ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes, and implicitly compared to Black Albert.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with retention typical of the gravity. Not as impressive looking as Black Albert.
S: There is a lot of roasted/charred malts, fudge, licorice, and subtle dark fruits. Where this differs from its non-barreled brother is the wonderfully subtle bourbon on the aroma.
T: This is going to become a broken record, but the gist of the flavor profile is as follows: Black Albert with bourbon. Initial chocolaty flavors slowly turn into a fruity middle and a roasted finish; only this time the back end sees an injection of well-balanced bourbon and *very* light oak.
M: A bit hot next to Black Albert. All that means is that the alcohol presence is about what you’d expect from a 13% BA imperial stout (maybe a bit less), though many of the positive qualities Black Albert had (like drinkability) are still here.
O: On its own, an excellent barrel-aged stout. When compared to Black Albert, it improves on it a few ways (more complex aroma and flavor profile), but is also a bit worse in other aspects (not as aesthetically pleasing, mouthfeel isn’t as great). Really, it’s less "which one is better than the other" and more "which one is less fantastic than the other". Between the two, I’d choose Black Albert, but you really can’t go wrong with either one at all.
Ambro206 (238) - ITALY - MAY 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Assaggio da 100 ml allo Zythos Festival 2015:
Una birra da lasciare senza parole. Colore impenetrabile con schiuma compatta e persistente dal colore brunastro. Aromi di cioccolato fondente, affumicato, legno, porto e prugne. La birra è perfettamente bilanciata lungo tutta la bevuta. Il corpo è pienissimo la sensazione è vinosa, alcolica, avvolgente. L’assenza di carbonazione la rende una birra superba.
ChrisSc (377) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz bottle into snifter. Madison, wi.
Pours super dark brown, basically black, opaque, with small rim of tan had.
Aroma is nice. Bourbon upfront, followed by coffee, sweet chocolate, charred barrel, and roasted malts. Brown sugar too.
Taste is fairly sweet throguhout. Definety a sipper.
Body is pretty full, though it’s not as rich as I would have expected. Soft
Carbonation. Long finish.
Pretty nice treet.
bigtaster (758) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage from bottle into a snifter.Pours a thick black with large brown head that stays around for a while. Chocolate, booze, spice, coffee, cinnamon, yeast. Very sweet, oily, full bodied, medium bitterness, very balanced finish, some earthiness. Finish is tonnes of chocolate, very smooth, some anise. Really great beer.
neepsntatties (1300) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of "hannont". Colour...very dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose....dark Swiss chocolate, molasses, vanilla bean and cotton candy. Palate...lightly tangy, sweet, and bitter with bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, ganache and buttercream frosting. The sweetness lasts through the whole palate and the finish is long, nutty and sweet.
dlovell2 (1091) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2012. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle. When poured after maybe 2 seconds you can watch the carbonation release and form a beautiful velvet head. Pours black with a cappachino colored head. Aroma is roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, bourbon, and vanilla. Amazing velvet smooth mouthfeel. Flavor starts unsweetened cocoa with some roasted malt . Some dried plum fruitiness, bourbon, vanilla, and a bitter chocolate finish. Every aspect of this brew is perfect. Truly a treat.
beermaris (31) - - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes like Riga black balsam as of the herbal nuances in the taste. Taste stronger than aroma. Bitter.
Alusmamuts (785) - LATVIA - APR 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with small light head. Herbal aroma. Deep herbal bitterness with some fruity sweet and sour notes.
Cam_Dynamite (79) - AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick tan head that quickly settles. Nose is loaded with bourbon, dark fruits and spice. Taste is a sticky bourbon, oak, chocolate, fruits. A really great beer, far exceeded expectations. Hope I get to try again.
cbfobes (2639) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage, pours pitch black with a thick brown head with tons of lacing in the glass, aroma still had a good amount of bourbon and oak that comes through with vanilla as well, flavor has a hit front end with a good amount of roast and chocolate, bourbon shows as well, thick mouthfeel, worth the wait to get to try this.
psilosophy (543) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur noire, mousse foncée de tenue moyenne. Des arômes chocolatés, de caramel; pruneaux, de la chicorée, alcool bien présent, on retrouve des notes de whisky. Un peu trop sucrée, carbonnation moyenne. Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.