cbfobes (2686) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 2014 GTMW, thanks to csteele for actually waiting in line for this one, Iím pretty sure it was over 30 minutes long, not worth it, pretty sure I ticked another 10-15 beers in that time, anyway. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head and a little bit of sticky lacing in the glass, the aroma is very sweet, tons of vanilla with a good kick of bourbon though and oak as well, the flavor is, you guessed it, sweet on the front end with lots of vanilla and has a fairly boozy finish, not all that enjoyable on an 85 degree outside after youíve been drinking for 4 hours already, but still not all that bad.
kathouse (1257) - Nevada, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2014 bottle 373/876. I seriously considered holding onto this, but itís my New Year present to myself. A heavy blanket of chocolate and vanilla will keep you warm at night. This thick sipper is a pleasure to drink and just smell. Can be dessert by itself or compliment your favorites. Fabulous....simply fabulous.
Hair6a11 (1426) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Vintage (This one was for Carlos) : Pour is murky dark, with a modest khaki head here that has light retention. Well - Finally. Right out of the gate, dominant vanilla on the nose. Thatís not a bad thing, obviously. Now, it moves to more obvious notes of caramel, cake, booze, but I get only feint barrel treatment here. Either way - quite nice. Now - what I noticed immediately is that the mouth feel was tapered off from my memory of recent dark lord vintages. Thatís not a bad thing either - Iím impressed beyond words on how this one developed in the barrel(s), whatever it is they utilize. Sticky cake, caramel, umami, to brown sugars, moving to heavy vanilla notes once again - I get feint bourbon treatment at best - In fact itís hardly noticeable and I suppose thatís one element of disappointment. However - everything else , from the roast / coffee, chocolate, caramel, earthy barrel notes, and ridiculous vanilla meshes into this wonderful experience
maxodom (44) - - DEC 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Going from memory, 2012 vintage consumed in late 2013. Thick and viscous, like motor oil, you can really smell and taste the vanilla. Very sweet with the alcohol very hidden. The best stout ive had to date.
mnmike (1067) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small pour from a generous soul at Darkness Day 2014 that cracked a bottle. Very sweet and hard to detect much vanilla. Glad I tried it, but there are other whales Iíd rather chase next time.
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from bomber into a big ol' snifter. Thin head that dissipates quickly. A terrific aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coconut (I'm guessing from the vanilla but if came through as coconut), and some soy sauce. Mouthfeel is excellent. Beer is slightly syrupy but also has a pleasant thinness to it. Nice and oily. Flavor is very sweet. Bourbon barrel is supremely integrated and even throughout. Vanilla is more subtle than expected and only contributes on the back end. You really only notice it if you look for it, but when you find it, it's quite nice. This is a mature, sophisticated beer with many element expertly weaves together. However, the sweetness is just too much for me. Best to be had in small quantities.
Ataraxia (415) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 vintage, opened 11/14/2014.
Very dark brown, almost black, and opaque with a thin brown head. Fairly complex aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate, espresso, toffee, and vanilla. All of those components subtly blend together. The sweetness arrives in layers and manages to remain in control without being overbearing. Very smooth and viscous; full-bodied and the right amount of carb for the job. Finishes bittersweet with more vanilla than expected, but only moderately boozy.
k0mpsa (1751) - Jšrvenpšš, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at mikkeller bar. Black color, small brown head. Aroma is perfectly roasted, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste is mix of roasty, bourbon, vanilla, full body, smooth. Itís rich and long, vanilla notes.
Zekada (427) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Mikkeller, black sensation. Smell has heavy vanilla tones and some chocolate. Pours black with a small beige head. Taste is massive vanilla, some chocolates and a little coffee. Has an oily thick feeling in the mouth, very nice. Overall a real blockbuster. Really good and enjoyable
Zakoon (240) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught @ Mikkeller bar Viktoriagade, Black Sensation event. Aroma is awesome, tons of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and brown sugar. Flavour is sweet but nicely balanced. Full bodied, so thick that it I could chew it. Finish is sweet but well balanced, this is incredible. Iím glad that Iíve tried it several times. Still my favorite.