theSlipperyPen (226) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís a pitch black beer - couldnít be any darker. The lacing is full and splotchy like a liquor; it clings to every inch of glass. The aroma! Oh, the aroma! Itís always a good sign when a beer makes you laugh. The bourbon barrel has imprinted its vanilla deeply into the base beer, making this already complex and intense beer that bit more complex and that bit more intense. Itís just so smoky and so good. The coffee profile has been upped to a ridiculous level. If itís all bourbon in the nose then itís all coffee in the mouth. And thereís chocolate too, of the darkest kind. Then comes the Mikkeller soy sauce taste - but this is joined by a note of pickled onions. However, it soon returns to the bourbon, where it finishes, all boozy and vanilla heavy. Itís an excellent beer and a lesson in absurdity.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml white waxed dipped bottle, courtesy Beerlando. Batch 462 and brewed in 10/2009 so just over a year age on the bottle. The pour yields a nearly pitch black body with some dark mahogany hues at the edge and topped by a thick dark tan colored head of foam that shows good retention. The head slowly fades to a thin film and leaving drippy legging on the glass. The aroma shows a rich dark chocolate base with notes of earthy, darkly roasted coffee, and some grassy hop bitterness on the back end. The bourbon adds a nice warming vanilla and oak character to the already rich base. The flavors follow suit and shown an intense battle between with the rich, dark chocolate fudge and the bold, darkly roasted bitter sweet coffee. The hops add a hint of resin and spice, while the bourbon smooths things out and adds a touch of oak to the flavor profile. The body is thick and viscous and coats the entire mouth showing a nice smoothness with a lengthy warming finish with plenty of coffee on the back end. This is a great tasting beer and excellent in small quantities due to the extreme richness.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
White wax dipped 500ml bottle. Batch 462, brewed on 10/19/2009, best by 10/19/2014, and consumed on 12/04/2010. The pour yields an impossibly dark and dense, deep mahogany to virtually black body. A thick, dark brown head fades slowly to a thin but lasting blanket, showing wet, rounded suds and drippy sheeting on the glass, but no true hard lace. The aroma booms with a huge dark chocolate fudge base, followed by waves of potent, earthy, robust coffee and a surprisingly strong dose of green hops (even after a year in the bottle). Smooth, persistent bourbon notes impart warming caramel and oak, lending depth to the chocolaty decadence. Flavors follow suit, just as intensely bold in its bittersweet chocolate presence as it is in its monstrously robust, roasty, semi-sweet coffee elements, if not more so. Spicy green hopping brings hints of resin and grass, while the bourbon serves to calm and assuage the various components, rather than standing out as a dominant characteristic. Overall, itís pretty darn sweet and fudgy. The palate, too, is one big bad sucker. Thick and viscous, yet smooth, it coats the mouth fully and offers a slight warming sensation on the way down. Carbonation is soft, but appropriate. Damn tasty stuff. A nice little 5 oz. pour of this with a plate of chocolate chip pancakes and some bacon would really hit the spot. Not something I could drink every day, what with itís immense decadence, but really good in small quantities.
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma; Milkchocolate, vanilla, coffeebeans, mocca and a sweet rasisinaroma.
Flavour; Pretty much the same as the nose. Got the "Beer Geek Brunch" mouthfeel, creamy and rich.
Summary; I would have wished that there was more bourbon feel to it, but come to think about it, there is enough vanilla to go around ;)
harrisoni (12089) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Jackie and Simon. Black as hell. Intense oily coffee aroma. Surprisingly good. Bourbon is a bit strong and takes away from the coffee. Its good but prefer the regular. Good intense finish
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Black grapes and vanilla (bourbon) explode from this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stoutís sturdy roasted malt base, while coffee beans wade through a rich and nearly viscous mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam stays atop the impenetrable darkness.
-The nose is not as complex as the flavor profile, mostly providing insights onto the wooden barrel and its previous contents.
-Caramel and chocolate are revealed by the residual sugars.<br<
-The finish is thankfully not as sweet the first flavors; resinous hop bitterness is even able to peer through the malts.
-Coffee takes a backseat in this one, which is fine by me since I donít find it too harmonious with other alcohols such as bourbon.
-Although it may make the flavors appear louder, the very low carbonation level doesnít take anything away from the brew.
-This may not be as impressive as Bourbon-Barrel Pťchť Mortel, but it remains a highly competent, complex and cohesive sipper.
-A whole bottle to oneself takes a while to down, but it never gets tiring, which is a good sign.
-Alcohol is hot, but enveloped in so many pleasant flavors that one tends to forget about it after a few sips.
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ 2e BBF. A pitch black colored beer, with a dark brown thich head. The aroma of burned malts, oak, vanilla and some sweet fruits. The taste of creamy chocolate, fruits, some coffee and alcohol notes. The aftertaste is bitter and burny.
tderoeck (3647) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
15/10/2010 - 1 pint bottle @ Klaasí place Thanks to Klaas for the bottle!
Pours a black to deep purple beer. Dark beige to brown head. Aromas of caramel, port, sweet vanilla. MF had ok carbon and a thick sirupy texture, rather than oily, which is pleasant in this one. Taste has caramel, vanilla, mocha, black chocolate. Aftertaste: pop goes the weasel, hereís the coffee bitter making it a stout. Some mocha again. Not bad, even for a non-stout-loving guy like myself.
17thfloor (2413) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled during CBC Chicago thanks to the Danish delegation! Typical brunch perfect pour! Sampled right after the regular Geek Bourbon Edition, I found the higher ABV and sweetness to meld better with the aggressive bourbon. Delicious, I still think I like the Brunch Islay better though! But this might be my 2nd favorite of the tasting.
Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma is dominated by bourbon notes with light traces lactose. Taste is quite heavy on the bourbon with small traces lactose and some black chocolate; coffee is almost not perceptible and the end results are too one-dimensional. Body is full with will rounded texture with very low carbonation and not too much apparent alcohol. While this is still enjoyable it is but a pale copy of its un-barrel cousin.