ACHops (1030) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Bottleworks. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. Thin creamy mocha head that laces well. Aroma is big syrupy sweet and boozy. Notes of brandy, port, licorice - no stout to speak of so far. Taste is similar though the boozy barrel aged flavors are mostly up front balanced by rich chocolate malts on the back. Perfect balance in the finish. Opens as it warms, oak, leather, earthy notes are present. Clearly strong but you don’t notice the 12.5%. Pretty much what you’d expect from blending Serpents Stout and Angels Share, with the best qualities of both. Outstanding. Bonus points for the 6oz pour, you don’t need much more than that.
JefVerstraete (2296) - Ghent, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Deconinck, Vichte. Dark brown colour, beige foam. Sweet nose of brandy, vanilla, caramel, dried fruit. Also roasty bitter and hoppy finish. Good brew but alcoholic.
Yorker (1857) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked 37.5 cl @ home. Pours black with no head. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit, bourbon, and vanilla - with a roasted and slightly alcoholic finish.
Marduk (4500) - Reval, ESTONIA - OCT 2, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
375ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Murky very dark brown color. No head. Vineous, raisins, sweet, dark plums in aroma. Sweet, malty, alcohol, medicinal, licorice in taste. Sweet licorice in aftertaste. Not for my taste. Stale.
FatPhil (11817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle (300e of overpriced beer tasting) (Alus Celle, Riga)
Super sweet malty bourbon aroma - hot! Looks good, nice and dark, brief tight head. Sticky sweet body. No beer here, only bourbon. Well, it is drinkable as a sipper, as if it was a spirit, I guess. A sweet boozy passable thing.
hohops (605) - Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance- pours very, very dark, just about pitch black. No head at all, apart from a tan bubbly rim. Aroma- wow. Quite boozy, treacle, chocolate fudge, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla ice cream, golden syrup, melted dark chocolate, rum, leather, cherry skins, brandy, sultanas, booze-soaked prunes, Christmas pudding with brandy butter. Smells outrageous. Taste- dark chocolate, roasted malt, bitter coffee, bourbon, you can taste the apple brandy, a bit like slightly burnt fruitcake with apples in it. Smoky, leathery, burnt toast notes, syrup and treacle, chocolate fudge, sweet dark fruits. Roasty, bitter and lingering finish. Mouthfeel is syrupy and slick, but not quite as full as expected. The alcohol is very well-hidden. This is excellent, slightly let down by the lack of carbonation.
martjoobolut (1898) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, bourbon, brandy. Flavor is sweet, cocoa, bourbon, dark chocolate, malt, roast, alcohol. Finish is dark chocolate and alcohol. Overall: great brew.
mjs (5614) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle, 0.375 l, thanks FaPhil, 20150926) The beer poured black. Hardly any head was formed. Aroma had vineousness, booze and vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and dry with low carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, vanilla, burnt malts, wood and low bitterness. Aftertaste had excessive sweetness and low bitterness. A way too sweet and boozy brew.
suurjuust (2038) - ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown beer, almost no head. Nose is milk chocolate, bourbon, oaky notes, ash, leathery notes and boozy sweetness. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, booze, bourbon, dried fruit. Finishes with tons of booze, bourbon and dried fruit.
Gorm (1900) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Svart farve med beige skum. Lukt av sjokolade, lakris, whiskey og eik. Smak av kaffe, sjokolade, lakris, whiskey, eik og bek. Vinøs. Melkebaren.
Desverger (5042) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@RBESG2015, Copenhagen - Black pour with tan head. Aroma and taste is roasted malty with some chocolate and coconut, some dark fruits, very nice brew.