Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A complex big fruity chocolaty stout with a great barrel character
How: Bottle 375ml capped, at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg Sweden
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose has a big rich malty aroma and a complex barrel character, like a mix of many types of barrel aging (wine, whisky, virgin oak, more…). Complex big beer aroma here. Taste is smooth velvety rich blackened malts with the expected usual suspect of black chocolate, vanilla, black liquorice and friends. There is also a nice fruity complexity that includes blackberries and dark grapes. But is it is the complex barrel character that makes this beer stand out. The barrel aging is not overdone, it doesn’t overwhelmed the beer but it adds a lot of subtleties (wood, fruits, port wine, more…). This is not “another barrel aged imperial stout”, this beer stands out from the crowd. I’m really sad to see this is now retired, is there a Make A Wish foundation with a mission to help desperate beer geeks to reconnect with beers that are no longer in production? There should be.
The_Osprey (4891) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 10K, many thanks to Leighton. Black with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, redcurrant, port and booze. Nice. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is dark chocolate, meaty, molasses, pretty dry into the finish. A bit more meaty and oxidised than the red wine version. But great nonetheless.
teorn88 (5155) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
37.5 bottle shared at Paul’s 10k tasting, London. It pours a dark brown color with an almost black with small beige head. Aroma is sweet boozy rum raisins red fruits vanilla chocolate. Taste is sweet boozy vanilla chocolate red fruits. Full bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, nice
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2015 Bottle shared in Lpndon during Paul’s 10k - picked this up in a trade, many thanks to Anders! Pours oily black with a frothy brown head. Lots of aged dark fruits in the aroma, roast, a little ash, chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with lots of rich baking cocoa, scorched earth, raisins, burnt wood, old leather. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Nice ashy roast on the finish, hearty bittersweet baking cocoa, dried dark fruits, warming alcohol. Wonderful depth, nice assertive dark chocolate character. Excellent.
Scopey (10683) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle darkest brown with a mall tan head. The nose is rich, oily, bitter-sweet, stewed berry, fruit compote, very jammy, port wine, wood, light marmite and touch of vanilla. The taste is bitter, rich, oily, chewy malt, charred wood, chewy malt, dark chocolate, umami, jammy berry, fruit compote and warming alcohol with a dry, warming finish. Medium - full body and fine carbonation. Has aged gracefully. Good depth and very well-rounded. Rather nice!
Theydon_Bois (15017) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split at Scopey 10K, big thanks to LKS, 26/11/15.
Black with decent tan Edgework.
Nose is bitter dark fruits, earthy, fruit cake, port barrel, dark malt, Chocolate, light spice.
Taste comprises rich fruit cake, dates, spice, booze tunes, port, red berry linger, cocoa rub.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light warming alcohol and a decent barrelled edge.
Has held up well.
50belair (3167) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Chocolate, dark roasted malt, and cherry aromas. Sour notes? Dark bitter roasted malts. Barrel and cherry?? Average body and mouthfeel.
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske, 375 ml, lagret i Gisles kælder siden 2009. Sort med brunlige kanter og et af alderen imponerende stort og meget holfbart beige skumhovede. Duger af figen-pure, brændt træ, svesker. Portvin. Alkohol. Mørke malte. Alder. Overvældende duft. Sødlig, lagret fed smag med masser af træ og noter henad mørke frugter konserveret i portvin. Men umiskendeligt stadig en god stout, der gemmer sig nedenunder.
alexsdad06 (7757) - Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle sample from notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki head. The aroma and flavor have a wonderful mix of roasted malts, chocolate, black coffee, dark fruits, blackberry, grapes, plums with a sweetness from the port barrel. A strong oak component comes through. This is a complex imperial stout where the barrel has added to an already solid beer.
BoltonDK (572) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma ; coffee, lacris.
Picth black color, smallhead.
Japalo (1586) - DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with Bolton. No head. Black. Intense alcoholic roasted malty port aromas. Fine smooth great mouthfell. What an exceptionel fine delicate intense brew. Better than a vintage Wine.