vjohans (562) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at mikkeller bar viktoriagade.
Coffee, chocolate, can feel the alcohol in the aroma from barrel aging, not from being a strong beer.
Black, with Brown head. Medium to heavy sweet. Medium bitter. Tons of coffee.
Full body. Very long finish. Real good. You can feel the alcohol, but it is somehow balanced with the flavours. Impressing.
popway (118) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale brown head clings to edge of snifter
dig the label artwork
As it warms I get smoky wood aromas, nose dive 5th heaven trace the barrel
coffee and bourbon on the palete, along with brown sugar, coffee on the back, alcohol bum
medium body is frothy/fizzy. Wait, is that not an interesting combo? not the most intriguing component here
not as heavy as a few others I’ve had the pleasure to have known in this realm but a good track
Blairgus (3567) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
30 May 2015, bottle. black. Nose is huge nail polish alcohol, Dark stout. Med body and mildly fizzy. Sweet, oatmeal, Mocha. Nice.
rouhlas (1716) - GREECE - JUN 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From old notes. From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, coffee, licorice, wood, vanilla, light alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation.
rhsiung (1284) - USA - JUN 19, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375-ml bottle @ localoptionbier. it was nice to be back. chocolate nose, creamy, licorice, coffee, bourbon, some dark fruit as it warmed up, which took a lot of patience. wish more of these trains stopped in chicago. label said 13.5%.
Travlr (17662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Very dark brown color, brown head. Aroma of boozy vanilla, rich chocolate, dark espresso. Taste has bourbon, vanilla, dark cocoa and coffee, some licorice. A big beer.
gunnfryd (13324) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fonefan 201214. Black colour With no head. aroma is licorice, alcohol, coffee. Flavour is licorice, alcohol, coffee, Vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, chocolate . Full body . Very Nice beer.
PriorL (2819) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasting at Bjorn and Sanne’s place. Thanks for sharing the beers!
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: alcohol, chocolate, mocha.
TASTE: alcohol, chocolate, mocha, over the top
hackobock (2389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
June 13, 2015. Bottle at home.
Black with a small, dense, quickly dissipating fizzy brown head. Aroma is sweet and bitter roasted with coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, some milk chocolate and green pepper notes as well, as it warms up some alcohol notes and a more distinct cold pressed coffee note shines through. Taste is sweet and light bitter vanilla, bourbon and dark sugar, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The bitterness takes over in the finish with cocoa, cold pressed coffee, green pepper, light vanilla and toffee sweetness and some warming alcohol notes as well. Full bodied, creamy and oily texture, soft carbonation.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
This complex Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout showcases chocolate, roasted cereals and molasses within which cherry-like fruitiness and vanilla spiciness manage to create even more interest.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the darkness.
-Wooden barrel notes are found as well. But the malts and cocoa are the stars here.
-The fruitiness in the finish, with a few alcohol waves, make for a pleasant ending.
-The aroma on this one screams ’dessert’.
On tap at Toronado San Diego.