TheLevi4000 (63) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 This was really good. The aroma was sweet berries, coffee, chocolate and boozy. Taste just like it smelled. The finish is where I think this one becomes a very good beer and makes it stand out from others. Think of really good quality dark chocolate and raspberry candy flavor. Yes candy, there is a sweetness in the beer that reminds me of the candy.
sebletitje (7492) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bombe obtained via trade. Bottled 20 nov 2013.
Couleur noire huile de moteur, huileux au verre, col café au lait.
Bouquet est surprenant, et je ne m’attentais pas à ce que ce stout malgré sa base fort maltée offre autant de caractère de ces nombreuses baies, dont bon nombre sont inconnues pour moi; apparemment des variétés de mûres sauvages. Retrouve en rétro une parfaite balance d’alcool, chocolaté et de barrique Whisky.
Palais est également immense, chaleur/booze, chocolaté, caramel, barrique touche de vanille et seigle. Baies-mûres apportent une certaine fraicheur fruitée et ce profil très fruité noir. Fini est sec. Dur à décrire mais le tout est raffiné à souhait, complexe. L’épaisseur des malts se mélange en harmonie avec le côté suret des fruits. Grandiose!
Countbeer (5153) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle: Chouffe glass:
Black beer with a small (light) brown head.
Aroma of roast, honey, whiskey, beautiful red fruit, hint of soy, delicious sweet ish aroma.
Flavour has delicious red fruit with smooth roast and bitters, some wood and whiskey, sweet chocolate, soy, beautiful!
Aftertaste is bitter, red fruit, roast, whiskey, malt/rye.
Low carbo, soft close to silky mouthfeel, full bodied. Great stuff!
Zakoon (191) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle enjoyed @ a friend’s place, thursday may 21. Thanks to Jdizzle1. Pours pitch black With a tiny brown head. Aroma is vinous, fruity, coffee, strawberry and vanilla. Flavour is light bitter and heavy sweet. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is vinous and very sweet. To be enjoyed in small quantities because otherwise this will be too much.
aleigator (406) - GERMANY - APR 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Ron for the bottle.
Yields a viscous, completely black color, with a very small head, which leaves back a thin, brown lacing, while the beer turns ember at the edges of the glass.
Reveals aromas of milk chocolate, toffee, a faint coffee infusion and scorched walnuts. There is also oak, vanilla and a sweet, alcoholic berry fruitiness. Incedibly complex nose, with berries working very well with hot Bourbon, reminding me of pralines, while vanilla accentuates both the barrel and the marmelade fruits.
Drinks very, very smooth, with a lower carbonation, revealing the beer’s full body.
Sweet, sugar rolled, fruits are recognizable from the very beginning, accompanied by chocolate, molasses and burned, rich malts. Then the barrel not only lends its wooden qualities to the taste, but also its luscious, slightly biting heat. While the fruits are well pronounced, they are perfectly integrated into the beers chocolate maltiness, without overpowering the overall taste. Berries and Bourbon blend together to a hot peak on the palate, which’s aftermath reveals warm wood, earthy chocolate and a flowery dryness. During its finish, the beer develops a syrupy caramel note among the alcoholic berries.
Overall this is a fantastic beer. It exhibits a fantastic depth of various flavors, all coming together in great harmony. My biggest concern, too much marmelade, turned out to be false. The fruits are prominent on their own, while they add a sugar glazed liquorice impression, blending flawlessly in the hot Bourbon and character of the brew.
olr1984 (1267) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle pours a dark oily black with a tan head. berry jam vanilla oak and rye barrel taste. great beer
Boutip (5079) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of blackberry jam with light chocolate notes with some light whiskey notes is very interesting. Taste is a complex mix between sweet blackberry jam with some chocolate notes, some dry roasted malt with vanilla and light whiskey notes. Body is dense with smooth texture and good carbonation with alcohol really not that apparent. Maybe a little too much focus on the blackberry jam notes but a very nice beer nonetheless.
GranvilleTim (1776) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black pour with a brown head. Aroma is berries, roasted malt, rye.. Taste is berries on first sip, followed by roasted malt., rye in the finish. The beer clings to the side of the glass. More berry flavor base. Not as thick as other BCS variants. Alc comes out as it warms.
Vestergaard (840) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Bursprak! Pours a pitch black with a small, short lasting, brown head. Aroma has lots of sweet berries, jam, slightly tart as well. Caramel, sweet, roasty malts, vanilla and some oak. Taste has a cool combination between the sweet and the sour berries, and then this vanilla oaky bourbon. Slight sugary sweetness as well. Not very roasty, but some chocolate going on as well. Very sticky body and low carbonation. Cool beer. well done! I really like it!
DuffMan (7633) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared by dresden, who brought me half of a freshly opened bottle even though we could not physically sit down and drink it together-- thanks Steve! Bottle is dated Nov 2013. Hearty near black pour, light brown head. Lovely combination of jammy field berries, chocolate, and bourbon, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and yoghurt. Sticky, complex, reminiscent of a ruby port. Loved it-- very much my kind of beer.
mikedR (1532) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding imperial stout. High ABV but not boozy. Slightly sweet in flavor. Just good.