Alengrin (4262) - BELGIUM - APR 13, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much-hyped imperial stout, hard to obtain so thanks a lot to Bart for putting this on the menu at the American beer tasting in Bruges. Thinnish, off-white, fairly quickly dissipating head, black colour with translucent burgundy edges. Powerful and enticing bouquet of all kinds of things: chocolate liqueur, kahlua, brown rum, chestnuts, vanilla, chocolate sauce, bourbon, wet leather, cappuccino, espresso, old port wine, some varnish-like solvents but inconspicuously integrated into this impressive whole. Very ’noble’ and well-controlled yet intense candied sweet onset, Belgian chocolates and Liège pear syrup, balanced with a soft background sourishness and beautifully restrained ’meaty’ umami; soft carbo and evidently very thick, oily, creamy mouthfeel; thick layers of caramelly, nutty and lovely chocolatey malts, sweet in onset but turning gently and ’rounded’ bitter in the end, fondant chocolate and coffee liqueur, some peppery hops for balance and the expected ’force’ of cognac- and rum-like alcohol, but somehow this alcohol, however strong, manages to avoid intrusive astringency. I had a rum barrel aged version before but this one is much better, more to the point and less tiringly boozy; this deserves its cult status to the full.
Savage_Night (407) - California, USA - APR 13, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2016 Release: 2013. Pours black with a small khaki head that quickly fades leaving faint traces of a lacing. AROMA: rich dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, molasses, smoky, caramel, bourbon oak, dates, faint sweet dark stone fruit, bitter, phenolic, slight tannin, faint soy sauce, charred oak, boozy, brown sugar, metallic, cinnamon, perfume, dry tobacco, spices and nail polish remover. TASTE: rich dark malt, rich dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, toffee, molasses, smoky, caramel, bourbon oak, dates, faint sweet dark stone fruit, bitter, phenolic, slight tannin, faint soy sauce, charred oak, boozy, brown sugar, metallic, cinnamon, faint herbs, dry tobacco, spices, smoked sausage and oily. AFTER TASTE: bitter chocolate, rich roasted malt, bourbon oak, tannins, caramel, smoky, vanilla and spices with a dry rich sweet finish.
_angst_ (4351) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by someone at another table @ Himmeriget. Pours viscous black with dark brown hints with a a small dark mocha head that leaves some sparse spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and sugary with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, ketjap manis, coconut milk, moist soil and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, salty, malty and boozy. Mouthfeel is soft, oily, viscous, syrupy, tiny astringent, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and salty with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, raisins, ketjap and bourbon. Big, intense and a bit too big and salty to suit me. Better than expected though...
drsordr (2183) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose light booze, roasted malt, earthy, soy sauce. Taste sweeter malt up front, molasses, raisin, dates, then sweet chocolate. Some heat late. Cloying sweet throughout.
sir__v (1859) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2013) shared with friend from Laurent - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and no foam. Smell: roasted malt complexity with barrel notes and coffee. Very intensive notes. Chocolate hint. Very amazing complexity. Taste: full body with roasted malt, oily sensation. Coffee and mocha notes. Barrel finish. Good attenuation. You won’t feel the alcohol. Superb finish. Perfect beer. Aftertaste: mocha and barrel notes. Bourbon. Very amazing.
weihenweizen (2948) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2016 Refrigerated 2015 75 cl brown bottle poured in a snifter. Black with dark brown highlights and small beige head. Aroma is bourbon, thick body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is bourbon, burnt caramel, prune, and alcohol. Reminiscent of a strong dark Belgian ale.
ebone1988 (1183) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20 and Gus for his birthday. 2015 vintage. Aroma is booze, lots of booze, barrel, roasted malt, coffee. Appearance is black, tan head, poured slightly thin. Taste is lots of roasted malt, coffee, tons of booze and barrel. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, medium body and carbonation, a ton of booze aftertaste. Overall, this needs some age to be better. This is just a ton of booze.
Christpuncher (2660) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Disappointed with this one. Too boozy. Leaves you with a burn in your mouth. Had as part of a bottle share. Dark brown with a reddish head.
kaser (5313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good shit. 22oz bottle poured at home. Sweet. Boozy, vanilla, bourbon, cocoa. Good stuff. Bottle share
allmyvinyl (9046) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Craigs, dregs run tasting. Pours black with no head, but nice legs! Aromas of liquorice, chocolate liqueur. Taste is boozy dark sherry, sweet. Warming boozy finish.