argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Minimal tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Brandy, caramel, roast/smoke, some bittersweet chocolate, faint oak. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, some coffee/roast. Smooth medium-full body, no carbonation.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours an oily opaque black with a thin ring of off-white bubbles. Has a sweet dark caramel and smoky malty nose with lots of fresh oaky notes and a light fruity cognac nose. Starts with a rich dark caramel and dark chocolate sweetness with nice raisin and brown sugar complexity along with an assertive oaky balance before a drier, bittersweet finish with some lingering mocha. An enjoyable oaky imperial stout.
Enjoyit (3470) - Vadum, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black of color with a weak brown head. An aroma of liqurice, coffee and weak chocolate. A oily flavor of liqurice, coffee and weak chocolate
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2009
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite unpleasing aroma of dust and metal with hints of coffee and vanilla. The appearance is however wonderful black with brown head. The flavor is of coffee, vanilla, toffee and oak. After the bad aroma this beer surprises me with an amazing taste. Overall a splendid beer.
LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dusty nose of coffee, vanilla, metal and alcohol. Taste is of oak, raw coffee, liquorish and vanilla. The finish has a good balance between the salty and the bitter. Overall: A good barrel aged IS.
madsberg (10308) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Huge brown dense lasting head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, roast, light liqourice and molasses. Flavour is quite herbal, sweet, full of liqourice and coffee, spice, brown sugar and roast. Qutie tasty and full bodied. Dry. Ends on a roasty bitterness with loads of chocolate and a nice alcohol warmth on lips and palate.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark dark brown with a small brown head that dissapears quickly. Aroma is very "brown malty", somewhat artifical with notes of fine spirits and coffe. Flavour is about the same but more pleasant, fat and roasted. Still has a artifical note going on, probably because of the oak chips since I cant find it in the regular version of "H&D". Still rather tasty when carbonated (some bottles took awhile to get going it seems.)
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black, but with apparent reddish brown hues at the edges. No head development, just some disparate big beige bubbles that quickly fades away.
A big smell. Lots of hardly roasted malts, bitter chocolate, licorice and molasses. Some notes of alcohol. I also pick up something that reminds me of finer spirits (like a fruity note of cognac). Aging Hel & Verdoemenis on oak chips seems to have made the almost edgy roasted character significantly rounder and smoother. The smell is quite heavy and seems to suffer from the lack of carbonation, but still a very impressive smell.
The taste is very sweet with malts to the fore (lots of roasted aromas, dark bread and burnt caramel). The taste of sweet spirits (cognac, liqueur or something like that) is noticeable from start to finish. Distinct notes of chocolate and dark fruits, and hints of vanilla, oak, licorice and coffee. By and large, the taste is quite vinous, sweet and round but still very complex. The finish delivers more molasses-like sweetness, some alcohol, a faint salt note and lingering malty flavors.
Full bodied with a creamy smooth texture. There is basically no carbonation at all, and this gives the beer a rather interesting an amusing character. But I’m wondering if a little carbonation wouldn’t have done this one godd, despite this. Some bubbles would have lightened up the heavy flavors and made the aromas a little more lively, I think.
A very impressive beer. It’s nice to see a beer like this can keep everything together with such a balanced composition. It drinks very easily considering the ABV and lack of carbonation.
A short additional comment based on sampling a bottle from the same batch, that actually was carbonated:
The carbonation didn’t do as much as I had hoped for. It lifted the smell, but unfortunately revealed some chemical aromas while doing so. It also accentuated the brandy character, both in the smell and in the taste. The body was lighter. Thus, some differences between carbonated and flat bottles are evident, but in the end it’s the same beer.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks again to Papsoe
Black pour with a brown head, this is a gem.
It is silky smooth on the tongue & in the mouth. 11% ABV? hardly noticed it. Great flavors of chocolate & vanilla.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. An absolutely impenetrable opaque black beer with almost no head. The aroma is malty, with heavy cognac-like notes and oak. There are also smoke, roasted grains, coffee, alcohol and a minnor note of chocolate. The flavour is heavily sweet, with virtually no acidity and bitterness. Intense, powerful, no doubt about it, but less drinkable and more syrupy than the regular version. Almost full body, soft carbonation, long finish with light to medium bitterness. I still prefer the normal version, but a good beer.