Gachupines (959) - USA - JAN 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a thick tan head. Aroma is string bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is vanilla and string bourbon. Very sweet but manages to avoid being cloying. Slight roasted chocolate in the finish. Overall it’s basically a beer version of bourbon.
superspak (2902) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/19/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood smoke, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, light char, and oak/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood smoke, toasted oak, bourbon, dark bread, light char, and oak/smokey earthiness. Slight roast/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood smoke, toasted oak, bourbon, dark bread, light char, and oak/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial porter style. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. The bourbon barrel version seems to be more mellow and balanced than the rye barrel version in smoke and roasted malt flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.
OldFur (12) - - JAN 16, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nose is bourbon, vanilla, burnt marshmallows and malt, alcohooool. Flavor is marshmallows, big alcohol, tons of vanilla, deep caramel, chocolate. super warming. Fine for an ounce but that’s about it
BeerandBlues2 (10239) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Urge Gastropub. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is oak, bourbon, raisins and plums, smoke malt, vanilla, roast and chocolate malt. Flavor is sweet malt, smoked meat, dark fruits, oak and bourbon, vanilla and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2516) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Brian. Smoking Wood The Bruery 14%
A pitch black pour with a tan beer, smokey caramel some rye earthiness with a hefty dose of bourbon. The taste is fantastically well blended bourbon, smoke & rye. Really nice smokey goodness.
GenDV138 (1993) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2015 750 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Black with a finger of tan head. Aromas of bourbon, peat, smoke, dark chocolate fudge. Tastes of bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel, light booze, light smoke, slight dark fruit. Full body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Low carbonation. Like this a bit more than the rye whiskey version.
nilsas (1800) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lukt: Duft av røyk, bek, lakris, sjokolade og vamilje.
Utseende: Dyp sort farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Ingen skum.
Smak: Smak av røyk, lakris, sjokolade, vanilje og litt alkohol.
Hvor: Nydt@Lokal hjemme tasting hos Bryne
Medium: Flaske@750ml, ABV@14%, Når@02.01.2015
esp0r (2164) - NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed early in the year of 2015, bought at Vika, shared with Simonsen and Carsten
Pours pitch black with a dense brown head. Smell of tar, roast, toast, harbour, salt sea water, islay whisky and coffee. Indeed very complex. Heavy sweet, liquorice, tar, more islay whisky flavors like harbour, peat and smoke, burnt wood and coffee. Ends with a moderate bitter finish. This is just exquisite stuff. Fantastic smoke and whisky flavors and aromas. Just try it! First rate of 2015.... wonder if any beer can challenge this
MrDick (350) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There’s a LOT going on in this beer. Smoke, spices, bourbon, and dark chocolate nibs. A mouthful of sass.
Chalsk (1088) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starting off the New Year strong. Pours a black color with coffee colored head. Aroma of booze and booze. Then smoke, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and wood. Light sweet caramel wood spice with a boozy bite. Dry dark fruit and chocolate notes on backend. Smoke throughout. Spice lingers. Very close to a stout. Tasty brew. Big big beer.