77ships (11479) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2013
Obtained in a trade with Martinus. 33 cl. bottle @ home. BBF 03/2015. I was assured that there were not that many bottle remaining out there of this one. Exited. Pours black with collapsing bubbly mocha head. Nose is incredible sweet bourbon oak vanilla, very sweet & creamy, thick creamy mocha, some light high alcohol – whisky style coming through, incredible amounts of vanilla, almost cream, edging towards condensed milk, oh man this is soo good. Taste is sweet creamy vanilla oak, milk chocolate, cream, sugary sweet, orange peel, camomile, bitter roast in the back, light burned coffee beans covered by sweetness, sweet charred oak, touch of charcoal in the back, whisky & booze coming through a bit, whisky in the back very raw. It is not perfect but this is a huge pleasure drinking. Body is a touch lighter than standard for an RIS. I have long been a big fan of the Emelisse White Label RIS – quoting it as a prime example of barrel aging but this is absolutely ridiculous. If Kees goes just a bit further, I am certain that I he can create something on par with Ba Dark Lord, Brunch Weasel or BA Hunahpu. worldbeertaste (1819) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2013
Dark black with beige, slides off the glass lacy, thin, lasting, creamy head that when swirled becomes thick. Smells of sweet dark and milk chocolate with an almost butter element, vanilla with roasted malt and a wood/bourbon espresso bitterness. So much sweet malt but not overpowering and quite complex. Full and very oily mouthfeel, like soya sauce and almost no carbonation. Amazing full body. Initial taste of creamy milky chocolate vanilla right at the start – sweet sugar - then roast, burnt, ash coffee and finishes bitter and with dark chocolate, burbon and malt. Lingering roastiness and ash like a burn piece of meat. Alcohol warms the mouth and tummy. Inviting and such an easy beer to drink. This falls into the league of Great Divide Yeti and Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout. So good that you would be splitting hairs to see which is best. A dense imperial stout with all the complications and love put into it. Bravo.