Osprey87 (2049) - WALES - MAY 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm. 2006 vintage, poured into tulip. Black, not much head, just a beige ring. Lots of port in the smell. Full bodied and semi sweet. Lots of roasted barley, a bit plasticy, alcohol comes through and is noticeable. Raisins in the finish. No real bitterness. Decent stuff.
mcberko (7230) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Vintage 2006. 250mL bottle at Akkurat, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich dark fruits, some light roasted malts, and more dark fruits - very fruity. Flavour brings out heavy roasted malt, a little feint licorice, some dark fruits, and more roasted malt. Remarkably complex, with an exceptional depth. There is a syrupy quality to it as well, which would normally not work for me, but in this sense it is incorporated beautifully and only adds to the complexity. In general, there is an amazing balance of roast and dark fruits. Can only imagine what the Kaggen! is like!
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the CCB/RateBeer/Pre-Hunah Tasting (Tampa, FL). Pours a rich blackish pour, darker with good brownish glowing edges, frothy tannish head. Laces small as a small head. Aromas are touches of coconut, vanilla, roast, coffee. Gentle roast, a touch ashy as we move on. Caramel, toffee, toast. Some barrel. Initial is fuller bodied, toffee and toast, touch of red fruit, coffee, some roast, toast, and pretzels. Cocoa, faint creaminess. Initial is middle is a touch sweeter, firm bitter and dry element comes on with roast, some hops, and gentle smokiness. Gentle wood, roast, toast, and cocoa. Pleasant flavors with nice smky element, dryness, and cocoa. Tasty. Thanks Timo!
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Big Stout Tasting, London - many thanks to Ken for providing this major player. Vintage 2008. Pours dark brown with a rich, brown foam head. Musty dark malt nose with burnt bread, wood and dark chocolate. Medium to big sweet flavor, lightly tangy, with burnt/ wet wood, strong earthy bitterness, dark baking cocoa, some meat. Full bodied with fine, chewy carbonation. Dark sugars on the finish, brownies, dark earth. Rich and full character. Nice.
jackl (4980) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle @ THE Stouts Tasting. Cheers to Ken for the pour! The appearance is deep brown with a tiny espresso head. The nose is huge roasty chocolate, rich coffee. Sweet, earthy toffee. Just a hint of dark fruit - raisins and plums. The taste is softly vinous, red grape, more raisin. Rich coffee cinnamon bun. Plenty of roasted chocolate malts. Burnt brown sugar. Mild soy sauce. Full, thick body, soft carb. Plenty of sugar. Overall, quite nice, but there’s a mild raisin-like tang to this that I don’t love. Still, quite good.
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of frothy dark brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body and a good lacing. The nice aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish roasted malt aftertaste. The deep flavor contained notes of roasted malt brown malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
suprchunk (2342) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured at Borefts. Black. Small brown head. No lacing. Raisin and plums on the nose with big hints of molasses and chocolate. Sweet molasses taste. Big booze in the nose and throat. Not bad. Lots of sugary sweetness left on the lips.
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’07 Bottle. Pour is dark brown, red edges, virtually no head. The nose is very big and rich with roasted malt and a ton of chocolate cake. A bit of alcohol with light smokey peat. Taste is very rich chocolate cake, notes of roasted malt and a touch of coffee rind. Full creamy body, lingering roasty bitterness in the finish and light malt sweetness.
teddybeer (2345) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[Thanks to oh6gdx]. 25cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a quickly dissapearing tan head, great viscosity while poured. Aroma has toasted and roasted malts notes, licorice, light alcohol, coffee notes. Flavor has notes of dark coffee, alcohol, bourbon, light cocoa notes, black chocolate, wooden hints. The final has notes of dark coffee with an excellent sensation and duration in the aftertaste. Very dense on palate, creamy and smooth. Light alcoholic sensation that is hidden by the coffee and black chocolate notes. Carbonation is low. Body is high. Texture is oily.
neepsntatties (1242) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of "hannont". Colour...black with a thick tan head. Nose...dark molasses, burnt sugar and a little soy. Palate...velvety, coating and plush with dark chocolate and devils food cake leading the charge and sharing the ride with treacle, cocoa mass, baked brown sugar butter and a delightfully boozy aspect that carries across the whole of the palate.