Huhzubendah (2408) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very generous birthday gift from drabmuh. You da man!
A: Pitch black with a dark tan head that shrinks to a thin crema and holds, leaving decent lacing.
S: In order of appearance: strong bourbon and alcohol, scorched malts, roasted malt, dark chocolates, coffee.
T: Right away, I can tell this beer is a sipper and best split a few ways. The bourbon is very forward. The malts taste more burned than they do roasted. While this is problematic, in and of itself, it also serves to overpower the coffee flavors I enjoy in Beer Geek Breakfast. Notes of wood are there, as well, adding another layer of complexity. I’m also finding a nice dark chocolate taste I like, as well. Overall, there are some good flavors to be found, but I believe that they are out of balance.
M: Palate coating, high alcohol presence, very rich.
D: A fun beer, and while I was very happy and thankful to have had it, I wouldn’t seek it out, knowing what I know now. Barrel aging doesn’t always mean better. I prefer the standard version of this brew.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-22-2010
gEUS (982) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle - 2009 vintage. deep deep brown, almost pitch black. Marron head with grey hints, creamy yet very sticky. Aroma of bourbon, some booze, green paprica, burnt wood, roasted malt. Medium body with roasted impressions all over, while bitterness and sweetness is lingering the whole way through, bitterness is finally coming through in the finish. Taste of coffee, grapes, dark chocolate, and bourbon, slight vanilla.
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours unclear dark unclear coffee black in color with a dark creamy cinnamon mocha head. The aroma is quite smokey with a bit of sweet roasted malts. The flavor bring coffee and chocolate notes on a decently creamy body. The barrel has calmed down and there are no boozy notes, but definitely delicious.
burg326 (3530) - Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown, almost black color, aromas of vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, and some light dark fruit. Flavors are the same with some light ash and some nice thick chewiness to it.
TBone (12334) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 500ml (Beer Hunters, batch #463, 220109/221014)
Pitch black color, small steady brown head. Toasted, whiskey aroma and light fudge & vanilla. Medium-bodied. Smooth palate. Lots of whiskey, some "whiskey fudge". Nothing to do with the original BGB - so much bourbon here. In the bottom of bottle nasty jam-like yeast.
PhillyCraft (3098) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, poured a deep pitch black with coffee colored head. Small to medium lacing. Aromas of chocolate, caramel corn, bourbon, and licorice. Taste is cocoa, roasted grain, coffee bean, and vanilla bourb notes. Smooth mouth and not too hoppy or metalic. Very good Russian Imperial.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[4327-20120309] 500mL bottle. Burnt band-aid roast aroma has a bit of candied fruit. Black red-hued body with a medium-lasting creamy brown head. Barrel wood roast malt flavour has a big long-lasting burnt aftertaste. Full body is huge and boozy. That’s a big bold boozy beer, but the booze is quite hidden. (8/3/7/4/16) 3.8
Overheard: "You’re dripping, Harry."
(w/ blankboy, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jerc)
blankboy (5950) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Bottle #742141. March 9. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a small frothy light-brown head. Slightly mild aroma of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit and of course, bourbon.Flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied. Pretty good, the barrel-aging is subtle which I like.
Leighton (10483) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at The Kernel during my birthday celebration, London. Pours black-brown with a crazy strong, beige foam head - you could eat the head with a spoon. Vanilla in the nose with some herbal notes, mint, roasty cocoa. Medium to big sweet flavor, restrained roastiness, warming bourbon, coffee, some dark fruits and jammy fruits. Full bodied with chewy and creamy carbonation. Warm finish, mildly drying with some dark coffee, dark fruits and fruitcake, some scorched earth, mild smoke, booze, roasted malts, peat, cocoa. Not bad. The level of complexity is pretty immense.
Scopey (6197) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at breakfast time, thanks to Leighton during his birthday celebrations. It pours jet black, with a massive tan head. The nose is vanilla, bourbon, wood, roasted malt, caramel, spice, Christmas cake, booze, nougat and marzipan. The taste is roasted malt, charcoal, meat, coffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, spice, booze, ash, treacle, burnt toffee, marshmallow and marzipan, with a slightly sweet finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and viscous mouth-feel. Lots going on here, but not quite as good as the regular version.