Desverger (2121) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2012) from Voldby (thanks to Niller for the share) - very dark brown near on black with no head. Dark roasted malty, dark chocolate, caramel, subtle vanilla, bourbon wooden nuances throughout, lovely and complex, vinous and oily mouthfeel, has a great roasted boozy bear hug at the end. Spectacular.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ar: Bourbon, tar - molasses and heavily roasted caramel - chocolate and burnt coffee.
Ap: Pitch black with slight brown highlights on the edges - very small light brown head - low retention, leaves a thin, but solid ring of of foam.
T: Sweet bourbon, some clean alcohol heat - burnt caramel, molasses - highly roasted coffee, turbinado sugar - toffee, nougat, and blueberry - bitterness is medium - char, and more bourbon and coffee on the finish.
P: Full body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium.
O: A stellar bourbon barrel RIS - dense, complex, and warming.
gopherfan99 (473) - CROATIA - JUN 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours dark black with a thin brown head, noticeable bourbon aroma, sweet taste of the bourbon, some chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee, very good imperial
Clownoisseur (216) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On so many occasions and in so many different fashions have I tried this beer. I get it, it’s the "Grandfather of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beers"....it certainly deserves respect for being a trailblazer. However, I just cannot get behind this beer like so many others seem to. It is just too big.
2012 vintage. Poured into a Bell’s snifter. Color is jet black, like spent oil. Thick brown head that recedes into a ring around the glass with spotty lacing. Aromas of subdued bourbon, oak, anise, roasted nut and smoke. Much calmer than when this was fresh....I remembered smelling this 15%’er from across the table before each sip....not so much now. The taste has muted bourbon notes upfront with a decent chocolate/anise interplay. It creates a bit of tobacco flavoring....which leads into the smoke character. Some sweetness in the middle ground....light vanilla, oak, molasses. But, the bourbon is still very much the centerpiece of the finish. It still dominates over any other subtleties this beer may offer....I can almost taste the delicacy in the base, but the bourbon just overwhelms my taste buds and palate. The beer being so oily, it resonates even further down my tongue, leaving little respite for any flavor that may be contained in the following sips. Just an exhausting beer.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a gluttonous beer as much as the next person...but I feel that since Bourbon County broke down the door for Bourbon Barrel aging, other brewers have refined the style with more tenderness in the process.
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Petite bouteille vintage 2013. Merci Patrick. Le liquide semble visqueux au versage. La robe est profonde comme la nuit. La mousse ne tient pas la route, un simple anneau. Un premier nez fort sympathique, je ne sens pas l’alcool. Il semble avoir un boisé bien intégré. Un bouche étonnante, racé, les saveurs enveloppent le palais. Ils sont interminables. Combien de caudalies ? La texture est crémeuse. Un arrière-goût étonnant de chocolat, de vanille. Superbe.
beer-yum (479) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a beer that will blow you away in more ways than one. It looks, smells, and tastes like the "angels share" itself - not the dregs left in the barrel!
Barrelbelly (638) - BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black, no head. Wood, Bourbon, chocolate aroma and taste. High alcohol Bourbon warm aftertaste, sweet finish
ElManana (250) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black, sirupy with almost no head.
Nose is heavy chocolate, mild coffee, some vanilla maybe?
Taste is very heavy on the chocolate, coffee. Very damn tasty but quite fierce with alcohol. Best stout I had, together with the Hunaphu.
markducommun (214) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, very opaque. No head. Heavy notes of caramel and molasses. Some bitterness but very sweet from start to finish. Heavy body, very upfront alcohol. Quite balanced though. Very long finish. Almost no carbonation to speak of. Exceptional.
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cobaink2 (74) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Everything you would want in a imp stout. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, figs and loads of burbon. Pretty much a perfect stout.
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