VT (1181) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 750 ml bottle (2011 edition) from Boîte à Bières (many thanks, P-A). Pours black with an orangeish tint. Very short-lasting beige head, leaves no lacing. Smell is bourbon whiskey, vanilla, wood. Taste is dark cherry, figs, strong chocolate, cocoa, roasted, port wine, wood, bourbon whiskey. Some fruity, lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Leaves a lingering roast, wood, smoked and hazelnut taste in mouth. Light bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Carbonation is almost imperceptible. Felt like having the best port wine of my life.
This is a top notch beer ; unfortunately, compared to the "regular" version, it seems to have lost a lot of its body, and the carbonation also seems to have suffered, as well as the head. Regardless, I would recommend it to anyone, and would be delighted to try the 2010 version.
June 3, 2013 update
750 ml bottle from czar (2010 edition - thus, aged almost one year since its purchase in July 2012) - thanks a million, mate. Pours pitch black with a nice beige head (surprisingly much longer-lasting than expected) that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is smoke, wood, dark chocolate, hazelnut, coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted hazelnut, wood, smoke, black cherry, dates, figs, coconut. Finish is roast, hazelnut, dark chocolate, coffee. Lingering corn and bourbon flavors. Medium to strong body, sticky and oily mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. Very, very, extremely, unbelievably solid sh*t. If that beer were a woman, I would indulge in the most sinful of acts with it. I would probably sell my soul for an opportunity to bathe in it.
If heaven tastes as good as that lager, I am ready to go. If you got a bottle you want to get rid of...call me.
matt7215 (2082) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 750ml bottle shared by jsprime with me and joel. bottle number 594/700. black with a tan head. huge bourbon barrell and big black beer nose. endlessly complex flavour. the mouthfeel is full and the finishgoes on forever. this is the best bourbon barrelled beer ive ever had. stunning.
kavencharest (10) - - DEC 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Simply put, one of the best beers I’ve ever had. If you can get ahold of this one, don’t miss the opportunity.
stef73 (160) - - DEC 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bouteille 231sur 700 fait veillir 4 mois.une belle robe noire avec un petit col mais qui disparais rapidement .on sens un melange de bois fume et bourbon et un soupcon d agrume ,en bouche on n a une complexité de mélange bourbon un agrume et de fumé tres bonne bieres (rate 26)
BiereLuc (661) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cerise noire, belle sensation boisée sèche qui colle au centre de la langue, chocolat noir... this is serious stuff! Une édition spéciale d’une bière déjà très spéciale, c’est le comble du bonheur!
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Jay at tasting at my house. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon, dark roasted coffee, roasted dark chocolate malts, vanilla and fudge brownies. Some oak. Medium body. Well balanced. One of the better beers of the night.
Rangi (500) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice thick black appearance with a tan head. This has all the classic roast malt flavours, slight mocha and just enough bitterness to steer away from sickly. awesome.
Theis (12165) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Black - offwhite head. Smokey, licorice, burned malts, ok bitterness, light body, light bourbon notes, vanilla notes, citrus notes,nice dryness. Lovely.
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hill farmstead bottle share, the barrel aging here did a great job, tons of vanilla and bourbon flavors, the porter holds up well.
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Roasted and sweet malts, sweet fudgey sweetness, bourbon, and wood. Rich and delicious.