Renntag (7) - - APR 11, 2015 does not count
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Nice fruity aroma. Not much coffee. I was expecting more coffee stout like body and mouthfeel. The finish is dry and bitter. Not being a fan of bitter, this one was a disappointment.
Bill Becker (564) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s a very dark brown colour with an inch of tannish foam and good lacing.
The smell brings me lots of oak and vanilla backed up by dark fruits and chocolate of the sweet kind.
The taste starts off very sweet, just on the edge of being overly so when the other elements kick in.
The woody notes from the oak, vanilla, chocolate, some caramel malt, spice, and a light level of tartness.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Very tasty brew that does have the alcohol a bit heavy handed but slow sipping works fine.
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle a Christmas present from my daughter’s family. Nose is red winy oak, fruity, and hints of dark chocolate. Clear dark brown with a big heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is wood, fruity, and lightly sweet.
njager246 (604) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is malt and fruits, taste has some hints of chocolate and spice, fairly tart, cannot find any oak.
mfhennig (153) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
3rd beer from the Barrel Room Collection. Pours a nice reddish brown, nice beige head. Aroma is fruity, cherries, fig and a bit flowery. Some sourness in the flavor despite the fruity aroma.
This is listed as an Imperial Stout here, not so sure, maybe a Belgium Style Stout. It’s thin, has lively carbonation and a nice long finish.
I liked this beer, it’s an easy sipper and fits well in the Barrel Room Collection. It’s just not my type of Stout.
demannu (206) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed the complexity of this beer very much. Love the spiced earthiness which I feel tied everything together. Had the sweet stout elements with a sour touch. Overall enjoyable but not something i would drink regularly.
superspak (3496) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, light coffee, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, light coffee, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
beerbaaron (1717) - Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful reddish brown/mahogany. Small wispy tan head. Medium body. Pretty carbonated. Plenty of fruitiness along with the chocolate coffee and oak which are definitely lesser. Hint of sour. The definite defining character is the Belgian/yeast/fruitiness. Not a lot of roasty or dark malty.
lownote (327) - USA - FEB 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma is very boozy and spicy. Pours from bottle with a massive head. Slightly off white and black. Taste is sweet with a Belgian spice finish. Not much roasted flavor. def too sweet. No hops. Sparkling carb and kind of thin.
Shanebrews (229) - Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is a thick, chewy brew. The aromas are rich and honestly too much to unpack with many malts and spices. The taste is more quantifiable, displaying dark chocolate, Italian roast coffee, molasses, and a hint of figs or prunes. The palate is thick and heavy making for a beer to be nursed slowly, especially with a long finish. Their is a mild sourness, which seems to be a staple characteristic of the ’barrel collection’ to varying degrees. Overall, an interesting experience but not something I will drink regularly, and I feel the brewer packed too many elements into the brew.