caesar (7101) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 Bottle 2006. Opaque color, short brown head. Aroma of dark chocolat, sweet, oak wood, port, candy. Quite unique to find this combination in a beer. Very strong and complex taste of chocolat, port wine, cognac, slight alcoholic, hint of vanilla. This definitely beats a Westvleteren. jerohen (2277) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 Bottle (2006) from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. To my total surprise this beer was suddenly available in the Netherlands, thank you martinboer for mentioning this! Black appearance, small brown head. Very complex nose, port-notes, wood, malts, fruit (plums) and quite some more stuff i can’t define. Sweet flavour, some cognac notes appear. Alcohol is obviously present. Great mouthfeel and long lasting bitter finish. The combination of flavours is truly unique. Really good. Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Big thanks to those who allowed me to sample this rare brew. It is nearly opaque in my snifter, and has good carbonation all things considered. Big aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. There is some alcoholic heat, along with vanilla and chocolate. There are ripe fruits, oaky tannins, everything is more restrained than in some other BA Stouts. Silky smooth on the palate, and coating at the same time. I wish I had a whole one of these. RoyceH (1199) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 14, 2007
Bottle, 2006 batch, GBBF 2007. Black with a big brown head. Strong on malts, but not overly so, balanced with liquorice, coffee, chocolate coming through. Some hint at its strength, but not offensively. Mouth is excellent, very upfront on the roasted maltiness, balanced with strong dark liquorice tones. Finishes silky and very well balanced, some dryness, complemented on the back of the palate with this wonderful oaky chocolate tone. I hovered over the gravity of giving this a 5 but then thought f*ck it, this is divine. Perfect in every way. dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2007
(Bottled at GBBF ’07; December 2006 brew (10%)) Poured dark with a big off-white head. Scent is full of berries and a hint of malts. Slightly sugary. Dark roasted chocolate scents, cherries, berry fruits... Complex and stunning!
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Thanks to everyone involved in allowing me to sample this fine brew - 2006 bottle - Aroma is very strong oak, vanilla and roasted chocolate malts. Pours black with a small brown head that reappeared upon swirling and left good lacing. Flavor is so delicious. Smooth clean vanilla, oak and dark chocolate blend together perfectly. Alcohol is well hidden. The palate is so soft and smooth for such a strong and flavorful brew. I honestly didn’t want to be my top rated beer, but there is no denying the quality and greatness of this beverage. One word can describe it, amazing. sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Does it live up to the hype? In a word...YES! I wish I could be sipping on this at my local pub! This beer pours pretty black with a little bit thicker deep tan head than the regular Imp. Stout. Rich molassis, smokey, toasty with a hint of alc. but not offputting. Rich chocolate malts, deep tastes of bakers chocolate and slight hazelnut flavors. This brew is pretty round, not the biggest brew but this beer is focused on the finesse and that it has. Very silky with fine tannins and well intergrated oak. Finish lasts for minutes. pilsnerrogge (2935) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2007
2005 bottle Black with an ok head. Aroma is dark, bitter chocolate with notes of liquorice. Flavour is bitter, oaky, somewhat harsh and salty and in the background lurks a growing honey sweetness. Complex. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 2005 bottle - June ’07 - purchased at Akkurat, Stockholm - $40.
First off, I thought this really lived up to the hype. It was flat out unbelievable - right in between the imperial stouts that need to be a bit bigger and those that go overboard...no matter how hard I tried to find something I didn’t like about it, I simply couldn’t - it was the definition of balanced. Each sip was proceeded by a heart-felt "WOW!". Every part of this brew was so insanely complex. The aroma wrapped up vanilla, oak, dark chocolate malts, espresso, licorice, dark fruits, etc - I smelled it for who knows how long. Flavor was exquisite - wrapping all those smells into a perfectly chewy and smooth palate. Talk about wanting to lick your gums and lips. The finish was balanced between sweet and bitter - the slight alcohol burn warmed but nowhere near overpowered anything. Will I get my taste buds on this one again? Let’s hope so. Ya, I liked it that much. Simply divine in every right a beer can be.... anders37 (26257) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2007
Bottle vintage 2005 from a blind tasting @ Bishop’s Arms, Malmö. Pours a black color with a lovely tan head. Has a roasted malty aroma with lots of chocolate and coffee and some honey hints in the background. Also some hints of dark fruit. Sweet roasted malty thick mouthfeel of chocolate, coffee and some oak hints. In the background you have the honey flavor aswell. Finish is dry roasted malty with some hints of alcohol and some nice bitterness in the aftertaste.