Marko (5858) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 20, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed 12/23/2012. 12 oz (2012 vintage) bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a wondrously pitch black color. However, there’s hardly any head. Any vestiges of a tan-colored head fade quickly and leave almost no lacing. Really, we’ve got to start talking about alcohol legs when we get to this gravity. And they’re pretty impressive.
S: Tons of bourbon, augmented by dark fruits and vanilla. Not much in the way of roasted malts; it pretty much hits on the sweeter aspects of a good imperial stout, rather than the more savory ones. It’s really not that boozy for 15%, either. Not the strongest aroma ever (due to the low carbonation), but incredibly evocative.
T: Sweet? Yes. Boozy? Yes. The flavor I notice first are stewed plums, raisins, and figs - this has a hell of a dark fruit note to it. Ultimately, it will finish with its trademark bourbon character and vanilla-infused chocolate. A slight note of smokiness will appear after a while. It’s warm, yes, but given its gravity, the booze could be a lot worse. Basically, it has the hallmark character of a proper boozy beer - an alcohol character that blends with the flavor profile instead of clashing. This definitely bears a passing resemblance to FW Parabola, only with a lot more in the way of finesse and balance. The only thing missing is some complexity; thankfully, what’s there is very enjoyable to savor slowly.
M: The finish is ultra syrupy, wet, and sweet. Very creamy in its palate texture, aided by the subtle (at best) carbonation. Some oak tannins come out in the late aftertaste in an attempt to dry the palate a little, but to no avail. This really is the type of beer that sits indolently on the tongue with massive, thick sweetness. You will NOT drink this quickly, so don’t even dare - just veg over it for an hour or two and everything will be peachy keen.
O: Well, what more can be said? It’s a big monster, but with enough deftness and sophistication to help give it a little extra ’something’. On the other hand, there is enough harshness to suggest this needs to lay down in the cellar for a bit. Regardless, this is something everyone should try at least once in their life.
2016 - 13.8%. Randomly got to taste this... thanks Iznogud, JFK1000, Maks & Sandi! Each. As I got a taste from each of their glasses for some reason. :D Anyway, black, still, no head when I got to it, but that wasn't immediately. Full aroma... heavy maltiness, figs, vanilla, bourbon. The taste... wow, silky, warming, bourbon barrel, vanilla, figs and a dose of cocoa, with slightly rough alcohol around the edges, I feel like this was still just a bit raw, even though it was genuinely elegant. Excellent beer, not 100% my style, but still - wow! Derbeth (995) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 16, 2017
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 (946) - 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 (33) - 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 (773) - 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 (860) - 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 (271) - 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.