Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2012
Draught at CBC 2012. Pitch black - brown head. Cacao, coffee, burned notes, nice oakey, fruity, high malty, light hoppy, nice sweetness, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dry cacao. Fantastic balance. Meilby (11517) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2012
Draught @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oak and alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long cocoa, chocolate and coffee finish. Body is full, texture is oily to sticky, carbonation is flat to soft.
On tap at the source. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is dark fruits and chocolate. Flavor follows. Fairly sweet. Cherries and berries. And lots of chocolate. Super nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone vjohans (763) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle at mikkeller bar viktoriagade.
Coffee, chocolate, can feel the alcohol in the aroma from barrel aging, not from being a strong beer.
Black, with Brown head. Medium to heavy sweet. Medium bitter. Tons of coffee.
Full body. Very long finish. Real good. You can feel the alcohol, but it is somehow balanced with the flavours. Impressing. doublebock (558) - California, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Appearance: Black with thick tan head
Aroma: Incredible. Like dipping a dark roasted chocolate bar into a cup of bourbon infused coffee
Taste: Pronounced bourbon oakiness arrives upfront with the coffee at the back end. Reminiscent of a chocolate milkshake.
Overall: Wet dream for fans of bourbon barrel aging.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Black pour with a thin strip of head. Left some lacing. Draft at South Park Abbey. Lots of stouts on draft here. Aromas of barrel and bourbon. Flavors were the same. Yummy stuff. davidezdonz (511) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - MAR 14, 2016
A corked and caged 12.7 fl oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. I believe this is a 2015 bottling as “2015” is printed on the neck. It poured an opaque pitch black with a thin less than half finger dark brown head that leaves nice stringy lacing. Aromas are strong bourbon and chocolate with some sweetness coming from hints of molasses, toffee and vanilla. Tastes of very nice espresso coffee, crunchy coffee bean, dark bittersweet chocolate and bourbon notes. Thick, full bodied with low carbonation and light alcohol warming. Overall, this was really good. It was surprising that there wasn’t much coffee on the nose, but it definitely came out in the taste. A great sipper on a cool night. Antonio369 (207) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2016
12.7 fl.oz. bottle, served in a snifter glass. Poured black as night on a moonless night with an one finger mocha tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is fantastic and hits me with loads and loads of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dark roasted espresso beans, oak, molasses & dark fruit. Taste is just fingerlickin’ good: Dark chocolate, roasted espresso, Bourbon, molasses, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, licorice, caramel, creme brulee, whole wheat currant bread, raisins, soy sauce, salt, roasted nuts. Very thick and creamy mouthfeel. A full body with a chocolate, coffee and boozy bourbon finish. Absolutely divine nectar! Alengrin (5428) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. BBA variant of Serpent Stout with creamy, medium thick, lightly lacing, moussy, yellowish beige head and opaque black robe with chestnut brown edges. Intense bouquet of hot chocolate sauce and ’real’ cocoa, candied dates, coffee liqueur, kahlua, vanilla-like oak, milk chocolate, leather, bourbon, stewed beef, molasses, burnt sugar, cinnamon, cured meat, fudge, black peppercorns, marmelade, liquorish candy, mocha ice cream, pipe tobacco, dried fig, candied banana, cappuccino, treacle on hot pancakes, lots of wet wood. Concentrated and intense candied sweetness at first, candied cherries and figs, with a thick, dried meat-like umami edge immediately following, as well as a dimly sourish undercurrent, all in perfect balance but with the sweetness prevailing without becoming cloying; carbo is soft, mouthfeel is - unsurprisingly for a beer of this style and posture - very thick, viscous and oily. A deep, multi-layered malt body ensues, caramelly and nutty, beautifully bittersweet with toasted bread- and heavily ’fondant’ chocolate-like character in the end, adorned with not only the actual cocoa further enhancing its chocolatey character, but also by a lively coffeeish, refinedly aromatic bitterness which in turn accentuates the roasted flavors in the end. Drying woody tannins and a genuine bourbon flavor establish a new flavor chapter in the end, before this thick mass of dark bittersweet maltiness enters the throat, heated by whisky- and brandy-like alcohol, which, though very clearly present, manages to avoid unpleasant astringency, though it does burn a bit on the lips. The vanilla-ish oak flavors linger for a long time along with a peppery hop bitter touch, but it’s the big chocolate flavor that sticks around in the very end. Bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts are a staple of craft beer culture and the style has brought forth many a memorable beer; this one, to my taste, is of no lesser standard or value than e.g. the Bourbon County brand or Founders’ KBS. Absolutely beautiful and a highlight in this brewery’s oeuvre, as far as I am concerned; deserves a near perfect rating in my book. Note: ABV on my bottle is 13,5% so I assume there are two slightly different batches? fkoolen (1251) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2016 37,5cl bottle at home, 13.5% alcohol. Nice artwork. Pours a pitch black colour, beige creamy lacing, no real head. Really rich bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee notes fill the nostrils. Taste is intense aroma notes, toffee, butterscotch, maybe a bit red fruits. Finish is quite alcoholic and bitter, leather but very well balanced. Lingering roasted malty, bourbon aftertaste. Big body, low carbonation, velvety soft mouthfeel. Incredibly good!