SpongeRuiner (891) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid black color. Bubbly dark mocha head. A strong aroma of chocolate. Extremely creamy. A touch of alcohol strength in the end. Really good. Very smooth.
snoworsummer (3047) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours very dark brown with a fizzy bubbly light brown head. Tastes like strong alcohol, slightly sweet and slightly astringent, woody, earthy, nutty roasted malt. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like booze, woody, earthy, and dark fruits.
sonnycheeba (4143) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewery. Pours opaque black with creamy tan head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, earthy notes, and some dark fruit notes. Flavor is dry and malty with rich chocolate and roast character, tons of bourbon and vanilla, some oak, and faint hops. Full body and medium carbonation.
pilsnerrogge (2607) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a mid sized head.
Aroma is coffee, soy sauce, ash and Bourbon.
Taste is toffee, soy sauce, Bourbon, chocolate and some alcohol. Warming finish.
vjohans (379) - SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
chocolate, coffee, alcohol, vanilla, woody, black, black, hazy, brown foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,
kryon (1796) - SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with low brown head
Aromas are brilliant! Loads of bourbon, vanilla, coconuts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol
Taste is a dream as well. Muscavado, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, alcohol
Warming and creamy body with a nice medium bitter moderately burning alcohol finish. Brilliant!
tcon25 (196) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2015 First off, absolutely amazing beer to try been looking for this one for a wile. Thanks Andrew for splitting it with me. Found this beer at engine house #9 in Tacoma, black pour thin head, Bourbon aroma, great flavor of chocolate some coffee still taste a little hop, cinnamon, licorice, and definitely the bourbon flavor, you can taste the ABV but it’s not overwhelming, this beer can only get better with some more age, hope I get the opportunity to try one with some age some time.
andrewje41 (1182) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014, beautifully dressed foiled black bottle, poured and split with Tcon. Purchased at Engine House No. 9, Tacoma. I just love it when I’m out and about and run in to a bottle by complete accident. This situation surely is one of those. Pours black with a light bubbly tan head. Flavor is cocoa nibs, coffee grounds, bold vanilla and spicy chocolate. Some booze sneaks into the aroma as well, but we’ll expected. Doesn’t ruin things for me. I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love it when a beer lives up to its hype. Flavor seems initially boozy, as it is. However it smooths out very nicely. Nice smooth chocolate and coffee flavors with some vanilla and sweet butterscotch. A solid, must try beer with the make up of a perfect stout. Very happy to try such a storied beer. Awesome stuff to say the least.
Alengrin (3026) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 Three year old bottle, but with black neckfoil (the print on the bottle says "with coffee and aged in bourbon barrels", so I assume it is the same thing). One of the most expensive beers I ever bought, delivered to me by my dear former colleague Maaike. I taste this a little above cellar temperature from an old port wine snifter. Black colour (but in fact an extremely dark ochre brown), thin deep beige head, a little more ’loose’ than I had expected and breaking open after a short while but retaining well around the edges, with a delicate, silky lacing. The aroma is heavenly: a dense, thick, strong and intoxicating perfume of all the good things you would expect in a big stout, and more. Impressions of freshly roasted coffee beans, kahlua, orange liqueur, warm chocolate sauce, cognac, liquorice, vanilla beans, peat, leather, oaky tannins and even moist wood, gingerbread, hints of soy sauce, cooked meat, cloves and butterscotch. This liquid commands respect, nothing in the nose reveals even the faintest flaw; I’m beginning to understand why this beer scores so high on this site. Taste is... well, intense, to say the least: an overpowering symphony of candied fruits, espresso beans, fondant chocolate, vanilla, oak, candi syrup, dried orange peel... Difficult to point out which comes first. Carbonation is sharpish, even a bit fizzy at first; mouthfeel is thick and smooth, somewhat cloyingly sweet at first but drying more and more towards the end, over a big yet refined, oily, multi-layered maltiness. Spiciness, bitterness and intensity increase in the finish, where a strong bourbon presence takes the lead along with strong woody tannins, with a drying, even somewhat burning effect which can be felt from the tip of the tongue till deep in the throat; peppery hops are quite strong as well, and so is the remaining syrupy maltiness. The bourbon alcohol and the strong, coffeeish roasted bitterness keep struggling for dominance but remain matched. How sweet the onset may have been, the ending of this complex ale is bone dry. This is a powerful, demanding form of liquid gastronomy in which many things are happening at the same time. Still: this is, contrary to what I had expected, probably not quite the best stout I tasted so far - the alcohol burn is just a little bit too much over the top for me, the mouth and throat keep sticking a bit with the initial candied sugariness and it is, for this particular style, a bit overcarbonated. Nevertheless: hugely complex, hugely enjoyable, very impressive with a formidable balance between sweet and bitter, both present in their most ’compressed’ and intense form. Something to be reckoned with and enjoyed carefully, concentratedly - and sip by sip. Wow, what an experience... Big cheers to Maaike!
stoutnick (698) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2015 Black with tan head foam. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla oak, brownie batter. Taste is bourbon forward, strong roast, oak alongside plenty of barrel tannins. Quite rich! Medium full palate. This didn’t blow me away like I thought it would but still enjoyed it. Maybe wouldn’t pay the same price next time though.