DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
12.7 ounce bottle purchased from Ledger’s Liquors about 3 years ago. Has been refigerated ever since. The aroma on this is very pleasant with plenty of chocolate sweetness, bourbon, and some woodiness. A little vanilla extract, too. Quaffable. Opaque essentially black body present with a medium, tan head present. Fair lacing after all these years. Starts with a velvety, sweet-ish chocolate flavor. Lowly carbonated. Becomes rather woody and kind of dry in the middle. Bourbon shines through nicely. Finishes with a little warming finish. For being such a big beer, this seems to be a bit light bodied and a little thin and flat. It’s nice stuff, but seems to be lacing the layers of complexity I would like. MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2014
Backlog. Tried on tap at the Copenhagen Beer Festival. An immense stout truly worthy of it’s name. One of the better out there. Not sure if the barrels really contributed anything significant to the brew. Buongiorgio00 (934) - - FEB 11, 2014
Si tratta di una birra olimpica, la Venere Nera delle imperial stout barricate. In lei tutte le sfaccettature, dal torbato penetrante e caldo alla leggera sfumatura amara alle intense note di caffé, cioccolato e malti tostati fino al tocco acidulo finale si legano in una struttura assolutamente equilibrata, un’orgia di gusti che incatena il palato con un incantesimo irresistibile. Basta attraversare questo buco nero per trovarsi decisamente in una dimensione parallela del gusto. NosirIwont (2572) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. 13.1%. Best before 18.03.14. Pours almost black with a small, quickly disappearing greyish-brown head. No lacing. Aroma is sweet, bordering molasses, with dark fruits, and is a bit oxidized. Remote sweet liquorice note in the background. Flavour is tart, with dark fruits, a bit oxidized, and has a cold coffee feel to it (without an actual coffee note). Somewhat wine-like. Tart, roasted, dark fruit finish with a cold coffee/tobacco note and an alcohol burn. Overall so-so. The aroma is rather good, but the flavour doesn’t really hold up; too tart/sour, and the cold coffee note feels misplaced. I wrote the same about the Red wine edition; this one is marginally better though. 04.01.14. angelkostvo (1247) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2013
Black colour, no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee, earth, leather, tobacco, liquorice. Taste is medium bitter, light sweet a lot of coffee flavour, dry finish. Medium body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation. Interesting.
BRW (2938) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 14, 2013
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with brown head. Roasted, chocolate, fresh hoppy aroma, some bourbon. Roasted, chocolate and sweet bourbon taste, some hoppiness and bitterness. Full body. pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle bb. 09/05/15. Pours black with a partly lasting brown frothy head. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, wood, dark sugars, licorice and ash. Taste is heavy sweet, bitter and light+ acidic. Body is medium, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft+. Finishes dry and boozy with lingering bitter and astringent roasted notes. Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle thanks to mora2000...Pour is black with a thin white head...Nose is nice chocolate, bourbon,honey, sweetness, soft, vanilla...Taste is chocolate, spice, bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweetness, honey, dry.. markextrae (4460) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2014 bottle bought at de molen. poured pitch black with a small brown head. the smell reminds me a lot to the regular black version. chocolate, bourbon booze, barrel smell, vanilla, some tabacco, the abv is verry noticeable. all the flavours are perfect together. verry complex beer. would love to try the other versions. pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
375ml bottle with BB date of 18/03/14 Very low carbonation with no lacing. Winey-coffee flavour dominates with vanilla and bourbon coming along after. Kahlua like finish.