Minderbinder (1795) - Québec, Quebec, - OCT 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2012 Bottles [2009,2011,2012]
Pours black (very dark brown) with no head. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, bourbon. (+vegetal note in 2011 (I guess I was eating celery at that moment)). Taste is of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, booze, bourbon, warming alcohol. Very complex. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Those vintages were pretty similar to me, only very faint differences. One thing is sure, this beer is pretty good, and there is alot of bourbon involved. [2009: 3/9/10/4/18] [2011:3/8/10/4/18] [2012: 4/9/9/4/17]
5lickv1c (112) - DENMARK - SEP 17, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle bought at fermentorencph. Great beer, difficult to find something bad to say about it. Probably the best stout I have had along with speedway's.
SimonTja (262) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep bourbon aroma, smells right when poured all over the place, smell of the empty bottle is just pure bourbon. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, loads of it, vanilla, oak and oak and oak. It’s very very flavoursome, but the booze and bourbon overtakes it a bit too much. The beer quality and the roastiness is close to gone, and only malt resembleness that is left is the chocolate malt, nevertheless, this is a great drink and very special and is indeed world class, but different, and even if it was like I wanted or expect it to be it might not be better.
Anatole (112) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Version 2012. Très sirupeuse, colle au palet. Du lourd ! Seul reproche: un peu trop sucrée.
GlasgowTAD (37) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells like bourbon, wood and smoke. Flavour is much the same with bourbion being the most prominent; vanilla, chocolate and sugar sweet. Alcohol is present in this one. Lives up to its status as one of the best BA stouts. 2012 vintage 355ml.
Vestergaard (368) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. I’ve had this lots of times, and from different vintages, but apparently never rated it. Pours pitch, oily black with no head. Aroma has a huge buttery, coconut, vanilla bourbon sweetness up front, accompanied by dark, chocolate roast, licorice and lots of dried fruits like dates, prunes, figs and raisins. Toffee, caramel and a bit of coffee as well. Taste has a big, boozy, vanilla-bourbon and chocolate up front, but is balanced out well by the more bitter roast, and a good chunk of coffee. Starts out pretty sweet, but as time goes, it grows darker in the chocolate, and the booze becomes more complex and delicate. Molasses and gunpowder comes through. Still a bit of butter, and besides that some port wine, and again all these dried fruits. A great balance between the powerful sweetness, and boozy, roasted opposites. Despite the lack of head, it doesn’t lack carbonation too much. Body is thick and oily.
Wombata (452) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 Bottle from Moscow Wine Co.
Aroma: Smoke, Bourbon/wood, rich dark chocolate and vanilla
Palate: Full-bodied but not heavy, probably thanks to aging.
Flavor: Rich dark chocolate, chocolate liquor, woody Bourbon with finishes with all the above plus vanilla. Great intense flavor holds well on the finish and shows dryish notes of wood.
Comment: Deft use of bourbon barrels that doesn’t overdo the vanilla character and shows wood flavors.
hangunder (233) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
SIde by side comparison of 2012 and 2013 bottles. Both have a very predominant bourbon note, with the 2012 having quite strong soy sauce/chocolate notes white the 2013 being quite a bit more restrained in the aroma, mainly bourbon comes through. Especially with the 2012, interesting and complex nose. Completely black and viscous with a quickly fading brown head. 2012 amazingly complex flavors blended very well together, toffee, caramel sweetness, bourbon/vanilla notes, soy and metallic characteristics all make their way in and out after taking a sip. Sweet/syrupy vanilla, but not cloying, finish. 2013 similar but not as complex, more of a single note experience, slightly sweeter and less integrated. In each, no sign of alcohol, just great flavors and a lot of sweetness/hoppy finish. Thick bodied, moderately carbonated. Great, great beers, especially the 2012 (not sure if due to aging or just the recipe used).
Odysseyalien (43) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, creamy, molasses and maple syrup, black as night, smells...like heaven must smell -- but I’ll never know. :( That’s ok cause this beer will be in plenty supply in the other place. Truly one of the tastiest, most enjoyable beverages on the planet Earth.
yiannnos (867) - , CYPRUS - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared bottle. Black colour. Delicious bourbon chocolate, sweet, coffee, alcohol
birabirabira (3) - - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 09/11/2012, drunk at home.
Smell is slightly boozy, dark chocolate and coffee with slight caramel notes. Midnight brown, no head, far from motor oil in density.
T: Wow. Starts out with milk chocolate that turns darker and darker as time goes on and eventually fades into some really nice coffee notes. The bourbon lingers at the edges throughout, bringing nice flavours through it all.
P: An experience you need to try to understand. Amazingly complex, stays around for quite a while.
Overall one of the best beers I’ve had the pleasure to sample. I think it’s my last bottle, sadly.