fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. [<a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=_new> Courtesy of kmweaver]. Clear dark brown black color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, some alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is almost full, texture is oily - creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft - flat, finish feel is light alcoholi. Very very nice ;o)) (070408)
yespr (39991) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
35.5 cL bottle, says bourbon county brand stout 2008. Pours thick and oily, deep dark brown to pitch black with a small and yet dense and deep chocolate brown head. Solid roasted malt, mild smoked, dense dark chocolate and solid bourbon dense aroma. Thick oily and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, heavy bitterness showing through and mixing nicely with the solid acidic and hard roasted malt flavours yet also with a smooth vanilla/oak note to briefly attempt a counter balance. Distinct alcohol/bourbon presence going into a distinct alcohol burn in the finish. Sweet, bitter and lasting roasted/chocolate and bourbon finish. Nice yet also overempowering: beer soaked in too much bourbon.
Ungstrup (34023) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 The aroma is sweet alcoholic with notes of wood, prunes, and raisins. The color is pitch black and it has a disappearing brown head. The flavor is alcoholic with notes of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, vanilla, and a little soya. A somewhat weird flavor, but quite interesting.
joergen (25680) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Bottled, thanks to René for sharing.
Black coloured with a small beige head.
Roasted aroma of coffee and wood with notes of vanilla and hops.
Roasted flavour of wood, dried fruits and vanilla.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours black and opaque with a pretty much absent head. Distinct aromas of oak and bourbon. Rather full-bodied with plenty of sweet, roasted malt. All the burned malty accents are pretty much hidden underneath the sweetish bourbon notes. Lightly bitter malt finish. 030606
oh6gdx (24928) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled (thanks heemer77!). 2005 vintage. Very deep ruby red colour, close to black. Not much head. Aroma is earth cellar, licorice, alcohol, vanilla and some wood. Flavour is licorice, alcohol, some mild acidicness. Aftertaste is big licorice, alcohol and very peppery.
omhper (23017) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark black with near black brief head. Aroma of vanilla and licorice. Sweet with full body and clean mouthfeel with intense oak barrel flavour. The barrel character goes overboard and along with excessive alcohol it gets too intense and unbalanced. A lot of flavour, but not a lot of flavours.
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma with hints of bourbon. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 19th October 2008.
This is a 2005 beer at a modest (!) 11.0% abv. Opaque black stout with a thin brown head. Spirity coffee nose. Dark port and brandy start with a coffee undertone. Smooth semi sweet vanilla oak. Bittterish coffee spirit dry finish. Chocolate spirit aftertaste. An awesome beer. Smooth, silky and sumptuos.
3rd November 2010.
A 2007 bottle at 13.0% abv. Opaque black beer, tiny tan head. Rich dark malt with a lot of strong bourbon. Offset by sweet vanilla wood. Finishes warm. Despite being 3 years old the power of this one does not appear to have faded much! Great stuff!
4th January 2013
THE stout tasting Pt1. 2011 bottle at 14.5% abv. Thanks Jack for another bite of this classic! Palate is surprisingly light and airy, also a little dry. Rich malts, warming bourbon. Dark chocolate. Spirity aniseed but not too much, Finishes semi dry with a warming afterglow. 3.8
Travlr (20954) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Black with a large-bubble head that settles quickly into three distinct islands (no kidding) and an edge of foam.
Aroma resembles Jack Daniels lite.
Flavor starts with malt and caramel, then progresses to bourbon, enough to mask most of the beer flavor.
Decent body, very smooth for a bourbon brew.
A slight toning down of the bourbon aspect would go over well, although this is an otherwise tasty beer.
Addendum: vertical 2003 through 2009 courtesy of brad - thanks! Just about killed us to do this one, but it was worth it. A very tasty beer, mellows steadily with age. No change in rating.