weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to NoLiberty for cracking this open via Shaun E. Hill...
Appears a dark midnight with a small brown cap that seems to float forever. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of wood, cocoa, coffee, mineral water, dark bakers chocolate, mild roast, very mild hint of port. There’s also notes of yeasty bread ala freshly baked Portugese rolls.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with an obvious nod to the wood and roasty grains.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, slightly bitter, chewy, with a delicate finish.
50belair (2754) - 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 (6549) - 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 (570) - 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 (1358) - 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.
LoFi (1637) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 10 cl, at BAJT porter week 2012.
Black with a dark brown ring.
Fantastic aroma with licorice, chocolate, port, liqueur.
Taste: cocoa, licorice, toffee, liqueur, coffee, only light port, medium dry.
Full bodied and oily.
Wow, very nice!
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - 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.
Svesse (6734) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, bought at Ölbutikken, Copenhagen, a couple of years ago) Pitch black colour with brief, brown head. Roasted, malty, fruity nose with dark chocolate, strong sweet coffee, raisins, prunes, molasses, liquorice and vinous hints of port wine. Malty, roasted taste with notes of espresso, dark chocolate, cacao, liquorice, molasses, burnt sugar, raisins, oak wood and warming hints of port in a long, warming finish with a generous cacao bitterness. Full body, thick, almost oily mouthfeel. Quite sweet. Solid and quiet impressive. Hardly subtle, but quite lovely.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from nick on 1/22/12. #4.
almost black - red tinted dark brown with a tannish head.
aroma and flavor are way oxidized... but with redeeming qualities of high roast, tires, vitamin pills, cherry kool-aid, raisins and lots of sweet sticky red wine.
it is thick and slick but not undrinkable... i imagine this was amazing fresh. 7/4/7/3/15
_angst_ (3259) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle bought @ Bishops Arms Örebro. Pours oily pitch black with a small dark chocolate brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, wood, red wine, alcohol, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, prunes, overripe grapes, orange peal, vanilla, cereal, liquorice root, resin and very subtle hints of oxidation. Taste is sweet, bitter and sour with bitter chocolate, prunes, overripe grapes, wood, dark roast coffee, pine, heavily roasted malts, burnt wood, sweet dark bread, lemon zest, liquorice fudge, red berries, burnt sugar, wet soil, port wine, hints of moss and resin and very subtle hints of metal. Mouthfeel is intense, sticky sweet, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with port wine, wood, wet soil, red berries, burnt wood, bitter chocolate and coffee. Amazing smell supported by a solid imperial stout with lots of port and red wine notes adds up to a very good beer.