bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Jet black oily looking pour. Deep mahogany tinges down the side of the glass. Smallish tan coloured head. Falls away very quickly. Bugger all lacing. Aromas are dominated by the oak barrel. Bourbon, vanilla and a little tar. A little sugary sweetness and a touch of licorice to balance. Bllody good stuff in my opinion. Flavours are initially quite sweet before the bitterness of the grain comes through. Slightly bitter on the finish with a little alcohol warming. Medium to full silky mouthfel. Yep a very good beer.
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kingís Lynn, as 8 Wired Batch 31 - Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
brewed 31.01.2011, 1 year old, 11% ABV
Black color, with brown head, medium sized and fizzy, short retention. Strange aroma: roasted malts, phenol, perfume. Smooth mouthfeel; strong flavor of roasted malt, quite dry, that enhances the coffee presence, and the wood; then some leather and light liquorice; medium-strong bitterness.
Enjoyable, but a bit confused and excessive.
PhillyCraft (3966) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, dark black pour with thin white head. Aromas and taste of smoke, cocoa, wood, coffee, sweet malts, sugar, and roasted nuts. Very creamy body with a smooth coffee finish. Nice stout
tiong (4736) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Bierkompass
Batch #31 - Brewed January 31st 2011, Barreled March 31st 2011, Bottled October 31st 2011, Best Before December 31st 2018 -
Pours pitch black with a tiny white head. Aroma of roasty malts, oak, wood, hints of vanilla and coffee. Taste is sweetish with some roasty coffee notes, hints of oaky vanilla and wood. Finish is smooth and sticky with some sweetish roastiness, vanilla, wood and oaky notes. Nice, quite well balanced and tasty barrel aged IS.
Ibrew2or3 (7478) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep darkness with a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malts, some burnt malts and a bit of smooth yum stricken fudge. I like. The taste is smooth and creamy and rich, wow wow. I get rich oily dark roasted coffee mixing with a fair amount of burnt malts and dark roasted malts. Toward the finish it picks up a pleasing bit of chocolate fudge yumminess that makes this thing sing in harmony. Nice!! I didnít pick up any barrel aging notes but I donít really care, it was darn tasty as is.
doublebock (527) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with thin creamy head. Big oaky aroma with vanilla and chocolate. Slightly smoky and chewy malt flavor with toffee, star anise and port and a strong but subtle coffee finish.
mikem409 (1849) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours black with tan head. aroma of vanilla and toffee. taste is very rich roasted nut and fudge frosting
Pailhead (5675) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of 5000 via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, vanilla, and faint oak. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. There is some minimal spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with chocolate, black licorice, and light molasses. There is just a hint of fruity sourness in the background. The finish has vanilla, smoke, and faint oak. Itís medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation.
olio (7528) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle as 8 Wired Batch 31. 11%.
Brewed on 31.01.2011, barreled(!) on 31.03.2011, bottled on 31.10.2011, bbe 31.12.2018.
Pours pitch black color with a small, rapidly dissipating beige head. Aroma is quite strong with coffee, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, some mild hops appear also, lots of vanilla, mild bourbon and caramel. Some licorice and tar are there too.
Flavor of tar, vanilla, dark roasted malts, some caramel and cocoa powder. Sweetish dark chocolate and ash on the finish. Dry and quite malty palate with a subtle fruity finish.
laiti (7264) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50 cl bottle @ home. Batch #31: 11%, brewed 31.01., barreled 31.03. and bottled 31.10.2011. BBE 31.12.2018
Aroma has lots of coffee, some vanilla and hints of vegetables typical to coffee beers. Flavour has coffee, some whisky and oaky notes, vanilla and somewhat salty licorice. Stuffy, somewhat sweet and sticky Ė but still very good!