cnesmark (43) - NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 25 cl. Thick, black and creamy. Ring of brown foam that hangs on the glass. Smells of raisins, nuts, chocolate and malt. Taste of roasted coffee. Slightly too foamy when drinking. Alcohol taste is balanced.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Alengrin (2879) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch n° 723/731. One of the barrel aged versions of this beer, with opaque black colour and thick, creamy, thickly lacing, deep brown beige head retaining well. Powerful aroma of fondant, vanilla-like oaky tannins, fresh paint and shoe polish (solvents, fading away after a while), charcoal, cold black coffee, banana, orange zest, bacon, suggestion of coconut, bourbon, butterscotch, madera- or sherry-like oxidation setting in and only making it more interesting, wet leather, bayleaf, rhum, chocolate liqueur, cooked meat, fine cigars, plum brandy, elderberry syrup, pure chocolate. Densely concentrated taste, thick candied sweetness of candied dates, oranges and cherries, not cloying, finely tingling carbonation, refreshing sourish accent in a pleasant, fruity kind of way, opening the door to an abysmal maltiness, a great depth of chocolate, nuts and caramel, spicy hops already piercing through and bittering somewhat in the finish, where they meet with a friendly yet powerful roasted espresso bitterness, strong and noble tannin woodiness and lingering, warming, charming bourbon-like alcohol... Man, this is good. I wasn’t too impressed by the regular version - well, less impressed than I expected to be - and I do not think ageing just any imperial stout on wood necessarily leads to something better, but in this case the basic beer clearly benefits from the bourbon barrels: the balance between the deep maltiness and meatiness of the regular beer pairs beautifully with the oaky woodiness, revealing itself in all its glory in just the right place, as if you’re swallowing liquid wood. The bourbon stays nicely in place too without becoming too intrusive, and the hops dosage is perfectly balanced with the malts. Divine, and so far the best Norwegian beer I ever had - this is as good, or even better, as many American barrel aged imperials I had. This is one of those treats I will passionately enjoy from the first drop to the last. I am a bit surprised this does not score higher on this site, perhaps the few years of ageing - or maderisation - made it better than when it was young...?
sebletitje (7156) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 25cl, #1999, batch#723/73/, BB 01/12/2015, anno 2011 vintage.
Brune foncée, col moka laissant un filament huileux doré au verre.
Arôme est malté chocolaté avec un fond de caramel. Boisé très modéré avec une pointe de fruits noirs et un léger caractère de soja plus ce caramel qui accentue la sensation de douceur olfactive.
Palais est profond au niveau caractère malté, grillé, caramel léger chocolat avec une amertume qui perdure. Barrique reste moyenne et un boisé léger perce. Impression d’alcool, pomme caramélisée presque sur un côté Cognac. Touche de fruits noirs et d’un côté vineux vin rouge. Se termine sur une note douce - sucre brun? avec un fini dark crystal. Correcte, mais j’attendais un peu mieux d’une bière mûrie en fût et de la qualité de Nogne.
sic1314 (4422) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a very healthy beige head. Aroma of sweet, peaty malt, vanilla and fudge. Medium to full, smooth body, flavour is moderately sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, light berries.
nudiebear (167) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle brewed in 2011 at home (3 years later). Poured a clear dark red with a brown slight head. Cognac aroma, with coffee, chocolate and roast meat. Tastes bitter and delicious. I really appreciate the moderate barrel effect applied to the beer. Lovely!
Gurthnar (2611) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bottle Park. Brewed 01/12/11. Aroma intense, chocolate, fruity, cherries, alcohol, some smoky notes. Almost black colour, dark brown head, rather stable. Oily texture. Taste is sweet, chocolate, smoky, rich malty profile. Alcohol poking out rather unpleasantly. This is not ultra high ABV, so alcohol could be far better hidden. Also the overall impression was rich, but lacking when compared to other Imperial Stouts. Enjoyable beer, but definitely does not reach 4.
sir__v (865) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with friend from Celestin, Lille - FR. Color: dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: high malt and sugar domination with notes of barrel. Domiation of alcohol notes. Taste: well balanced of malt and alcohol? Good drinkable. Really recommended. Aftertaste: alcohol and malt with caramel.
hackobock (2009) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 10, 2014. Bottle at home. Black with a medium sized dense brown head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, ash, light acidic burnt notes. Taste is dark bitter chocolate, light sweet bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Finish is bitter with light burnt ash notes. Medium bodied,
Marduk (3493) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml bottle (tasting @VastActive place, thanks). Pitch black color. Medium size, thick brown head, stays. Looks nice. Sweet, roast, grainy aroma. Sweet, malty, sugary taste. Nice roast. Medium carbonation. Roast in aftertaste.
FatPhil (9989) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
250ml bottle - thanks VastActiv and the rest of the Hel crowd!
Hint of whisky in the aroma, but a decent roast too. Black, dark brown head. Fairly smooth initially, but doesn’t lake long before it’s actually harsh. Kind of hard to drink, as it’s aggressive in the mouth, but it does have a nice finish. Plenty of resiny vapours. I did want to like this, but, yet again, it’s not as good as the version that didn’t go into the spirit barrel. Burntness and alcohol too much, but the breadier roastier parts were nice.