77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml. bottle sampled @ Yarric’s house warming. Thank you! Tried this one after 5 vintages of the regular one & next to 4 other BA versions. The base beer is a very crude best even when good, hugely bitter & alcoholic, raw, age does slightly mellow it out. Some vintages were odd & lightly sour, qualities does vary. While I am not the biggest fan of the base beer, BA editions are beautiful except for the crude peated version which were dreadful. This a bear that can handel lots of barrel & actually needs it in order to smooth out the rough edges which is exactly what happened here. This improved Black without the raw edges with a lovely barrel. Black with a substantial dark very dark mocha head that collapses. Nose is nice warming Cognac, fruity spirit oak, light sweet cognac fruits layered on top of sweetness low umami & roasted qualities of the base. Warming. Taste is lots of warming sugary dark fruits toffee cognac with thick warming roast, both elements oddly work in unison, heavy barrel, burned malts, light umami in the back warming. Crude roast works surprisingly well with the thick sweet barrel. Thick sludge body & softer carbonation. Age is starting to show a bit. This is BBF 03.11.20. Dates to around end of 2010, early 2011. It has held up very well but going by the other version that I tried that evening & have had fresh previously, age has slightly degraded it, it has held up very well. Nice beer.
Ferris (12927) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Sweet barrel notes and some Woody booze. Deep inky black with a decent brown head. Sweet nice barrel notes. Some heat and bitterness tempered by the cognac. Burnt and bitter notes again.
rederic (3257) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle, deep dark black color, with a thick tan head, sweet dark chocolate, faint cognac barrel nose, with some coffee, burnt toast, roasted, chocolate, black, roasted malty accents, and a licorice, vanilla, dark bitter chocolate, subtle burnt dark dried fruit, molasses note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth syrupy intense boozy, dark bitter chocolate, cognac wooden oak barrel character, with some molasses, light vanilla, sweet roasted, chocolate, black, toasted malty, toffee, burnt toasted, subtle burnt dark dried fruit flavours, leading towards a warming booziness, sweet roasted, chocolate, black, toasted maltiness, lingering cognac liqueurish finish.
Inbreak (4721) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
14.01.2015, 0,375l bottle (2010 vintage) sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is dry boozy, oak, old moldy cellar, burnt caramel, cognac, hay, coffee. Taste is sweet boozy, sugar, oak, cognac, sugar, grass, minerals, burnt caramel, sour coffee, sugar, licorice, and did I mention sugar? Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry boozy mouthfeel. Not my cup of tea.
ClubGonzo (5468) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a pitch black body with a large creamy dark beige head. Nose is licorice, chocolate, cognac, wood, coffee, brown sugar and hints of alcohol, vanilla and cocoa. Taste is dry cocoa powder, sweet brown sugar tones, alcohol, wood, cognac, chocolate and hints of chocolate and sugar. Full body, soft carbonation, semi-dry finish. Incredible how this series gains from being barrel aged; this one are quantum leaps away from the original. Pretty enjoyable.
ej (1254) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2010 shared with BBGTC. Pours a black, viscous producing a thick, dark tanned head. Aroma is rich vanilla, oak, roasted malts and alcohol. Taste is bitter coffee notes, woody and fairly sweet. Roasted malts, hints of cognac and coffee. Fairly alcoholic. full body, soft carbonation, slightly astringent. Alot better than the original version.
pallem (11) - Risskov, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Ole ........................
Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Home, new years eve. Pitch black, small tan head, great lacing. Aroma, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, port, dark fruits, liquorice notes, caramel, . Taste, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, sweet, port. They hide the alcohol really well - Palle. Oily mouth feel. Low carbonation. Low to medium bitterness.
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, coffee, dark sugar, and cognac - with a slightly alcoholic finish.
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL bottle. Holdbar til 08/11/20. Pours almost black with a big dark tan cap that laces solid. Aroma of cognac, wood, vanilla, raisin, plum, cocoa, espresso. Taste is very sweet and cocoa/coffee bitter. Sticky, chewy, lasting dry mouthfeel.