Countbeer (5726) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
I had the opportunity to try this beer some years ago at Borefts, but instead of drinking only Mikkeller beer, I decided to taste more different beers and along some others I forgot this one. Luckily I found this beer (again) at either De Molen or De Bierkoning. And I also got a bottle in the mail from Papsø... Thanks all for excisting (not forgetting Mikkeller) and letting me buy and receive a bottle of which I can taste or better, close to nipping this Imperial Nectar. Already an aroma and taste which you say Imperial too with the capital I!
I am so happy the carbonation is so low. I have to admit a bottle with wax looks just a bit more luxerous and expensive, but it’s a crime to open these. The cap just bended a little bit and I could here a little shhh... Luckily even with a quick reaction of trying to open the bottle, the carbonation was so low that a gusher never could have been. The pour is pitch black which causes a pitch black beer to appear in my glass with a medium to just a bit bigger sized brown (!) vast and slowly changing foamy head. Beautiful!
This beer needs to breath a bit and it gets a lot better than when you just open the beer. A complex aroma tickles the nostrils: there is a certain amount of whisky that covers a subtle but complex mix of wood, vanilla, some peat and oak. There is a present touch of brown sugars, deep roasted presentation and dark chocolate with some coffee and coffee roast. The alcohol causes to detect a pinch of spices.
The flavour is round, complex, thick and absolutely flavourfull: dark roasted tones (coffee, barley malts, hay and wood), brown and caramelised sugars, , wood, chalk, bark and oak, there is dark chocolate and dark thick liquorice, liquor ish, oily, spices, sticky, bitter, even a sweet touch. Did I cover all? No, not at all, there is more and I might forget some; coffee, earth, espresso, some creamy milk and coffee, malts, peppers, alcohol burn but gentle, lingering bitterness, light nutty, some sweet tar tones, some coal and a light ash tint, some molasses and roasted wood sprinkle to cover all... Cover all? Covers thus far I think it can cover all... Pfff tasty and complex!
Aftertaste has a variety of flavours: bitter, spicy, chocolate, dark roast bitters, some sugars, light sticky, whiskey and liquor, light earthy touch and a thick malty backbone. Far from boring!
The carbonation is as the label mentions low, the mouthfeel is thick, oily and spicy, the body is full, very full (!) and the texture is thick, oily and sticky.
A hell of an interesting beer, deep, dark, thick, complex, awesome! Even though you might be scared by the ABV this beer carries, it is it worth to drink this at least once in your life!
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a well-retained dark tan head. The aroma picked up toasted and nearly-burnt soy sauce, licorice, and other brown malts with accents of peppery whiskey, vanilla bean, and a kiss of rye.. some honey or similar sweetness also supported and helped boost the boozage.. warm and surprisingly well balanced. The flavor found burnt soy sauce, licorice, and coffee at the core with more delicately toasted brown malts, pine resin, and peppery alcohol around.. whiskey showed up more toward the finish, and rounded it out well.. some oxidation back there too.. overall very tasty. Heavy-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. balance was especially good considering the alcohol.. I really enjoyed it.
zebra (1426) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
375-ml bottle with white frosting won in raffle @ wlvliquors. never available for retail in the US. shared at b2k at chilam balam. full bodied, pitch black, touch of alcohol. couldn’t be better.
Holmen1 (4120) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff 2.pinsedag: Ah, Mandag i annen, dette "fristed for den sunde, formålsløse glede" (som det het om Klubben på Kiellands tid)! Denne whisky ed. var nr. to av i alt tre som rundet av kvelden. Mer røykpre og mer syrlige bær enn cognac ed. Pregnant smak, karakterfull.
gEUS (1615) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on several occasions, always in bottle 375ml white wax. Pours pitch black with nice steady creamy dark beige head. Quite overwhelming aroma of chocolate, some coffee, but lots of alcohol. Huge body with lots of sweetness balanced by roasty notes, quite bitter end and lots of alcohol glow all the way throug, low carbonation. Taste is toffee, some whisky. Good beer, but the alcohol too prominently in the foreground.
esp0r (2533) - NORWAY - APR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought at Barleywine summer 2011 enjoyed at home
Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Smells of oak, chocolate, whisky, some booze, vanilla and caramel. Heavy sweet, hints of peat, quite malty, caramel and chocolate, alot of oak and booze. The barrell aging really rule this beer. Moderate bitter. Too high abv and too sweet for my liking. A beer in the extreme end of the scale
Bullit (4307) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2nd Tuesday Tasting @ De Molen. Black colour, medium brown head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, light whisky, maybe a hint of tobacco. Flavour is roasted malts, quite sweet, coffee, whisky and fairly alcoholic. Finish has a fairly strong alcohol burn. This is for slow sipping.
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle from czar ; shared with him and albatross. Pours pitch black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is burnt caramel, whiskey, sweet chocolate. Flavor is tons of dark chocolate, whiskey, lots of wood, brazilian coffee, and a touch of booze. Finish is extremely bitter (although it does compensate quite well for all the sugar), dark chocolate, pitch black coffee, burnt mowed herbs. Lingering flavor of coffee, burnt grains, alcohol, but mostly coffee. Very much full bodied, you’re welcome, sticky mouthfeel, weak carbonation. We’re talking about some solid sh*t here, gentlemen.
jmgreenuk (6500) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the De Molen second Tuesday tasting, April 2013. Poured a deep crude oil black colour with an oily consistency and a thin tan head. The aroma is rich, with red fruits and lots of alcohol. The flavour is very intense with lots of bitter alcohol, liquorice and fruit. It’s a hugely rich beer and has one of the most complex flavours I’ve ever tasted. The bitterness lingers for quite some time in the aftertaste, just to let you know it’s still there. It’s a huge man mountain of a beer!
kermis (8487) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Denk’s monthly tasting at De Molen. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of tar, earth, roasted malts, licorice, light molasses, dark chocolate, light coffee, leather, tobacco and caramel. There’s a lot going on here. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter, with a massive sweet alcohol warmth (almost burn) in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.