kraddel (8603) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2016
Been in my cellar for a big while now. Time to finally crack this gem !
Pours all black, small grey head ( more like a few bubbles, not really a head ) Smell is very strong and intense tannines. Taste is full, very ashy. Some red fruits, mouthfeel is thick, but not as sticky as you’d think of a H&V. Really refined, not over it’s top at all yet. some tanines, some oak. Dark malts, and a typical H&V aftertaste. Some sharp apects from the bordeaux. Perhaps not as ’round’ as I had hoped, but it sure is nice, and that factor might be due to the age. Quite good ! Cuso (8857) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 12, 2016
Bottle from Benzai as part of European local swap in 2014. 0.25l bottle, Vintage 2010 #594, 13%ABV. Almost black colored beer with minimal tan head. Very low carbonation. Roasted malt, cocoa beans, alcohol, licorice, red wine. Taste, strong dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, notes of caramel, vanilla, hints of licorice, red vine. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Nice night cap. BeerBaboon (2114) - FINLAND - NOV 11, 2016
Pours black with beige head. Aroma is roasted and coffee. Flavour is vinous, roasted, bitter and sweet. BVery (10711) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle. Dark oily pour. Some slickness on the tongue but not too heavy. Great aroma of chocolate, char, hints of wine. Slight sour on taste. Solid. sjogro (4482) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2016
Sampled from bottle at deanso’s. bottle courtesy of Maakun. Vintage 2014. Dark brown with tan head. Dusty sour wood, dry wooden wine barrel, red wine, deep roasted chocolate malts. Light sweet, light bitter, light sour. Full body, silky feel, low carbonation. Red wine most and wood finish. Dry feel.
deanso (10178) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - OCT 13, 2016
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Sjoerd & Maakun.
Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Not the best h&v version Maakun (6082) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2016
Bottle shared. 2014 vintage. Almost black with small bubbly beige head. Massive red wine, wood, marzipan, more tannins and red wine, soft roasted notes, hint of dark chocolate, hay. Under medium sweet and medium bitter, very light sour. Full bodied with dry woody feel, very long lasting puckering tanninic feel. The barrel is completely overpowering here. Iznogud (4011) - CROATIA - OCT 6, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml, shared with JFK10000. Pours dark brown to black with medium light brownish head. Roasted malts, chocolate, wood, grapes, wine. Medium acidity, sweetish, moderate bitter finish. Oily, flat carbonation. Full bodied. Very good. __Rb81 (789) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2016
Bottle at home (bottled 06-11-2014). Pours black with a small tan head. Vinous, tart aroma, chocolate, wood, light funky even. Taste is moderate tart, light sweet, vinous, wood, chocolate, warming alcohol and heavy tannins in the aftertaste, some hoppy bitterness towards the very end. Nice! GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2016
Black with a nice beige head. Aroma is chocolate, red wine, port, brown sugar, figs, plum, red grapes. Full bodied, velvety mouthfeel, rich and complex on the palate, well balanced, a little oak astringency on the finish. Taste is dry red wine, oak, molasses, chocolate, figs, balsamic reduction.