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.
stijnvanmb (6) - Oostende, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ik drink een vintage 2012. Erg donker bier vult de hele mond met smaak! Lekkere koffie en eik toetsen.
Alpha10 (390) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015/03/24 - Pours jet black, with a thick, frothy, tan head that slowly reduces and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee and bourbon with hints of vanilla and wood. Taste is sweet chocolate and toffee up front, followed by licorice and coffee and finishing with wood, vanilla and sweet bourbon. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with biting carbonation and a finish that is both sweet and mildly bitter as well as boozy and warming. Really good stuff.
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WaW (10) - BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2012 bottle. Good body (something i often miss a little in a stout, but not here! ). Coffee and a little bourbon in the nose. Starts sweet, chocolaty, to end with the slight biterness of coffee and a little bourbon in the aftertaste. Simply great.
beerbomb65 (18) - Dunmore, County Galway, IRELAND - MAR 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from Abbot’s Ale House in Cork. pours jet black just like soy sauce with a whiff of bourbon. Whisky notes with dark muscovado sugar, liquorice and vanilla and a hint of coffee. You feel the bitterness in the finish and a little slap in the face alcohol heat but overall really nice and smooth and it goes really well with a strong cheese. Excellent beer, its definitely on my favourites list.
Gerardgathier (509) - - MAR 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bourbon on the nose. Full bodied nice mouthfeel. Real sweet choco and bourbon taste. Slight alcohol in the back
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
neongolden (680) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(On tap @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Mar 20 2015) Pours black with a towering pale brown head of fine fioam and lots of lace. Aroma of burnt sugar, muscovado, liquorice, soy, charred wood and ash, dates and maybe prunes, a bit of coffee, bourbon and vanilla present but not overpowering. Palate is a bit different with lots of sweetness at first, milk chocolate and cold coffee with cream, some of that liquorice, more muscovado, a bit of light oxidation in the middle, the dried date character doesn’t really build until closer to the finish. The bourbon and vanilla character is felt there a little too. Finish shows a lot of ashy roast bitterness. A little alcohol heat too, coffee grinds in the aftertaste. Medium body with medium high carb. Fruity and quite "Belgian" end of the imperial stout continuum with oxidation and ashy roast dominating over chocolate, and the bourbon barrel is actually quite subtle and smooth. Not the richest, but really smooth and sippable. Nice stuff!
RollE2k (27) - SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with brown head.
Aroma is alot of dried fruits, chocolate and vanilla.
Taste is Chocolate, coffee, vanilla with a obvious sweetness. With higher temperature there is a little bit of roasted/burnt taste coming forward.
Overall, the beer needs alot of aeration before the quite forward alcohol taste goes away. Bourbon notes also gets more obvious with temperature. It’s a really great beer - but the question is if Black Albert isn’t a little better?
HIGHB4LL (773) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle from Wilbur’s; 2012 vintage. Appearance: finger red chocolate head, black color, opaque, light lacing. Aroma: alcohol, chocolate, stone fruit undertones, light coffee. Palate: full body, average to soft carbonation, oily, alcohol warming on the back end. Taste: sweet chocolate going into stone fruit sweetness, slight caramel sweetness, finish is coffee sweet with alcohol warming coming through on the end. . Overall, super smooth, amazing body, super good and enjoyable. Love it!!
RickFifty (570) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black color, brown head. Licorice, chocolate, roasted malt, ripe fruit, light alcohol note. Heavy sweet taste, chocolate, licorice, coffee, brown sugar, dry finish. Full body, soft carbonation, sticky texture.
Brouwerij (955) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Label says 2012 vintage, 11% abv. Pours very dark brown with big, lasting, pillowy head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted, toasted, nutty, and huge caramel, vanilla. Flavor is toasted, caramel, vanilla, with a toasted, nutty, big toffee, and roasted finish. Lingering vanilla, oaky, caramel aftertaste. Soft carbonation, medium-full body, and very smooth texture. Seems to be drinking considerably better as it ages.