ncube (71) - - JAN 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark and velvety with thin but fine bubbled head. Aroma has nuts, vanilla, chocolate, wood. Taste moves from malty sweetness, to chocolate, to coffee, to vanilla, smoky woodiness. There’s a red fruit theme throughout as well. The bourbon really shows itself at the end with especially when the alcohol heat kicks in, but it doesn’t taste like 9.2%. Starting to get bitter about halfway through and gets increasingly bitter till the end, leaving a strong lasting vaguely citrus bitterness. This is the only time I really perceive any hops.
It’s great, but would definitely benefit from a rounding off of bitterness that a year or more in the bottle should provide.
gegwilson (1026) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Canada courtesy of Ellen & Malcolm. Inky black with a good tan head. Lots of rich bitter coffee and chocolate flavour, the coffee coming through really strongly in the finish. Very little initial sweetness, and it could do with some more to be really top class. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. A little spiciness too. tasty, but not the best imp I’ve ever had.
maximet (49) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a foamy light coffee top. Vanilla, woods, bourbon, black chocolate, great aroma! Nice bitterness in the taste. Well rounded, slick and not too carbonated. A great brew
davey101 (678) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml (lol) bottle into a snifter on Canada Day. 2011 vintage. Pours a pitch black body with a dark khaki head. Nose is roasted malts, bakers chocolate, light anise and espresso with a lovely vanilla sweetness. Taste is big roasty malts and chocolate malts with a little vanilla sweetness and some dry oak on the finish, The barrel isn’t very noticeable but this is a damn tasty beer. Thick and coating mouth feel. This can really run with some of the best American RIS’s, probably even beat most of them too.
kermis (4911) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the DTE tasting thanks to Sic1314. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of licorice, roast, dark chocolate, smoke. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
Benzai (8064) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ DTE tasting thanks to sic1314. Opaque black color, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste malts, bitter, some roast. Hmm ok but I’m not really nice.
sic1314 (3199) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At DTE tasting. Poured a murky medium brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, smokey malt, dark chocolate, coffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, light liquorice, a little wood.
deanso (5164) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Bourbon notes. Very smooth. Well brewed
jmgreenuk (4226) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the DTE tasting, Den Haag. Poured a murky dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is resin hop with a little band aid. The flavour is veggie light sour, moderate bitter with a big dry hop mineral bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
RickTheRick (360) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
** Bouteille 2011 **
Un superbe liquide d’un noir impénétrable surmonté d’une mousse moka épaisse mais qui s’amincit rapidement laisse échapper des effluves chocolatées et boisées. Jusqu’à présent rien d’extravagant n’est-ce pas? Eh bien l’amorce de la madérisation de la bière fait en sorte que des odeurs de cerises noires émanent du verre. Cette impression se répète en bouche et s’agence à merveille au chocolat et aux traces d’alcool fort. Une longue finale amère et chaude est fort agréable. Elle a encore beaucoup de corps malgré son âge!
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 06/03/2014. Pours thick black, dense tan head fades to a fine haze on the surface, small curtain of lacing left around the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate, cacao, sweet dark berries, ground espresso, woody bourbon. Taste is dark fruit, licorice, intense roast, char, espresso, noticeable hops, some vanilla, wood. Medium thick body, nearly creamy. Well done stout, fairly unique character.