KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a waxed 500 mL bottle into a tulip. European version - 10.7% ABV. Batch 463.
The beer itself is a mahogany brown, nearly black. There is a walnut edge where just a little bit of light is able to push through. A mocha cap froths up on the initial pour and then fades to a small ring around the edge.
Sweet bourbon comes into the nose first, Although I am not sure exactly which whiskey was used, there is a strong sweet, spicy nature to the whiskey aroma to go along with the oak. Bitter coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke are noticeable in the background.
The sweet, spicy whiskey flavor carries over from the nose. It steps in front of everything else at first. After a second the sweetness wears down, while the spicy flavors continue throughout the sip. Unsweetened dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and roasted malt comprise the flavor in the middle, and spicy whiskey and oak close out the flavor.
Bourbon Barrel Beer Geek Breakfast has a full body that is slightly cut by the whiskey and oak from the barrel. The carbonation is creamy and smooth; overall it has a fairly smooth consistency, although it is a little grainy as well.
The spicy whiskey on top of the base beer is a nice effect, and it is not too overstated. This is a very nice barrel aged beer.
fletchfighters (1285) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-- Poured a dark, murky, brownish black. Settled black. One finger dark brown/ Mocha colored head. Faded to a light milk chocolate film. Good Head retention but no alcohol legs or lacing with this.
S-- Dairy milk chocolate, some oak, little bit of bourbon and some coffee. Alcohol is much more obvious in the nose and gives off a sort of nail polish smell.
T-- Dairy milk, coffee, oats, slight amounts of bourbon, oak and quite thin.
M-- Slick and finishes slightly acidic dry in the mouth. Do get notes of burnt tires in the mid palate. Barrel notes are pretty well reserved. Better feel than the nose and taste as the oats do help the beer along
O-- Stylistically correct but missing something. maybe that the body is thinner, or maybe the oats make too late a run in this. Just missing something that makes this more than a decent beer.
sebletitje (8022) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample @ 2nd RBBSG, August 11th 2012. Courtesy of Travlr.
Brune foncée, col café au lait.
Arôme de bourbon, réglisse, café et malt grillé sur un bouquet de vanille et de barrique.
Palais, bourbon est superbe, réglisse légère avec ces relents de bourbon et vanille sur une palais restant malté/torréfié. Paraît nettement plus que les 10% annoncé.
Benzai (11003) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at RBBSG. Pitch black color, small light brown head. Smell malts, barrel-aged, some moccha and alcohol. Taste roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, moccha, bitter and alcohol. Full carbonation, full body.
brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with light carbonation and a tan head. Light to moderate bourbon aroma. Notes of vanilla, oak, char, and roasted malt. Nice dark chocolate and molasses notes. Not that much coffee. Plenty of roast, charred oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate on the palate. Moderate coffee, light bourbon, and a mild molasses sweetness. Very good, one of the top Mikkeller beers I’ve had.
Huhzubendah (3084) - 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 (1538) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2015 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.
Tasted on several occasions. Getting older, this beer tends to get more anice in the aroma, which is perhaps not intended by the brewers... and huge chunks of gelatine are formed as well.
Damico (2979) - 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 (4809) - 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 (14610) - 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.