Svesse (8595) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2016
(Bottle) Black colour, flat with no head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of caramel, coffee, oak wood, vanilla, dried fruit, chocolate and a touch of brandy. A slight Angel’s Share acidity. Malty, roasted taste with black coffee, caramel, dried fruit, oak wood, vanilla, bourbon, treacle, sweet liquorice and a warming finish with hints of bourbon and a generous cacao bitterness. Full body, slightly oily mouthfeel, with a certain sweetness. Dark, complex, powerful and long-lasting like the Opeth song with the same name. Excellent beer! vyvvy (6460) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2016
It pours very dark with very little head. The aroma has brandy, dark caramel, figs, red wine, toffee and some oak. It has oily thick body with very little carbonation. The taste has brandy, red berries, dark caramel/toffee, rich malt and shows a lot more barleywine than stout. The finish is very oaky and shows some bourbon. Excellent. Big thanks to gregwilsonstl for sharing this beauty with me. gregwilsonstl (2499) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2016
No head. Thick. Smells like bourbon. One of the strongest smelling beers I can remember. Very strong aroma. Oak. Vanilla. Toffee. Almost too much bourbon for me. Thx Malster85. Hedenberg (29) - SWEDEN - APR 26, 2016
2013 bottle. Black with a almost no head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, raisin, roasted malt. Pretty sweet taste with raisin, fudge, chocolate, vanilla and some alcohol. Sticky texture. Almost no carbonation. Long finish. Awesome beer. neongolden (1636) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2016
(375ml bottle shared @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Apr 5 2016) Pours pitch black with a tiny whitish ring of bubbles. Aroma is driven by the bourbon barrel with vanilla and coconut, molasses, dark fruit, a touch vinous, some wood. On the palate, bourbon and brandy in more balance, again molasses core with chocolate, very light roast, dark fruits, vinous brandy notes, oaky vanilla, bourbon and fortified wine. Finish fairly sweet but dried by alcohol, persistent brandy notes, wood and soft roast. Medium bodied, touch thinner than expected, nearly zero carbonation. Pleased the bourbon wasn’t as overpowering as the first smell hinted, more was buried beneath and the flavour was a much more integrated experience.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Fantastic beer. Draft at the Stone Pour it Black Event. Good stuff coming out of this. Wasn’t sure what to expect. IndianaRed (4610) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle share dark pitted fruit and roasty. Smooth and tasty laugh a little abv burn at the end stevoj (5031) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle from Chris, 2004 vintage. Aroma wraps up the ABV, fruity essence, dark pit fruit, oily slick body. Quad? Delicious? Yea! Beer5000 (6483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2016
375 ml bottle. Pitch black body with a dense beige head. Nice, strong aroma of dark malt, molasses, caramel, dry fruit and warming alcohol. Flavor is sweet, dark, medium roasted malt, caramel, dry fruit, spices, moderate bitterness and warming alcohol. Full bodied and long lasting nice aftertaste. A really balanced beer with strong flavors that seems to be incredible integrated with each other. Nothing really stands out, even the alcohol is pretty well hidden, at the same thing nothing seems to be missing here. Great stuff. BroadestTom (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Aroma caramel, roasty, alcohol, vanilla, woody, licorice,
Appearance black, minimal head, brown foam,
Taste medium sweetness,
Palate medium body, thin feel,
Overall this was a vintage 2014 bottle that has mellowed very nice. The 12.5% is there but very easy to drink. It’s on the lines of a wine. Lots of wood in the taste. It’s a perfect beer for sipping on a cold winter’s night. I would suggest this beer to a friend.