crossovert (9170) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice one, the calvados adds of course apple brand flavor but also helps accentuate the smokiness.
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013 Bottle @ NK Saluhall. Black colour with a quickly vanishing head. Aroma of coffee, chili. Flavour is chocolate, coffee with a strong aftertaste of Calvados.
kwik-lime (1489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like engine oil. Really dark notes - very roasted malt, coffee, ash, charcoal - very bitter and smooth, and the calvados comes through as well. Great beer.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like light crude. Minimal tan head and heaving dark body. Big stinky chocolate roast nose with some nice interplay with the calvados.Far sweeter than I remember the original being - Heaps of cocoa, vanilla, a hint of roast and the calvados isn’t actually too strong. Well managed and luxuriously big in a ll areas. Not particularly complex, but a lovely fireside beer.
Countbeer (5297) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pitch black pour, a pitch black beer in the glass with a medium sized airy but vast brown head. Looks good.
Smell ash, coal, deep deep dark chocolate, soya, tar, dark smoke, slight hint of dark coffee, boozy/liquor, some burned oak and burned spices.
Taste is really dark: tar, very bitter, uber roast, deep dark roasted burned wood, deep deep dark chocolate, burned roasted barley malts, roasted oatmeal, lots of (roasted) spices, a hint of something apple ish, loads of dark burned roast, liquor/alcoholic/booze, something like coffee roast, applewood, hint of chalk, dusty burned wood notes and liquid burned coal.
Aftertaste is bitter, deep roast, grass, dry bitter, chalk, dry wood, warmth, coffee, liquorice notes and some weird roasted herbs.
Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture.
Too much dark ingredients which causes some ingredients to be a bit out of tune. Expensive bottle of beer with a decent beer inside... Unfortunately one of the lesser/stranger barrel aged imperial stouts. Still not bad! It’s complex, but does complexity need to raise it a point?
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Silky black pour with a thin sheet of tan foam. Aroma is balanced sweet brandy and roast, coffee, chocolate qualities from the base beer. Taste is brandy up front followed by chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, roast, char, and some alcohol notes through the finish. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. I like this beer although I do not believe that either this or the other barrel aged variant I’ve tried are actually better than the original base beer.
Cirrhosis (1261) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark coffee brown with a small bubble ring floating around the edge of the glass. Coffee aroma with a dark chocolate backbone, sweet and desert like. yum, yum, yum. Mild hints of alcohol in the nose. Why is every thing Mikkeller make so @#%$# EPIC! Deep malty brew with massive coffee, and a bakers chocolate finish. Smokey and crisp, complete with mild hints of raspberry. The unmistakable taste of cigarette ash shows up in the flavor. Drink all things Mikkeller!!
italianjohn (2489) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black dark pour with a thin ring of beige head and swirls of beige .... aroma is of dark roasted coffee and chocolate with some notes of licorice .... taste is of bitter dark coffee, calvados, dry oaky and dark chocolate with a boozy and very bitter lingering bite and light licorice .... big beer with a thick and syrupy mouthfeel .... very tasty calvados is def there in the flavors
teorn88 (3599) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
25cl bottle at CPK, London. Pours clear deep black, with a very small brown head that dissipates fairly quickly with some lacing. Aroma is strong with notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and wine. Taste is very strong roasted malt and wine, notes of coffee and chocolate but less strong than in the cognac edition. The calvados barrels have clearly made a significant impact on this beer. Finish is warming from the alcohol and minorly bitter from the coffee notes.
mcberko (9325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
250mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours jet black with a small light brown head. Nose is full of sherry liqueur, deep roasted malt, some sweetness from the liqueur, wood and some feint coffee still detectable. Flavour is quite complex and well-refined by the barrels, with lots of woody notes more so than the actual sherry, the coffee is very much repressed but still barely present, some charcoal notes, chalk and burnt wood. The charcoal / chalky elements are a bit bothersome, and seem unintended. Mouthfeel is dry, roasty, chalky and a bit alcoholic. Likely my least favourite BA version of the Brunch Weasels, but still quite solid.