Ungstrup (33792) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, soy sauce, roasted malt, bourbon, and some vanilla. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of peated smoke, wood, vanilla, and bourbon, as well as medium notes of roasted malt, coffee, and soy sauce, leading to a dry, roasted, and somewhat alcoholic finish.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. aroma of tangy plums, dates, figs followed by some anise and molasses. a touch of sweet vanilla to round things out, balanced somewhat by chalky roast. taste is more bourbon forward. graham crackers. burnt marshmellow smores. low carbonation. big body. nice alcohol warmth. a touch messy. tasty though.
phaleslu (9020) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2011 180 ml wedding present from lushawn- thanks a ton, Shawn, for going off the registry! Split this with the new wife. Bottle 638/2483. Brewed 23 July 2009, bottled 8 June 2010. Pours a deep, opaque brown with minimal carbonation and a miniscule tan ring for a head. Incredible aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits (figs, dates, plums, berries), charred oak, earth, black olive juice, coconut, and roasted malts. Flavor of rich roasted coffee, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, charred oak, earth, mixed nuts, cocoa, and coconut. Lingering rich roast with some warmth in the back of the palate and chest. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation. Smooth and rich. Awesome.
Marheb (4501) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
D’un côté une impériale stout caramel / toffe et de l’autre une IPA avec une amertume ni florale ni fruitée. Unique mélange sans trop d’équilibre mais d’une étrange efficacité. Probablement supérieur avec le temps.
TheJestersBeer (2364) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250ml bottle, brewed on 2009-07-23.
Pours dark brown, thin brown head.
Big, woody nose, lots of oak, vanilla, spices, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee beans, fudge.
Very full bodied, thick, some sweetness.
Rich, complex, fruity, very oaky, lots of wood and vanilla, alcohol, malt, coffee, fudge. Needs time? (2011-08-29)
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl, green waxed nip bottle, #1701/2483 courtesy of madmitch76. thanks, ken! here we go with #2 of the H&V horizontal on the way to rating #1000. opens with a bit of a hiss and pours a hazy, deep, dark brown with a rozor thin beige head that leaves a light ring of lace around the edges. aroma is absolutely stunning with huge notes of charred, wet oak, vanilla extract, spiced bourbon, and black cherries with hints of smokey scotch, nutmeg, and brown sugar backed by subtle notes of leather, peppercorns, blood orange, and toasted coconut. flavor is fantastic as well, not quite as magical as the aroma but still amazing, with heavy notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and dark roasted malts blended with smooth bourbon, toasted oak, and molasses with rich vanilla, vinous dark fruits, and more sweet coconut on the back end. palate is an elegant display of balance and smoothness with perfect carbonation and just a touch of booze ahead of the toasted, barreled finish. overall, a world class barrel aged/blended imperial stout. for me, this was the classiest of all the H&V variations.
laiti (7912) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
18 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu. #1962: brewed 23.7.2009, bottled 08.06.2010, BBE 08.06.2035.
Very nice aroma with vanilla and hints of stinging whiskey. Stinging whiskey in the flavour, but some syrup-like roasted malt and some oat too. Very nice stuff, although the whiskey stings a little bit too much and lingers in the aftertaste.
FatPhil (13067) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) - shared by Rciesla - thanks!
Very sweet, a touch vanilla-ey, and with a super mellow coffee taste too. Sweet and soft. Lovely little sipper.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, rating 5200, via a trade with doodler! Bottle number 803, bottled 08 June 2010. 180ml split one way this time. A thickish brown pour yields a black bod with a small brown head that slowly fades. Lightly glass coating. Huge, nutty, espresso and bourbon aroma, vanilla, coconut and caramel. Toffee, delicate. Marzipan, nougat, almond cake, baba au rhum. Fudge. Huge dark chocolate and almond notes. Sesame seeds. Taste is slightly meaty, tobacco, lots of ash, smoke, bourbon, umami, coffee, espresso, marzipan. Kind of a let down from the taste. The ashy, smokey character seems out of place with the richness. Some dark chocolate, cocoa and mocha. Very decadent! Bready, marzipan. Coconut, burnt flan, rich!!! Thick, creamy, light carbonation. Very full bodied, warming.
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
10/10 i mörkhet. Rökig och fruktig i doften. Tjock, rökig, chokladig och lite fruktig i smaken med en liknande eftersmak.