j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that I took to the hotel tasting after Night of the Barrels at EBF. Pours a deep black with a thin tanned beige head. Chocolate, coffee, light booze. Big chocolate, toast, coffee, but not much of the barrel. Plenty of roast though, chewy chocolate, pudding. Long roast and chewy chocolate brownies on the finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, smoke, light tar, light chocolate, light coffee, roasting, slight bourbon, slight oak, slight charcoal, and slight hops. Poured pitch black in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished a little, but generally lasted throughout. Opaque. Very good lacing. Excellent lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, coffee, smoke, smoked meat, smoked cheese, slight vanilla, slight wood, hops, and light chocolate. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, charcoal, smoked meat, burnt coffee, finish is lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted this at Hunaphuís release. Iíve had a bunch of Mikkeller beers, not a lot of barrel aged oneís, but this one was sort of just like the original version. A little bit of oaky flavor, but it didnít really wow me all that much. Iím glad I was able to try it though.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2011 Originally at Hunahpu Day 2011, 500ml bottle, great frothy head, not a ton of aroma for a bourbon barrel aged brew, really kinda disappointed with this one, nice for a stout. Very disappointing if you consider it an Imperial.
Had this later on, pours the same frothy head, sweet vanilla aroma, a bit of chocolate, and roasted coffee. Smooth with a nice bit of bourbon vanilla and hotness coming out. I donít know if my palate was just dead when I tried it before, but this is dang delicious.
Palme (3591) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.5l bottle @ Naboen, Bergen. Quickly fading tanned head with a near black body. Aroma is distinct vanilla, somewhat faint roasted malts, coffee and of course some bourbon, not much though. Surprisingly light-bodied / light drinkable and medium carbonation. Really nice profile with lots of roasted flavors hand in hand with coffee, vanilla, hops and a sweetness from the bourbon. Smooth as hell, nicely balanced and quite good!
jredmond (5655) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2011 Bottle with baby streets and grandpa. Pours pitch black with nice off white lacing that sits atop my beer the entire time. Aroma is coffee, roast, chocolate and espresso. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy notes of chocolate, espresso, coffee, vanilla.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, US version - reads "Barrel Aged Breakfast", listed at 7.5% ABV.
Pours pitch black with an enormous mocha head that leaves insanely good lacing on the way down to a thick cap of foam.
Aroma is heavily roasted malts, bakers chocolate and only hints of sweet vanilla and bourbon notes. There is some coffee but itís swept away by the toasted oak character and an interesting, almost chalky, chocolate presence.
Taste has more of a typical bourbon character up front with some vanilla and oak mixed in. The backbone is heavily roasted black malts, cocoa powder and maybe some coffee, though itís faint. The finish is dominated by the toasted character and bourbon.
The mouthfeel is certainly thin for an impy stout, if thatís what weíre supposed to be comparing this too. The barrel character (more wood than bourbon) is the most prevalent characteristic.
This is a decent BA stout but the barrel really takes over the underlying beer. Iím such a big fan of the original and this is not as good for me. Would love to try the Brunch Weasel on bourbon as the base beer could stand up to the barrel. As a stout, very good; as an impy stout, OK.
jtclockwork (8945) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose of deep roasted coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Taste of roasted coffee, oatmeal, vanilla, burnt chocolate malt and oak chips.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle.Pours a dark black with a thick brown head.Nose is coffee and bourbon...a strange and interesting combo.Taste is also very interesting with tons of coffee up front with sweet and oaky bourbon finish.What else to say but another great beer from Mikkeller.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a creamy dark black with a thin dark beige head. Nose is coffee, roasted malt with a hint of the bourbon barrel. If I had never had the base beer I would have just come out and said this is an amazing barrel aged beer, and it is. Both versions are excellent but itís possible I may prefer it without the bourbon. Then again maybe not. On third sip, definitely not!! Big roasted malts,huge coffee flavor and hints of chocolate delicately accentuated by bourbon barrel aging. Finish is a tad sweet between the chocolate and the abv.