TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml shared at Pre-DLD (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a rich deep brown black hue, brownish edges and deep haze. A frothy tannish head dies to a ering, laces small. Aromas are sweeter, offering toffee and mellow caramel, some peat, cherries, oak and vanilla. Some bourbon, sweetness pervades. Initial is more barrel forward, oak and vanilla, spirit and some toasty essence. Some caramel, toffee, gentle cocoa dustings. Essence of peat, oak, and sweetness. Cocoa, some more toffee, vanilla, toast. Gentle roast, some lactic creamy qualities show up a bit. Middle and backend show more spirit, creamy lactose element from Imp Milk Porter. Solid, touches of roast, toast, carmelization and sweetness linger. Solid, but it doesn’t beat uninfected Rurik.
tderoeck (3624) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17/VIII/13 - 75cl bottle @ 4de Gents Bierfestival - BB: n/a (2013-783) Thanks to Ibrew2or3 for sharing the bottle!
Clear purple brown beer, beige big bubbled head, pretty unstable, little adhesive. Aroma: lots of whisky or bourbon, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, dried fruits, brown sugar. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sugary start, caramel, sour red fruits, vanilla, quite some alcohol, dried fruit. Aftertaste: caramel, sour fruits, mocha, some chocolate, alcohol, sugary, soft hoppiness, red wine notes, tannins, lots of vanilla. Nice beer!
mcmd (285) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue on the edge, mocha head, appearance of an imperial porter. Aroma is chocolate, toffee, mostly bourbon but rum is very faint also. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, nuts, vanilla, oak and bourbon but not too strong on the booziness. A bit thin on the mouthfeel but this was not geared to be an imperial stout. Glad I let this sit as may have been too boozy initially - drinking nice currently.
Ibrew2or3 (6208) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of one of the most generous people I know, thanks buddy! This was shared in the company of many of the Belgium rateebeerians who I had the pleasure of seeing again at the 4de Gents Bierfestival and some meeting for the first time. What a terrific experience, cheers everyone!! The 75cl yellow waxed bottle pours with a dark mahogany body that supports a light mocha colored head. The aroma offers up boozy bourbon, chocolate, toffee, cherries and some sweet and vague barrel notes. The taste is smooth and rich and demands small enjoyable sips where there’s a mix of dark roasted malts, dark roasted chocolate malts, smooth sweet cherry notes and then slivers of faint red grape tartness. In between these notes I get more chocolate bar and toffee candy notes that really ramp this up into rarified richness and balance where a mild smooth bourbon barrel booziness is noticed off in the background. Dandy stuff, I can sip on this stuff for hours.
sebletitje (6024) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Ibrew2or3. Thanks Dave for sharing this one with the Belgian RB team.
Brune foncée, col moyen café au lait le tout laissant un doré au verre.
Arôme oscille entre mélasse, caramel, vanille et autres bonnes choses couvertes de bourbon. Qcq notes de fruité noir.
Palais est axé sur les malts renforcés par ce mûrissage en fût. Note une pointe de café-chocolat au lait, caramel, barrique est tout simplement excellent. Pointe de noisette sur un léger ajout grillé malté. Le niveau alcool se ressent mais reste très appréciable. En fin de bouche, je note un petit côté fruité rouge finement suret, possible que cela vienne de la barrique ou alors de la bière qui commence doucement à montrer son age. En se réchauffant, la bière gagne en complexité et s’ouvre carrément, donnant lieu à une explosion malté et de bourbon, le tout adouci par un léger vanillé.
77ships (3096) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75 cl. bottle sampled @ GBF 2013. Courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Thx! Yellow wax. Apparently limited to 240 bottles. Min. 12 months old. Pours a very dark brown going to black with a beige head. Smell is very sweet booze, light bourbon, sticky brown sugar, caramel, sticky, thick chocolate, lots of wood vanilla, thick cocoa, almost touch of dark fruits,… Taste is thick brown sugar, creamy milk chocolate, reminds me a bit of a milk stout, high quality brandy-like alcohol, bourbon, lots of wood vanilla, creamy chocolate, sweet, sweet coffee,… Quite creamy, touch less carb. Very easy to drink which sadly made me go very quickly through my portion. Mmm so yummy.
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small cream head over reddish to purple-shot, nearly black beer. Chocolate and brandy concentrate, brandy casks, ethanol explosion in the nose. Sweet-woody, chocolate and brandy (yes, bis); with a fine bitterish edge. New sips yield just a touch of mint and vanila. Rich, voluptuous, alcoholgalore, yet drinkable - dangerously so. Oh man. This is beer. Many thanks to Dave and Seb!
BoBoChamp (4722) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl, as Campeador ’Greaves Ale’, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American blended brew, thx to Ibrew2or3!, very complex brew, malty/woody and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew
kraddel (2034) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
many thanks to , i think his name was dave ???
pours black, almost no foam . smell is sweet, bourbon.
sweet taste, chocolate. thick , buttery , vanilla, very nice! no bourbon overkill ( finaly )
5000 (5645) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 97 of 240:   Deep cola, thin frothy tannish head, little lacing.   Bourbon notes right up front.   Seems slightly smoked.   A little dark pitted fruit, minor peat.   Seems complex, but a bit overshadowed
by Bourbon.   Sweet start, Bourbon like, sweet roasted malts, graham cracker, very soft dark fruits, with only a touch of peat and campfire.   Not as bright as I would have thought.   Somewhat subtle, yet flavorful.
Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   A bit warming, but not alcoholic.   Very light tartness.   Lingering Bourbon, graham cracker, sweet soy sauce, dark fruit, and breadiness.   Pretty tasty after 2 years.
Thanks Matt for this rarity!
Travlr (9942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey. Very dark brown, brown edge head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, brandy, cocoa. Taste is rich Irish coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Lovely.