Derbeth (986) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 16, 2017 Countbeer (6591) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, - AUG 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: I think I have to thank Soren for this one (has already been two years ago...)
So thank you Soren! 2009 Vintage (When Goose Island was still Goose Island!)
Well this poured a really darkened black beer (almost that motoroil blackness again, but still at some points also that darkened ruby shine). A very small thick brown head, which unfortunately disappears fairly quick and after some seconds the look is a simple headless but black colored beer.
The smell is sublime, one of those imperial stouts which the barrel aging really caused a positive effect to which your nostrels are flathered, a smile is put on your face and even some shivers rise on your arms and back.
I am a fan of Bourbon Barrel aging, well if it is done correctly (never had any that was r
(really) bad), but this one is done very well!
The aroma is nicely balanced, with a nice mix between spicy, bitter, sweet: there are vanilla tones with some buttery undertones, there are hints of some spicy wood with brown sugars and sweet flower (lightly floral and hop) in the far distance, nice roasted ingredients like roasted barley malts and roasted herbs, some light bitterness but mostly it’s the gentle whiskey tones like wood, vanilla and spices. All the following are just hints in the aroma; mocha and flower (dough), tar and darkened molassess, syrup, slightest hint of something sour.
The flavours are a fine, pretty smooth soft yet spiced mix (but maybe a bit too much alcohol) of vanilla, wood, roasted malts, liquorice, sweet vanilla liquorice, full bitter, very peppery, roasted creamy viscous barleys, toffee, salty liquorice, some coffee/espresso/molasses mix, mocha/ caramel, toasted leaves, some dried liquored fruits (raisin, plums, prunes), some tar, wood roast and dark chocolate. Delicious!
After a while the liquorice comes very well through (together with the firm warm bitterness).
The aftertaste is warm with a firm malty backbone, roasted spices/herbs, bitter, light caramel, mocha, chocolate, different kinds of liquorice, viscous and well balanced But unfortunately a pretty short aftertaste.
Low carbo, soft creamy light spicy mouthfeel, full body and a lovely oily viscous sticky texture.
Ok, you can drink it right when the bottle is opened and you can drink it after you let this breath for a while both are sublimely balanced and outspoken but you taste the difference.
I am happy I got a bomber, small bottle (355..) would not be enough, lol.
Guess the only things that withold me of giving this a 4.9 (a 5 can’t be given in my optique) are the strong alcohol notes, that there is no head (it’s not bad if a beer has no head, but the (dark) brown head from the beginning should be a bit bigger and disappearing slower and not leave a headless beer after some seconds) and the aftertaste which seem to loose some of the awesomeness which is in the taste itself and is missed in the aftertaste. That said: it’s a wunderschönes biere!
Bottle, 2016 vintage. Aroma is lots of bourbon and vanilla, also chocolate, warming alcohol, a bit of buckwheat honey. Pleasant creamy texture. Very good. creppyiceman (939) - POLAND - SEP 11, 2017
(2016 vintage, bottle )
Aroma: chocolate,pure bourbon, very woody, sweet vanilla, barrel char, dark fruits.
Appearance:black color, small dense head.
Taste: sweet, flavour of sweet chocolate,huge vanilla,wood,coconut,bourbon, dark fruits, loong vanilla finish.
Palate: full body,thick texture,low carbonation,
Overall: Uber rich, woody, bourbon-driven stout. LOVELY !!! ipa4me4u (24) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2017
I was able to get my hands on 5 bottles from 2015 and still have one left. Beautiful dark color. You can smell the sweetness right away. Very thick and syrupy which is not my thing but for the style it is very good. Taste is a vanilla, raisins, and a ton of molasses. Didn't get much of the bourbon taste Bacchus66 (746) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2017
From tap at Doolittles. Zowie, this is good sh*t. Pours nearly black with little or no head. Thick, rich flavors - dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, sweet roasted malt, oak, whiskey, caramel, charcoal, smoke and alcohol. Full bodied. Huge, awesome. beer_queue (145) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2017
Chocolate & molasses on the nose with a ton of bourbon jumping out the glass. Tons of chocolates and caramel on arrival. Raisins in the middle with a touch of tobacco. Sweet vanilla/maple notes coming from the bourbon barrels at the end. Thick, mouth-coating body that’s slick and rich. Warms up beautiful with all the flavors and intensity kept together. Absolutely amazing beer—I don’t care if it’s not "craft"! 100/100!
Jashiu (1403) - Gdañsk, POLAND - JUL 20, 2017
2016 vintage. Dark fruit with cherry dominance, very rich, molasses and delicate caramel mix and leave you with lovely coffee and raw coca finish bonev (938) - POLAND - JUL 8, 2017
Rocznik 2013: Czekoladowe praliny z lekkim alkoholem, beczki nadaly szlachetny posmak bourbonu, duo tanicznosci i wanilii. Dosc slodkie z dobrze podkreslona lekko palona goryczka na srednim poziomie. Duzo kawy i lekkie utlenienie ze wzgledu na rocznik. Pelne i oleiste cialo zakleja podniebienie. Przepyszne i warte swoich pieniedzy. hauxe (858) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle courtesy of wombat23. 2015 vintage. Pours black from the bottle; the thin light brown head soon dissolves. Aroma is molasses, licorice, chocolate, and noticeable barrel. Taste is bittersweet, turning warmer, more alcoholic and increasingly bitter going into the finish. The taste of bourbon lingers long after the swill. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Rich, thick, clingy. And sticky. Overall a real slow-sipping treat. Great stuff. Olo13 (270) - POLAND - JUN 25, 2017
Bardzo dobre piwo. Naprawdę fajna czekolada ciemna, kakao, trochę beczka, ale lekka, nie przeszkadza. Generalnie super piwo. RIS, któremu nic nie brakuje. vincentvega72 (788) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2017
Puur zwart bier met mokkakleurige schuimkraag. Donker fruit, chocolade, koffie, eik, lichte roasttoets, bourbon. Een genot om te drinken. Heel erg zacht voor z’n abv. Vol en licht romig in de mond. Mooie afdronk. Topstout.