KimJohansen (10342) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a small beige head. Sweet aroma with hard roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor had burned malt, dark chocolate, espresso, whiskey and wood. Finished sweet with burning alcohol.
Papsoe (25131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 18 cl. Courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours an opaque dark brown with an orange hue and a rough light brown head. Lovely barrel aroma and hard roast malts. Solid body, rather low in carbonation, hard roasted malts and lots of chocolate again with a barrel edge. No real bitterness but quite a boozy and warming finish. 250810
JorisPPattyn (7308) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head reduced to beige rim over black, syrupy-pouring beer. Some chocolate and cold coffee, cacao powder, ureum, treacle syrup - pretty complex nose. Sweetish first impression; cacao-covered strong coffee with sugar, getting bitter without loosing the toffee-like syrupy background. Bourbon notes climb up with warming; chocolate advocaat , really perfumed finish. Utterly viscous, syrupy, strong alcoholwarming. Serious punch. Just a tad too much cold coffee to be absolute top fro me. Still - one to sip certainly, whether today or in 25 years.
Abio (1334) - Waasland, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 628 of 2483 bottles (18cl). Pours out black, a very small head, just a lace stays. Very heavy roasted smell, some tobacco and lots of coffee. Also some wood. Pretty nice smell. Roasted coffee and chocolate taste, sweet-bitter. Nice cacao inside. something a little sweet comes up, pretty good taste, but so sad there is almost no carbonation. I donít like flat beers, I need some bubbles inside. So that costs some points. Put some air inside, and you got yourself another top-beer!
jesperhammer (2221) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
23-AUG-bottle #121 @home, from "Fish & Beer".
Small bottle pours viscous, and even though I try to pour from a height, I get only a thin head that disappears immidiatly leaving a very dark brown, but not black body. Lovely yellow/orange at the edge.
Nose is a bit shy. I open this directly from the cellar, and I guess it is just below 20 degrees Celcius.
The aroma evolves with some air, and apart from an obvious alcohol precens, I get roasted notes together with bourbon and vanilla.
Taste is chocolate - bitter dark chocolate and then a dark fruity note that lingers on.
The barrels are there, but do not dominate the taste, as sometimes happens.
Oh, and I guess bourbon barrels are my prefered barrel aging containger:)
The mouthfeel is at first sip a little thin, but quickly it becomes more and more full. Very very low carbonation, bitterness in the ending with a coffee-like aftertaste that goes on and on.
At first sip slightly disappointed but as it aires, It just fils the mouth with lovely full alcoholic dark chocolate:)
Wow. I was hoping for a good beer, but this is great.
HenrikSoegaard (9146) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Frothy lightbroen fair mostly demninishing head. Black colour. moderate malty and hoppy nice but not powerfull aroma. Moderate bitter nice flavor. Loads of vanilla. Long nice moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice but lacks power too be truly great.
DJMonarch (9153) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Bottle at Chris Oís pre GBBF tasting, Kensal Rise 31/07/2010
Big hop aroma. Black and strong in alcohol with a fruity and slightly bitter dry roast finish.
oh6gdx (18576) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@The Chriso Rock The Roof Down pre-GBBF shindig. Pitch black colour, tiny brownish head. Aroma is quite much brandy/sherrylike with also some liquorice, chocolate, mild vanilla as well as some alcohol. Flavour is liquorice, some vanilla, mild cocoa, chocolate with also some sweet alcohol. Finishes in a quite brandy/sherrylike burn. Still rather much of the Hel & Verdoeminis left, which makes this very drinkable.
Fin (6180) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that I picked up from De Molen brewery, Bodegraven, Netherlands in June consumed at Fairports Cropredy Convention Annual Reunion 14.08.10 This is very black in colour if anything can be very black, in fact just black is probably descriptive enough, its black! Dense looking Imperial Stout with a beige head. The aroma is wonderful, wafts of vanilla, coffee and baileys. This is sticky in the mouth but marvellous, wonderful sensual feel as it coats the inside of the mouth. Some booziness from the bourbon ageing and there is a bit of wet wood and chocolate. Lovely. A8 A5 T8 P4 Ov16 4.1
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great look. Potent nose hints of peanut butter fudge and brownie. Wonderful tasting. Dessert-like. Perfectly balanced. Mainly base beer character, until the 30+ second finish, where the barrels come into play and the beer showcases notes of whiskey and espresso bean. Again, the really long finish is what makes the beer special. De Molen makes the best stouts in the world. His beers are also among the most cellar worthy in the world.