FatPhil (9618) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 250ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (7+:4:8:4:14=3.7)
Obsidian, doesn’t even want to give me a head. Pretty nice aroma, has the full richness I expect from a Mikkeller or Nogne quality imperial stout. Quite subtle on the the coffee and cognac front, the coffee’s only what you could hope for in a good English stout (without cheating and using actual coffee). Lovely ans smooth and rich in the mouth. A touch vanilla-ey, making it really mellow. Only a pleasant warming alcohol, no booze pokes through beyond the nice dark espresso bite of the roasts. Quite a bitter throb remains. Palate is on the slick side, a touch sticky after swallowing, but that’s not intrinsically a no-no, it works quite well in a beer like this. Lovely sipper, but I prefer the beerier nature of the non-barrel aged version.
Rerate: 250ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (8:4:8:4+:14=3.8)
Damn - that smells so good I want to dive into it and drown!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl nip bottle.
Pours like any other Mikkeller impy stout - pitch black - but with a slightly smaller head than normal, a small tight mocha heada that recedes to a bubbly collar.
Aroma is combination of smoky, roasty Mikkeller stout with a heavy dose of sweet boozy cognac. Some bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee beans as well. Hints of peat.
Taste has the is really sweet with dark fruits and chocolate up front with some heavy boozy sweetness. That said, the underlying heavily roasted malts are noticeable and the chocolate takes on a bittersweet character in the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit boozy with some oaky notes. Pretty thick on the palate.
This doesn’t hold a candle to the base weasel in my opinion, which I think is a fantastic beer. It’s a barrel-heavy version that ratchets down my favorite aspect of the original, the coffee. It’s tasty, but not worth the price IMO.
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich dark pour with minimal tan head... aromas of rich chocolate, dried plums and coffee. The flavors are over the top, so much going on its easy to pull notes out of this complex beer but hard to stop.... boozy, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, molasses a touch of smoke from the oak and a whole lot more ! Yummy a real treat but at $13.99 for a 375ml not sure Ill be splurging on this one a second time.
MikeJslc (759) - USA - APR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with tan head. Aroma: deep malt, licorice, dark fruit, toffee, roast, leather. Flavor: toffee, chocolate, licorice, burnt sugar, definite cognac, finishes with sweet residual sugar. Very full bodied.
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pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330cl bottle? a touch pricey but can’t deny the weasel poop i guess... pours a deep shade of stouty black, mostly opaque throughout with exception of the barely reddish tint at the very edge. a thin tan head rests on top but quickly results with a tan ring around the collar... aroma is a touch ashy with hints of mild roast with concentrations of rich cognac and deep dark fruit accents. the kopi seems to have faded considerably and the barrel taking on more of a prominent role. somewhat salty with hints of scotch to boot. that being said, fairly assertive but smooth with sweetness throughout... flavors are extremely more of the same with medium char, subtle roast, and assertive bittersweet chocolate. the barrel imparts smooth cognac and wood. semi-sweet throught with a light bitterness emerging on the backend. intense but not way too forward with some ash surfacing three quarters of the way through and lingering late. just above a medium bodied, somewhat full with a light tough of carbonation. pleasantly surprised by this one.
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at BZ10k tasting, inky mercurichrome coats the glass, lots of dense dark chocolate and malt, leathery whiskey notes, bitter finish
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a 250ml bottle with Doug at the Bayou. This is a treat. This beer is filled with chocolate, grapes, brandy, vanilla, caramel, and the alcohol comes across as fruity. This was a highlight of our midday tasting. Great beer.
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
8.5 oz bottle at the Bayou. Pours a pure black color with a small brown head. A superb sweet nose of sweet dates, cognac, dark fruit. Rich, huge beer, vanilla, coffee, barrel, dates and figs, tobacco. Not a everyday beer, but a dessert.
Kronebryg (1081) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - APR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very littl ehad,pitch black. fine nose with brandy, chockolate, fruity yet powerfull. fullbody and quite long, fine fruity mouthfell with some chocklate and still a hint of brandy. Very fine and well ballanced.
Angelmonster (125) - Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black color. Head is dark brown and half an inch. Head retention and lacing are good for such a strong beer.
Smell is of rich, roasted strong coffee. There is also some chocolate mixed with alcohol/brandy. Oak and smoke are in the mix also, not much in the hops area.
Taste is of strong, bitter, acidic coffee. Chalky, burnt malts come in next. Alcohol is definitely a major flavor along with dark fruits like prune. Hops arent very much in there.
Mouthfeel is on the thicker side but not too much. Carbonation levels were ok and head added some texture to body.
Overall, this beer was good but really expensive. 16 bucks for an 8.5 ounce bottle, dont know if I’d shell out that much money for one again. I love coffee beers but this one didnt really stand out from the other many ones I’ve had.