cpetrone84 (1467) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is dark brown with dark tan head. Nose is pretty balanced with nice bourbon notes, faint peat and wood notes. Some roasted malt notes and hints of dark chocolate. Taste has much more peat and some interesting yeast notes. More malt complexity and and depth but a bit of sweetness through the finish. Milky chocolate and light roasted malt with brown sugar and malt sugar left over. Medium body with a creamy feel and softer carbonation.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2013 Bottle courtesy of Alex. Huge Thanks!!! This is bliss. Pours motor oil thick and black into a glass with a slight residual head that does not last. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark roast, and has a strong alcohol note on the back end. Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is fantastic. Upfront booze, then some bittersweet chocolate, coffee notes, char, a little dense caramel coming through and finishes with a boozy chocolate pudding note that is amazing. I could drink this forever. HUGE thanks for this bottle. It blew me away.
TheEpeeist (3382) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2 oz bottled Jan 2013, Bourbon version. Black with tan froth. Nose is licorice, dark chocolate, prune and wood with hints of smoke and bourbon. Silky body with a sexy tingle. The normal brash bite of H&V is tamed by the barrel. Taste perfectly melds the chocolate and bourbon. Dark fruit, caramel and vanilla; like the best boozy chocolate truffle you’ve ever had.
tandembrauer (216) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle bought at brewery. Pours dark brown with almost no head. Distinct bourbon aroma, strongly alcoholic. Heavy taste of bourbon whisky. Some sweetness, but also slightly sour. Subtle oak finish.
Enegaard (63) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Toft Vin - 18/07/14.
I guess this is it, even though the label only mentions the bourbon aging, no specific kind. Red wax sealing.
Poured down the middle, shows a nice inch-thick, quickly fading foam - brown and bubbly. Black with red edges. Aroma escapes the glass way before I even approach it; I almost get a barleywine sort of sweetness and dried fruitiness, coated in chocolaty bourbon. Putting my nose into the tulip the bourbon overshadows most, but I get a very dense, compact and full aroma that tells me something merged nicely in this one. First sip is velvety and smooth, very sweet and chocolaty, the bourbon almost too dominant, but I kind of like that. Lots of alcohol, but again in a nice imperial stout kind of way: the heat lingers on the palate - as it should in an 11% stout. I like it. It’s not the plate reinvented, it doesn’t go super deep or crazy, but it’s a solid, creamy, smooth imperial stout and the barrel aging really provided with some good finish. Well done!
jbruner (2418) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque brownish black from the bottle with thin ring of tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of whiskey and roasty malt, hint of chocolate, boozy. Taste is like the bourbon county barley wine, roast and sweetness balanced. Big on the boozy bite, like a half and half of whiskey stout. Definitely nice, very intense, but nice.
deekyn (1220) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - pours opaque cola brown with very little giant bubbled head. S - nice grainy and sweet almost combo of stout and barleywine. Wild turkey it is. Sweet bourbon notes dominate. Lightly grainy, sweet molasses, cereal grains, sour oak, mineral water. Quiet chalky notes, dry chocolate, vanilla, leather, charcoal , leather and orange peel. M - so much lighter than I expected. Light and sweet and somehow still rich. Dry bitter end, low carb, lightly astringent. T - the taste is all wild turkey and cereal grains. Sweet and oaky earthy bourbon. Wheat, sour oak, chalky chocolate, dry potting soil, graham crackers, molasses, orange peel and vanilla. O - this is more barleywine than stout, especially as it warms. Nice but a bit weaker than I'd like.
andrepintado (1539) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle as Bourbon Barrel Aged. Color is quite dark. No head. Looking oily on the top. Body is medium and very smooth. Long finish. Taste is medium to high bitter, medium sweet. Aroma is high chocolate, light roasted, bread, alcohol, liquor.
brnandersen (2011) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl. bottle, shared. As Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon Barrel Aged. Pitch black with a creamy, tanned head. Roasted aroma with vanilla, chocolate, coffee, caramel, a sweet, alcohol dense and wooden note. Liquorice, herbal hops and sweet tobacco. Wow! this is great! Taste is sweet and roasted. Full body with an oily texture and a soft carbonation. Long lasting roasted finish with bourbon barrel and a rich, roasted note. World class, excellent experience. A rare 4.3 from me.
NBird (402) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks. Black, cola tinge, viscous, sml head
Smells. Dark choc, oak and vanilla barrel, big malts and whisky.
Tastes. Heavy chocalate malts, vanilla, woody/oaky bourbon.some alcohol burn Thick syrup like mouthfeel. 2013 btl..Hell and damnation alright!