Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. No idea where this came from anymore. Anyways, a black pour, zero highlights, and a finger of beige head. Boozy aroma with tons of dry yet sweet dark chocolate, some odd earthy notes I can’t pin down. A little vanilla, a little bit of dark fruits. Almost a little peppery. Very, very full flavoured, jesus this is a flavour bomb. Loads of chocolate, coffee, definitely a bit boozy, with a spiced, earthy tinge to it. Burnt malts, alcohol in the finish. Fairly well balanced, but perhaps a little bit on the sweet side. Full bodied, and quite generously carbonatied. This is a good one for sure, but it falls a little short of the big hitters in terms of complexity. It’s not exactly one dimensional, but it’s not one of those beers you can just smell for hours and still pick out new things in.
Sigmund (5088) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Bottle No. 49 out of 374 made. 10.4% ABV, 98 IBU. Pitch black colour, large to moderate tan head. Lovely aroma of bourbon cask, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Excellent flavour, same elements as the aroma, but even more harmonious and well balanced.
MotherBrother (692) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour opaque pitch Black, with a solid half inch beige head.
Aroma has plenty of chocolate. Roasted malts, mocca, vanilla. Some wood and some burbon. Quite Nice.
Taste is quite sweet, but very balanced.
Medium full body, with low carb.
gunnar (5260) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to my beerpal Ivar. Pours black with a big frothy tanned head. Aroma of bourbon, wood and vanilla. Taste is smooth, strong burning and warming alcohol, a bit too much, even though good enough.
_angst_ (2757) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ Porterfestivalen in Gothenburg on November 19. Pours brownish black with a brown head. Smell is roasted malts, wood, vanilla and alcohol. Smell is slightly sweet, fullbodied and spicy with coffee, wood, resin, bourbon and some green chili.
daknole (9055) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another gem that someone opened at my birthday tasting in San Diego. Black pour, brown head. Loads of bourbon, vanill and chocolate in the nose. Great fudge, bourbon, vanilla and oka in the flavor...llight roasty finish. Nice!
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at SBWF. Stockholm, September 29th, 2011.
Raw bourbon notes in the aroma mixed with a wood character and vanilla notes. The chocolate is more present in the taste backed up with intense coffee and cacao flavours. Bourbon plays a big part and is nicely integrated in this hardcore stout.
madmitch76 (14768) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
7th August 2011
Dean Swift - RBESG Tasting. Opaque black - brown beer. Frothy pale tan head. Some mild vanilla on the nose. Nice softish frothy palate, light. A dash of aniseed spice and mild bourbon. A little oaky. Nice.
FatPhil (9301) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (RBESGG2011, Grand Tasting)
Black, good dark head. Good stout aroma, the bourbon’s pleasantly low in the mix. Big roasty body, decent level of burntness, pleasantly sweet, but a whole pile of booze too. Not a beer for rushing. Easy to believe they took a stout and threw a few bottles of bourbon into it, from the burn.
Leighton (10794) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at The Dean Swift, London. Pours black with a big foam head. Cocoa, hard alcohol, oak aroma. Very sweet flavor, burnt brown sugar, some roast. Great. Full bodied with smooth, fine carbonation. Peat finish with notes of mocha. Delicious, superb beer. (4.3)
Tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Day Two. Pours black with a beige foam head. Dark malt nose with fruity bourbon and cocoa, along with a bit of charred wood. Big sweet flavor with lots of boozy bourbon, dark fruits, raisins. Nice bourbon character overall. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Mild warmth to finish wih a bit of bourbon heat, cocoa, light roast. Nice. (4.1)
Sampled at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 - Day 2, Session 1. Pours oily black with a creamy, tan head. Big wood here, moderate roast, burnt sugars, dry fruits. Oak. Full bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Lightly warming on the finish with cocoa and torched wood. Good. Very good. (4.0)