JorisPPattyn (7308) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge, dark brown-beige head, over black-brown beer; shards of lace. Sweet chocolate and rumraisins’ nose, and then, increasingly, Bourbon on new oak, vanilla included. Dry, bitterish, very woody and alcoholic - Bourbon and vanilla in the finish. Quite little sweetness, however, and no real bitterness. Chocolate, raisins on alcohol returning, bit of overripe banana. Gradually, a dry bitter-ish ground coffeeflavour creeps in. Very rich, thick & creamy texture, obvious alcoholwarming. Long, complex, fusely aftertaste. Another great, complex and impressive Mikkeller, but again one that is anything but easily drinkable.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12.7 oz bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma initially has a fair amount of cocoa present, which is a little sweet. There seems to be a little cardboardy oxidation in there as well. The aroma finishes with a little boubon fruitiness, too. An interesting aroma, but not as good as I would have hoped it to be with the boubon barrels. I really don’t get much in the way of spices. Moderately transparent dark brown body with a medium, fairly resilient tan head. Good lacing. Attractive. Starts a little sweet with lots of forward chocolate, and some roastiness that is reminiscent of coffee. This then turns into a bit of an astringent mess towards the end with what appears to be some light bugginess (pedio?) picked up from the bourbon barrels. Finishes with a chalky, dry texture. This really isn’t well-rounded or cohesive. At $1 an oz, I severely overpaid for this muddled experimental beer.
jtclockwork (5105) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of roast chocolate, wood, nuts, vanilla and bourbon barrel. Sweet chocolate finish. Slightly dry. Medium body.
marcus (5010) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black with a rich brown head and a bourbon and treacle aroma. There is a bourbon-laced dark molasses and chocolate flavor with a warm alcohol trail. A nice winter beer.
Tmoney99 (8784) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with a moderate to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt and woody bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid standout brew.
anders37 (12756) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty spicy bourbon aroma. Roasted malty spicy bourbon flavor with hints of chocolate. Has a sweetish malty spicy bourbon vanilla finish.
NosirIwont (1721) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a khaki/brown head. Aroma is strong, heavy and malty with bourbon notes. A bit overwhelming, but good. Chocolate notes in the background? A bit of roasted notes as it warms. In one sense it’s a bit too much, but it’s still pretty awesome. Smooth. Flavour is sweet, tart, roasted and slightly ashy. Quite nice. Tart, ashy/burned finish with a lingering dryness. Overall very good. 05.11.11.
BenH (1335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Pours black with big brown head. Fairy weak aroma, alcohol, chocolate, bourbon. Taste has chocolate, wood, bourbon, burnt. Very fizzy, thin, initially sweet then a burnt astringency, chalky. Disappointing
bhensonb (8997) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped 375 from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very black with a huge dark tan foamy head. Bourbon/vanilla aromas. Full bodied. Flavor is dark chocolate/burnt malt with some sweet bourbon/vanilla. It finishes just a bit sweet. Good in a snifter.
Chalsk (936) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with caramel colored head. Aroma of heavy bourbon and caramel, with some chocolate. Sweet caramel taste with some dark fruit and bourbon barrel spice. Some vanilla and chocolate notes through the finish. Solid.