olio (9015) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego.
Pours dark ruby red color with a small beige head. Quite appealing aroma, roasted malts, bourbon, ripe fruits, vanilla, faint coffee and chocolate, some caramel too. Quite sweet flavor with vanilla, caramel, faint syrup and some ripe fruit notes, licorice, not that roasty, some coffee bitterness and dark malts. Alcohol it’s quite well hidden. Quite sweet, maybe a tad too sweet flavor, but the aroma is quite awesome. Excellent.
lusikka (7680) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2015 650 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, rich caramel sweetness and bourbon. Flavour of roasted malts, caramel sweetness, vanilla, strong red wine notes, herbal notes and tart wooden notes. Full bodied. Oily. Aroma was excellent, but flavour is a bit overwhelming. Still nice.
laiti (7981) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego. Aroma has sweet bourbon tones and licorice. Flavour has licorice, sweet bourbon, vanilla and rye pudding. Also some porto. Very intensive, very sweet, very great. Reminds me of Bells Black Note - this is just more oaty and malty. I would love to have a bottle of this with a great two-hour movie.
tiong (6294) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a smooth brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, mämmi, licorice, hints of oakiness and vinous notes. Taste is vinous, slightly roasty and sweet with loads of licorice, hints of oak, wood and berries. Finish is heavy with vinous notes, sweet syrup, licorice, oak, wood and vanilla. Quite vinous and sweet.
Mark_Eck (1788) - - AUG 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.
AirForceHops (5995) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml from Cigarette City, Seabrook. Used motor oil color with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, deep roasted grains, burnt coffee grounds, dark fruits. Mild bourbon notes/ leans more on oak rather than bourbon.
Flavor is bitter coffee, roasted malts, anise, light char underneath a mild bourbon treatment. Lots of dark fruit notes, raisins, red grapes, figs. Mouthfeel is nice and full with an oak finish. Very nice, wanted more coffee but I also have no idea the age of the bottle. Still a fine sipper overall.
sudomorph (1069) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
08/30/12 bottle. Pours nearly black with some fine sediments. Aroma has smooth notes of oaky wood, roast, whiskey, and a very slight vineous note. Taste is balanced. Dark chocolate, oak, whiskey, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, peanut shells a slight alcohol, and a touch of coffee bitterness at the end. Full body with a low-medium carbonation. Creamy and full in the mouth with a slightly dry finish. Overall really nice.
dfearnley (1670) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2011?) to pint glass
I’ve been sitting on this for a few years and I was so happy to open and share this. So exicted in fact that I knocked the bottle sideways and it toppled over onto the counter and stove. Thankfully it didn’t break and I was able to scoop it up and and place it in the sink immediately. We lost about 70 mL, but no matter. The aroma that filled the kitchen was wonderful.
Soy, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malt, rum, oak, maple, and a little campfire. Deep reddish brown with a thin, very creamy dark tan head. There’s some boozy lacing on the glass too. Taste is currants, blackberry, molasses, smoked oak, bourbon, brown sugar and coffee. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy, but I think because of the booziness, the flavour doesn’t last quite as long as I would like. A great beer. Thanks Humboldt.
Ferris (12154) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Lots of rich chocolate notes and toasted coconut. Deep jet brown with a nice brown head. Sweet dark chocolate, coconut, marshmallow and a sweet cocoa finish. Long finish with more complexity, a great beer.
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Gnarly Barley. Pours nearly pitch black in color and topped a thick head of tan colored foam that slowly recedes to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, espresso, hints of bourbon from the oak, and sweet vanilla and a touch of roast. The flavor follows with more dark chocolate, espresso, and oak laden vanilla. Just a touch of toasty bitterness on the back end. The bourbon barrel seems to smooth things out, but the bourbon flavor isn’t quite as noticeable in the flavor. Full bodied and smooth with subtle carbonation leading to a lengthy finish. This one was on the sweet side for me and needed some more bitterness to balance things out. Still a nice barrel aged stout.