Maakun (1884) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Sjogro. Black with small brown head. Lots of bourbon up front with vanilla, brown sugar and wood. Then the coffee kicks in with bitter espresso, medium string roast and a touch of spicy honey. Some molasses, dark chocolate, rum and fudge too. Quite sweet with soft roasted bitter notes and lasting bittersweet finish with slight alcohol. Full bodied with velvety feel and low carbo. Nice.
GenDV138 (3768) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Black with no more than half a finger of tan head. 10.9% version with the orange Keith Shore label. Aromas of dark chocolate, fudge, strong roasted coffee, almost a little hot peppery note, slightly boozy bourbon. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, some bourbon and oak. Pretty good, better than some of their other barrel aged Beer Geek offerings but the barrel aging could still use a little work for more character.
ElManana (1238) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Longtime want. Bottle bought at Bierhalle Deconinck. So creamy, such a thick mouthfeel, coffee, roast, vanilla and bourbon. Almost the perfect beer for me. Light bitterness. Truly awesome.
RobertDale (4433) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml. bottle. Thanks Erik! Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruit. Delicious.
Holmen1 (3744) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fra flaske på Mi2, Cardinal aug-15: nesten helt svart med brunt, kort skum. Vidunderlig drikke fra første til siste dråpe, og har den noe fruktigere aroma enn brandyversjonen som vi hadde for et øyeblikk siden? Vi nærmer oss nirvana, det blir ikke mye bedre enn dette på en mandag. Viskøs, tett og kompleks. Enda et bravo til Lervig!
Holmen2 (2032) - NORWAY - AUG 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 31.08.15. Black. Small and quickly diminishing brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffe ans some dark malt. Similar taste; witf some liquorice. Complex. And very good.
tandembrauer (684) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours black with small beige head. Aroma of Bourbon whisky, vanilla, coconut, milk coffee, dark dried fruits, roasted malt. Taste sweet, some roasted and fruity coffee bitterness. Silky mouth feel.
ponx (46) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh boy. What a loveley beer. So smooth and so creamy. Great on the nose with whiskey, chees, chocolate and coffee. It?s taste is so complex, so balanced. The flavours alternate beautifully in your mouth. From Whiskey, to Stout and so on. Mocca, iced coffee, chocolate icecream. Yes! Low carbonation, but great!
sir__v (1216) - Lille, FRANCE - AUG 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Guillaume from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: roasted malt, caramel, coffee, barrel aged. Whiskey finish. Very strong aroma. Taste: not so strong palate. Not so sweet. Caramel notes, and roasted malt. Strong coffee attack and alcohol with barrel aged notes. Notes of bourbon. Sweet finish. Aftertaste: Whiskey taste. Roasted and coffee malt. Caramel and sweet alcohol.
Zakoon (325) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle, 2009 12.7%. Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma is oustanding with bourbon, sweet fruit, dark dried fruits, coffee, chocolate, wood, vanilla and liquorice. Flavour is sweet and light bitter. Full bodied, oily, soft texture - almost flat. Finish is sweet, warming alcohol and surprisingly complex. Considering the age this is a nice surprise!