Countbeer (5518) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, - AUG 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: I think I have to thank Soren for this one (has already been two years ago...)
So thank you Soren! 2009 Vintage (When Goose Island was still Goose Island!)
Well this poured a really darkened black beer (almost that motoroil blackness again, but still at some points also that darkened ruby shine). A very small thick brown head, which unfortunately disappears fairly quick and after some seconds the look is a simple headless but black colored beer.
The smell is sublime, one of those imperial stouts which the barrel aging really caused a positive effect to which your nostrels are flathered, a smile is put on your face and even some shivers rise on your arms and back.
I am a fan of Bourbon Barrel aging, well if it is done correctly (never had any that was r
(really) bad), but this one is done very well!
The aroma is nicely balanced, with a nice mix between spicy, bitter, sweet: there are vanilla tones with some buttery undertones, there are hints of some spicy wood with brown sugars and sweet flower (lightly floral and hop) in the far distance, nice roasted ingredients like roasted barley malts and roasted herbs, some light bitterness but mostly it’s the gentle whiskey tones like wood, vanilla and spices. All the following are just hints in the aroma; mocha and flower (dough), tar and darkened molassess, syrup, slightest hint of something sour.
The flavours are a fine, pretty smooth soft yet spiced mix (but maybe a bit too much alcohol) of vanilla, wood, roasted malts, liquorice, sweet vanilla liquorice, full bitter, very peppery, roasted creamy viscous barleys, toffee, salty liquorice, some coffee/espresso/molasses mix, mocha/ caramel, toasted leaves, some dried liquored fruits (raisin, plums, prunes), some tar, wood roast and dark chocolate. Delicious!
After a while the liquorice comes very well through (together with the firm warm bitterness).
The aftertaste is warm with a firm malty backbone, roasted spices/herbs, bitter, light caramel, mocha, chocolate, different kinds of liquorice, viscous and well balanced But unfortunately a pretty short aftertaste.
Low carbo, soft creamy light spicy mouthfeel, full body and a lovely oily viscous sticky texture.
Ok, you can drink it right when the bottle is opened and you can drink it after you let this breath for a while both are sublimely balanced and outspoken but you taste the difference.
I am happy I got a bomber, small bottle (355..) would not be enough, lol.
Guess the only things that withold me of giving this a 4.9 (a 5 can’t be given in my optique) are the strong alcohol notes, that there is no head (it’s not bad if a beer has no head, but the (dark) brown head from the beginning should be a bit bigger and disappearing slower and not leave a headless beer after some seconds) and the aftertaste which seem to loose some of the awesomeness which is in the taste itself and is missed in the aftertaste. That said: it’s a wunderschönes biere!
Bosbouw (2136) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mooie bijna zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, vanille, alcohol, crème, koffie. Smaakt vol, crème, vanille, alcohol.
hansvf (409) - - OCT 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zwart, maar geen schuim helaas. Ruikt heerlijk naar Bourbon. Smaakt ook super! Bourbon, zoetje, zwaar, vol. Toppertje
Abijen (2122) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zwart met een kleine snel verdwijnende bruine kraag. Ruikt vanille, overrijp fruit, alcohol. Smaakt vanille, overrijp fruit, chocolade, zacht. Mag iets dikker. Voor de rest nice.
BarrelAged1991 (9) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Real great stout, very nice strong nose with lots of Barley, and a touche of coffee
rustbucket0873 (319) - Krikville, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Botrle 2009. Open sept 2015. Pours. Super black like molasses. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, toffee. Smells amazing. The flavor is very sweet and complex. I get huge notes of coffee at the end. Toffee up front followed by molasses and after coffee chocolate and more molasses. This is exceptional. Would highly recommend and age.
fonini (33) - porto alegre, BRAZIL - AUG 31, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
perfeita.melhor cerveja que ja tomei. barril bem presente, otima.base stout.
altonbrownd (4376) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in Amsterdam. Dark brown body with slight, tan head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, alcy, coffee. Taste is whiskey, and bourbon and chocolate. Super nice. Bitter and delectable in the finish.
lillunken (61) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från 2011 på Monks Café, Stockholm. Mycket god doft av bourbon, vanilj, choklad. Smak av detsamma med en värmande alkohol och sötma. Väldigt smakrik, runda, integrerade smaker. Mycket god!
markoijelena (1295) - Belgrade, SERBIA - AUG 18, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 0.355l at The 8th Belgrade tasting Session Two at Alberto place in Pozarevac.18.07.2015.Thanks luttonm for this bottle.Hvala Matt for this 2014 bottle.Pour it really thick dark color with small head.Aroma bourbon and vanilla.Taste liquorice, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, wodden note, bourbon also present, Wau what a complete balanced beer.Really it’s amazing.I liked it so much.
TorbenJensen (1334) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It is fruity as barley, smoked like a campfire, smells of wood. Coffee that is freshly milled and vinous warming alcohol with clear touch of American bourbon. It fills the mouth with a creamy and thick feeling to follow. Clear notes of smoke, strong vinous character with grapes and raisins, light delicate coffee notes as meet with dark bitter chocolate of the highest quality. It all seems almost too composed and well-founded, but in the aftertaste will find its ferocity in the form of untamed American bourbon that leaves alcohol warming effect down through the throat. The 13% alcohol is well hidden in the aforementioned tasting notes, and the overall impression is a soft, round, tasteful and warm stout as I can safely recommend to anyone. It tastes just too good.