Pinball (11918) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2016 pitch black, very large brown thick head.
aroma of licorice, barley wine’ish, very faint sort of sourish, kinda nice, i’d like some roasted coffe added.
flavor is super well balanced, licorice, vanilala, wooden aged, dry, very near perfect flavor.
overall a must-try beer - this is real good stuff indeed.
re-rate 2016-03-12 bottle from kihoskh. pitch black, small brown head.
4 to 3.
Super nice roasted malty aroma with a deep feel to it, molasses, licorice, brown sugar, very dry, us hops, coffee, wood -but only the nicer woody notes from wood, not sweet booze. 7 to 9
flavor is roasted malts, licorice, good hoppy balance, not too sweet not too dry, very nice flavor. unchanged 9. This is really a very refined black beer, barrelled imperial stout. lots of wood, but the bourbon is not too much. palate and overall stays. so we end up at 4.3. One of the best black beers i’ve tasted.
joergen (25822) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet and light roasted aroma with lots of dried fruits and notes of wood, vanilla and alcohol.
Light roasted flavour of dried fruits, wood, vanilla and alcohol with notes of liquorice.
Warming alcoholic finish.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(375 ml bottle (2008) via trade with WeeHeavySD, thanks Jon!) Pours very dark brown with an unexpectedly large head of about two fingers or so. Head recedes to about 1/4". Aroma of molasses and wood. Light weepy rings and spots of lacing that are quite persistent. Mouthfeel is smooth but a touch fizzy and light, almost airy feeling for a big stout-like beer. Lightly sticky on back end. Flavor of slightly burned molasses and wood with relatively understated bourbon. Lightly hot. A nice beer for sure but I think I prefer the regular as this seems to have a bit less of the nuance, complexity and richness of the brother beer.
theisti (3856) - Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2009 ++++ Re Rate 24 November 2009 ++++
12.7 fl oz bottled, corked and caged, from the Sinners Club. 2008 Vintage. Served out of the wine fridge at 55 degrees into my Stone IRS tulip. Pour is hazy full black, with a big loose 4 inch khaki head. Head crackles and falls with a lot of noise and some pretty lacing. This is a pretty beer. Aroma is initially quite big on the resin and oak wood of the barrels, after that fades a bit, some strong licorice, roasted malt and a decent amount of alcohol heat. This is actually more of the wood and heat than I remembered, bordering on overpowering. Taste is the big wood oakiness right away, very strong tannins, very Bourbony and very sharp with the barrel. The licorice and roast of the nose are present, though a bit lost behind the wood, booze and Bourbon. There is some nice dark chocolate to the finish, which helps bring things together a bit. Palate is medium-thick, coats the mouth a bit before the tannins of the wood and the alcohol heat dry it back out. Aftertaste is long, and warming. This beer has come together a bit since I last had it, but it still just a monster of a beer. As before, well made, still not entirely my thing. (7,5,7,3,14 - 3.6)
++++ Original Rating 22 April 2009 ++++
12.7 fl oz bottled, corked and caged, from the Sinners Club. 2008 Vintage. Pour is deep hazed black, with a firm two inch deep tan head. Nice coating lace left on the glass as the head falls. Pretty beer. Aroma of roast malt and bitter dark chocolate. The bourbon and barrel is also present, though nicely behind and melded with the roast maltiness. Some soy and licorice comes out as it warms, followed by a fair amount of alcohol. Taste is big and brash, the melding of the nose yields to flavor spikes of Bourbon, oak barrel tannins, the roasted malt, and a touch of the soy and licorice of the nose. The pine bitter hoppiness is harsh and accents all of the other flavors. Alcohol comes through clean and hot in the aftertaste, followed by smoky roastiness. The alcohol is very warming, and stung my chest. Palate is medium to thick,sludgy, mouth coating, yet still somewhat viscous. The aftertaste, as mentioned is long and hot. If you like wood, booze and Bourbon, this is your beer. Not exactly my thing, but it was well done. (8,5,6,4,13 - 3.6)
KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yum, this is great. Great looking beer, midnight black with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is full of bourbon, dark fruits, molasses, vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side, but appropriate for the style. Flavor of rich dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Very tasty sipper.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of retorp. Pours a muddy black color with tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, booze, brown sugar, dark ripe fruit, some hints of wood and coffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of brown sugar, molasses, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, oak, bourbon and hints of caramel and toffee. Generally full body with a pleasing malt chocolate finish.
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown, almosr black, with frothy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Taste of chocolate, smoke, and bourbon. Medium carbonation with smooth mouthfeel, very smooth. Great smooth and bourbony beer.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks for sharing this true gem Yaniv! Pours a dark dark brownish black with a healthy mocha head. The nose is sweet, strongly oaky, perhaps dominantly. Molasses, a bit of resin, alcohol, some darker anise sort of notes. I can see why it’s not a stout... but it reminds me of a well constructed imperial stout. Full on the tongue, with lower carbonation, but not flat. A bit viscous, oddly. The flavors are in line with the nose. Perhaps a bit more fruity. Raisins. A bit creamy. Definitely that cherry sort of oak, rather than the vanilla bourbon oak character. Sharp. Lingering tannins. If I’m lucky, I’ll rerate this!
bierkoning (12274) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked bottle from TheEpeiist, thanks! Almost pitch black. Creamy aroma with dark chocolate, cacao and licorice. Salty, creamy flavor with milk chocolate, licorice, dired fruit. Some alcohol. Just a hint of oak, nothing more. Full bodied, malty, creamy and really delicious!
neepsntatties (1736) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I picked up a bottle of this a year ago at By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Colour... Black coffee and no head whatsoever. Nose... sweet, roasty and booooozy! I feel like Ray Milland from, "The Lost Weekend" just smelling this stuff! Palate... molasses, turbinado, Bourbon, treacle syrup, double espresso and Christmas pudding all rolled into a supple mouthcoating delight! I just gotta find more of this!