Revenge Of The Black Pumpkin
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.21 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
Notes: Imperial Stout aged with cacao nibs, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, & ginger on American oak and Labrot & Graham whiskey barrels.
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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"In revenge and in love, woman is more barbarous than man."

--Friedrich Nietzsche

Hershey's chocolate dark brown with slim sepia highlights where tapering glass met stem. A slim slice of golden khaki colored foam melted in minutes, but persisted as a bubbly rim as long as there was beer in the glass. Minimal lace was not a surprise.

The nose opened up enough by the final few ounces to earn the excellent score. It was (eventually) redolent of black malt, Sambuca, bourbon and pumpkin pie spices. Only cinnamon was appreciated per se, which was the case on the palate as well.

When is a pumpkin ale not a pumpkin ale? When it doesn't contain pumpkin, but is an RIS (Wes Des Moines Rock Bottom Impious Stout) that was bourbon barrel-aged and includes cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. The best things about this amazing elixir were flavor intensity and balance among three pretty aggressive flavor profiles.

The Imperial stout provided loads of 'blackness' that was 70% black licorice and 30% dark chocolate and dark caramel. The caramelized sugar and vanilla bean notes of the bourbon were dead solid perfect. And the pumpkin pie spices were ideal in terms of both quantity and quality. Almost forgot... cacao nibs were added too.

Coconut was yet another contributor. That's a flavor that is present in some big stouts that have been aged in bourbon barrels. A light tanginess, hints of oak, and a modest counterweight of hop bitterness (without hop flavor) round out my impressions of this delicious and delectable autumn ale.

The mouthfeel was a little more thin than is optimal for style and ABV, but there was an underlying viscosity (possibly due to honey) that kept beer in contact with buds for an extended period of time after the swallow. Gentle carbonation was another positive.

Revenge of the Black Pumpkin is explosively flavorful beer that balances RIS, Kentucky's finest and pumpkin pie spices on a razor's edge. I've never tasted anything quite like it. Chances are, you haven't either. Highly recommended.

Oct 26, 2010
Revenge Of The Black Pumpkin from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2 ratings