blankboy (5625) - 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 (8751) - 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 (4693) - 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.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012-03-09. Black body with a small foamy brown head that looks a bit like chocolate milk. 3+ Mild aroma, sweet dark malt, light roast and mild barrel and bourbon character. 7+ Flavour is similar, dry roast, rich dark malt, sweet core, lingering mild roast and coffee like bitterness. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Rich fairly straightforward imperial stout, and the barrel aging is surprisingly mellow. The alcohol presence is VERY restrained. Pretty solid. Enjoyable. Bottle via trade with Savvy 1982, approximately six months old
maledictum (555) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - MAR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013 Aroma a bourbon, café, malta torrefacta y chocolate. Negra de giste beige. Sabe a bourbon, madera y café.
orangesol (567) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to foofaa for sharing this one with us.
A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S - Smells of rich coffee, chocolate, warm bourbon, dark charred wood and some sugary sweetness comes in as it warms.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roast up front slowly giving way to a mix of fresh brewed coffee, chocolate, light smoke, and some warm bourbon. Pretty smooth initially growing a bit watery as it sits in the glass. Finish is roasty with some light sweetness developing as it warms. Booze is fairly well hidden but it does grow as it warms up.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, roasty feel with a slight alcohol burn at the end of each sip.
O - Not too bad. I am not sure how much of an improvement this was on the base beer but a good barrel aged stout none the less.
canuck_j (52) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: has a thick malt chocolate aroma with a hint of bourbon
Appearance: Black as a woman’s heart ,with a big light brown head
Taste: Dates, raisins, molasses,chocolate, toffee, and a nice roast finish and a bourbon hint
Palate: full bodied with a slick tongue from the oats. Chewy.
Overall another terribly complex beer from the greatest Brewer without a brewery there ever was!!
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Head: thick, espresso
Smell: dried red fruits, figs
Taste: first is a sweet alcoholic red fruity flavour, a bit of red wine, then comes a very very smooth espresso coffee with awesome roasty flavour, herby, end is vanilla with dry earthy after , awesome !!
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma- big bourbon, coffee, oak, chocolate, oatmeal, molasses, maple syrup
Appearance- pretty damn dark with an off-white head, some alcohol legs, no real lacing
Taste- slight bourbon upfront, big coffee, sweet chocolate, bitter oatmeal, smooth finish
Palate- medium-bodied, not real heavy, however it works for this particular beer
Overall- A really nice, drinkable beer from Mikkeller. Although the bourbon notes are subtle, this is a really quality treat from Mikkeller.
sunevdj (2919) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Pours an opaque black with a brown head. Sweet and quite dry. Aromas of dark chocolate and bourbon. Later vanilla notes, liquirish and hints of alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Sweet and dry finish with lots of toasted malts.