iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL bottle, no date, and no idea how/when the hell I got this beer. Hopefully I donít get mad at Mikkeller for this beer, but at least I canít get mad at him for overpricing it, since I donít , know what I paid for it. Clear dark brown pour--black in the glass--with a two finger dark tan head. Charred oak barrels and bourbon (only lightly sweet, not like Angelís Share [I realize itís just of 1/2 strength of AS]) up front, but not terribly strong, with a fair amount of chocolate and caramel malts, roasted grain behind. Iím also getting some spearmint from somewhere. Flavor follows, stronger spearmint and ashy roast. Iím not getting as much bourbon in the flavor, however. The finish is semi-dry, burnt and ashy with bitterness peaking at a 3-4. Medium body with the oatmeal lending some lovely smoothness, light carbonation. The spearmint and ashy burnt roast keep me far from loving this beer. Meh, not very enjoyable, and Iím still sure I overpaid for it.
varanid99 (646) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a decent tan head. Roasty, coffee, cocoa aromas. Taste is coffee, a little whisky underneath, roasty, sweetish, dark chocolate
DroolYeast (431) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ basement beer bar. Aroma of something... Coffee of some kind, a funky and pleasant aroma, chocolate. Black with small brown head. Vir. none lasting. Some bourbon in taste, oak, medium bitterness, light+ sweetness. Medium to full body, smooth texture, soft carbonation, malt bitter finish.
Dr_Fellini (772) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a medium brown head. Aroma is a slightly funky coffee, roasted malts, not much bourbon barrel characteristics. Same in the flavor. Heavy roasted malts, coffee, but pretty much nil on the Bourbon barrel. Still tasty nonetheless.
slowrunner77 (6738) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"the barreling here is pretty subtle...big roasted coffee, oats, are the stars here...not really justified at $6 more than breakfast. not really better, but iím glad i tried it once."
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 03/19/2011 from Charleston Beer Exchange. Dark black body with a small creamy tan head. Big roast, chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate, coffee and light toffee flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
mcberko (8725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500mL bottle one year before the expiration date, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours black with a medium tan head and lots of sediment. Nose brings out an unusual sweet, licorice-y liqueur character with some weird spice mix upfront above anything, along with a little wood, roasted malt and oats. Flavour is thankfully not along those lines -- at least not the weird dominant liqueur part -- with moderate roasted malt and subdued bourbon characterizing the flavour. The nose puts me off more and more; itís unfortunate I have to smell it every time I go to take a sip. The depth of the base beer is sadly gone in this version. Iím not sure if this is past its prime or if the barrel aging was supposed to do this, but this doesnít work for me. A sub-bar Mikkeller beer.
Foffern (1388) - BodÝ, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with (and great courtesy of) the Bergen tasting crew. Pours a black colour with a light brown compact coffee-like head. The aroma is sweet and compact with tones of roasted malt, coffee, oak, Irish coffee, syrup and alcohol. The flavour is not far away with the addition some spices, and is pretty complex. Has a rich and smooth mouth feel, and a medium bitterness. A balanced, compact and nice stout. The bourbon is not very distinct though.
Inbreak (2638) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 11.05.2013, 0,5l bottle sampled @ BBGTC moving-home-tasting for Floffern:
Nice cocoa colored head. Aroma is medium rich, coffee, dark sugar, caramel, licorice, wood, soy sauce, cocoa. Taste is slightly rich, caramel, dark sugar, cocoa, coffee, wood, grass, a hint of bourbon. Slightly dry, medium bitterness. Very drinkable for being a barrel aged beer.
JStax (3548) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a viscous black with a khaki colored head of foam. Lots of vanilla and dark roasty coffee coming through with some woody barrel notes. Iím surprised at how good this one is.
swoopjones (6760) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black pour, darker tan head. oily body. chocolate, coffee notes, bourbon not as potent as expected. Vanilla, light black licorice notes too. Nice beer