Geokkjer (5967) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle.Pours black with a nice beige head.Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted and burnt malt, berries, alcohol, strawberries and bourbon.Flavor is sweet and warming with some notes of nuts, coffee, chocolate and bourbon.Full body, average carbonation.Very nice and smooth imperial stout.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Popping this open to bring in the new year.
The bottle opens with a large hiss which has me a bit worried. Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Chunks of mocha colored lacing left behind.
The aroma is dominated by the four roses bourbon but there is also a prominent oak and vanilla presence. I’m also picking up some dark fruit notes and licorice as well as some slightly toasted malt. It’s refreshing to find a barrel aged beer that smells this complex and isn’t just a booze bomb.
Slightly oxidized with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Underneath this there is some nice creamy chocolate malt, earthy oak, vanilla, dark fruit and bourbon notes. Well balanced but the bourbon is more aggressive than the aroma suggests. This results in some heat and warmth in the finish but at 13% the ABV is still well masked. As it warms the body feels fuller and the rich, silky malt notes become more prominent and counter the tasty bourbon flavor quite nicely.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Struise Webshop. Pours a pitch black with a huge brown head that dissipates to a lasting film on top of the beer. Nose is initially a bit anisey, roasty and chocolate. Notes of vanilla and cherry as well. On taste, there is distinct diacetyl texture, as it is very slick on the palate. Some butterscotch comes in with the bitter malts as well. Some There is a pleasant alcoholic warmth to this. The barrel is in there, but not over the top at all. Nice vanilla notes and a light tartness that tends towards Belgium. Very well integrated and an improvement on Black Albert. Nice!
Zita (4882) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
coffee, smoke, sweet black malty aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, soft carbonation, smoke finish.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. 12-23 tasting with armin and boody. (Thanks to belgianbeergal...i think... for this one). Pitch black pour, with a light brown diminishing head. Aroma is pretty boozy, with just a bit of dark malt and burnt coco powering through the alcohol induced haze hanging over the glass. Taste is also pretty hot, though not quite as much. Some nice coffee, burnt malt and coco tastes. Some pepper in the middle as well, which adds some nice character to this beer along with the vanilla hiding in there. The alcohol detracts from the mouthfeel as well, and is the only big knock against this beer. Let it age a while.
JohnnyJ (4483) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to 50belair. Tasted with some friends along side Cuvee Delphine, Black Damnation 1-4, and regular Black Albert. Bourbon, roasted malts, alcohol, chocolate, and notes of dark fruit. Nice barrel aged stout, but a little too hot.
arminjewell (6322) - lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2011 Opaque black pour, hazy tan head. Aroma has notes of booze, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is notes of dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, booze, coffee and some roast. A bit hot right now, but will age well for sure.
Rerate: 2009 bottle opened almost 2012, aroma is big chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and slight toffee and molasses notes. Taste is really smooth caramel and toffee, chocolate and molasses complement dark fruit well, slight hints of bourbon and vanilla but kind of takes more of a backseat to the rest and more adds to the complexity. Finishes fairly dry and roasty. Very, very nice stuff. 4.6
Hansen (6813) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is fully black. And black. Aroma is heavy sweet, nice light bourbon-notes, roasted notes. Faint chocolate and coffee. Faint oak-notes. Sweet sugars. Heavy flavor. Sweet and lots of sweet whiskey. Excellent to blue chease. Syrupy texture. Soft carbonation.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by JCB. Cheers, Jason! Pours black with one finger dark brown head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, grain, and a chalky/mineral hint, which shows more on the taste and palate. Oak and bourbon are hidden in the back, likely because of the booze.
Grima (2108) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, special thanx to kappldav123 therefor!!!
The beer in glass is deep black with surprisingly high, fine creamy crown, which at 13% is not normal. The smell is already absolutely beguiling. Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, and slightly smoky nuances come through. The aroma is surprisingly sweet and yet surprisingly non-alcoholic. Much roasted malt with a slightly smoky tones, also sweet chocolate tones come through. The finish is very long drawn smoky, roasty and chocolaty with some caramel in the background. The further course is surprisingly sweet, a small woody note is added to the finish. An Imperial Stout of the absolute reference class!!!