Rhino Suit
Alesong Brewing & Blending

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Alesong Brewing & Blending
Oregon, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #85
Ranked #2,738
4.27 | pDev: 5.15%
May 05, 2022
Dec 01, 2016
Rhino SuitRhino Suit
Notes: A blend of the first two batches of beer we brewed at Alesong, our Imperial milk stout was matured in bourbon barrels to add velvety layers of vanilla, coconut, and bourbon to the sweet and chocolatey malt flavors of the base stout.

31 IBU

Malt: Simpson Golden Promise, Rahr 2-Row, Simpson Coffee Malt, Simpsone DRC, Simpson Chocolate Malt, Simpson Light Crystal, Simpson Roast Barley, Weyerman Munich, Weyerman Caramunich 2, Gambrinus Honey Malt, Flaked Oats, Patagonia Dark Chocolate, Patagonia Perla Negra
Hops: Magnum, Willamette
Yeast: Saccharomyces
Special Ingredients: Brown sugar, lactose
Barrels: Freshly emptied Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels
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Rated: 4.11 by mdfb79 from New York

May 05, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by socon67 from New York

Apr 25, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle from Tavour. Black pour with a filmy beige head. Aroma is cocoa, toasty malts, then barrel notes. Taste is more cocoa, sweet, milk chocolate. Alcohol heat comes on very late, almost like it's not there, then...pow! Cocoa dominates
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Aug 05, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by Sparky44 from Illinois

May 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Radcpa from Washington

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown appearance with a slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a mind coffee and chocolate. Taste is a smooth mild coffee and chocolate. A little thin.
Mar 31, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pitch black body with a khaki cap. Smell is typical ba stout: warm bourbon and rustic oak meet baker's chocolate, vanillins, molasses, mild roast and a touch of leather. Tastes as it smells, barrel is not very strong but present, chocolate probably strongest flavor by a hair. Feel is warm, velvet smooth, medium bodied, and malty to the max. A well rounded ba stout that hits in the place you expect
Jan 29, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by weavere15 from Illinois

Jan 06, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Nov 02, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by BAsbill from California

Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by WDJersey from Colorado

Oct 30, 2020
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Jet black body; very respectable khaki colored head, dense and thick. An interesting smell of raspberries and light bourbon; sweet with a bit of chocolate lurking in the background. Huge milk chocolate and cocoa flavor backbone with a well-balanced bourbon note surfing the top; mildly bitter; raw oak way in the background. Heavy, heavy body; silky and creamy; velvety texture coats the palate with a rich, chocolaty sweetness; bold yet reined in boozy warmth.

Rhino Suit brings on the density and richness of an incredibly brewed and barrel-aged stout. It's heavy with sludgy, dully sweet goodness and braces things with a bold bourbon kick. Very complex, intensely delicious.
Oct 19, 2020
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Gold waxed 500ML bottle with an 11/19 date on the label.

The beer is black & the nose is full-bodied chocolate.

Rhino Suit is harder to nail down than a puddle of mercury. The barrel is…nice. The base beer is…nice. The gentle roll of oak & chocolate & vanilla are…nice.

This should be used by the Brewers Association as a baseline barrel aged stout. I’ve never had anything that averaged up every barrel aged stout ever made as perfectly as this one. There’s nothing overly good, bad, or notable about it. Unremarkable in every sense of the word.
Oct 18, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota

Oct 16, 2020
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Reviewed by malinali14 from California

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours a dark brown liquid abyss with a slightly dak chocolate head that dissipates rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever.
S: Smells strongly of bourbon but not overpowering with sweet and slightly roasted malts, chocolate, and a whiff of vanilla here and there.
T: Full of flavor that stays consistent in your mouth. The most obvious is bourbon intermingled with dark chocolate, caramel and a smidge of vanilla. Once the other flavors are gone, an aftertaste of wonderful dark chocolate remains.
F: It has a soft, creamy, velvety warm feel as it moves in your mouth.
Overall, this is an exceptional beer. Usually bourbon in beer is overwhelming but here, it feels like I am in its warm embrace, all cozied up and safe from the cold. If there was one thing that would make this beer greater than it already is would be if it had a dollop of foam from the moment it poured till the last drop!
Oct 10, 2020
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Reviewed by johannyne from California

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Jet black. Light-brown head, low retention. Lacing is near absent. Very effervescent, visible bubbles forming along the glass. Light-brown ring around glass edge.
Smell: Sweet roasted malt backbone. Bourbon and vanilla take the floor. Cocoa notes. Lovely.
Taste: Bursting with flavor. Strong, sweet bourbon complemented by vanilla at the top; once again they take the floor. Bittersweet cocoa, coffee, and toasted coconut notes with hints of caramel toward the finish. Alcohol taste is present at the finish as well, presenting a lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, no doubt. Creamy, smooth, a sense of effervescent and alcohol tingle toward the finish, with a subtle burn. Wow.
Overall: Enjoyable, I must say. Alesong, I believe, hit it home with this one. For how good it is, I'd love a beefier head though. But, you can't always get what you want. Also, if you're looking for a beer that tastes like a beer, this one might not be for you. Highly recommend!
Oct 10, 2020
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured at 56 degrees; anthracite black with ruby edges; creamy beige with rocky top; ok cap retention; heavy ring and sudsy lacing; medium legs on swirl. Bourbon up front; spicy peppery dark chocolate; boozy retro nasal exhale. Bourbon, oak, milk chocolate; semi sweet chocolate base; oak and vanilla on backend. Medium plus body; creamy feel and tongue coating; medium minus carbonation; some warmth from 12.4% abv; dry oaky finish. Overall very easy drinking and enjoyable; great bourbon nose; barrel notes are stronger than underlying malt base; a tad thin for abv; very nice, tasty BBA imperial stout.
Oct 04, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
pours dark with god head very malt and enjoyable stout
Sep 28, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from Washington

Sep 27, 2020
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle Date : 11/2019
Looks good with a dark black color and a finger of mocha colored head that had good retention. Decent amount of lacing left behind. Strong barrel aroma. Nice bourbon and vanilla notes. Not much beer though. Better than average flavor. Not too much ethanol considering its ABV. Sweet milk stout base with some mocha notes. The barrel gives strong vanilla and bourbon flavor. Big body and nicely carbonated. Overall a nice bourbon-barrel stout.
Sep 26, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Birdlegs from Washington

Sep 23, 2020
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Rated by ChefBrown from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Good barrel aged stout, nothing too exciting about it but it was better than average.
Sep 13, 2020
Rated: 4.41 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Sep 12, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by NickThePyro from Washington

Aug 29, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Aug 20, 2020
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Reviewed by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
12 July 2020 - Beer #141

Corona Day #122

Price: $15.99 at Bottle King in Glen Rock, NJ

Appearance: 4 - not quite black and a tad thin looking. Not much head.

Nose: 4 - not a heck of a lot going on. Definitely some barrel. Getting quite a bit of vanilla for some reason.

Taste: 5 - ooo, sneaky sneaky. The barrel pows you square in the kisser. Base stout comes through a little, but mostly barrel.

Mouth: 5 - creamy and thick, but not frothy. Very thick, even. Hard to swallow more than a sip.

Overall: 5 - not as amazing as the mocha version, but this one is excellent.

Stay safe out there, my friends.

Jul 24, 2020
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Reviewed by BerryKumquat from California

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
L: A lighter brown beer with very golden yellow fizz.
S: A very strong rush of bourbon with milk from the bottle itself. The drink itself in a glass loses a bit of the bourbon but has a stronger milk smell.
T: A very slow light start into a creamy, milk smooth body. Extremely smooth, no fizz or any other flavor. Simple clean smooth finish. Very drinkable.
F: Feels like drinkable milk with a bit of stout with it.
O: Another light stout with a strong nose and overall simple and clean body. Worth trying at least once.
Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by VashonGuy from Washington

Jun 11, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

May 18, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Swilliams987 from New Jersey

Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.72 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Feb 23, 2019
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
At Market of Choice, 2018 vintage.

Black with a thin brown head with decent retention and lacing this looks solid. The nose is exquisite. Rich and decadent without being cloying, this has a great blend of ~70% cocoa dark chocolate, chocolate ganache, bourbon, vanilla and some cream. The expression of chocolate notes is so deep and so wonderful. Mild roast, though the focus is on creamy chocolate. On the palate, the flavors aren't as good as the nose would suggest. Bourbon pairs well with the cocoa and dark chocolate and is a strong accent rather than a dominant note. Rich, creamy, flavorful chocolate lingers on in the finish with a mild bourbon note, the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor palate here. Excellent.
Feb 09, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Feb 07, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by radmoc from Oregon

Dec 20, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by shelby415 from Oregon

Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by rab53 from Washington

Feb 20, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by Kurmaraja from California

Oct 15, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 4.6 by BaldPeakEric from Oregon

Oct 14, 2017
Rhino Suit from Alesong Brewing & Blending
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