Marduk (2967) - Tallinn, - OCT 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ SBWF 2012. Pitch black color. Small, foamy tan head appears. Wood, oak, mellow smoked malts, some roastiness and vanilla sweetness in aroma. Nice roast, mild licorice, oak, faint whiskey in flavor. Very smooth to drink. Well balanced. I like that all that oaky tar/oil in beer turns beer glass tan.
ABT_S54 (196) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours an oily black liquid with a very short lived brown head. Aroma is powerful bourbon, vanilla and buttery burnt malts. Taste is sweet bourbon and vanilla with a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly bitter aftertaste. The ABV is extremely well hidden. A truly massive imperial stout and one of the finest examples I have tried.
mmahut (1100) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The beer pours in very oily texture that is just black with no head at all. Aroma is complex right away, a lot of nutty toasty character right away, dark chocolate, woody, well balanced whiskey character. Amazing. Little bit cocoa too. Impressive balance. Taste has high woody bitterness, little bit too much as it’s pretty astringent, almost salty. Medium to high roasty chocolate sweetness. Body is full, low carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.
vipinvelp (2352) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, that’s all. Initially some brown foam, nothing left. Strong coffee and bourbon aroma, which did not come as a surprise. Similar strong taste, bitter coffee, bourbon notes. Perfect after dinner drink. (Arnhem 201411)
neongolden (538) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(330ml bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Nov 14 2014) Pours jet black with a tiny pale brown head that fades to a ring with no lace. Aroma has lots of vanilla and dark chocolate, bourbon, light roast notes make it past that. Very full rich flavours, dark chocolate and bourbon to the fore, sweet, charred wood notes, some vanilla, hints of coffee and licorice. Wood and bourbon build in the finish with the chocolate and molasses sweetness fading a bit, char and alcohol heat providing some dryness to an otherwise sweetish palate. Rich, full creamy thick body with very soft carbonation. This is a big stout bursting with flavour and lots of barrel character. Very good stuff, dangerously easy to drink and pretty complex. Missing that certain something that makes it truly exceptional, but happy to drink again and again.
Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draught@Erzbierschof - pitch black beer with a long lasting dark beige head; solid roasted notes of black chocolate, tobacco and Bourbon, hints of vanilla behind; thick and rich, full-bodied and with some sweetness; quite bitter finish with notes of molasses, Bourbon wood and chocolate
SirBruceWillis (10) - BANGLADESH - NOV 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Haha George. Still reckon’s he can box. Blindsided the hero in his own fuckin’ shed. Still waiting on the label change - ’BRUCE’.
Lukasmh (213) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours silky thick pitch black with tiny, but nice, brown head. Great lacing. Aroma is tons of sweet vanilla, roasted malts and coffee. Taste is so rich. Sweet, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some licorice. Drinkable with smooth and creamy body! Finish has slight booze and wood.
MarcoDL (2376) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2014 Bottle. Black oily beer, no head. Delicious aroma of cacao and vanilla. Sticky mouthfeel. Taste starts with malt, chocolate and and some milky coffee. After that a wave of bourbon vanilla, which combines into a more bitter aftertaste, with a layer of cherry. This is world class. (But retardedly expensive.)
RichTheVillan (3439) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mikkeller Webshop; dark brown pour with a thin dark tan head, aroma has light bourbon and roasted malt, taste has coffee, roast malt, hint of vanilla, wood, treacle, chocolate, moderate bitterness.
Theydon_Bois (9912) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, thanks to an IP trade with Abio, 06/10/14.
Pitch black with a dirty tan swirl that eventually gives way to edgeville.
Nose is bitter roast, woody bourbonics, dark chocolate, spice, molasses, light char, dark fruit vibes.
Taste comprises rich chocolate, bourbon rinse, dark fruit peel, earthy, light spice, molasses, soy sauce.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, oily on the palate, warming alcohol in the close.
Solid BA impt, hides the ABV well, easy drinking stuff.