bluejacket74 (1969) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 ounce bottle, 2016 vintage. Served in a Jackie O’s snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and some coffee. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some burnt/charred malt and woody flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot and I definitely recommend this, but then pretty much everything from Jackie O’s is really good!
olio (9941) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle (11.5% abv). Vertical tasting with Jackie O’s Vanilla & Coffee Bean Dark Apparition.
Pours jet black color with a small beige head. Quite distinct bourbon aroma, vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate and dark malts. Sweet bourbon and brown sugar on the flavor, caramel, syrup notes and dark chocolate. Aroma is excellent, flavor is nice. Slightly better compared to Vanilla & Coffee Bean version.
tiong (6905) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle from Mikkeller Webshop
2014 vintage - Pours pitch black with a tiny head. Aroma of buttery bourbon, wood, vanilla, roasty malts, oak, cocoa and licorice. Taste is smooth, sweetish and oaky with loads of buttery bourbon, wood, vanilla, toffee and hints of syrup. Finish is sweet, oaky and woody with loads of vanilla, buttery bourbon, toffee and caramel. Sweet and heavy with bourbon notes.
laiti (8249) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37,5 cl bottle vintage 2014 @ home
Aroma has soy sauce and some sweet bourbon notes. Flavour has strong and sweet bourbon notes and whisky tones. Rather sweet and sticky, would be difficult to finish a whole bottle. Reminds me a bit of bourbon county stout.
RasmusOtt (2668) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by someone from the Mikkeller Aarhus crew - Thanks! Pours black with no head. Aroma of sweet bourbon, wood, toffee, dark thick malty notes, vanilla, chocolate and dark fruits. The taste has some roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, weak bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits leading to a slight savory and sweet end. Awesome stuff!
mambossa (336) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2016 edition, pour to oversized snifter on a blustery frosty eve. Pitch black with quickly fizzling toffee head that dissipates to nothing. Some sprightly bubbles sparkle to the surface long after the pour. Hefty nose of toffee, milk chocolate, burnt caramelized sugar, mocha, ash, oak, alcohol, and molasses. Creamy body of vanilla, date, milk, mocha, sweet chocolate, oaky and alcohol on the way down. Carbonation is a bit sprightly and takes away from the creamy, yet fairly medium body (for an RIS). All the flavors are there though. Sip slow, and cozy up.
anstei (1986) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A beer that takes and needs its time. Overwhelming salty cheese aromas at first, mostly coming from the decent barrel I think. Peat and caramel, too. Oily slick but smooth texture. Warms the body from within. Heavy, but not as full on the palate as I expected.
Pyrmir (5864) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at CBC15. Black with tan head. Aroma has dark malts, roasty notes, bourbon, vanilla, smoke and coffee. Taste is smooth and silky, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, dark sugar, vanilla, wood, liqourice and coffee.
neongolden (1452) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2015 375ml bottle from Mikkeller Webshop) Pours pitch black with the barest few tiny bubbles ringing the glass. Aroma has loads of dark chocolate bar, Caramilk candy, bourbon, vanilla bean, marzipan, oak, a tiny bit of a spiced/herbal cola note in the background. Bit of alcohol. Flavour has a sweet core of milk chocolate and brown sugar with lots of bourbon and vanilla immediately apparent. A little cola, with soft dried dark fruit and nut notes. Oak quite clear from the middle on. Some toast in the finish but not heavily roasted. Moderately high alcohol heat. A bit thin for style with very low carbonation. A nice bourbon BA imp stout, balanced but maybe lacking some weight and punch to take it into the top echelon, especially in the mouthfeel.
oh6gdx (26415) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(blue session). Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, toffee, some alcohol, wood and mild coffee to it. Flavour is alcohol, wood, some floral notes as well as liquorice, vanilla, some mild roasted malts as well as chocolate.