kryon (2582) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with low tanned head
Aromas lovely of molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, fudge,
Taste brilliant of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, molasses, caramel
Mouthfeel brilliantly balanced with creamy, velvety smooth and warming alcohol notes
Christian (12623) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Warpigs. Black with a minimal white head. Aroma of licorice, mint and alcohol. Sweet candy-like flavour of licorice and chocolate with notable alcohol. There is a spicy wooden note.
Hermod (6248) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@ warpigs. Pours near black with a thin brown head. Slightly boozy, dark fruity nose, plums, dates mostly. Sweet plummy, oaky, dark fruity flavor. balanced sweetness, plummy, some chocolate. Sweet lingering finish. Wood quite strongly. Good sipper.
deanso (8458) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared with Kermis.
Thin ring tan head. Coffee boubon aroma and aftertaste. Clear black pour. Some honey too
jredmond (7329) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Paul at Hill’s tasting room. Pours a deep brown body with tan lacing. Nose is cinnamon brownie. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of cinnamon sugar, brownie, soft roast and sweet chocolate. Super decadent and very enjoyable imperial porter verging on stout.
BuckeyeBoy (5643) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is roast malts chocolate coffee some herbal notes molasses bourbon barrel. Taste is more of the sweetness roast malts chocolate coffee vanilla milk chocolate and a nice rich bourbon barrel end.
hackobock (3291) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
November 3, 2015. Bottle at home, bottled october 2013. Received in a trade with Leighton, thanks!
Black with a small, quite fizzy, brown head. Aroma is plum, bourbon, sherry, dried fruits, milk chocolate, notes of coffee, vanilla, charred wood and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is sweet dark fruits with a soft bitterness. Finish is sweet with plum, vanilla, milk chocolate, hints of figs, soft bitter with notes of cold pressed coffee and light roastiness. Medium to full bodied, very soft small bubble carbonation, creamy, oily texture.
Very good and quite complex imperial porter with subtle barrel notes. Perhaps on the sweeter side, could do with just a touch more bitterness in the finish.
kermis (9985) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared. Pours black with a ring beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, fudge, caramel, chocolate, malt, light coffee and spicy peppery notes. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Light full bodied with a slightly thick mouthfeel, alcohol warmth and soft carbonation.
Vestergaard (1588) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to Hallinghansen in the line for Blåbær Release 2015. Pours a pitch black with a small, tan head. Aroma has lots of bourbon, but in a slightly different way. More minty and fruity. Roasted malts and caramel. Taste is very sweet, lots of oak, complex, different malt profile. COffee roasty bitter finish. Sticky body and low carbonation. Not bad!
aleigator (735) - GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Birth of tragedy ’15 vintage
Pours a night black color, with a decent beige head, which collapses to formable swirls of lacing, coating up the side of the glass.
Consists of a nose, which comes beautifully together, defined by earthy coffee, toffee malts, coconut and oaky, warm Bourbon. All the different aromas stand out on their own, while blending flawlessly together, with wild honey on top, adding a glazed, sweet aspect to the mix. Bourbon is certainly noteable, while not over the top at all, accentuating the other aspects of the beer.
Drinks amazingly smooth and fairly easy, based on its actual abv, while its lower carbonation opens up the palate to sweet honey very effectivly. Doesn’t have a thick mouthfeel as bcbs, while it drinks almost smoother.
There is toffee, earthy, bitter coffee, gently wrapped up by wood embraced Bourbon, coconut and wild honey to complete the taste. I am honestly blown away by the outstanding balance of this, while every flavor is easily recognizable on its own, they all seem to benefit from each other, by enhancing each others appearance on the palate. The Bourbon provides a pleasant warmth during the beers finish, easily balanced by slick honey, producing a melting caramel, glazed sugar impression, adding to the toffee, creating the most enjoyable, natural sweetness you could ever wish for.
A real treat, much more than I expected it to be. The flavors come beautifully together, tied together by a balance and smoothness which almost puts Bourbon County to shame, and that at a considerable lower abv. Honey and Bourbon create a incredibly synergy, making up for the lack of roastieness by providing the most enjoyable sweetness I experienced in a beer so far, which makes this perfect for a cold winter night, as well as for every other night in which you want to drink an exeptional beer.