking of something so thick and chewy as this. Very nice!

Dec 30, 2008
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank at the bar last Saturday (1/23). Reviewed from detailed notes:

Chalkboard above bar noted a birthdate of 1-15-2010 and an ABV of 9.5%.

Color is an imposing jet black with a brown head that sticks around longer than expected. This definitely looks like the real deal and the aroma is emanating off the beer as it pours from the cask into a brandy snifter.

The scents are overwhelming. Think sweet candied bourbon, chocolate liqueur, anise, cinnamon and creme brulee. From scent alone, I'm thinking this would make for a decadent dessert experience.

Beer is like a punch in the face from first sip. The backend packs a really authentic bourbon burn that warms you like the summer sun and made me salivate like I just took a shot. I'd hate to sound like a wuss, but the flavor profile seems to focus on the whiskey much more than the beer, making for a liquor-infused, shockingly sweet mixed drink with very little beer character. I'm never one to shy away from extremes, but this lacks balance.

On the other hand, it is the first bourbon-barreled brew I've ever tried that took it this far and I applaud the tenacity. It is relatively soft on the tongue and definitely a bit lighter in ABV than most (which was surprising), but that crushing alcoholic burn was more of a challenge than a pleasure.

Jan 30, 2010
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Ezekiel81923 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on Cask at the KOP Rock Bottom. Presented in a tulip.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown or black with a big pillow of brown/tan head that never seems to let go. Great lacing. Opaque.

Smell: Strong chocolate, vanilla and bourbon notes. Pretty much what I expected. Some dark coffee bean in there as well.

Taste: Goodness. Follows the aroma pretty well. Strong chocolate flavors, some coffee, and a rich bourbon flavor that strikes around the middle and follows through to the end. A nice vanilla sweetness and creaminess in the finish as well. Bourbon doesn't dominate, but does lend a great silkiness to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and sweet. Warming in the finish, both from the bourbon flavor and the hint of alcohol. Again, super sweet.

Drinkability: Ill stick to one tulip a night, but damn was this good.

Board said this one clocked in at 9.5% this time around. I'd believe it. Amazing beer.

Jan 08, 2010
Nightmare On Bourbon Street from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8 ratings