Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2008
Special thanks to hopscotch for saving a slice of this even though we were running late for the tasting. Dark brown, muddy. Rich, tarry, boozy aroma. Tarry body, too, hot, woody with thick chewy malts. The added boozy, woody notes of the barrel interferes with what was otherwise a wonderfully malty beer. chrisv10 (18211) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle from FOneFan. Black with small brown head, Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little liquorice, vanilla, bourbon, hops,bitter, balanced and complex. TBone (17990) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2008
(Bottled vintage 2006). Sampled to celebrate my 40th birthday. Courtesy of oh6gdx (who brought this bottle from GBBF 2007).
Pitch black color, good dark brown color. Oak (oak barrels), tobacco, dark malts, vanilla, some licorice in the nose. Full-bodied. Main flavor is licorice, dark roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate. Then nuances: oak, vanilla, honey in portwineish palate. Very very complex and highly drinkable. Kick of alcohol in the atfertaste. Long mix of roasted malts and vanilla in the aftertaste. Normal Stormaktsporter is one of my favourite beers and this even tops it. yngwie (17168) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2008
Bottle, at the Rover, Gothenburg. (2006 vintage, 10%) Served in a Triple Karmeliet glass, which proved to be a nice choice from the barman. There’s just nothing to complain about regarding the appearance of the beer. It’s jet black, with a creamy, tan head. The aroma is smooth as hell, with lots of mocha doing a good deal of the job, but has company of a sweetish vanilla and marzipan scent. The alcohol can be detected, but is very weak. In the mouth, it’s very sweet in a good way, with flavors of mocha, some vanilla and a hint of alcohol and dried fruits. It’s very low on bitterness, and also on hops, but it’s just delightful. Sort of leaves me lost for words. (080710) jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2011
2009 bottle shared by Drowland. Thanks for letting me try this! Pours oily black. Nose is complex mixture of roast chocolate, vanilla, bourbon barrel, coconut and roast coffee. Taste of roast chocolate, smoky malts, honey, coconut, burnt vanilla beans, roasted pecans and bourbon barrel.
FatPhil (16893) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2011 275ml bottle (Porvoo Harvest/Dark Beer Festival 2007) 2006 vintage
Jet black, espresso head. Toffee liquorice vanilla aroma soft but very powerful. Mocca and whisky taste - again very powerful, but quite mellow. Whisky definitely dominates, quite alcoholic. Excellent sipping beer, not for glugging, that’s for sure. Looks like it’s been made to taste of whisky rather than to taste of wood that’s been steeped in whisky, or even to simply age itself. In retrospect, this isn’t vastly superior to any of the other whisky-laced beers, but as my first in the style I was very impressed by it. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
A: The pour is thick and pretty much black as night with a small, creamy mocha colored foam.
S: Rich aromas of chocolate, coffee, honey, vanilla, and black cherries. There’s a slight floral note to the beer as well which probably comes from the honey. The oak really imparts some incredible aromas to this beer, and I just can’t stop smelling it.
T: Much like the nose, this one has plenty of barrel character. There’s quite a bit of vanilla, a noticeable charred oak flavor, and a light smokiness. The chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and dark fruits really come through on the palate as well.
M: The carbonation is very low, but that works well with this beer and it doesn’t feel syrupy. It’s quite viscous and creamy and really feels smooth on the tongue.
D: A really fantastic beer which I wish was more easily attainable. I would gladly enjoy this one several more times. Benzai (16520) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle [huge thanks for this trade Jerohen!] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. 2006 bottle, so 9 years old. Very curious how this held up. Opque pitch black color, average to medium sized dark brown head that lasts for quite a long time. Aroma is malts, dark chocolate, oak, roasted malts. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, light bitter, lightly liquorice. Smooth texture, medium body, soft carbonation. Dedollewaitor (16315) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Rating nr. 1000. (2006 version) First of all. This beer is not overrated in any way. This beer has the excact same "amount" of complexity as Westvleteren 12. It pours pitch black with creamy brown head that lasts & drags a very handsome lacing. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla , wood/oak. So smooth (velvet-like) & soft. Palate is oily & thick. Everything is perfect! My god, this makes me go for another 1000 ratings! Rerating March 2010: 2006: Had to give it a notch down. From 4,9 - 4,7. MiP (15960) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2016 Bottle. Very nice creamy vanilla aroma. Black colour, small head. The flavour is a lot like aroma, vanilla, wood, cream. Low carbonation and a soft, even silky mouthfeel. This was very nice. 10 5 9 5 19
2006 bottle, 10%. Vanilla aroma. Black colour. No head. The flavour is still creamy with some vanilla. Still mild carbonation, perhaps a little low, but nice enough. Has some alcohol bitterness. Roasted and nice. 9 5 8 5 19