Aniela (1490) - Skövde, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle at SMÖF 2011. Dark beer. Licorice, tar, dark chocolate, vanilla and a bit smokey aroma and flavor. Nice balance and a lovley beer. 2008 years version.
TheJestersBeer (1661) - SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black, with a faint reddish hue, beige head.
The aroma is heavily roasted and fantastically complex. Dark chocolate, mint, coffee, tar, malt, tobacco, honey, candied sugar, along with balanced notes of wood, vanilla and tobacco..
Quite sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2.
The taste reflects everything from the aroma, together with wood, vanilla, licorice, mint, and an astringent tannin structure. Amazing. Again. (2011-10-28)
Martinus (1777) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black colour, small creamy tan head. Aroma somewhat sweet, quite balanced, liquorice, caramel, bourbon, honey, vanilla and nuts. Some roasted tones. Flavour is somewhat sweet, malty, liquorice, honey, caramel and oak. Velvety creamy body, finish of liquorice. Very nice and great balance.
(From 25cL bottle @ DRBM 2011, courtesy of Menno)
BearsOnAcid (3) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body, 1 inch of brown head.
Aroma has a beautiful smoke and dark chocolate/coffee mixture. Heavily roasted malts and some ashiness. Barrel comes through very well. Charred oak and light caramel.
The barrel is upfront in the flavor. It hides a lot of the depth and complexity that the base beer had. I don’t get as much of the sweetness and the ashy flavor is a little toned down. The alcohol cuts through that and leaves an acidic heavily roasted malt/coffee flavor on the palate. Lots of dark cocoa charred oak and light caramel. Creamy mouth feel with low-medium carbonation.
nbutler11 (1261) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle courtesy of the infamous daknole -- many thanks, my friend!! I had been looking forward to this for a long time, like most people who have this beer, and I have to say that it did an amazing job of living up to the hype. Yet, I also have to say that we had this next to a COMPLETE vertical of Goose Island BCS, and Chicago definitely held it’s own. The beer smells of char, honey, vanilla, cocoa, and dark fruits. Tastes of each with an even stronger note of burnt malts in the flavor and added notes of leather and tannins. Certainly a work of art worthy of the attention.
erickok (2280) - Tours, FRANCE - OCT 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Finally got to try this thanks to Menno for our DRbM 2011. Beautiful body with creamy small head. Amazingly rich smell and taste. Vanilla, nuts, mocha. Balanced but never boring. (DRbM 2011) (Rating re-indexed)
laiti (3925) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 cl bottle vintage 2009 @ Man in the Moon, Stockholm. Rated on 14.05.2011
Aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, oak and lots of vanilla typical to bourbon aged IS. The bourbon comes a bit too much through here. Very smooth and thick palate like the basic stormakts has. Flavour is rich and very complec with bourbon, honey, vanilla and chocolate. At the end of the glass the bourbon has covered my whole mouth and the thick palate has become really sticky. 25 cl of this is really enough. Kind of reminds me of Goose Island Bourbon County, but this is slightly better. Worse than the non-Kaggen version though.
_angst_ (1743) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle @ 3 Små Rum on October 12. 2009 vintage. Pours oily black with a very small brown head. Smell is intense with lots of bourbon and alcohol. It’s quite sweet with vanilla, prunes, chocolate and some liquorice. Taste is enormous and sweet with roasted malts, milk chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, wood, vanilla and small hints of arrack. Bitterness is rather dry and suits the brew well. Finish is dry with a slight sourness. It has lots of coffee and some roasted coconut in it. Aftertaste lasts for almost an hour... An incredible beer. I didnät think it would live up to the hype but it did!
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle at Akkurat. Let me start by saying this beer was so hyped in my mind that I was a little disappointed after drinking it. At over $60 for a small bottle it is definitely not a value.
Smells like old dusty wood, chocolate, vanilla, and honey. taste is the same. pours a very dark brown with a dark caramel head (thin). Overall very unimpressed considering it is "the #1", don’t get me wrong it is a great brew but just not what I was imagining...
JavierAldea (31) - , SPAIN - OCT 2, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredible mixed notes of vanilla, cacao toasted nuts & fumed oak. The biggest smoked palate sensation i never had.