BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle # 470 brewed in 2009 that was unexpected surprise to say least, served in my Stone IRS snifter: Basically pitch black with minimal head nor lace, lots of oily tears however. The aroma has an big bourbon overtone of vanilla, oak, char, and booze along with heavy roast, chocolate, tar, leather, pipe tobacco, molasses, pepper, anise, soy sauce saltiness and moderate cardboardy oxidization. Pinball (12149) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
The taste starts with brash bourbon character, some dark fruits and liquorice twang along with more than a fair amount of dark malts. Some bakers chocolate and even peaty earthy undertones before a hint of resiny bitters and espresso appear about the finish. The alcohol is in your face and does overpower the base stout flavors a tad bit too much for my liking. However it is not medicinal and could age out for even more mellow flavor but I worry the oxidation that already appears will grow even stronger. The mouth feel is oily, slick and sticky with a generous amount of alcohol warming. Overall a good brew, while noticeable bourbon throws it off kilter, it is also not a straight bourbon bomb. I would drink again if given another chance. Thanks Shawn
25 cl bottle. pitch black, sall brown bubbly head. complex and heavy aroma. roasted malts, carchoal, chocolate, wood, wood bitterness, bourbon, bourbon, Even though it holds 12% the aroma never comes off as overly boozy. flavor is woody, roasted mals, bourbon, licorice, iodine, complex. aftertaste is woody, bitter, bourbon.. long lasting aftertaste. 77ships (9827) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014Ungstrup (37587) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2011
(24/09/2011) 2010 Vintage [email protected]
Hoppy Loft: bottle nr. 1466/2483 – pitch-black, head is basically only a couple of mocha coloured bubbles floating around on the side of your glass, smells vintage, taste is molasses & liquorice sweet, syrup, dark sugar, sweet chocolate, warming bourbon, prunes, creamy dark malts, whiskey soaked wood, sweet coffee, touch of espresso, rum chocolate cake, low carbonation, a glorious mess /////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////// (31/12/2013) Tried a new bottle dating from 01/2013, smell is still great, taste was a total letdown for me, weak, slightly flawed. Anyway it didn’t feel entirely right to me, seemed to suffer from mild issues like most De Molen beers from that era. It was nowhere near as good compared to what it used to be. Too bad, going to keep the old score for this one, current bottles do not deserve it.
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, soy sauce, roasted malt, bourbon, and some vanilla. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of peated smoke, wood, vanilla, and bourbon, as well as medium notes of roasted malt, coffee, and soy sauce, leading to a dry, roasted, and somewhat alcoholic finish. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 4, 2011
bottle. aroma of tangy plums, dates, figs followed by some anise and molasses. a touch of sweet vanilla to round things out, balanced somewhat by chalky roast. taste is more bourbon forward. graham crackers. burnt marshmellow smores. low carbonation. big body. nice alcohol warmth. a touch messy. tasty though.
phaleslu (10264) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2011 180 ml wedding present from lushawn- thanks a ton, Shawn, for going off the registry! Split this with the new wife. Bottle 638/2483. Brewed 23 July 2009, bottled 8 June 2010. Pours a deep, opaque brown with minimal carbonation and a miniscule tan ring for a head. Incredible aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits (figs, dates, plums, berries), charred oak, earth, black olive juice, coconut, and roasted malts. Flavor of rich roasted coffee, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, charred oak, earth, mixed nuts, cocoa, and coconut. Lingering rich roast with some warmth in the back of the palate and chest. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation. Smooth and rich. Awesome. Marheb (5755) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
D’un côté une impériale stout caramel / toffe et de l’autre une IPA avec une amertume ni florale ni fruitée. Unique mélange sans trop d’équilibre mais d’une étrange efficacité. Probablement supérieur avec le temps. TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2011
250ml bottle, brewed on 2009-07-23.
Pours dark brown, thin brown head.
Big, woody nose, lots of oak, vanilla, spices, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee beans, fudge.
Very full bodied, thick, some sweetness.
Rich, complex, fruity, very oaky, lots of wood and vanilla, alcohol, malt, coffee, fudge. Needs time? (2011-08-29) ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
33cl, green waxed nip bottle, #1701/2483 courtesy of madmitch76. thanks, ken! here we go with #2 of the H&V horizontal on the way to rating #1000. opens with a bit of a hiss and pours a hazy, deep, dark brown with a rozor thin beige head that leaves a light ring of lace around the edges. aroma is absolutely stunning with huge notes of charred, wet oak, vanilla extract, spiced bourbon, and black cherries with hints of smokey scotch, nutmeg, and brown sugar backed by subtle notes of leather, peppercorns, blood orange, and toasted coconut. flavor is fantastic as well, not quite as magical as the aroma but still amazing, with heavy notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and dark roasted malts blended with smooth bourbon, toasted oak, and molasses with rich vanilla, vinous dark fruits, and more sweet coconut on the back end. palate is an elegant display of balance and smoothness with perfect carbonation and just a touch of booze ahead of the toasted, barreled finish. overall, a world class barrel aged/blended imperial stout. for me, this was the classiest of all the H&V variations. laiti (8469) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2011
18 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu. #1962: brewed 23.7.2009, bottled 08.06.2010, BBE 08.06.2035.
Very nice aroma with vanilla and hints of stinging whiskey. Stinging whiskey in the flavour, but some syrup-like roasted malt and some oat too. Very nice stuff, although the whiskey stings a little bit too much and lingers in the aftertaste.