thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/black oily pour with a minimal amount of head & not much lacing.
Aroma is nice - bourbon up front with some chocolate, malt, vanilla, and roasty notes (amongst others) becoming apparent as it warms a bit.
Flavor is excellent - the bourbon is there but its certainly not overpowering (which is a good thing IMO). More coffee/chocolate/malty aspects make an appearance here as it warms along with some syrupy caramel/molasses type flavors... really tasty.
Could benefit from just a bit more carbonation but still has great general mouthfeel - not too syrupy thick and certainly not too thin.
Overall a VERY impressive beer. Its too bad they weren’t able to get this bottled, but still, it was nice to be able to bring home a growler of an excellent 12.5% BA Imperial Stout - that doesn’t happen very often!
Seek it out if you can - great stuff.
charule (748) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Riverview Chicago. Poured black with dark tan brown head. Aroma of sweet vanilla barrel choc. Med light carb with med thick bod. Strong bitter choc taste that finishes with bourbonnnn.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ GABF. Black pour with a tan head. Graham cracker, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt aromas. Dark fruit, burnt sugar, and a touch of ash. Maybe some coffee grounds. Flavor is a bit more bitter than expected. Lots of roast and ash. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and coffee grounds. Sweet graham cracker, dark fruit, and burnt sugar.
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Black coloured beer with a small brown head and a strong alcoholic porty fruity and wooden cask hinted aroma. Lovely. Full creamy palate. Finish is caramel chocolat malty stronger alcoholic with a longer light bitter porto fruity noted. Very very nice.
lusikka (5175) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon and wood. Flavour is rather rich with roasted malts, bourbon, wood, raisins and floral notes. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a roasty warming finish. Really well balanced.
olio (5131) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, dark roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate. Flavour of vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate and cocoa. Smooth and complex.
kermis (4205) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Mikkeller bar. Pours black with a ring beige head. Aroma of massive bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, milk chocolate, toffee, fudge. Flavour is heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Excellent!
allesmetkaas (168) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Mikkeller Bar. Pours black with a light brown head. Heavy, rich vanilla aroma with a taste to match - excellent
MF666 (220) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dufter af irsk kaffe, whiskey, kaffe, sødlig, chokolade, kaffe smag, whiskey, sødlig eftersmag. Maltet
thewolf (10706) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Viktoriagade. Pours completely opaque black with a small, staying, creamy brown film head. Aroma has plenty of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, light nutty. Softly vinious. Medium to low carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good chocolate, chewy biscuits, mild spiciness, light roasted, vanilla. Quite sweet overall, with that sticky feel to its warming finish that I don?t like all together. After a few sips, it feels far too heavy and sweet for its own good.
fonefan (32844) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear dark black brown colour with a small, open and fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, vanilla, light alcohol - bourbon, light wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, wood, laber larver. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcohlic.