Benzai (15092) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
gunnfryd (14641) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 2007 version. Thx to Beer3000. Beast of borboubon on the speakers. The bottle was opened. Black colour wih a tan head. Big expactation. Lovely aroma of coffee,licorice, malt, hop, oak, fruit. Flavour is is cocos, coffee, heather, honey, alcohol, vanilla. Easy drinkable world class beer. Lovely.
Ratman197 (14356) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Small bottle 2008 poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brownhead. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, raisins, dates and molasses. Palate was medium to full bodied and smoth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruit, light coffee and light oak with a smooth dry lingering chocolate bourbon finish.
Scopey (14007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at THE stout tasting - part 1. Thanks Ken! It pours jet black with a small tan head. The nose is rich roasted malt, dark honey, oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, dark caramel, fudge and coffee. The taste is roasted malt, toffee, pretty big alcohol kick, honey, chocolate, earth, toasted coconut, touch of spice, vanilla, residual sweetness, salted caramel, tobacco and some pepper with a warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel (but not cloying). Really well balanced. Perhaps not as smooth as I had hoped, but a delicious beverage nonetheless.
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2010 Re-rate 7/27/10: Bottle shared as the Grand Finale of a pale lagers tasting. Thanks a lot omhper for the beauty! 2006 bottle. Black color with a medium brown head. Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, a bit of cocoa, oak light cherry hints and a bit of fruit pralines notes. Thick sweet chocolatey flavor with a bit of fruits, light licorice hints, some roasted nuts, a bit of alcohol and drier roasty finish with light herbal notes. Full silky body. This sample was not enough! I want more! 8/4/8/5/17=4.2
(6/29/08) Bottle sample at RBESG08 grand tasting in Plzen. Black-colored with a brown head. Aroma of roasted to burnt malt, some sweet chocolate notes, cocoa and some coffee. Quite dry roasted-burnt flavor of malt, cocoa and a bit of dark fruitiness. Full-bodied. Looking forward to try a more proper sample of this from the bottle in my cellar. 8/5/8/4/16=4.1
HenrikSoegaard (13803) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2006 version at Den Tatoverede Enke. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Powerfull vanilla and honey notes, no smoke.
Moderate bitter flavor. Strong caramellic notes, almost "Bailey-like". Fantastic long moderate bitter finish. Exstremely creamy wonderfull palate. To strong caramellic notes too become truly fantastic, but really great stuff. Way too expensive!
Christian (13336) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010 Rating number 1000. December 2006 25cl bottle. Pitch black with a thick, creamy and long lasting light brown head. Intense aroma, oak above all, with much vanilla character. Plums, dates and figs. Some alcohol gives it some bourbon after a while, and portwine is also in play. The flavour has all that barrel character plus the full blown impy stout richness. Rather sweet but balanced by some hops, the dark malt bitterness and some alcohol. As it enters the mouth, oak and vanilla dominates, then comes some fruityness along with warming alcohol, and perfection is reached with the long lasting black aftertaste of espresso, charcoal, licorice and dark chocolate that sits in the mouth for a long time.
Hyped beers demand extra concentration when drinking, which in turn may give a great beer an even better rating because I pick up all of its complexity - my first Westvleteren 12 took an hour to drink, and this will also last. But they are hyped because of their qualities in the first place, and this beer is worth all the attention.
Re-rate same batch, March 2010: Has held up perfectly. Still the same balanced and complex beer. I’m not regretting the 5.0
2009 vintage at Boreft Beer Festival, October 2010: Much rougher and with much more Bourbon character, this was only a 4.3 experience. If you get your hands on a bottle of 2009, age it a bit.
bierkoning (13054) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 2006 bottle. Almost black color, with dark brown foam. Creamy aroma with dark chocolate, ash and roast. Thick bodied, but dryer as expected. initial alcohol is attacked by a flavor bomb, consisting of cream, roasted malt, loads of dark chocolate, ash, oak, beechwood and pineapple. Alcohol burn in the endless aftertaste. Complex and delicious beer, seems heavier than its promised 10% ABV. 8 4 8 5 17 = 4.2
2007 version, tap @ EBF 2008. Flower honey in the delicious aroma, combined with some oak. Licorice, honey and roast in the flavor. Lusciously sweet but still a great complexity. Licorice in the aftertaste. Again: excellent!
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, 2006 vintage) Pours a dark brown body with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light smoke, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavor of vanilla, roasted malt, light licorice, wood, and bourbon.
Dogbrick (12565) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle. Pours a flat brownish-black color with a thin beige head that recedes quickly to a thin outer ring. Small sticky patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, oak and dark chocolate. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, oak and underlying dark fruit. The finish is roasted malt and leaves a lingering vinous oak aftertaste. Good beer that holds up well all around.