DerWeg (1562) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 aged one year, bottle. Black brown with (fittingly) cognac gold-brown highlights, sticky. I think the oak tannin has tucked itself back a little with an overall smoother result, making the beer quite round (some would say velvety) with cocoa liqueur and smooth coffee. Great cascading overtones of fine warming cognac, the hops seem to express a lemony-mineral thing, ends with small hints of ash and late leafy-tannic bitterness over the sweet malts and coffee. This is quite impressive at room temperature, hiding the booze well and I will finish the bottle cooled off later. <P>
If you’re cellaring these they might hold on a while but I would try one right now rather than miss out on this stage of the unique 2013’s development.
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ the brewpub. Near black with a tan ring. Fairly prominent cognac on the nose, thick with malt. The palate is delivers heavy malts, slightly brothy, with dark chocolate and cherries, and lovely cognac and barrel flavours of vanilla, leather, and light sweet smoke. Quite cognac-forward, but still in balance without being harsh or overly boozy. A cigar beer if ever there was one!
Ratman197 (11246) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, cognac, oak, vanilla and bitter chocolate. Palate was full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit, cognac and oak with a smooth dry lingering roasty dark fruit finish.
_angst_ (3546) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle received from Winter Santa 2013/2014. Thank you pushkinwow! Pours viscous black with a rather thin dark mocha head that doesnät leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, dark chocolate, cognac, salty liquorice hard candy, dark roast coffee, charred wood, raisins and alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, burnt wood, cognac, hay, salty liquorice hard candy, moist soil, raisins, prunes, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, soot, resin and alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, tiny oily, roasted astringent slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, cognac, burnt wood, soot and alcohol. Tasty…
rlgk (13385) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to _angst_. Pirch black beer with a nice lasting brownish head. Roasted chocolate and cognac aroma, vanilla, caramel, nuts, earthy, licorice, fruity, prunes, some woody notes. Roasted cognac and chocolate flavor, vanilla, caramel, nuts, figs, earthy, woody, cream, warming alcohol. Woody vanilla, cream, chocolate and cognac finish. Good beer.
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample @ RBWG, Asheville. Deep brown with a modest head. Has that chemical ink cartridge aroma that you sometimes get from dark roasted malts. German chocolate cake. Earthy ash, rocky road fudge. Slightly boozy. Fat and substantial. Straight-forward, but not unpleasing.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and their heavy bitterness take hold of this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, as molasses and dark chocolate whip up an enticing base to furrow through.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the blackened darkness.
-The finish is also quite wooden.
-Although this batch has been out for a while, the heavyhanded roastiness makes me believe this bottle is a little too young in its evolution.
-Green hops tag along the portentous roastiness.
-Light cognac heat adds to this brew’s depth.
-Mouthfeel is rich and velvety.
alexsdad06 (7031) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at RBWG tasting. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark fruits, cognac, wood, sweet chocolate covers the abv.
Theydon_Bois (12731) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Bruce’s tasting lab, from an IP trade with a Canadian fella on BA, 08/04/14.
Pitch black with a good sized dirty tan head that thins to a covering and edgework.
Nose is dark roast, restrained alcohol, cognac evident, bitter orange, hoppy wafts, bitter chocolate.
Taste comprises dark chocolate, spice, roast malt, well tuned cognac BA in force, bitter orange peel, hoppy waistcoat.
Full bodied, fine carbonaton, lightly warming booze at the close.
Solid BA impy - lovely stuff!
madmitch76 (18167) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8th April 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad. Thanks to Rocket Rudkin. Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Palate is softish and airy. Soft and lightly tangy dark malt, touch of dry cream. Strong coffee but well rounded. Mild cognac underneath. Light dry finish.