ajnepple (6616) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Backlog. On tap at GABF 2015. Black appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, vanilla, caramel/toffee, oak and light bourbon. Similar flavor, a rich and malty sipper with a full body and a lingering finish. Nice. RasmusOtt (2764) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle shared with the Dangerous Bottleshares crew. Pours black with a bubbly beige head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, big bourbon notes, dark dried fruits, weak brownies and just straight forward BA imperial stout. The taste has bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and is overall pretty barrel heavy. Though the balance is pretty standard. Brighter cocoa and a solid malt-profile. ineedbeer (2152) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2015 I am starting with the 2009 bottle and will add at the bottom as I go through the vertical. All are poured from a bottle. Aroma has a moderate dark chocolate note with some medium light roast. Moderate dark fruit and sherry notes. Hints of honey and a touch of meat. Light oak and bourbon. Doesn?t smell as oxidized as the 2009 Heaven Hill Eclipse was. Pours black with dark brown hues and a faint, dark brown head that disappears immediately. No lacing and medium legs. Flavor is rich with moderately strong chocolate notes and light roast. Some light tobacco and leather as well. Moderate dark fruit notes with raisin, berry, prune and fig. Medium light sherry note. Light oak and bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with low to no carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, better than I was expecting after the 2009 Heaven Hill bottle. Oxidation is pretty much only showing as dark fruit and sherry. Nice, silky chocolate notes. 2011 bottle has a little more chocolate and a moderate amount more bourbon with almost no dark fruit, sherry notes. 2012 bottle is well balanced with some dark fruit and raisins, quite a bit of chocolate and some light leather and roast notes Light bourbon as well. Very balanced, but also slightly boring. 2013 bottle is similar to 2012, but with a righter, richer aroma and flavor. Nice chocolate and bourbon notes with some light oak and roast. Moderate dark fruit notes. 2014 bottle has nice chocolate and bourbon notes but the heat has died down. Thicker mouthfeel with some leather notes and roast coming in. Not much dark fruit. 2014 is probably my favorite. gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2016 Bottle at home. Pours nearly pitch black with a light beige head. Nice soft and sweet coffee roast, a tad soy sauce, some green paprica and a decent amount of milk chocolate. Medium body, sweet, low carbo almost flat, tad of alcohol in the back and quite bitter finish. sweet coffee and coffee roast taste. Very nice beer, held up very well. bursprak (3205) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2015
Bottle shared with the Dangerous Bottleshares crew @ Fermentoren. Blackish pour with a tan head. Notes of roast, dark chocolates, light cherry, licorice with subtle barrel character.
CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
Near headless above an opaque body. Nose of wicked barrel sweetness. Flavour is amazing - boozy, black licorice, burnt sugar, tobacco leaf. Delicious! egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Opaque black with a small tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbony alcohol. Taste of vanilla, wood, bourbon, roasted malts, some smoke, fruit, alcohol in the finish. Klimaet (2574) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Shared with the Dangerous Bottleshares crew. Pours a pitch black with a brown small head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, dark sweet chocolate, malt, licorice. Taste has bourbon, booze, vanilla, sweet licorice, roast, dark fruits, dark chocolate. Vestergaard (2089) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Enjoyed at Fermentoren Aarhus with the Dangerous Bottleshares crew. Pours a pitch black with a reddish hue and a small tan head. Aroma is roasty with licorice, bourbon and coffee. Taste is pretty sweet with a milk chocolate, bourbon, raisins, a roasty bitterness and a slight alcoholic presence. Low carbonation and a full, sticky body. GlasgowTAD (1778) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Pours deep black with a slight brown head. Aroma is raisins, dried fruits, honey, oak and slight vanilla. Taste is hazelnut, vanilla, oak, slight honey, raisins and some chocolate. Full bodied. Thanks Rob!