Travlr (21403) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Almost black, no head. Aroma of very subtle vanilla and booze. Taste is licorice, dark chocolate, some coffee. Decent.
Leighton (18517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. I got this one at Kris Wines. Pours black-brown with a thick, creamy brown head. The aroma holds a bit of peat, ripe dark fruits, raisins. Medium to big sweet flavor, a bit of alcohol, subtle charred malts, more raisins and other dark, ripe fruits, bitter cocoa, torched wood, earth. Medium to full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, lots of semi-sweet chocolates, plenty more ripe dark fruits, moderate dirt bitterness. Good balance, nice depth.
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at SBWF 2012. Pitch black beer with a small brown head. Chocolate aroma, cocoa, licorice, cognac, oak, fruity, figs, peat notes. Alcohol flavor, peat, hay, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cognac notes, oak, some figs and dades.
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 25cl. A pitch black beer topped by a small, firm and dense dark brown head. Almost oily pour. The aroma is delicious, the booze playing nicely against the Imperial Stout backdrop with its coffee, chocolate and dark, roasted malts. Some alcoholic scents in the nose. The flavor too is really pleasant, although a bit rougher than the aroma. Sweetness, mocha, dark roasted malts, lovely bitterness, both of the roasted and the hoppy kind. Dark caramel and dried fruits blends in. Full body, lightly warming and still sort of smooth. Roasted finish with bitterness, some booze and some licorice. A really pleasant one, one I can enjoy for a while. 120130
Dedollewaitor (15536) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Odense Summer Gathering, 2015. Pours black with a small fading head. Roast, chocolate, coffee, wood. Soft and smooth. Lingering woody and soft vinous finish. Sippable.
Theis (15149) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pitch black - brown head. Ok burned malts, some dryness, nice tart wooden, cognac, ok light to medium boozy, sweetness, dried fruits, charcoal, dark chocolate, ok bitterness, lots of chocolate, light to medium licorice, minerals - salty notes. Very smooth and pleasant.
mcberko (14351) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
250mL bottle, pours black with a tiny tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cognac barrels, and a little booze. Flavour is dry rich, with strong notes of roasted malt and cognac, a little dark unsweetened chocolate, and more roast. Finished on notes of roasted malt a cognac. The barrels are used very well, but I much prefer the regular Imperial Stout. Great stuff.
gunnfryd (14109) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is wood, coffee, licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol. Flavour is licorice, coffee, cognaq, wood, chocolate, alcohol, dried fruits. Very nice pleasent beer.
Benzai (13881) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2012 25cl bottle shared by Dutchdrebus. Pitch black, opaque color, small light brown head that diminishes quickly. Smell roasted and burned malts, clearly cognac and barrel aged, wood and slightly alcohol. Taste roasted malts, pretty bitter, wood, cognac, warming alcohol when I leave the beer in my mouth for a 5 to 10 seconds before swallowing. Body not oily at all which I had expected, but still medium to full, medium carbonation. Very nice!
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap (SBWF2012) (8-:5:8+:5:16+=4.2+)
Pleasant woody aroma, a great roast too. Such a good roast in the mouth, and a beautiful finish. I have a sub-par Black Albert beside me, and this stomps all over that. This is pretty much perfection in how to barrel age an imperial stout in a spirit cask. Great richness, great mellowness too. No atringency despite the burntness of the roast. More please!