Clownoisseur (441) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours jet black, minimal head that fizzles away, looking cola-like. Oily with nice legs. Aromas of anise, light char, light oak, cocoa nibs, a hint of vanilla and wafting bourbon. Taste has a thick-molasses feel. Sweet out of the gate, but a nice toasty character emerges to carry some anise, vanilla and the bourbon/oak. Nice hefty mouthfeel lets this linger on the palate. Finishes with another hint of molasses, dark fruit and vanilla. Medium bitter. Nicely done beer!
bursprak (2843) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2017
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours thick, oily, pitch black with a small dark tan head. Roasty, some dark dried fruits, vanilla, light oaky notes, bitter chocolate and a medium bitterness.
Martin__ (75) - POLAND - FEB 26, 2017
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
660 ml bottle (bomber), bottling date 2015-01, vintage. Poured into the snifter. Aroma: soy sauce, very intense belgian pralines, dark chocolate, vanilla. Apperance: jet black, totally unclear with none to minimal head. Taste: WOW! This is what I’ve been looking for in RIS for the whole time. HUGE vanilla. Belgian pralines. Dark chocolate. Soy sauce. Heavy sweetness, medium to heavy, lingering bitterness. Palate: Very full bodied, this is a heavyweight player, oh yeah. Oily, creamy, thick and slicky. Totally flat! Long, bitter chocolate-coffee finish. I’m starting to repeat myself. WOW. Two years after bottling have done the job right. This is truly one of the best three beers I’ve EVER drunk in my life.
Alpha10 (723) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2017
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2017/02/25 - Pours jet black with a thick, frothy, tan head that quickly reduces and lightens in colour, leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is lots of toffee, brown sugar, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, wood, vanilla and whisky. Taste is toffee, licorice, vanilla and whisky up front with a chocolatey, woody, roasted coffee finish. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with low carbonation and a bittersweet, toasted, warming finish. The aroma and taste of this beer are great, but the creamy mouthfeel and warming cocoa finish are what make this beer stand out for me. I will definitely seek this one out again. Really great stuff.
Rasmus40 (19369) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2017
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Flask. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, wood and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with a little warming alcohol. Oily and soft. My kind of beer :-) 250217
90 (365) - BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2017
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ziet er fantastisch uit. Mooie donkerbruine kraag. Massieve smaak met koffie, vanille. En zeer vet mondgevoel. Prachtig.
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1/28/17] Bottle/Draught at RateBeer Best festival in Santa Rosa. Black with a tan head. Roast, wood, vanilla, coffee, lots of chocolate, licorice, a bit of dark fruits, booziness, sweet, bitter finish. Full-bodied. Great.
BRW (2663) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 21, 2017
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Black colour with beige head. Roasted, whiskey, dark chocolate aroma. roasted, dark chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, wood taste, slightly sweet. Medium to full body.
77ships (9277) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2017
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
200 ml. draft @ Billiees Bier Kafétaria. This is the most expensive draft beer that I have ever purchased at 9 euro for 200 ml. Classical appearance, black, creamy tanned head. Nose is intense thick sweet mocha chocolate, pure pie, brownie and molasses, vanilla, huge pleasant chocolate brownie sweetness even though no clear bourbon. Taste is sweet mocha chocolate caramel, vanilla, chocolate brownie, thick molasses, sugar, cake. Body is thick creamy chocolate & low molasses. Utterly wonderful sweet RIS desert beer, lovely surprise given some lesser experiences with Hoppin’ Frog RIS beers, looking at my score of the base version, the price point might have led to myself justifying this in my head. A definite possibility, I really enjoyed it. I am a sucker for the style. My complaint about the base was the bitterness, bourbon definitely rectified that.
Martinus (4588) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2017
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black, tan head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, brown sugar, alcohol, wood. Sweet flavour, brown sugar, umami. Sweet finish, roasted malts, wood, soy sauce, brown sugar, fruity, alcohol. Nice, but boy - it’s sweet.
(from draught @ Billie’s Bier Kafétaria, birthday visit)