piscator34 (2312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample via and shared with oakbluff. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Huge espresso and green coffee bean aromas mix with a subtle chili infused chocolate note. Flavours are full on acidic dark roast coffee upfront, but evolve into a rich sweet chocolate and dark caramel finish. Great balance and body, with virtually no heat. Very nice.
ogivlado (7164) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 330ml. -trade with kappldav123 (thanks David!)
Black coloured, medium sized brown head, coffee nose with hint of mold. Interesting start and then ordinary but pleasant roastiness with notes of coffee and tobacco. Alcohol and chocolate finish. (Very) good IS but...Thereís always but...
SudsMcDuff (7971) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought this 11.2 ounce bottle, in Amsterdam a few months back at The Cracked Kettle- the last beer buying stop of the trip, top shelf and a ladder later, all mine for 12.50 euro .. .
Pours a deep brown black with fantastic dense head on the pour, settles down nicely.. .
Aroma of coffee, tar, and gods coffee cup..
Amazing complexities in this one, coffee being the main player but chocolate, espresso, tar, more coffee, light rum, and more espresso...
iím in love, my beer of the year, and maybe even the best beer i have ever had..
This floaty thing is amazing. We should patent this.
one of the best beers i have ever had. period..
KUEric (936) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells a little like a barleywine (must be the rum barrels). Itís not as deep an aroma as I Was expecting from this BW-esque Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is thicker (like all Imp Stouts) but the finish seems to just kind of abruptly end. The flavor was lots of coffee but also was sweeter than I thought it was going to be (the barleywine aroma comments should have alerted me to that). There was a fair amount of alcohol on the flavor as well.
jtclockwork (14700) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of vanilla, freshly brewed coffee, tobacco leaf and roasted chocolate malts. Initial smoothness followed by slightly bitter chocolate malt and roasted coffee finish.
BigMomma (226) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle 8 months old
The bottle comes alive with a little fssh and opens the way for the viscous pitch black liquid that gives birth to a big dark brown moccha head that dissipates to a large bubble rocky landscape and leaves superb lacing.
The nose is quite closed and subtle with cacao, fresh coffee beans and slight notes of rum and fruit. The flavor is sweet at first then goes to bitter chocolate and slight vinous notes due to the espresso flavor that at first dominates the aftertaste. The taste is not quite lively at first but it is the finish where this beer plays itís trump card. In the finish which is very dry there are notes of espresso, rum, fruit and tons of other stuff that make it a complex yet elegant aftertaste. The body is very thick and sticky with a proper amount of carbonisation.
This truly is a remarkable beer that thanks to itís elegancy is completely different from the other beers in the BD series. As they say that raw power gives birth to pure elegancy with age I am very eager to age some of these to see what they are really up to.
mixmasterob (1049) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught @ Taco Mac Kennesaw. Black pour with a nice brown head. Aroma was somewhat laid back. Good roast presence, light smoke and maybe just a touch of coffee, not much. Flavors were big and roasty, light chocolate with a espresso like finish, bitterness was black coffee like, dry and lingering. Mouthfeel was big, smooth and creamy. Carbonation light. Alcohol was nowhere to be found. Huge in every way. Excellent big stout.
omhper (23313) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, thanks Baggio! Very black, small beige head. Evident coffee aroma. Mid dry, more slimmed and vinous than expected, but huge on espresso. Also the bitterness is milder than expected. A potent winter wamer that remains drinkable. Well done!
shrubber85 (10531) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Bierkrug - thanks. Coffee, charcoal, and wood aroma. Dark black color with large brown head. Sweet chocolate, coffee malt and bitter vegetal flavor. Hint of run in the finish. Nice body. Think I like the aging in rum barrels better than the other barrel aged beers Iíve had.
teorn88 (6190) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Pours black with a big thick brown head. Foam is mostly lasting and good lacing. Aroma is strong and intense: lots of malt and tons of coffee. Notes of caramel and chocolate too. Taste is quite different: strong and complex, with coffee, chocolate, roasted notes and some alcohol in the end, which clash with some bitterness and tart notes. Alcohol well hidden considering the 13į abv. Palate is full, creamy with medium carbonation