tlind2 (1298) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Opaque deep brown color, tan head. Sweet, oaky arom with some vanilla. Rich, full flavor with whisky notes and cocoa. Very full body, low carbonation. It feels like I’m drinking a Starbucks chocolate coffee or thick cocoa. Both taste good though, so I’m not complaining!
emacgee (4377) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark inky black pour with one finger of tan head. Intense aroma with charred wood, acidic dark grain and coffee, molasses, and booze. Acidic dark grain and char to a fault. Slick and bitter/acidic notes dominate the flavor. Hot and woody.
Saeglopur (1051) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle from Saveur Bière.
Black, oily body, with a small, creamy, coffee colored head.
Aroma of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, coffee, cocoa, wood, liquorice, some tobacco, some alcohol.
Wonderful, balanced, quite dry taste of bourbon, coffee, cocoa, coconut, liquorice, tobacco, booze.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes roasty, dry, quite alcoholic, a bit astringent, with coffee, dry cocoa, liquorice, some tobacco.
Very tasty. The bourbon isn’t too dominant, very well integrated. Quite strong and dry, with wonderful coffee and tobacco notes, but really smooth at the same time. Although I like the regular Brunch Weasel better, this is also delicious.
maximet (139) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black black black with a tiny brown ring. Bourbon, vanilla, roasted notes, coffee, ripe dark fruit, hint of alcohol. Sweet brew, little bitterness. Full body, slick with a very soft carbonation. Long dry and very pleasant finish.
Alengrin (3238) - BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2015 Updated, less strong version of Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Bourbon edition) with different label, ABV of 10.9%, so I wonder if this version should not deserve its own entry. Extremely dark burgundy colour, not to say pitch black, with a thin but densely structured, moussy, deep beige head retaining well around the edges. The aroma is divine and litterally makes my mouth water in seconds: a ton of mocha ice cream, sweet and perfumey vanilla, rich warm chocolate sauce, sweetish bourbon, cold espresso, bayleaf, hint of candied cherries, wet leather, dried plums, cinnamon, baker’s chocolate, banana liqueur, cloves, cream, noble oak, soy sauce, exotic pepper, expensive Cuban cigars, veal stock. Flabbergastering flavour: there are some candied fruits in the onset, brown candi syrup even, but countered by an immediate, yet ’friendly’ drought, sourish but not too much, very soft carbo resulting in a thick, fat, ’coating’ mouthfeel the way any imperial stout should have, after which I am plunged into an abyss of creaminess, ’chocolateness’ and caramel in its purest, most enticing form, leaving a thick layer of bittersweet maltiness - and an impression of pure and simple awe. Finishes in persisting creamy maltiness, the creamy feeling clearly achieved by the oatmeal, along with a delicate roasted coffee bean bitterness, a deep but noble, peppery hops presence, remaining candi syrup sweetness which somehow manages to avoid cloyingness, and of course the expected drying wood tannins as well as bourbon-like alcohol; both remain noble and restrained, rounding off the finish in the most gentle, aristocratic way. A creamy, oily coating sticks to the mouth cavity after swallowing. This is an imperial stout the way I like them most: every component is in perfect balance with the overall flavour profile, thus forming a dense, coherent whole. There is no sticky sugariness after swallowing, the added bourbon does not result in astringent alcohol, there are no shoe polish, varnish, glue or otherwise ’chemical’ components in the aroma and there is enough drought to perfectly balance the big, creamy malt sweetness. Undoubtedly a world class masterpiece, not even exagerratedly expensive considering its quality, at least in comparison with some of the over-hyped American examples of the style. Truly majestic and certainly among the best barrel-aged stouts I had so far.
Rasmus40 (13904) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Vinspecialisten, Aalborg. Black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily, soft and smooth. 180615
MarcoDL (2900) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black oily pour, small brown head. Great aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak and cream. Taste is full and rich, with lots of bourbon vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate and a nice earthy note. Awesome beer.
k0mpsa (1751) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at mikkeller and friends, cph. Black color, brown head. Beautiful aroma has barrels, bourbon, coffee and lot of chocolate. Wonderful coffee taste, bourbon, barrels, chocolate.
tmrmwel (1290) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black, with a creamy brown head receding to a small cap. Aroma is dark roasted malts, with coffee, cocoa and oak barrels, as well as notes of heather, honey and only slight whiffs of bourbon. Full body with creamy texture, and very soft to no carbonation. Flavour is sweet roasted malts, with coffee, cocoa, burned wood and bourbon, as well as leather, liquorice and heather notes. Lingering sweet malty notes of vanilla, tobacco and wooden barrels in the finish. A massive and complex, yet subdued and very balanced brew.
Swaroga (1758) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a small brown head. The head lasts. The aroma is typical to BA Brunch Weasel series : black chocolate, coffee, tobacco, lots of vanilla and pronounced barrel aging. This one is less sweet then Slyrs version. It has also longer and more roasty aftertaste. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Delicious brew overall.