Royal Oil | Bull & Bush Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bull & Bush Brewery
Colorado, United States
bullandbush.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch 12/4/15 (Bottled) - Aged 1.5 Years - 13.5% ABV

Added by Mebuzzard on 04-08-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
6.64%
 
 
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151
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle $19.71. Murky brown color, almost muddy. Aroma is boozy and sort of takes over the base beer. The flavor is pretty much what you would expect, barrel, caramel, and booze but the booze is a little heavy for my tastes. Overall a good one but overpriced.

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Photo of Devman171
3.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is supposed to be a 2005 vintage barrel aged barleywine per the sign on the wall. I'd say it reminds me a little more of a super-strong Imperial Stout to be honest, but that might just be the wood characteristics and color.
Arrives in a pretty large goblet. It's brown to the point of being virtually black except for a tiny white layer on the surface. The edge of the glass is sticky to give you an idea of how thick this brew is.
Smell is sweet and boozy. I'd almost say it smells like a cross between a barleywine, a stout, and some bourbon.
The taste is potent. I think with each subsequent offering at the Bull and Bush they seem to get just a little bit sweeter. I think this is potentially the sweetest beer I've had to date! Sugar, coconut, caramel, vanilla, licorice, and toffee are here. Yes, you read that coconut description correctly. I've picked up a similar flavor in their imperial stout, too. I can only think it's a combination of the wood and their sweeter malts. It's a really good and unique flavor, though...so don't misinterpret it. No hop flavors readily present, but there's no alcohol burn at all either.
It's thick and sticky, but at over 12% potency, you have to expect that. I think the sticky sweetness really makes this a nightcap or possibly even a 1/2 pint.
It's insanely good, but it's just not a beer that you can drink much of or follow up with anything else.
My recommendation would be to split a glass of this with someone.

EDIT: This beer pops up here and there and is still quite the booze monster, but is clearly more of a barleywine now. The color is more of a lighter brown, and the big caramel malts and hops come through more. It's still a splitter or very slow sipper, but it's a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of funkel81
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Murky brown with a reddish tinge. Lots of bourbon. Very oaky and nutty bourbon aroma. Boozy and a little bit of brown sugar. Taste is also a ton of bourbon. Really strong bourbon and oak. Brown sugar behind it. Some vanilla in the back end. Lingering bourbon and booze. Medium heavy. Very boozy, but not very sweet, which I appreciate.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oxymoron
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The royal treatment. The best beer I tried at B&B for sure. The pour was a darker copper color with good clarity but some haze. Not much for head and retention in general and no lacing to speak of. There is a nice viscosity to the beer when swirled.

The nose was balance with more of an English feel with a strong caramel presence and more earthy hop aromas. Noticeable alcohol but not too much of a deterrent. Some tropical fruit notes are in the background too. Not too much of a cask presence in the nose but others in my party could pick it out. Or at least that is what they wanted me to think.

The taste was balance as well. A great malt presence with a caramel and grainy flavors. The alcoholic flavor was still noticeable but subtle and more balance then what the nose first indicated. Some light bready flavors that brings almost a biscuit like image to mind. Lighter raisin flavors in the finish and a more lasting impression with hop flavors. As the beer warms, plum and some slight cherry flavors are detected as well.

The body is big with limited solvent and alcoholic notes. Light carbonation and would have liked more but that is ok. Overall a good beer but one beer at a time thank you.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1pt 9fl oz bottle (#566) with a bottled on date on 12/4/15; into a snifter.
Appearance - heavy brown in color with a lot of carbonation and some floating sediment. Carbonation bubbles try and build and maintain a head, but nothing materializes. Lacing is nonexistent.
Smell - very sweet notes of bourbon and caramel!
Taste - follows the nose precisely, however the sweetness is tamed by the booze!
Feel - scary smooth at 13.5%; big boozy and sweet brew!
Overall - an absolutely brilliant beer, however the price point is silly.

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Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Definately one of the better barrel aged beers of the night. Vibrant nose of malt and oak barrel character. Balanced, it took on the character of the barrel (oak, vanilla, bourbon, coconut) and also the maltiness of the original beer, with hints of caramel and fruit. A nice brew.

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Photo of LFinCO
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grumpy
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My review is pretty much a ditto to Domingo (previous reviewer). I'll toss a couple of other things out there. When we were at B&B and I sipped (did I say sipped?”I meant inhaled) my Royal Oil, there was no description of the beer on the board. I had never tasted it before, so I asked the barkeep if it were an Imp Stout. He said that it didn't really have a style, and poured me a taster. I could smell the Bourbon the instant he set it on the bar beneath my nose. I sampled, and ordered up. It's the sweet Bourbon bomb.

I didn't get the coconut (I have tasted that in other Imp Stouts, Domingo, you're not crazy!) but the rest of the flavors are there and dominated by Bourbon. Marvelous beer, but one is enough in a sitting. I'd have it again another day - in a heartbeat - but a touch more Noble hops, or more alcohol burn would give it a better mark on drinkability.

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Photo of yeaprolly
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wellsnb
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevSal
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jason and Mike on making this happen. This is my white whale! Mike generously packed another as an extra!! Yeah kramerbarthomer kills it.. All the time.

L- looks pretty good, appears to have tons of carbonation

S- huge dark fruit and prune, nice barrel and vanilla. Very juicy, you can tell this is going to be good haha

T- big dark fruit upfront, boom tons of flavor a on the tongue. Im starting to see why there was so much commotion behind this guy! Follows the nose well, missing a smudge of what the nose brought

F- feel is huge this is one large sticky stout. High carbonation for the style however alch is nonexistent.

O- feels nice to tackle a long time want and luckily I have a couple to age and share on the west coast. This was really nice, I can only imagine what the pappy version was like.
Between this and blighs, must be nice to be in CO

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Photo of Zuidman
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emmasdad
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap a rich, dark, stained oak color, with some minimal foam on top. The aromas leap from the glass, even before my nose gets close. Bourbon, vanilla, dried figs, raisins, and alcohol. The alcohol is immediately noticeable when I first take a sip, as is the bourbon. Caramel, dark fruits, oak, vanilla and dark brown sugar combine to round out the palate. What an awesome beer! My major complaint is with the fact I was not allowed to purchase a growler.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B/B unloaded this at the Boulder Beer Fest. Similar to their Legend of Liquid Brain, but a bit better IMO. Aged in Wild Turkey barrels.
Pours a silky black/dark brown, minimal head. Very smooth look to it.
Smells of slight vanilla, bourbon and caramel. Some toasted malt and maple. Strong, yet not overpowering. Alcohol is surprisingly small.
Taste is wonderful. A nice balance between the malts, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sweet molasses and a touch of raisin. The caramel is warming and enduring. Stays with the palate long after the sip. A nice, clean residual taste. This makes the drinkability that much better.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

Pours viscous and caramel in color like a barleywine and settles the colors of raisins and murky in the glass. A foamy oatmeal-colored head forms but dissipates fairly quickly. 4.75

Smells immediately of port wine, raisins and dark fruit and spicy bourbon and oak. Vanilla and sweet bread show too. Very rich smelling and sets some big expectations. 4.5

Thick and gooey in feel with caramel, vanilla, bourbon spice, raisin and figs. 4.25

I'll reiterate thick and gooey. Very clean with almost no notable alcohol burn that I can perceive. Moderately sweet with light carbonation and a finish that resembles wine or port wine. 4.5

Damn. First Bull and Bush beer. Highly impressive. More than impressive. Outstanding.

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Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMart
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Royal Oil from Bull & Bush Brewery
4.52 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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