Allen (2674) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 25cl. Courtesy of Daniele. It pours a pitch black beer with a deep beige head. Mint, ginger, quinces, mocha coffee, candied apricots and wild strawberries showing in the nose. Extremely complex taste. Full bodied. Beautiful lacework. Slightly sour with a lot of mocha coffee and oak appearing. The finish is dominated by ginger.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep brown color with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with decent chocolate notes. The flavor was of roasted malt and some sweetness. Medium bodied with nice warmth.
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy yeasty roasty and vinous smell, some chocolate there too, quite vinous. The bourbon barrel aging is subtle and makes the beer softer. This is quite a bit better than the normal albert, the roasty fruity taste works so much better with the barrel aging, this was a beer that needed some taming. The hops are very present in the end and that is something I really like. Brilliant beer from struise.
Svesse (5207) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Cafe, Stockholm) Black colour with firm, creamy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with coffee, liquorice and rather subtle hints of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Roasted, malty taste with notes of coffee, cocoa, dried fruit, raisins, prunes and powerful flavours of bourbon and oak turning into loads of liquorice in a long finish. Full body with intense and not so subtle flavours. Fairly sweet. Excellent and powerful beer.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Tertons and Rciesla. Nothing exciting going on here. Nothing really stands out. Easy to drink for 13%. Well attenuated. Just an average imperial stout.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Two bottles. Pours a dark brune body with a tan head. Lactose, soy, hints of wood and bourbon. Some roast y chocolate bitter notes and a big etoh finish with a licorice like character. Decent.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unlike any other bourbon-aged beer I’ve ever had, really. The balance was really good, but the flavor was much thinner than expected. I had really high hopes, and was honestly a little let down.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25cl bottle, with a huge thanks to stowehop! Pours a dark brown/black with a large and lasting creamy tan head. Aroma is overripe dark fruits, espresso, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a faint bourbon that gets quite a bit stronger as it warms. The flavor is primarily bittersweet chocolate and espresso, but there is more dark fruits, along with a hint of bourbon, oak and vanilla, but very much in the background. Again as it warms these flavors blend together much better. This is a fine beer, but definitely did not live up to my expectations. Thanks again for the chance to try Dan!
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small bottle from John, at Lost Abbey’s 3rd anniversary party. Amber color. I find it similar to pannepot. Good, but the barrel aging in the form of buttery sweetness doesn’t shine through as I expected. Similar conclusion around the table. Very nice though. 3.9-4.0.
RoyceH (1180) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAY 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Monk’s. After being tempted by the barman on this one, I admitted that I had two bottles of Black Albert at home unopened, so I’d have loved to have tasted the Black Albert first, but it wasn’t to be, I had to go for this. Completely black with a dark brown head, basically just a smattering atop this beer. Nose is dark woody fruits, chocolate, espresso, bourbon, maltiness, hint of vanilla. Mouth is very very smooth, until the alcohol kicks, liquorice, pontefract cakes and bourbon all fight each other. Woody fruit also in here. A little bit of tobacco towards the end. Superb ale that lasts well in the mouth and slips down smoothly, sweetly, and leaves you gasping for more.