DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via Lushawn. Big props, homie. Pours a nicely dark brown/black, thin head of tan. Outstandingly vinous nose of red wine, sourness, and slight hints of roasted malt and vanilla and a little booziness as well once it’s been sitting in the glass for a bit. Grapey wine flavors are nice, mellow, and relaxing...smooth and delicious, though somewhat one dimensional possibly. That being said, the simple fact that they hid 13% alcohol into this thing really blows my mind. I mean, you can feel the warmth, but it’s so not boozy or hot flavorwise...just smooth, balanced, and very deceiving, strength wise. Not very much stout-like qualities though in my opinion, somewhat understandable in a Belgian-styled imperial stout, but it tastes a lot more akin to a nice American made wine-barreled Belgian-influenced strong ale where the brewer uses a very unassuming Belgian yeast strain. hahaha..what the fuck am I talking about? Regardless of that...this also tastes a lot more like a wine-barrel aged beer than bourbon...I don’t get much, or any bourbon, really....this beer is almost cuvee de tomme-like. Less sour though. I’m having a problem ending this review as I am procrastinating being productive today. I’ll end by saying that I like this beer. it’s good.
SirLimpsalot (2361) - SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nose: Distinct oak nose
Taste: undertones of metal, liquorish and malt.
After taste: Lean and long
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost black pour with a ring of tan head. Aroma is sour, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and the tartness. Favor is full of tart dried fruits, sour mash, wet wood and funk. Super duper good beer!
FatPhil (9622) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 330ml bottle (Brugs Beertje)
7 Very rich burnt roasty aroma.
5 Jet black, and the thickest darkest head I’ve seen - except for perhaps Black Albert - doh!
8 Super soft roast body, just a touch of hoppy bitterness, reinforced with a burnt bitterness, but never ashy.
4+ Slightly sticky palate, carbonation soft. Finish like a mellow version of Black Albert, and not just humming with bourbon like you’d expect from lesser brewers.
16 Beautifully aged version of Black Albert, and lovely mellowing with time, and not of the usual traits of done-as-a-gimmick barrel aging (Mikkeller, and several US brewers, I’m looking at you). Quality. Gezondheit Carlo and Urbain.
Rerate 330ml bottle (?, Bruges) (7:4:8:4:14+=3.7+) BB2015-07 Drunk 2014-12
Lovely roast, dry, a bit of raisin, some wine, some chocolate, in the aroma. Gorgeous in the mouth, a lovely balanced roast with a deep burntness, but not ashy. Lovely dry tingly bitterness. No sign of 13% at all. Has aged very eleagantly, but perhaps lost some of the wow factor.
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A beer black as the original sin, and with a creamy, brown head on top. Chocolate and dark berries on the nose, followed by licorice and roasted malts, surprisingly low on alcohol. The flavor is similarly good, intensly roasted, chocolatey and with a pleasant bitterness. Some licorice and oak, but just a subtle note. Full-bodied and slightly warming. Lasting finish with licorice, chocolate, mocha and roasted malts. A sipper that also drinks very easily. Quite lovely. 110108
Geokkjer (6016) - 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 (4924) - 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.