Swans (130) - FRANCE - OCT 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2007. Oily stout with a thin head. Chocolat aroma with licorous and fruity hints. (Cocoa, banana, Orange peel) a really special oporto and chocolat aftertaste.
gunnfryd (14050) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 2007 version. Thx to Beer3000. Beast of borboubon on the speakers. The bottle was opened. Black colour wih a tan head. Big expactation. Lovely aroma of coffee,licorice, malt, hop, oak, fruit. Flavour is is cocos, coffee, heather, honey, alcohol, vanilla. Easy drinkable world class beer. Lovely.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2012 2007 bottle, Levi, you are the man. Pour is thick black oily pour with thin but lasting tan head. Aroma brings notes, of big sugary honey, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, slight anise, molasses, caramel, some nice dark fruits with rum soaked raisins and plums, really nice. Taste is thick dark chocolate, roast, ashy anise notes, touch of molasses, on the front, leading into some rum and oaky raisin and fruits with some slight fig, touch of oak, slight spicy and floral honey in the middle with a hint of vanilla, touch of chocolate, finishing fairly roasted, bitter, slightly sweet from the honey and some floral and spicy notes round it out. Thick through the palate, a bit harsh on the carbonation but not too bad, definitely pushes the tastes through. This is world class for sure.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottle] purchased at the football pub in Rome. Pours a clear black with a creamy tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma has a surprising amount of crystallized, floral honey, light roast, very light barrel, and chalky malt. The flavor has a little more balance. The honey is strong still, lots of floral notes, stronger barrel character than you would think on the aroma, toasty on the back end, and the finish lingers with a little bit of everything there. Nicely complex, but the main thing about this beer is the balance. the aroma is a little less so, but the flavor is stunning. The palate is a touch thin, especially for an imperial, but the alcohol only makes a very light appearance.
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LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2014 Bottle very generously shared by Levi. Thanks a ton my friend, what an absolute treat. Pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights around the edges. A lasting mocha ring, with a skim that lasts as well. Aroma is sublime: Crystallized honeyed malts, lots of floral character. Some smoke, chocolate, toffee. Very, very nice. Taste is also amazing. Lots of wood character, seems like red wine even. Vinous, floral, a bit boozy. Smoke, chocolate, oak. Slight booze heat that lasts. Just amazing, slightly more restrained booze to fill out the palate would make this a 5 for sure. I could smell and taste this one all night. Thanks again Levi.
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 bottle generously shared by MatSciGuy! Very thick dark black pour, slowly dissipating thick chocolate head and an amazing aroma of dark chocolate, a little sweet honey, bourbon & vanilla. Flavor is creamy high end bakers chocolate, earthy peat, raisins and still a surprising amount of mellow boozy sweetness on the finish. Thanks for sharing this Levi, I’ve been chasing after this for years and it absolutely lived up to the hype for me.
Huhzubendah (3443) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad! Served alongside Stormaktsporter.
The beer appears quite similar to the standard version. Dark brown, nearing black, with a dark beige head that leaves an oily film gently descending the snifter.
A distinctly European aroma. It seems to me that Närke, Nøgne Ø, Mikkeller, etc. possess distinctive characteristics not found in American stouts. Hooray for diversity and the unique aspects found in beers throughout the world. Anyhow...the beer smells terrific. Roast, chocolate, barrels, a touch of booze.
The flavor does not disappoint. Thick, chewy, viscous stout that coats the palate and melts in your mouth. The barrel character is outstanding. Present, but not overbearing. Beautifully balanced. Dark fruits, chocolate, roast, malt, barrels blending together in harmony.
Highly recommended, should you have the good fortune to sample this.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to nbutler for the pour. I finally get to try this! Pours black with an espresso head. Aroma is vanilla, truffle, and something remiscent of chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies that you find at Easter. Taste is sweet with some roast. Full bodied with a slick texture. Really awesome. It lived up to the hype for me.
kazin (464) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Have had the pleasure of tasting 2007 and 2008. Honey, raisins, sherry, roasted bitterness, cacao, vanilla and coffee.
patrick767 (3971) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle courtesy of jsquire at Ft Wayne tasting - This near black beer with a minimal tan head smells of dark roast malt, plenty of bourbon, and vanilla. It has a big, sweet, roast malt flavor with chocolate, wood, and wonderfully blended bourbon. It’s full bodied, smooth, and has a long, robust, bitter roast finish. Fantastic beer. Thanks jsquire!