superspak (3226) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle into snifter; Summer 2014 release, 11.5%. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense brown head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, brown sugar, leather, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, brown sugar, leather, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, coconut, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light char/smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of rich dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity and balance of rich dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An incredibly delicious offering.
Prufrockstar (1388) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to jtclockwork. Halloween beer #2. Watching the Nightmare Before Chrismas with my kid for the first time. Anyway, the beer. Bottle leaked a bit in transit, leaving a sticky residue on the outside and a missing ounce or two. But, it still opens with a bit of a "pfft," which is nice to hear. Pours much like Dark Apparition (DA), but with head that dissipates immediately to a small ring of fine bubbles. Aroma: DA + vanilla, oak, and cardboard. Taste: DA + toasted coconut + vanilla + cardboard. Less sweetness, less roasty. Palate: slick oily texture, full body, soft carbonation. Less smooth/drinkable than the base. Overall: Not sure how much the leaking affected this, but I surprisingly preferred the base. If I ever get a chance to try this again, though, I’ll reevaluate.
joergen (22903) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home.
Pitch black colored with a small beige head.
Sweet and roasted flavor of caramel and dried fruits with notes of bourbon and chocolate.
Sweet and roasted flavor of caramel and dried fruits with notes of bourbon and alcohol.
Roasted and warning alcoholic finish.
hackobock (2102) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
September 14, 2014. Bottle, Pours dark brown, almost black with a small quickly dissipating brown head. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, woody, green and roasted coffee, grass. Taste is medium sweet chocolate, caramel, bourbon, finish is light bitter roasted wet wood, bourbon, vanilla and light alcohol notes. Smooth medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation.
gnoff (8218) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 375 ml, at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to Göteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014.
Thanks to rlgk + Aniela!
Marked 11.5% ABV.
Clear dark reddish brown to black color, small teal head. Alcohol, solvents, green bell peppers scent. Alcohol, nutty, roasted, vanilla taste. Bourbon aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Cocoa and dark chocolate comes comes through as well.
GlasgowTAD (393) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells heavy bourbon and chocolate. Taste is notably of bourbon and fruits; christmas desert. Taste of Brazil nuts in the background. Thick mouthfeel; consistency of a milkshake.
Yoachim (46) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaska på provningen USA comes to Göteborg 2014.
Luktar lakrits, surt, sött, choklad, peppar, frukt.
Fin svart färg.
Smakar surt, frukt, alkohol, torrt, choklad, beskt, sött.
tkrjukoff (4167) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at rlgk. Aroma is malty sweet a bit chemical. Flavor is acidy bitter a bit astringent dry some fruits.
_angst_ (3353) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark blackish brown with a small mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, charred wood, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark chocolate and hints of glue. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, moist soil, minerals, hay, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter, malty and boozy with roasted malts, caramel, vanilla fudge, charred wood, moist soil, hay, bitter chocolate and alcohol. Bit hot and unrefined…
rlgk (12838) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Opaque black beer with a nice beige head. Woody chocolate aroma, vanilla, caramel, roasted, hay, coffee, some raisins, figs, raisins, some grapes. Roasted woody chocolate and vanilla flavor, licorice, cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee note,s figs, licorice, vinous notes, warming alcohol, Very, very nice!