rejtable (2302) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is so good! 2014 vintage tasted in early 2016. Pours black with lots of cappuccino tanned head and chunky lacing. Nose is bourbon and molasses. Flavours of molasses, bourbon, vanilla, espresso, some mocha, maybe some fig. Taste big sweet, medium/big bitter. Full creamy body with medium carbonation. A beautiful beer.
mariuspoenari (1422) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle, 2014 vintage, sipped early 2016. Pitch black pour, with a small espresso head that gives way to a thin lacing. Smells of maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, cocoa, barrel sourness, caramel fudge and roasted malts. The taste is sweet, bitter and a bit sour, with notes of sweet bourbon, dark cherries, vanilla, cocoa and dark chocolate. The alcohol is quite present, but not too annoying. Medium to full bodied, with a sticky sweet aftertaste.
superspak (4575) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, and roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a world class barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. The barrel integration and balance was absolutely spot on. There was no additional booziness or warming alcohol vs the base beer of similar age; and you still get plenty of the barrel flavor characteristics that aren’t overwhelming to the base stout at all. An insanely amazing offering.
fluffy (2336) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just as good as the original with a nice barrel element without being too hot. Well done.?
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olenickj (69) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: heavily roasted malt, hint of alcohol. App: beautiful dark black with tan head. Taste: malt and chocolate notes, decent amount of oak and bourbon but not overpowering. Palate: full, medium finish. Overall: Really good. These are generally hit or miss for me depending on the amount of bourbon flavor. This is not overpowering but adds a good strong note.
hansvf (679) - - DEC 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruikt wederom barrel aged. Veel vanille idd , goede balans tussen zoet en chocola. Mooi dik ook
Bosbouw (2623) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, vanille, bourbon, alcohol. Smaakt vol, vanille, zoetig, koffie, almond. Lekker zoetig.
Abijen (2467) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Zwart bier met een goede beige schuim kraag. Ruikt vanille, geroosterd, chocolade. Vooral vanille. Smaakt vanille, koffie, geroosterd, chocolade. wow.
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle shared with crew. Pours black with a short lived dark beige head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, salt, bourbon and wood. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, salty. Finish is wood, bourbon, caramel. Lingering roasted hazelnut. Medium to full body, oily and velvety mouthfeel, weak carbonation.
Maverick34 (2954) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky brown black pour from bottle with reddish edges. Roasted malts and some vanilla. Chewy, dark chocolate. Mild burn. Pretty good.