yngwie (11750) - 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
thewolf (10536) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ Nordisk Ølhandel, Cph. Completely opaque black with a small, creamy, brown head. Aroma has sweet boozy caramel, chocolate, light roasted, soft oak. Medium carbonation, fine dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has fine roasted malts, chocolate, oak, fairly vinious, nutty. Very nice, but a step down from the original.
Pinball (10135) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
shared by ungstrup.
pitch dark, small offwhite head.
aroma is mild hard roasted malty.
flavor is rosted malts, smoked malts, wood, complex, alc. burn but it fits,
Travlr (9827) - Washington, Washington DC, 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.
gunnfryd (9318) - 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.
Leighton (8645) - 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 (8445) - Skövde, 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.
FatPhil (8105) - 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!
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very short-lived dark tan head over virtually black beer. Velvety nose, but spiked with something fleetingly acetic. After a short while, sweet liquorice is all that remains, making it empty in aroma. More liquorice, some wood or leather. The alcohol is there through backthroatwarming and sweetness, but the depth one would expect from cognac is sorely missing; Despite the lame appearance, the beer feels titillatingly carbonated. The body feels however thinner as expected, even if there is an oily slickness. Either I had two samples of less well-kept N.O. bottles (which is unlikely seen where they were purchased), either you ought to look more closely into the barrels you’re using, Kjetil.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line :
Cognac vapors roam through vanilla, roastiness, molasses and raisins, building a rich and intriguing Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam dwindles to a ring atop the pure darkness.
-The aroma is led by the cognac barrel. I would have preferred more malt presence there as well (which the flavor profile had).
-The mouthfeel is decadent and the flavor profile delicious. Gorgeous brew, yessir!
-Malts are clearly defined, complexity is reached with the added cognac alcohol warmth and the flavor cohesion is impressive.
-I am hallucinating a touch of peat smoked malt in there. Fun stuff. ;)