neongolden (697) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2013 bottle, called Bourbon Barrel Aged, at VilleValla pub, Linköping, Nov 6 2014) Something for International Stout Day. Pours black as night with a small tight pale tan head, no lace. Aroma really driven by bourbon, the slightly sweet and boozy whiskey notes dominate with a light hint of wood and some dark unsweetened cacao notes. Very much like smelling a spirit. Flavour really follows, it is heavily dominated by bourbon character and elegant due to cellar age. The bourbon means it seems sweetish but not sugary, little vanilla/oak really, just the woody hints in the whiskey. Towards the finish it becomes fairly dry with dark roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate, light char. Bourbon lingers too. Smooth medium-full slick body, almost no carbonation, feels more boozy from flavour than heat. You have to like whiskey to like this beer, the stout seems almost subservient to the bourbon. It’s very smooth and rounded and a lot less harsh than I was expecting from the buzz around the base beer. Super sippable, elegan actually.
Majek (432) - Ząbki, POLAND - OCT 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage. Totally black colour with low stable head. Very strong aroma of bourbon which totally dominates at nose. On background are present some wood and chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with very sensible alcohol note. I felt like I drunk chocolate liquor mix with bourbon. Full body. Very thick texture. Flat carbonation. Perfect for degustation. RIS with very perceptible bourbon note (especially in aroma). Highly recommented for whiskey/bourbon lovers.
weihenweizen (2015) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated small format bottle poured into a glass. Black with big dark brown highlights and small light brown head. Aroma is light wild turkey, medium body, low carbonation, and very little lacing. Taste is wild turkey, coffee, roasted malt, and hints of oak.
JStax (3416) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour. Pours a dark brown with a khaki head of foam. The aroma has a bit of coffee, chocolate, toffee. Taste is sweet and boozy and chocolaty. Thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A highly roasted big black ale with lots of whisky soaked oak barrels. Brutal but somewhat drinkable monster beer.
How: Bottle at Cervecería Arte&Sana, Malaga Spain.
The look: Black body topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Nose is big, nice oak, not overly whiskey, a bit chocolaty. Body is full (obviously), a somewhat grainy texture, adequate carbonation of sparse hard bubbles. Taste is thick grainy burnt malts, plenty of toasted oak, some whiskey, cacao powder, dry grass. Some heat but overall the alcohol is well hidden. Body is heavy but not too syrupy because it is so roasted. The high roastiness (read ‘totally scorched malts’) helps to hide the sweetness, it also makes the beer less syrupy, but here it is so over-the-top roasted that it becomes aggressively so, almost ashy. Pretty much what I was expecting, a brutal but somewhat drinkable monster, Just another big De Molen tick for me. Looking at the super-high ratings I seem to be pretty much the only person who doesn’t love that beer, not surprising, I’ve always been the odd man out, in the 90s I was the dude in the back who was the only one who wasn’t Kung Fu fighting.
Kauge (546) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl bottle from Pothole in Tallinn (ca € 12). Labelled as "Bourbon Barrel Aged"; ABV is 11%; bottled Nov 19th 2013. Not sure how this is the same thing but oh well. Pours very dark brown, appears near black with a reddish brown hue in the glass. Head is minimal and drops fast, leaving a thin layer around the edge with no lacing. Aroma strikes me with a whiff of amazing oaky woodiness and indeed a strong impression of Bourbon (not had Wild Turkey, so for lack of something better (?) it reminds me of, well, Jim Beam) - behind all that there’s a great deal of bitter (or more like spicy) hops and chocolaty malts, but also notes of brandy, vanilla, cocoa beans... Hard to believe this is beer... The aroma is complex, multilayered and near to what I’d call perfection. Taste is, as someone noted below, less complex, with sweet and mellow chocolate and dark ripe fruits at first, then - within a millisecond - the armada of hop bitterness together with a woody alcoholic zing take over, working pleasantly with the near full body and flat carbonation. It’s a joyride of a beer. Definitely worth the € 12.
kbudd19 (818) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old nip bottle from 2010, 13% abv sent to me by Boltz555. Thick black pour, almost no head to speak off. Aroma is oak, ash, vanilla, marshmallow, booze, lots of oak. Taste is oily mouthfeel, vanilla, ash, oak, roasted malts, ash/oak finish with light carbonation, aftertaste is bitter with some heat from the Abv. Really nice, lots of barrel, a bit harsh on the finish but overall very solid.
PawelS (3) - - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0.33, bottled 19th Nov 2013 under name ’De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis Bourbon barrel aged’, but Ratebeer refers me here. Black and clear, but when under strong light it presents some deep red shades. Head is minimal. Bourbon scent dominates in aroma, in background appear dark chocolate (praline), a little bit of coffee, vanilla. Beer is sweet, medium bitter, a little bit sticky, flat. In mouth I can feel the same things as in aroma. Finish is spicy.
It’s a great beer for bourbon/whiskey lovers. I think that it would be better to drink this beer in temperature higher then recommended by brewery (11 C).
Lukasmh (333) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Bottle shared with Vestergaard. Pours pitch black small short lasting brown head. Aroma is amazing. Vanilla, oak wood, bourbon a bit boozy. Reminds me of puddersukker (brown Darin) and burn figs. Taste is all the same, but not as complex. Really smooth body with low to none carbonation. Surprisingly for the abv. Well done, but would have liked it to have some more carbonation.
WillRunForBeer (1137) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage at Parker Pie for $8!!! Pours coca cola brown with no real head. Strong bourbon aroma, coffee, raisin, date. Flavor is roasty, dark chocolate, molasses and dark coffee. Bourbon, vanilla, oak in the finish. Win!