kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Tiny bottle, #202 of 2483, bottled on June 08, 2010; courtesy of blomster. Thanks a ton, Christer! Pours a deep, slightly oily, dark-brown color with a very light formation of bubbles. Kind of a nondescript aroma, showing some ashiness, dark fruits, and pronounced charred oak / bourbon barrel notes; just seems a bit tight, without that penetrable richness of the best examples; nothing harsh, though. Medium-full body; very light carbonation; modest amounts of a pronounced bourbon and alcoholic presence; smooth and reasonably tempered overall. Medium-high levels of charred barrel notes, light ashiness, some caramel and dark, bitter chocolate, and a sharp-edged bourbon that, while not necessarily rough, never quite opens up to the layered richness that one would most want to extract from this sort of a project; still, a very solid rendition, if a touch too charred and ashy overall for my palate. Lasting finish of dark chocolate, plenty of charred barrel notes (nothing acrid), and reasonably dry overall. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2010 Rough, green, acetaldehyde nose with some milk chocolate. The taste is sweet, lots of milk chocolate... (did they add hops to this or is it a gruit??? Anyway, I get none). Some bourbon, lots of acetaldehyde, lots of bleh. Would be better with some miso in it. I don’t understand what this beer has going for it that could possibly make it highly rated. Seriously, this has no redeeming qualities. BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle 1159 of 2483. Heavy cocoa, vanilla, and roasted coffee along with sugar cane and red wine in the nose. Big dose of dark Godiva chocolate, split vanilla bean, alcohol, and molasses. Limited carbonation but the mouthfeel doesn’t disappoint. Warms the belly. Tasty! tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle: thanks, Will! Black on black with some deep brown all around the edges of the glass; almost no head on this one, just a small tan ring that outlines the top of the beer. Aroma is full of deep cocoa, booze, & a touch of coffee beans. Seems more roasty than the 666 version; darker roast & oilier beans. Bourbon is heavy, front to back. Taste is up front with the bourbon & oak, followed up sweet cocoa & lots of smooth, roasted malt. Big chocolate character, too, swinging heavy with the bourbon once more. Finish of dry cocoa, light coffee, toast, oak, & bourbon warmth. Another good beer, but perhaps hampered just slightly by too much booze & too little complexity. Still very nice, though, but it could have been great. k0mpsa (3092) - Tuusula, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle from kris wines, london. Black color, wonderdull three-colored head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, wooden barrel, roasted malts. Full roasty body, licorice, coffee, chocolate, wood.
Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2012 (Bottle) Pours near black with almost no head. The aroma is fat roasted with creamy dark chocolate and espresso. Bit mint and milky, almost medical. Black pepper and bell pepper. Some vanilla/buttery oak, nougat and wood in the background. The flavour is light sweet and medium bitter. Tones of aggressive roast, black pepper, green bell pepper and subtle bourbon, vanilla-driven oak. The mouthfeel is peppery, almost numbing and light oily. Light carbonation. Smooth, yet super bitter and roasted finish. Medium bodied. BRW (3073) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Black colour with small brown head. Roasted, bourbon, wood aroma. Sweet, bourbon, wood, roasted, dark chocolate taste. Medium to full bodt. PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle (28/1/2013), tasted blind together with some other H&V variants. Shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small stable beige head.
NOSE: bourbon like, alcohol, sweet, nice!
TASTE: sweet, bourbon, nice!
Best of this tasting! JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
180 ml bottle from secret santa
this pours black with very little head. The flavor is complex yet balanced. I tasted notes of dark chocolate & vanilla, both complemented nicely by the barrel aging. This is an excellent barrel aged beer. The barrel aging doesn’t overwhelm the palate; it enhances the enjoyment of the beer. . pilsnerrogge (2997) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2011
Pours black with a small, bubbly head. Aroma is malty with notes of oak, beef stock and bourbon.Flavour is rich and warming with notes of bourbon, soy sauce, oak and salty licorice. Somewhat harsh and boozy finish.