sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle. Iíll tell ya, I visited 5 different places around Columbus to score a total of 4 bottles of this stuff for 2014 at about $6 a pop plus tax. I got a single 2013 bottle last year thatís still on my shelf. Straight up, this beer is overrated. Iím not saying it isnít great, but itís just not as good as the hype suggests. Bourbon County Stout crushes this stuff. Dark Lord too, though very different.
Served in snifter. Effectively opaque black; foamy-frothy dark brown head. Improves vastly as it approaches room temperature. Aroma extremely heavy chocolate, sweet, malt, vanilla, coffee, alcohol warmth; subtle oak. Big big flavor is heavier on the coffee than I prefer, yet not heavy enough to be an all-out coffee stout; lot of booze here too. The bourbon is almost imperceptible at fridge temperature but thereís still a lot of chocolate and vanilla. At room temperature, the bourbon is much more in-your-face. Smooth, bubbly, frothy, heavy mouthfeel is big but somehow not massive; sticky. Really very good, but Iíd be hard-pressed to make tons of special trips to get this for myself in future years. Over-hyped and the trade potential is the only thing that justifies the hunt for this.
Walking into a store 5 minutes after its official release and the one case is already sold out. A young kid and his girlfriend appearing heartbroken that they were on the special email list and still too late 15 minutes after release. A Giant Eagle with a single case selling 2 bottles to a person when youíre lucky to get 1 anywhere else.
Itís a really, really good beer, but the anecdotes around finding this drink overshadow the beer itself.
Holmen1 (2408) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kveldens siste flaske delt pŚ RBHD-samlinga hos Asle BjÝrn: storboblet kort skum, brunsvart farge. Intens aroma av kaffe, bjÝrnebśr, vanilje og kokesjokolade. Smak og ettersmak som kommer til Ś vare helt inn i drÝmmeland - mÝrkbrent kaffe, bourbon, vanilje. So smooth. Velbalansert til siste finish. Blir bare bedre og bedre ettersom temperaturen stiger. En minneverdig stout i verdensklasse. Takk til Gunnar for kveldens beste!
rollsrace (59) - - SEP 2, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Given as a birthday present. This is a very good and rare beer. Itís like great lakes blackout stout bourbon barrel aged, but maybe more chocolate.
abemorsten (2746) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Black body with a veil. Black with Coffee and vanilla dominates the nose at first, then the bourbon comes sneaking; and raisins. Thick, oily and alco warm. Coffee, vanilla, wooden notes and roasted malts.
gunnar (5267) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared bottle at local tasting, thanks to my secret summer santa 2014 for this one. Pours black with a ruby note, no head. Aroma of dark fruits, coffee, vanilla and dark malty goodies included some bourbon. Taste is smooth,light creamy mouthfeel, vanilla, heavy dark malts, soy, caramel,tar and liquorice. Classy beer.
Holmen2 (866) - NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alomost black, with a hint of red. Next to none head. Aroma of coffee and vanilla, with a hint of blackberries. Taste of dark chocolate with vanilla, combined with bitterness.
Sigmund (5090) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. Pitch black colour, no head. Strong and intense aroma of bourbon / oak / vanilla, nearly hiding the roasty, chocolate and coffee notes in the background. Low carbonation. Sweet and rich flavour, notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate and coffee.
OldGrowth (2654) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, from trade (2009) with ross, another in the "i havenít rated this yet" series. real good aroma, sweet, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, blackish brown color, small head little to no lace. sweet flavor. heavy body. kind od a still creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Iíve had this a bunch of times, this one is at a nice point, still get the barrel, but not hot like younger versions
MWMBeerguy (104) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had only a small sample at a beer show but it had wonderful coffee aroma and a smooth palate. I'd love to get a bottle to sit and ponder with sometime.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hackobock (1306) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2014 version, june 20th. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon. Taste is medium sweet with bourbon, vanilla, light caramel, medium bitter chocolate. Finish is medium roasted bitterness with a light alcohol warmth. Body is medium, slick texture and soft carbonation.
BeerViking (2447) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, near black with a thin crema, burnt coffee, liquorice, black treacle, and ashy dry. Gorgeous.