RRistow12 (725) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours black with faint tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is bourbon and lots of cocoa with a hint of coffee. Mildly bitter with nice sweetness. Hides alcohol well. Nice and chewy. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, licorice. Incredibly well done.
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Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. BBA variant of Serpent Stout with creamy, medium thick, lightly lacing, moussy, yellowish beige head and opaque black robe with chestnut brown edges. Intense bouquet of hot chocolate sauce and ’real’ cocoa, candied dates, coffee liqueur, kahlua, vanilla-like oak, milk chocolate, leather, bourbon, stewed beef, molasses, burnt sugar, cinnamon, cured meat, fudge, black peppercorns, marmelade, liquorish candy, mocha ice cream, pipe tobacco, dried fig, candied banana, cappuccino, treacle on hot pancakes, lots of wet wood. Concentrated and intense candied sweetness at first, candied cherries and figs, with a thick, dried meat-like umami edge immediately following, as well as a dimly sourish undercurrent, all in perfect balance but with the sweetness prevailing without becoming cloying; carbo is soft, mouthfeel is - unsurprisingly for a beer of this style and posture - very thick, viscous and oily. A deep, multi-layered malt body ensues, caramelly and nutty, beautifully bittersweet with toasted bread- and heavily ’fondant’ chocolate-like character in the end, adorned with not only the actual cocoa further enhancing its chocolatey character, but also by a lively coffeeish, refinedly aromatic bitterness which in turn accentuates the roasted flavors in the end. Drying woody tannins and a genuine bourbon flavor establish a new flavor chapter in the end, before this thick mass of dark bittersweet maltiness enters the throat, heated by whisky- and brandy-like alcohol, which, though very clearly present, manages to avoid unpleasant astringency, though it does burn a bit on the lips. The vanilla-ish oak flavors linger for a long time along with a peppery hop bitter touch, but it’s the big chocolate flavor that sticks around in the very end. Bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts are a staple of craft beer culture and the style has brought forth many a memorable beer; this one, to my taste, is of no lesser standard or value than e.g. the Bourbon County brand or Founders’ KBS. Absolutely beautiful and a highlight in this brewery’s oeuvre, as far as I am concerned; deserves a near perfect rating in my book. Note: ABV on my bottle is 13,5% so I assume there are two slightly different batches?
linusb (912) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep dark brown coloured, almost black. N: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, figs T: Coffee, figs, vanilla, hint of liqourice O: Thick mouthfeel and heavy flavours.
MrOrla (2304) - Odense C, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ C4. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma of bourbon, roast, vanilla, slight soy, quite heavy licorice, light raisins, coaco nibs, light coffee. Taste is heavy smooth bourbon, vanilla and cocoa, very sweet, dried fruits. Smooth and soft.
andrepintado (2782) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - OCT 11, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from beermerchants (I think). Dark red, brown, black color. Thin brown persistent head. Medium thick body. Very smooth. Carbonation is soft. Taste is medium bitter, light to medium sweet. Balanced again. Aroma is chocolate, liquorice, fresh grass, hops, light caramel, bourbon, vanilla, plums, pepper.
rekvium (425) - Odense C, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, light soy, liqourice, wood, bourbon, heavy roast. Taste is intense dark chocolate, light boozy, coffee, hints of liqourice and soy, heavy roasted, vanilla, wood. Lovely.
Turtles (2068) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle from Kihoskh, abv 13.5%. Pitch black, small creamy brown head, some lacing. Roasted barley aroma with a lot of bourbon, also vanilla, oak, leather and mild coffee notes. Soft carbonated, full-bodied, chewy and oily mouthfeel. Bourbon taste up front and behind the bourbon roasted and sweet taste. Smooth and creamy chocolate, toffee and vanilla, roasted barley, chalky cocoa, mild black coffee and licorice. Nice balance between the roasted notes, the sweetness and the bourbon, they all play their part well. Pleasantly warming finish.
OminouSC2 (468) - Mora, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted as 13,5% ABV. Pitch black color, minimal brown head. Aromas of chocolate, cacao, vanilla, wood, alcohol and bourbon. Taste of ’arraksbollar’ (basically chocolate pastries with arrack in them), vanilla, bourbon and chocolate. Warming finish with a lot of alcohol - too much alcohol, actually. That is also the only flaw with this beer. Brilliant.
skortila (5342) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. 10cl sample. The aroma has bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roast with nice smooth coffee tones. Black coloured beer with a thin, off-white lace. The taste is light bitter, has some sweetness, bourbon vanilla, chocolate. Smooth, full and complex. Really nice.
thorongil2 (2442) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2016 (bottle) clear bright very dark brown colour with a small brown head; rich aroma of cocoa, chocolate, smoked fruit; balanced flavour with a long, light dry and bitter finish; thick palate