ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
Ataraxia (233) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2009. Opaque black, thin brown lacing. Blackstrap molasses, chocolate, mochachino, dates, figs, and rye. Mild bitterness, a little chalky, and more vinous at the end. Good carbonation and smooth, though a little thin at 13% abv.
alexsdad06 (3803) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle shared with the group. Pours black with a small light tan head. The aroma has the same Big Belgian stout that is Black Albert as its base, a strong Belgian stout with vanilla, bourbon and licorice. Belgian yeast, some roast and chocolate with a bitter finish. This did show some alcohol,but it diminished as it warmed. I am not the biggest fan of Black Albert but this does add to the base.
Sureshpa (176) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown frotty head. Aroma; Coffee, liqorice, slight hint of alcohol.
Taste; Coffee, liquorice, roasted malt, slight bitterness in aftertaste. Well balanced beer.
Martinus (2520) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black colour, firm beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, Bourbon, cacao powder. Bitter roasty flavour, black coffee, mocha, alcohol, caramel. Full body. Finish coffee, Bourbon, burned sugar. Nice powerful brew, though it might benefit from a bit more balance.
On 2nd thought: seems it was served too cold, when it warms up it does open up and becomes more balanced, allowing the Bourbon to come more to the foreground.
(from 33cL bottle @ Restaurant Hommelhof, Oostvleteren)
prawlie (997) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at De Poste in Oostvleteren. Black with chocolatey brown head. Creamy, sweet, light, with spice and nut. Tasty, but certainly one to sip! Smells sweet, alcoholic, and lightly roasted. Good.
MrFecesious (625) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at apex. Super dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, berries, sweet wood. Taste is quite smooth, creamy chocolate, more wood and berries, licorice. Very good.
timmckee03 (19) - Toulouse, FRANCE - NOV 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 cl glass on tap at Biercab in Barcelona. Very dark with strong chocolate and coffee aroma and taste. Subtle barrel aged back flavor from the 4 roses. Went down very smoothly for a 13% Beer, excellent!
WillemsUrenkel (176) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours realy black and oily. I say black! Brown head. Full nose of berriefruits, strong coffie, chocolate. Starts with dark chocolate sweetness, not so strong as expected, more smooth but heavy and oily, slightly drinkable! The 13% alc are totally hidden. Malt hints in the second row. More fruity coffie to the end. Great one! Big thank you to kappldav123 for this experience.
StoutHead (381) - DENMARK - OCT 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ home. Jet black with a two-finger brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and oak. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, chocolate, fruits, oak and a hint of vanilla. Sweet with a long roasted aftertaste and a hint of hops in the finish. Full bodied. Alcohol well hidden. The Black Albert is good but this even better. AWESOME beer.
ElManana (101) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is milky, has wood, cherries, chocolate, bourbon. Nice. Black coloured beer. Taste is bit sweet, vinous, chocolate, overripe fruitiness, some port. Really nice and complex.