MoritzF (8056) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle, 25cl) Black colour with a brown and thick medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and distinctively fruity aroma of blackcurrant and Port, combined with moderately roasty malty notes, leather, a whiff of smoke and shades of vanilla. Moderately sweet and roasty bitter flavour with , full bodied with a soft carbonation. Roasty malty body with chocolate, liquorice and berry fruity notes; slightly sweet and roasty bitter finish with fruity, leathery and vinous accents, as well as notes of alcohol. Pretty complex but I prefer the regular Black Albert. 22.VI.10
Boutip (4286) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super large dirty beige foamy head with great retention and some perfect lacing. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla is quite straightforward but well enough balance with the malt to provide some good enjoyment. Taste is a well balanced mix between some light roasted malt with light note of liquorice and vanilla and a creamy finish full of bourbon. Body is quite full with usual creamy texture from the bourbon with some great carbonation and alcohol is never to apparent. Very well done and a great variation from the original.
Abio (1479) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2010 250th rating AND 200th Belgian beer-rating! This had to be something special for sure (at least for me)...And this beer I’m looking forward to taste allready for some time. Really wanted to be sure I could enjoy the beer, so gave DSB a shot for this 250/200, cause I know they won’t disappoint me... Bottle at home, thanks to BelgBeerGeek for the trade. Pours out very, very dark deep red while pouring, looks like pitch black at the glass. Nice light-medium brown head, that holds very nice, and leaves nice at the glassware. Somehow roasted, lightly sour fruited, wooden smell. Roasted, somehow sour taste, chocolat and fruits and coffee. For sure you taste the passion at this beer. The taste holds a very long time. Positive for sure! Gonna order/buy some more of these if I can.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl bottle, batch #14, courtesy of madmitch76. thanks, ken. opens with a massive pop (is it infected?) and pours a deep, rich black with a thick, creamy, cocoa powder head that leaves thick sheets of lace on my glass. aroma is, well, unexpected with big notes of sour wood, bretty funk (again, is this infected?), tart red fruits, and wild flowers with a touch of spicy cinnamon and just a trace of cocoa and dark malts. flavor is much of the same, but honestly, delicious with rich, sweet, roasted malts, chocolate, and woody bourbon clawing their way out from underneath notes of barrel funk, dry cedar, and acidic, vinous red fruits and finishing with dry, ashy, wood and roast. palate is full bodied and highly carbonated without a trace of the 13%. overall, after reading quite a few of the ratings, i truly don’t believe this bottle was infected and that this beer is simply one of the oddest examples of a barrel aged impy out there. but i liked it!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
250 ml bottle; thanks Colin!! Light, roasty brown with thick tan head; fizzy mouthfeel from the over carbonation with mild roast, chocolate and plenty of sweetness; get a faint yeasty sourness too from the barrel but not enough to make it unpleasant; doesn’t seem exactly right though either; ashy finish with dried fruits, bourbon and earthy malts
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 head: dark brown
smell: flowers , orange blossom , sugar , coffee , burnt malts
taste: alcohol, coffee , flaw taste of whiskey with bitter and strong aftertaste master brew !
rating based upon tasting off "batch 0"
head: beige, creamy
smell: coffee, chocolate, malts, hops, salt , candy
taste: alcohol,coffee, subtle notes of roasted malts, bourbon but very well balanced and gives the beer a slightly sweet flowery flavour, also notes of grass and candy sugar, end is oily and semi-dry bitter.
Allready a classic and one of the best examples for the style : Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.
NOUGH SAID !
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks madmitch76!!! Pours thick and almost black with a large dk brown head that quickly dissipates...aroma is fruity, plum, burnt barrel, cocoa...flavour is similar, a bit hot, tart oak that leads into a cocoa malt and dk fruitiness, light bourbon and light vanilla...I really dig the tart and tannic barrel presence, and this treatment was a success...
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25cl bottle. Poured a dark black with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, lighter bourbon, some woodiness, and dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, some roastiness, lighter bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and some woodiness.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This smooth Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout is the stage for a most impressive flavor discourse, involving caramel, roast, licorice, fruity esters and dark chocolate, all of which give way to wooden dryness and mild tartness just before the end.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-edged black.
-That aroma is very complex and tells you you are not dealing with the usual Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.
-The roasted malt bitterness and mild vinous tartness combine in the finish to create an intriguing touch of personality.
-Alcohol is perceptible throughout, but at this high abv, one had to expect it. I have to say it is never brash though.
-The comfy effervescence and rising tartness efficiently cut through some dextrins which would have made this difficult to sip. As is, it is quite easy to drink for such a mammoth of a brew,
Bottle; gros merci Hughes!!
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 Bottle… Pours pitch black with a huge, fluffy, well-tanned head. Fantastic retention. The nose is deep, dark, fruity and moderately funky. Also, raw oak, dust and medium to dark-roast malts. Medium to full-bodied with champagne-like carbonation. The flavor offers dark chocolate, light acidity and bitter, burnt malts. Ashy, funky and carbonaceous Not a lot of heat for 13 % ABV. I’m not pulling any whiskey out of the aroma or flavor. Tangy, bittersweet finish. Not exactly what I was expecting or looking for, but pretty darn good, all in all. Thanks go out to Tweety for shipping this rarity my way!