Dunt (297) - Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Baron for providing this longtime want. Pours a dense, omnious black in color with no head. Nose is extremely rich chocolate, some gentle booze, malt, caramel, and a little oak. Flavor is similar to the nose, it is rich chocolate, oak, and malt. The barrel character is all but lost in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is thicker with some moderate booziness, light carbonation, and a long finish. Not a bad barrel aged stout, but I really wish there would be more barrel character here. We had this side by side with the base beer and that beer was absolutely god awful. This is a much better effort but I’m left wishing the barrel would influence the end product more.
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up at De Molen. Pours deep dark mahogany with tan looking head. The aroma started off holy hell GOOD with fresh packed chocolate fudge brownie followed closely by burnt toffee (I love that), some smooth oak wood and a bit of subtle smooth whiskey. Wow! Great mix of aromatics. The taste delivers dark roasted malts, burnt malts, chocolate fudge brownie goodness and dark chocolate bar. It then runs into some smooth oak and then fairly smooth peaty Scotch boozy whiskey. This achieves a great balance of the delicious base beer this is (the base beer seems even better than I remember, maybe this treatment has enhanced it) and the barrel treatment.
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Jeffo, 03/29/2012. The bottle is filled to the brim and pours thick black, almost no head but decent lacing rings the glass, persistent haze on the surface. In the aroma, dark bitter cocoa chocolate fudge with great depth, espresso roast, and rounded with a spicy whiskey spiciness that compliments well. Flavor is big on chocolate, a bit lighter than the aroma with a touch of vanilla, not overly sweet, balanced by espresso roast, mild caramel and whiskey bitterness. Palate is low on carbonation but full and smooth without becoming overly thick. The barrel treatment adds nice subtle accents to the base, does not overpower, resulting in an elegant, balanced treatment of H&V. Really nice.
daknole (9623) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour, dark brownish head. Aroma of strong whiskey, chocolate, roast. Flavor is sweet up front, lots of whiskey and oak with chocolate and coffee undertones.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split amongst friends. Dark oily pour, jet black. Aroma is full of bourbon flavors mixed with dark chocolate. Easy to sip on. Glad I was able to try this one.
mile (3165) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, no head. Moderate to full, malty and sweetish aroma, roasted malt and coffee and some salty licorice, light oak - whisky. Body is medium to full, malty and sweet flavor, lots of coffee with roasted malt and light licorice, light oak, faint alcohol. Finish is average to long, malty and sweetish, lots of coffee and lots of roasted some burnt malt, light licorice and light alcohol, light oak and some hoppy bitterness. Nice burnt - roasted IS with light oak/vanilla, bit too much coffee - bit too sweet.
omhper (20176) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, at tasting at _angst_. Dark black, small beige head. Intense coffee aroma. Dryish and full bodied with soft mouthfeel. Loads of coffee with just a tingle of Highland whisky. Warming, mid-bitter finish. Surprisingly relaxed with a focus on coffee. Really nice!
_angst_ (3158) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle bought @ Bierkompass.de. Shared at epic tasting on February 11. Pours oily black with a pale brown head that slowly dissipates while leaving some lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, quality chocolate, wood and hints of smoke and coffee. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, whisky, wood, vanilla, liquorice fudge and hints of coffee. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts and chocolate.
Cuso (5202) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from brewery shop, Bodegraven. Black color with huge beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, oak, whiskey. Taste, coffee, chocolate, some spices, oak, whiskey, caramel, alcohol. Finish strongly alcoholic with coffee bitterness. Excellent brew.
tkrjukoff (4116) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of _angst_. Pours pitch black with a nice bubbly tanned head. Aroma is nice roasted, malty, barrel, whiskey. Flavor is tingly sweet, coffee, barrel, roasted, malty, bitter and dry. Finishes bitter sweet and roasted.