neuromatt (858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 cL bottle from Les Fleurs du Malt in Lyon, served in a snifter, side-by-side with the original. Pours deep black used motor oil with a small tan head that fades quickly and leaves trace lace. The nose has beautiful notes of oak, cognac, molasses, tar and roast malts, along with vanilla, espresso and spice. The flavour is moderately sweet with roasty malts, oaky notes, spice and a touch of hops. The finish is long and roasty, with oaky notes and a slight peppery spicy accent. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an amazing imperial stout. The cognac barrel has taken a great beer and made it even more impressive. 2012-12-14
Beer4000 (4104) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 ml bottle. Black body with a huge, foamy brown head. Aroma has dark, smooth roasted malt with coffee and vanilla in harmony with cognac booze. Flavour has sweet, dark, nice roasted malt, coffee, dry fruit, balanced bitterness and warming alcohol from cognac. Fine body and long lasting aftertaste. Pleasant sipper.
Bathory (386) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a completly black colour with a brown head that disappears a bot too fast. Aroma of coffee, wood, caramel, with a hint of vanilla. The cognac is notable to a certain extend in the smell, not too dominating which I like. Flavour is licorice, leather, ginger, caramel, roasted malts and wood. Both sweet and sour, with a bitterness that balances the whole thing in a very good way. Great balance. Full bodied, supersmooth mouthfeel. Overall I think that this beer has developed in a really good way, maybe it’s better than the original actually! Awesome!
Cunningham (3671) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Black color with a small beige head that. Some lacing.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, fruity and cognac.
Palate: Thick oily body. Slightly sweet and a some bitterness. Creamy carbonation.
Taste: Slightly sweet dark chocolate. Fruity and some wood. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: A real winter warmer fit for our arctic weather.
Personal stats: Bottle at Førtito Bar & Bowling in Sarpsborg, Norway
tom10101 (1822) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (250 ml). Thanks to Jean-François! Black with a medium quickly and completely disappearing beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, wood and vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet with roasted malt, wood, vanilla, chocolate and slight alcohol. Fruity finish. Oily mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body. Slight warming alcohol. It’s a good barrel aged RIS, but not a great one. It’s fairly drinkable (I had no problem drinking the whole bottle by myself). Barrel aging treatment is subtle but well done.
GonZoBeeR (2752) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma:rosted malt,coffe, light oak cognanc...
Appearance:oily dark, light head...
Flavor:rosted malt,mixed with light cognanc oak flavor....
jonnyguns (655) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from IBS (sorry mane liquor). once again its basically a better verison of the original! loads of cognac upfront in the nose along with the espresso, roasted malts and cocoa flavours. Cognac barrels added a more boozey feel to the taste. incredibly smooth thought. nogne just being greedy with this one no wonder its only in a small ass bottle!!
omega (584) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Syrupy viscous pour that clings to the side of the glass - little head but expected that. Rich complex nose and the flavours caress the taste buds. I feel like a dog eating peanut butter.
EdKing (1556) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Pours opaque very dark brown, off white tan head, which dissipates to nothing. Nose is rich very dark chocolate, then some fortified wine, fire wood, orangey Cognac warmness. Taste is rich dark chocolate, then kick of fortified wine, which warms on the tongue. Comes in and out and sometimes suppresses the taste of the chocolate. Little bit of dark fruit but dark chocolate is dominating. I prefer the imperial stout straight, but this has a Winter armer aspect to it that’s nice. Finish is cognac warming.
Aaron68 (398) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 ml bottle @ Grunerløkka Brygghus,Oslo
Black as the night in color.Aroma of cognac, dark fruits,some wood and malt.
Medium carbonation.Sweet and malty taste