PhillyCraft (4761) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Tim/Bill once they saw I brought the base beer for this. It was nice trying them back to back to note the differences. Silky black color with thin beige head. Aromas and taste are delicious with roasted coffee bean, bitterseet choc bar, cinnamon, and loads on chocolate chip cookie dough as it warmed! Mostly in the aroma, other notes of graham, bourbon, Pap, and light citrus. I liked twilight better but this one was seriously rich meh.
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - 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 (2758) - 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 (8485) - 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 (1293) - 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 (599) - 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.
Mr_Abner (276) - Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (dated 10/2013). Pours black with an ample mocha head that eventually fades to a 1/4’’ ring around the glass, where it stays until its gone. Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, oak, some alcohol apparent after it warms. A medium+ sweetness balanced by a medium bitterness. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, light bourbon. Full bodied; thick and lightly creamy; below average carbonation. Really a wonderful mouthfeel. Moderately bitter finish. An exceptional beer.
RickTheRick (780) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
D’un noir sans équivoque, une mousse brunâtre pas très généreuse se pose doucement sur la bière. De la vanille, du chocolat au lait, du nougat, un peu de bois imbibé d’alcool, c’est définitivement un bouquet qui me plaît. Heureusement, l’idylle se répète en bouche, ces saveurs étant enveloppées d’une chaleur alcoolisée et sucrée réconfortante. Une texture veloutée qui me fait fondre à chaque gorgée. Je me visualise dans un chalet, sur le bord d’un feu ardent, par une froide soirée d’hiver à siroter ce nectar divin. Superbe.
michcam8 (443) - Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Shawn! Pours a very dark ruby, almost black color with little to no head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, booze and doughy bread. Taste is a little muted on the aroma, which isn’t bad, as I do not pick up much detection of alcohol. Medium mouthful, silky smooth, easy drinking for the high ABV. Could use a little more carbonation. Overall, excellent beer!
njager246 (690) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2015 Bottle @ bells 30th pre party, aroma is bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, and malts, taste is out of this world chocolate, vanilla, borbon, soy, some sweetness and oak, damn, doesn?t get much better than this!!!
haukur (1531) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a light brown head. Faint vanilla, bourbon notes, a bit flat in the end and in dimensional