Ughsmash (6971) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 For Rating #1500, I thought I’d open something truly special.. this was the best I could come up with!
2005 Vintage. Poured a medium-viscocity, lovely shade of black with idyllic initial cap of creamy deep brown head. The aroma had just a remarkable rich vinous and plum character that formed a perfect complement to the lightly-burnt dark chocolate and coffee malts at the core.. additional layers of complexity evolve throughout the drink, with vanilla, oak, and ever-so-slight bourbon in one wave, darker honey in another, and mild smoky caramel beyond that... just hard to fathom how so many wonderful components can be blended so intricately.
Semi-sweet honey accompanies the rich tapestry of dark chocolate and fresh coffee onto the palate.. a sweet wash of bourbon sugars and vanilla comes before the drink is halfway completed.. well-toasted caramel, smoky tobacco, and dark fruits blanket the back-end, then coffee and woodsy bitterness accent the warm and magnificent finish. This falls between medium and heavily-bodied, with just enough carbonation to keep it moving.. the flavors wash over the proper taste buds with surgical precision.. the long, warm, vibrant finish leaves great satisfaction, save for the realization that this remarkable exilir may never touch my lips again. Just brilliant!
2006 bottle thanks to Craig! Poured rich, inky black with a great initial cap of tan head. After a couple minutes to breathe, rich bourbon and vanilla really came to light.. layers of dark chocolate and roasty black patent malts.. mild smoke and some oak.. sweeter uptake at the back with mild alcohol. Deeply-roasted dark chocolate and molasses roll elegantly onto the palate with trails of vanilla and some smokiness.. bourbon fills in the back and nasel passages.. thickens up toward the finish with roasty chocolate and mild coffee bitterness.. long, sweeter finish with a perfect blend of barrel and stout. Thicker on the palate with light bitterness and great balance.. wonderfully complex. 10 4 9 4 18
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 vintage generously shared by cquiroga on 2/8/07: Pours an oily viscous opaque with mahogany edges and a thin ring of light brown head that almost turns the glass brown. Has an amazing, big, complex dark fruity plum and raisin nose with lots of floral dark honey, some tobacco, and sweet caramel malt with good oaky vanilla bourbon notes throughout. Body starts with a healthy dose of sweet dark caramel malt softly melding into bourbon toffee sprinkled with tobacco and dark chocolate with some bitter roasty notes toward the finish. Has nice brown sugar and raisin flavors as well. Nicely-balanced throughout and very drinkable, especially given the intense complexity. Slightly sweeter and more viscous than the 2004 vintage regular version. A great beer, very deserving of its ratings. Thanks again to cquiroga for sharing!
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, thanks to Jeppe the Bierkönig from Ølbutikken. A black beer with a small brown head. The aroma is roastet and og corn in the good way, also wood, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. The taste is the same but warming from the alcohol. Medium to full body with a dry warming finish.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted blind together with 4 other Bourbon Barrel aged Stouts - Black body, big bubbled beige head; Great nose, very balanced, powerful, Bourbon and wood, quite a bit of grain aromas, a Bourbon like sharpness is sticking out in a bad way, and strangely enough quite a bit of green apple like acetaldehyde; The body is not soft enough textured, a little to thin with a little soft carbonation, it is balanced but not deep, it lacks the elegance it should have with the kind of texture and carbonation it has; Medium long finish, a bit thin in both aroma and feel quite a bit of light roasted coffee aromas as well as a bit of grain (Thanks a billion Jeppe for sharing).
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wonderful colour. Nice taste of chocolate and some coffe. Loong and very complex taste; chocolate, coffe, vanilla among others. The second best beer I have ever had (after the oak aged Yeti from Great Divide).
Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I was lucky to have a friend in Sweden who went tthrough the trouble to find this beer and to sent it to me.
Why o why are the good things always rare and expensive. I thought westies were the best beer (just have a rochefort of min 6 months in case you don’t find it or don’t want to spent too much...i for sure can’t tell the difference in a blind test) but this Swedish stout is indeed another ballgame.
madsberg (9530) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled (Thx Bierkönig for sharing). Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Roast, spice, apple, chocolate, light coffee and a touch of vanilla and barral. Very balanced nose. Flavour is as good as the aroma. Again the barralaging is quite subdued and balanced. Light cigar (Yes I like that flavour), sweetness, vanilla, spiced, roast and light chocolate. Balance, balance, balance. Flavours are very well adjusted to each other. Medium to full bodied. Chocolate, spice and vanillasweetness mingles in the perfect end. Reminds me a lot of the ordinary Stormaksporter, which I like as much as this. This for sure is a good beer.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Pitch black with a fine though fast disappearing brown head. Nice and full aroma with lots of chocolate, a bit of toffee, cream, berries. Very good balance. Flavor hits you like a baseball bat with a dry woodyness that leaves the tongue almost sore. Again lots of chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of whiskey and wood. Extremely well balanced, the whiskey is very well integrated compared to other whiskey stouts I have had. Long roasted finish with a warming alcohol sensation. No doubt a very very fine beer, but since whiskey will never be my favorite it isn’t worlds best for me. But again, very fine indeed. HUUUUGE thanks to Rick Gordon for providing me with this extremely rare gem!
Rerate of 2006 batch. Not nearly as complex as the first batch and a lack of body as well imo. It’s not bad, but considering it is supposed to be the best in the world, this new batch dissapoints. Over hyped, I can name plenty of more interesting and complex beers.
motelpogo (6126) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
rbesg06, bottled. jet black with a lasting brown head. aroma of mudcake, with plenty of vanilla whisky and rum’n’raisin ice cream. really luscious, thick, buttery texture. hints of marzipan, bitter chocolate, alcohol noticeable but not overwhelming. fantastic, i kept upping my score by a point every couple of sips
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 From a 25cL Bottle, Vintage 2005.
Pours an incredibly dense chocolatey black color, inpenetrable by light, with a silky foam of caramelized marshmellow floating lightly on top. A gentle swirl leaves some nice lacing streaks on the sides of my snifter glass and is enough to keep the chocolate island atop alive and healthy. To be honest, my meditations on the appearance of this brew were distracted by a sneak preview of the aroma, which immediately blew me away, making me feel all giddy while at the same time forgetting completely about the appearance of the beer. For one who diligently tries to capture the art of every beer consumed by photograph, this was quite a feat, although sadly, I wish I had a picture now to remember this experience by. Onward. Thick, intoxicatingly rich bouquet thats brimming over with bourbon soaked prunes that have been flambeed with a decadent caramel crust. Some softer fruits linger as well, almost like banana (although not the phenolic kind) crusted with some flaked coconut and sticky wildflower honey. Some very mild vanilla bean and gentle chocolate fudge rounds out the bouquet nicely. Like with the non-barrel aged version, I find it exciting to be tasting a beer that relies mostly on the intricacies of its malt profile to form the complexity, rather than relying on the polarizing roast, char, and alpha hops characters that so many of the other highly rated beers on this site use to set themselves apart from their categorical peers. On that same note, the barrel character seems to be playing a supporting role in this cast, rather than the lead. Full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. A massive wave of complexity confronts my taste buds as soon as palate contact is made. It starts ot with an incredible dry chocolate base thats enhanced by the caramelly bourbon notes without getting too hot. There’s a smooth transition where some dark, chewy, leathery characters begin to come out, and these are accented by a touch of tartness taking the form of prune skin tannins. The finish is a remarkable display of balance, as the toasty, oaky characters come through strong by dancing on the edge of roastiness. The palate is exceptionally long and clean, with all alcohols clearly masked; excellent example of extracting the great barrel traits without leeching out any of the negative. A masterpiece. Thanks for sharing, Chris!