tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mark! Completely black oil, super thick looking with nearly no head, only a modest, thin, tan ring after an aggressive pour. Aroma is insane... Holy shit... Thick brown sugar, chocolate brownie batter topped with huge, sweet vanilla drizzle, notes of coffee cake, fudge-y morsels, burnt toffee, oatmeal cookies, maple syrup, & a super-smooth undercurrent of mild bourbon & wood. I could smell this for days. Taste is a total dessert beer... Vanilla frosted chocolate cake, more notes of oatmeal cookies with a dense, sweet coffee bean finish. Cocoa nibs, sticky maple, marshmallow fluff, extremely smooth/tame bourbon & light tannins, & just a kiss of dark fruit in the finish. Sticky mouth coating aftertaste, lingering notes of toffee, brown sugar, creamy coffee, vanilla... I could go on for days. Lovely mouth feel; oily, smooth, low carbonation, slightly sticky. This was one expensive bottle, but in my opinion, very worth it. Wonderfully complex, perfect sweetness without ever being cumbersome... Incredible beer.
Rasmus40 (13808) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Vinspecialisten, Aalborg. Black without head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, heavy vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily, smooth and soft. Imperial stout, vanilla and bourbon: The perfect mix. 270715
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - JUL 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Mikropolis, Copenhagen. Pours black, small brownish head. Vanilla, licorice, milk chocolate. Roasted malts, wood. Full bodied and complex. Vanilla gives it smooth and silky character.
Aniela (3613) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Stockholm. Black beer with an brownish head. Vanilla, licorice, figs, chocolate and caramel aroma. Bourbon, vanilla, caramell, Woody, dark fruits flavour. This is really a Lovely beer :-)
ABT_S54 (267) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl bottle served in a snifter. Pitch black pour with a dark brown head which is there for the briefest moment. Aroma is massive vanilla and bourbon notes - nothing else gets a look in. I was a little concerned that the bourbon would impart an extra level of vanilla-ness on top of the already (almost) excessive vanilla shake. I needn’t have worried. The bourbon barrels seemed to have created a much more harmonious balance and the coffee and chocolate are allowed to shine through more as a result. In short better in every way than the standard vanilla shake but whether the difference is worth 3x the price is very much down to the individual. Personally I would rather have 3x vanilla shakes but if the occasion warrants it this is hard to beat.
hirigalzkar (2550) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Mikropolis. Obviously sweet, but in this version a bit too much for my liking. Notes of vanilla, coffee and milk chocolate.
Malin_aiisa (220) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at mikropolis
black, brown head.
Salty aroma, coffee, smoke and vanilla.
Vanilla, coffee tastemedium sweet.
mcberko (9325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Mikkeller & Friends Reykjavik, pours black with a tiny beige / tan head. Nose brings out loads of vanilla, sweet bourbon, and loads of caramelized sweet sugar. Flavour is intense, with intensely sweet loads of vanilla, candied sugar, caramel and decadent bourbon. Desert-like sweetness, but not cloying at all. Phenomenal complexity. Superb.
bytemesis (4599) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with thanks to bursprak. Pours inky black, very small brown head, dissipates quickly with some lacing. Aroma is pure desert, chocolate fudge with vanilla toffee topping. Flavor is full sweet, light bitter, huge waves of chocolate, vanilla, coconut and a bit of mellow bourbon. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Really good, but almost a bit too hedonistic after a while.
andrew_drinks (234) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mikkeller online. Pours thick and black, super dense and oily, no head. Viscose. Aroma of chocolate breakfast cereal, if you took it with full-cream milk and Makers Mark. Very lightly carbonated, but just the right amount for the big body. Huge, rich flavour - bitter chocolate, treacle, licorice, chocolate syrup, cooking chocolate, cacao, vanilla cream and a bit of heat on the finish with more vanilla. Indulgent.
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice pour with a thin tan head. Very dense aroma, Vanilla and Bourbon with wood and roast showing. Alcohol and fruit skins show with some molasses. Warming in the mouth with some alcohol. Vanilla and chocolate with dark fruit and Bourbon. Full bodied and warming.