bluejacket74 (1133) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like coffee, roasted and charred/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate and some bourbon and vanilla. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with a little bit of licorice noticeable. The bourbon flavor was weak at first, but got stronger as the beer warmed up (and I let the bottle sit out for 30 minutes after taking it out of the fridge before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, although I do wish the bourbon in both the aroma and taste was stronger. But at $16.99 a bottle, I wouldn’t buy it again at that price.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A not-so-bourbon chocolaty/coffee stout with an unfortunate acrid edge. Good beer, inferior to the regular version
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed 6 months after purchase in Boston, probably around one year of age
The look: Black body topped by a large tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is roasted, some black coffee, a bit woody and only slighly bourbon. Taste is sweet chocolate cake icing, roasted coffee beans, light notes of vanilla, some green herbal hops, barerly any bourbon presence. Finish is bitter coffee and bitter chocolate. The bourbon barrels are rather discreet in this beer so in many ways it resembles the base beer. However there was something very acrid in this beer and the carbonation was rather aggressive. Those initially minor flaws built up and by the end of the bottle I was getting a bit annoyed by this harshness. Still a very good beer because the base beer is so good, but again, I’d drink the worst batches of the base beer before I drink this one again. Makes no sense that the US version is only 7.5% compared to the regular 10.7%. Hey Mikkeller, you got it all wrong, a US version of a beer bottle should contain a lot more calories or at the very least the bottle cap should be sealed with a slice of bacon. Respect our culture.
KingCecil (1918) - DENMARK - NOV 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Theis, Mette and Plovmand 17 dec 2010.. at Mikkeller bar... I will try to remember the felling :) pours black with a medium creamy tan head... the aroma is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, light bourbon and dark fruit..... the flavor is coffee, hard roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, hard, tobacco and some dark fruit....... Very nice "remember" felling ! :)
skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Thanks for sharing, thewolf! The aroma has roast, bourbon, some coffee and chocolate. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is moderate bitter, has roast, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some coffee. Very full. Nice!
BelgianBeerGal (2893) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. The biggest thing I remember think was "I wish I had a bacon strip for a stir stick." Some nice bitterness and dryness from cold coffee notes. The BA adds just enough accents to be nice but not overpowering.
JDBaker11058 (1070) - Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: jet black, with tiny amber highlights at the edges; thick, creamy tan head that has a pink tint; beautiful lace curtains abound. Aroma: dark chocolate, burning wood, boozy vanilla, toasted oats. Taste: espresso, bittersweet very dark chocolate, booze, hint of vanilla, and green wood. Finish: long, with medium bitterness and a pronounced booze-induced warmth in the throat and belly. Notes: Of all the whisky/bourbon aged stouts I’ve tried, this one featured the most prominent impartation of boozy characteristics. The flavors of the bourbon were everywhere, and when I was done with a sip of the beer, it actually felt like I had been sipping a bourbon. I couldn’t detect the oats in the flavor, but they gave a great silkiness to the palate. The beer as a whole got sweeter (slightly) as it warmed to room temperature. Sunday morning breakfast stout of the week.
bhensonb (9874) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle gifted by Marcus. What a guy! Pours very black with a foamy/creamy dark tan head. 4 fingers! I’m getting bourbon/vanilla in large quantity with chocolate, coffee and smooth burnt malt. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes smooth bitter chocolate. Quite tasty.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large light brown head with very good retention and a sticky coating lace that lasts. Black in color, real black, yes. Nose of chocolate, roast, light vanilla and faint whisky, little dusty. Body is fully medium, oily slick on the palate, soft carbonation, chewy. Well blended flavors with none being dominant. Chocolate, roast, faint caramel and gentle whisky notes. Coffee is subdued also. Dry finish leaves you with roasty, whisky and toasty thoughts. Lasting and highly enjoyable. Nice Stout, indeed. Bottle from statelineliquors
jeff789 (1400) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black as night, dark tan head, fades relatively quickly... hoppy, vanilla, choc, roast, light burnt, aroma.... creamy... lively, creamy, kinda roasty, not burnt... something about was the barrel aging muddles the coffee... nice creamy body from the oat, light coffee, muddled... Medium full bodied, drinks a bit heavier than expected....
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle courtesy of maniac at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 3/19/11. Pours a pitch black color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, oats, nutty notes, vanilla, coconut. The taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee, vanilla, oats, faint bourbon, bitter hops. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.