gyllenbock (3948) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar, November 2012.
Almost black with a small tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt, wood, some bourbon and notes of alcohol. The finish was on the sweet side with a light tartness.
JanLaursen (2660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Mikkeller Bar, Black Sensation. Opaque black brown with a small brown head. Nose is dark fruity, heavy roasted with clear notes of bourbon, wood and some booze. Taste follows the nose, sweet with some smokey notes and a not so nice tartness in the finish. Texture is oddly watery, not exactly a.beer in perfect balance...
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle at Craig’s. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, prunes, raisins and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Nicely bitter with lingering bourbon and oak. A little vanilla also.
cgarvieuk (12785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... deep roast big malt ... too much bourbon in nose ... sweet bourbon front ... light vanilla ... deep roast ... dark malts ... heavy malt roast .. but big bourbon
yngwie (12530) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 375ml corked. Looking really good in the glass, jet black, and topped by a finger-thick, dense, tan head. The aroma is roasted and coffeeish, with a pleasant hoppyness in the back, and a tad too much vanilla and bourbon. Sweet, vanilla and booze-ish flavor with coffee, roasted malts and some medicine hints. Full-bodied, smooth and warming on the palate, finishing lightly medicinal and quite bitter. A really nice beer, but a bit on the sweet side, and I have to admit I prefer the untreated edition. 120203
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beer Revolution. Black with a thin creamy tan head. Earthy and musty chocolate coffee roasted cereal grain and whiskey aroma. I know it says bourbon but peaty scotch flavors dominate with light smoke and a nice oaky woodiness with chocolate and coffee flavors playing nicely throughout with an earthy peaty ashy roasted malt finish with just a hint of tobacco. Very good silky bright palate. Excellent brew with a nice complexity. It would pair well with a cigar in my opinion.
TBone (11737) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 375ml (vPBF, BB 08/2015)
Opaque black color, small brown head. Bourbon in the nose, toasted notes. Medium-bodied. Lots of bourbon, roasted maltyness, vanilla. Quite simple and booze, but not bad.
oh6gdx (19933) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@vPBF2012. More or less pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, wood, mild whisky, some earthcellar. Flavour is earthy, dry wood, some liquorice, mild wood and some slight alcohol. Ashes in the finish.
olio (5125) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle @ vPBF.
Pours pitch black color with medium beige head. Aroma of dark berries, bourbon, caramedsl, toffee, liquorice and some tar. Flavor of liquorice, dark ripe fruits, mild chocolate and some cocoa. Bitter palate.
tiong (2941) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle @ vPBF
Pours pitch black with a nice light brown head.
Strong aroma of dry wood, hints of oak, roasted malts, spices, vanilla and chocolate.
Taste is mildly roasty with notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, hints of berries, oak and dry wood.
Finish is smooth and roasty with some vanilla and bourbon notes. Nice, quite tasty barrel aged porter.