574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy crap what an amazing surprise. 2010 version, 13% ABV. Pours midnight black with the slightest ruby edges and a tiny chocolate head. Nose is massive: bourbon, vanilla, oak, smoke, roasted barley, and even some cherries in there. Taste is a big blast of sweetness, but also a punctuated bitterness to help try to balance it out. Palate is thick, oily, viscous, still somewhat hot after a couple years with a nice alcohol warmth going down. Thanks so much to Eric from Michiana Beer Nuts for sharing on the 3rd anniversary of his blog. I don’t know if I would have had a shot to try this otherwise. Very nice bourbon barrel impy stout. Delicious.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from my secret source in Chicago. Pours a viscous black with a dissipating brown head. Bold aroma of roast, vanilla, oak, and plummy fruits. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Flavor of dark roasted malts, coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and vanilla countered by a nice balancing spicy bitterness. Oaky and dry finish. Great use of the barrel by not overdoing it. Stellar!
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very spicy roasty flavor and smell. Got ancho chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, smoked cheddar. Dark roasted malt, sweet.
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had at Belgian and it was epic. Pour was amazing darkness. Aroma and flavor were full of chocolate and dark malts
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At HallingHansen Grand Tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours a pitch black beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, licorice, fruit, alcohol, hops and chocolate. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness and roasted. Overall a really good beer.
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick layer of foamy head while the liquid appeared as though I struck black gold. My nose detects a heavy roast malt character in a style similar to the coffee beans I have had from Hawaii, but there is also an organic aroma cocoa beans used chocolate too. The flavor is rich and robust with a complex blend of dark roasted down malt that is both sweet with a touch of bitterness. The roast profile on this beer is overly dominant and has a strong delivery of alcohol that is close to a mocha flavored liqueur. Somehow the barrel aging isn’t as apparent as I would expect it to be since it is coming from Firestone, but there is a hint of wood in the distant background.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2012 Pours black with half a finger of tan head. Smell is bourbon vanilla, chocolate, cherry, bit of tobacco. Very strong smell. Taste is rich and velvety, espresso, bit of booze, dark fruits. Very strong and potent, super rich, yet easy on the palate. It’s a good beer for sure.
Christian (12958) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small off-white head. Malty aroma of biscuit and caramel, with plums and licorice notes and oak character of coconut and bourbon. Sweet and rich malty flavour with caramel and toffee, along with some licorice and bourbon
Dedollewaitor (15598) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Hallinghansens US Tasting, Odense. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Heavy roasted nose and flavor. A bit of soy, liquorice and fruit. Almost burnt roast. Ashy, vinous and slightly oxidized. Rather delicious!
hallinghansen (2906) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, tobacco notes, bourbon. Flavor is bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.