Tide (4565) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2018 maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the 15th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 07/16/2011. Dark black body with a small frothy tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate and light rum aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate, light creosote and faint rum notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2018 Bottle from Mikkeller bottle shop. Black color, minimal head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, licorice, dark fruits, dried fruits and coffee. Bitter finish with roasted malts, licorice, dark fruits, coffee and raisins. Good imperial stout. Rotin (1889) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle 0.375l. Cloudy, brown to black colored. AROMA- rum, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, pralines. FLAVOR- just slightly sweet, smooth bitterness, strong, but pleasant alcohol presence, rum, dark chocolate, pralines. Fuller bodied. Ascelja (1890) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 18, 2017
#1261Korcz (3388) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle. Literally black, minimal brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coconut, liqueur, coco-pralines, raisins. Taste is neutral, lightly bitter. Chocolate, coconut, pralines, alcohol, dates, roasted notes. Full body, smooth texture, low carbonation.
Very good, better balance than Bourbon edition.
Personal note: 2/4 specially selected beer for 4th wedding anniversary.
2010. Bardzo słabo się zestarzało. Mocny alkohol, wodniste, puste w smaku. Dziwne, plastikowe nuty.
phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2016
375 ml bottle purchased from The Wine and Cheese Place in 2010 or 2011. Opened blindly alongside all other variants. Pours a deep, nearly opaque dark brown with minimal tan head that settles into a ring. This one has notes of dark fruits, wood, honey, molasses, vanilla, and only a minor trace of roasted and chocolate malts. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, rich, coating mouthfeel. My guess was Cognac because I got Rum, Cognac, and the wine barrels mixed up. These are pretty similar. But it seems obvious in hindsight.
ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pitch black body, no head. Aroma is wood, tar, ashes, clove, rum, caramel and hints of coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol. Taste is dry cocoa notes, alcohol, wood, bitter herbs, caramel and hints of coffee and sour vinous notes. Medium to full body, semi-parching mouthfeel, soft to non-existing carbonation. Seems over the top; both mouthfeel and carbonation is suffering and the bitter, dry cocoa tones is too dominant. SlackerMads (3583) - DENMARK - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle thanks to Pentaz. Black with no head. Molasses, bitter dark chocolate, wood, light earthy coffee. Slightly sticky, alcohol shows, flat carbonation. Rough, boozy. tmrmwel (2314) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle 2010, shared with BBGTC. Pours black, with almost no head. Aroma is dark roasted malts with dark fruits, rum raisins, tobacco and cocoa, as well as muscovado and wooden barrels. Creamy body, with no carbonation. Flavour is bitter roasted malts, with cold coffee, leather and cocoa, as well as wooden barrels, some hot notes and liquorice. Inbreak (6711) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2016
18.02.2016, 0,375l bottle (2010 vintage) shared @ BBGTC tasting:JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 27, 2015
No head. Aroma is slightly dry mineraly, weeds, bark, minerals, oak, dark malts, dark sugar, licorice, spices, alcohol. Taste is dry sour-ish mineraly, weeds, burnt sugar, bark, oak, minerals, alcohol, spices, licorice, dark malts. Medium bitterness, dry mineraly mouthfeel, no carbonation. Fair enough.
Near black color with a tall, lasting rich tan head. Sweet coffee and vanilla scents. I seem to be thinking about tiramisu. Hints of alcohol, which remind me of a few flammable liquids I have smelled in my time. Just a bit too overpowering. As the head settles, there is a really nice sheet of lace. Starts with coconut, rum, sweet espresso, and light tropical fruit. Bitterness builds as it slides over the tongue. Has a fairly light feel, with a touch of acid. A little hot now, I can see this one really being a mellow giant in a year or better. Finish has some burnt malt and ash qualities. Definitely a sipping brew. This would handle the richest, heartiest meat or dessert. While fairly sweet, not as much as I envisioned. 2/10