Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottled. Poured fairly deep brown with a spotty dusting of dark tan head. The aroma picked up burnt coffee, licorice, and toasted barley with very slight peppery Brandy accents.. really didn’t get much of the barrel (but I really enjoy the base beer). The flavor found very roasty, very tasty coffee throughout, accompanied by greener coffee bean acidity, peppery notes, and a hint of apple skin from the barrel.. very dry oak played well with the coffee on the long, bitter, roasty, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with a smooth, syrupy feel on the middle of the palate.. a bit too much roast and bitterness at other times.. overall a decent flow and a solid beer, but not my favorite treatment. SudsMcDuff (8462) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle @ Port Street Beer House, was pretty expensive, 18 pounds if i remember correctly, but i wanted to treat myself the night before my 1st game at Old Trafford (come on united!!) .. . . pours a deep black .. solid foam .. . coffee and apple brandy .. light heat, some tar in the finish too .. . quite the experience, i enjoyed it .. . . . People are so selfish these days. Not a single person in this homeless shelter will loan me their toothbrush... blomster (289) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle, at home in the couch, packing up a box of beer for a trade. Looks good, smells good, tastes good. I like. To bad it’s such a small bottle. Foffern (1948) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle shared with (and great courtesy of) the Bergen tasting crew. Has a deep reddish brown colour with no head. Sweet aroma of liqour, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, alcohol, oak and cocoa. Powerful flavour with warming alcohol and more touch from the barrel aging. Complex and nice. Has a silky and rich mouth feel, and a medium bitterness. Powerful, well-balanced and nice. Inbreak (6306) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2015 11.05.2013, 0,25l bottle sampled @ BBGTC moving-home-tasting for Foffern:
ClubGonzo (5685) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2013
14.01.2015, 0,25l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Small brown shortlasting head. Aroma is rich, espresso, dark malts, dark sugar, cocoa, licorice, burnt caramel, oak, dark berries. Taste is rich and dry, oak, espresso, dark malts, grass, burnt caramel, licorice, chillies, minerals, bark, cocoa. Longlasting bitterness, dry burnt mouthfeel. Nice, has aged well.
Bottle, shared with Foffern and Inbreak at Foffern’s going-away tasting. Pours a jet black body with a miniscule beige head. Nose is wood, licorice, espresso, calvados, grape peel, hints of burnt sugar and caramel. Subtle calvados tones which work very nice. Taste is licorice, espresso, wood, dry charcoal, calvados and hints of dark chocolate and burnt sugar. Full body, soft carbonation. Elegant and subtle in its makeup, this is a tasty understatement. Marheb (5893) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
Un nez puissant de tannins et d’ethanol dans un marécage chocolaté. Le calvados est vraiment envahissant au début et ne réussi jamais à balancer le poids des sucres. Bon mais à court de l’excellence. BeerBeCue (103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
1-year aged 8.5 OZ bottle poured into small snifter. It pours deep, deep deeeeep opaque black, with a small ring of foam. This one is so deeply black you can’t even perceive a hint of light through the glass...in this was tested in direct afternoon sunlight! Aroma is of coffee, dark chocolate, calvados (duh) and is quite woody. It’s also quite boozy but it isn’t a fault in this case, in fact, it blends well (and we have to remember it’s 10.9% abv anyways)! Taste is uhm...bittersweet let’s say? The bitterness has a lot to do with the woody aspect of this brew. Body is full, with an oily texture - really, really nice. Carbonation is practically nonexistent. Finish is long. Very long! Overall? Wow. This is a very well done barrel-aged brew. Every aspect - aroma, taste, texture seems to fall into place perfectly. Highly recommended. banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - APR 1, 2013
Bottle. Dark, oily, almost lumpy. Aroma of roasted coffee, coco and mild oak. Powerful taste of coffee, dark chocolate, wood, and some calvados - taste lasts forever. Great stuff. anders37 (26824) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Bottle @ Triple Rock Sour Sunday, Triple Rock, Berkeley, CA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate aroma with nice hints of calvados. Roasted malty bitter chocolate and coffee flavor with woody calvados hints. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish with calvados hints.