gnoff (8119) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle at a tasting on October 30, 2013 (backlog). Thanks to Ingo!
Marked 10.8& and bottled Sep 17th 2013.
Very dark brown to black color, no head. Malty, sweet, alcohol, vanilla, raisin scent, also smoked. Sweet, raisin, alcohol taste. Sweet, toffee, smoked aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Full mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Also grainy bitterness coming through.
McNeillR (1568) - SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick viscous radiator oil black, pours with an engorged tan head which dissapates to a decent half finger thick head. Steeped bourbon tea bag nose, roastedness is hidden by an enriched liquorice fist full of dark choc. Button down roastedness on the initial taste, bushy cooking choc buy the mouthfeel just engulfed anything but the bourbon before the finish. Heavy duty thickness, needling carbonation.
There’s a massive bitter boozy tang on the finish, it’s a wee bit too quick in approach and a massive over coffee roasted sweetness.
There’s a lot going on here, but the balance is pretty throttling at both ends of each sip. That said, I sat with this for nearly two hours and would happily have worked my way through another bottle at the same rate.
Bottle, THANKS BEN BUDDY BOY H, 10.8% bottled September 17th 2013
Idiosynkrasie (4468) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle [10.8% abv]. Pitch black colour with late awakening, small to average, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Rich and complex dark malty aroma has notes of treacle, vanilla, leather, liquorice. Taste is initially dry dark malty with subtle sweetness, notes of leather, hints of vanilla, later the sweetness vanishes and gives way to a salty liquorice note; lasting finish, oily texture, soft and slightly sticky palate. Superb balance and good integration of the dry and sweet partitions.
Zer0 (1137) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma is lots of chocolate, alcoholic, bourbon, coffee and caramel. Taste is very chocolatey and bourbon. Moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied and thick sticky texture. Pretty good but not as good as the H&V series.
tommann (2974) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle at 10.8%. Pours pitch black with a large head. Aroma is sweet bourbon, tar and liquorice. Taste has sweet bourbon and tar. Roast finish with cola and liquorice. Oily mouthfeel. Touch of alcohol burn.
Christian (11423) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Borefts Beer Festival 2013. Black with a small off-white head. Aroma of licorice and roasted malt, with bourbon and vanilla notes. Sweet, roasted flavour with a hint of smoke. Roasted bitterness and bourbon notes. Somewhat sharp flavour, perhaps a little young?
laiti (6460) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle (10.8%) @ wPBF’14. Bottled 17.09.2013, BBE 17.09.2023
Aroma is boozy with rubber notes, some salty licorice and some sweet fruitiness. Flavour is boozy with salty licorice, some bourbon tones and too well roasted malt with rubbery bitterness. Just too boozy and stinging.
olio (6931) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ wPBF’14.
Pours jet black color with a minimal head. Aroma of salmiac, roasted malts, sweetish dark berries, some chocolate and tar. Flavor of tar, roasted malts, caramel, syrup, wood, vanilla and faint bourbon notes. Very thick oily palate, lingering caramelous sweet finish, a massive and complex slow sipper.
TBone (13363) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330ml (WPBF)
Thanks bierkoning! Opaque black color, small steady beige head. Apple, bourbon alcohol in the nose. Full-bodied, sticky. Loads of bourbon, not much vanilla. Strong roast, sweetness. A bit messy but otherwise another good impy from Menno.
Damico (2766) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours unclear somewhat thick dark coffee in color with a deep rich caramel pecan head. Aroma brings a fresh creamy vanilla like note. Flavor is big on creamy bourbon without any booze or heat. There is roasted malt and light brown sugar.