Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One-liter swing-top bottle that has the feel of a rare vintage Russian beer (2006 edition drank in 2007): Pours black with ruby highlights under a medium hardy tan head, huge nose that includes coffee, wood, oranges, chocolate, rich dark fruits, vanilla beans and alcohol. Full bodied with a almost watery texture (but not in a bad way) and mellow carbonation, starts and ends lighty bitter with a slight sweet alcohol whiskey ending. I don’t usually care for barrel-aged beers, but this is very balanced and fantastic in every way.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1 litre swing-top bottle purchased at Barb’s Beer Emporium in Concord, 2008 vintage. Pours an opaque dark black body with a shot lived thin film of light brown head. Smells amazing - vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, all mixed perfectly balanced. Vanilla, wood, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, roast... Full-bodied, bordering on viscous, with low carbonation. This beer is most definitely a sipper, as should be expected for the style. But wow. Tastes amazing, smells amazing. I can not come up with a single flaw in this beer... Practically perfect in every way, and well-worth seeking out. And for the price, perhaps the absolute best beer for the price.
daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle that I shared at Brothe Tuckers. Pours a black color with a beautiful espresso colored head. Aroma is boozy, raisins, plums, prunes, molasses, chcolate, coffee and some roast. Flavor is full and rich and the 10% is hidden oh so well. I got tons of molasses, prunes raisins, chocolate, dark coffee and rosted malt. Damn this is one fine beer. I love the big ass bottle, perfect for sharing!
sebletitje (5416) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1Liter swing top 2008 bottle. courtesy of bigebeer.
Purely amazing beer.
Pours deel black with thick brown head.
Aroma of light espresso, wood, whiskey, vanilla and plenty of sweetness and dark fruits.
Taste, vanilla came up front followed by the espresso. As the beer warmed up the whiskey started giving a good boozy kick to the beer.
Notes of dark fruits, and everything remaining very sweet. Later on, the vanilla became more noticeable, always with the whiskey giving the beer another dimension.
Overall this is an amazing beer, with 1liter there is plenty to ensure that it is fully enjoyed.
ChainGangGuy (4122) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a black body with a very, very small tan head.
Smell: Dark roasted maltiness with full notes of chocolate, sweetened coffee, and lush dark caramel.
Taste: Milk chocolatey from the onset with a jazzy, yes jazzy sweetness followed by the taste of a sugar-laced espresso drink. Dark caramel flavor that increases by a factor of three as the beer warms. Very light earthy bitterness. You can taste the perky alcohol presence from time to time. More of that dessert-worthy, rich chocolate flavor returns for the smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Just a hair above medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: I have no idea how to pronounce its name, but I did enjoy it. Quite tasty.
VikingHammer (492) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 Pours opaque with a thin head. Big roasted aroma with hints of chocolate. Coffee, chocolate, caramel fill the mouth. Very nicely balanced. One of my favorite stouts.
Maria (9569) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you Steve/Coldbrewky for this magnificent gift that came out of no where!! Customs had opened the box and were sloppy when putting the bottle back, so the swing-top had leaked. Normally I let beers that have travelled rest at least 14 days, but I didn’t dare to wait, so I had it the same day I got it - June 13. 2007 and it’s a vintage 2006. It pours pitch black and the head is small, but creamy and light brown. The aroma is smooth with notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and light notes of wood. The flavour is incredibly smooth, creamy and delicious and has no trace of alcohol. It’s harmonic with light woody notes, coffee/espresso is the most dominant note in the complex flavour, and it develops all the way through. Towards the finish I get light notes of chocolate and the finish is very long and has a light, pleasant woody note. I wish I could have cellared this one a year or more - but I enjoyed it a lot!! 2331
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse beige qui persiste. Arômes de cerises noires, de chocolat noir, de café, de pain et d’alcool. Saveurs de chocolat, de café et d’alcool.
BückDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a pitch black color, not much head or lacing, but ample carbonation for the style. The nose is sweet, full of grape and unbrewed espresso grind. A huge chocolate and roast note along with the huge oaky vanilla note. Very dessert-ish, like a chocolate cake with kalua, but still balanced and roasty. The tiramisu of beer? More dark fruits; fig, raisin and vanilla, in the flavor with a light astringency in the tail to balance everything out. Sweet cherry and cocoa in the tail. So sweet and decadent. Thanks so much Jake for leaving me this to sample. I did not know what I was missing. Cheers!
FROTHINGSLOSH (3977) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Supplied by a fellow enthusiast from New Hampshire, and sampled from a 1 liter brown swing top bottle this beer poured dark black with a small tan head. The aroma was bitter, roasty and had a light coffee element. The flavor far outperformed the aroma. There was strong gritty expresso, sweet and roasty malts, dry chocolate and a long roasty coffee flavor. The alcohol was well hidden. Wonderful!