kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Big thanks to 5000 for trading this to me. Pours deep brown, capped with a thin tan head that fades to a ring of bubbles encircling the glass. Beautiful aroma; apple, chocolate, bourbon, chocolate, sour cherry and pear are the predominant aromas, with caramel, dark fruit and smoke in the background. Flavor begins with smoke, peat and chocolate. Apple is more dominant in the aroma than on the palate. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, dark fruit, oak and apple add complexity. Peat, smoke and bourbon stick around for a long finish. It’s a bit on the hot side, but otherwise this is delicious.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at toncatcher’s T3 tasting. Wow. Very good. Peaty. I love peaty. sweet. Big. Very smooth. Very easy to drink. Alcohol well hidden.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
HUGE thanks to fishingnet for sharing these bottles. Pours a deep murky brown. Nose is loads of malt, bourbon, moonshine, honey, toffee and caramel. Flavor is feint apple, warming alcohol, big bourbon, loads of roast malt, smoke, smooth toast grain, cocoa, hints of coffee, dark fruit. Absolutely amazing beer.
Sean9689 (272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Brown in color with very little head present. There is some lacing though, once you tilt the glass from side to side. The brown is clear though, as you can see a small amount through the glass. Small bubbles are visible along the edge of the glass, but really nothing much to note.
S - Lots of sweetness going on here. Some fruits, sugars, malts all hitting your nose all at once. A big whiff puts the smell in your nostrils for a good amount of time even while the glass is away from your nose. There is some alcohol burn but really not a lot considering the ABV on this beer.
T - Apples, bourbon, oak, sweet sugars and vanilla. Very little alcohol detected here, which is impressive. A full-creamy finish, very rich. Lack of carbonation takes away from the taste.
M - Medium bodied. Very rich. Pretty much flat, which is disappointing for me.
D - A sipper for sure, but I do like this one. I don’t know if I’ll try to score another through trades, because I’m disappointed that it’s basically flat.
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The emperor has no clothes. Bottle. Very dark brown. I thought it had a red/purple tinge while pouring. No head. Not a big aroma, hint of fruit and ash. Almost a liqueur. Dark alcohol fumes in the finish and aftertaste. Smoke and ash, possibly hte advertised apple, alcohol, chocolate and coffee.
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Burgundy coloured. Light brown head. Sweetness, berries, ripe fruits and alcohol in the nose. Flavour is roasted, swete, alcoholdense has loads of alcohol, notable chocolate and wood. Light spices as well. Nice and complex and actually quite balanced. Quite full bodied. Is sweetish and alcoholdense in the end. Has a somewhat grapish touch as well.
yespr (30908) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small redish glare and a minimal white head. Cherry fruity and roasted malt aroma. Sweet malty and light honey like flavoured. Smooth fruity and roasted malt flavoured. Lingering smooth finish with a nice malt, cherry and honey mix of flavours. Just my simple reference of flavours.
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A brown beer with a lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, malt, roasted malt, wood, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, chocolate, wood, and over ripe fruits, leading to an alcoholic finish.
JorisPPattyn (7885) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2009 No head, flat as a pancake; near-black beer with reddish shine. Superb, alcoholic/fruity nose, complex, cognac-like, vanilla from new oak. Alcoholic, fusels, vanilla & Bourbon casks; sweet-ish, bananaester, oranges. Aftertaste with raisins in cognac. Very viscous, alcohol thinning the body. The nose is something out of a wet beer dream. The rest isn’t exactly bad, neither.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, amazing. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, dark rich malt, some apple towards the end. Flavor extremely similar but even more potent. Just a great beer.