CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 2005 vintage shared by goldtwins: Pours is identical to the ’04 vintage. Aroma seems to be slightly less intense and complex with some drier tobacco and earthy notes with some grainy crystal malt. Flavor is sweet and caramely with a touch of floral honey flavor and some earthy tobacco and a touch of plum complexity toward a drier finish. I think I prefer the ’04 vintage, but both are very good.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
2004 vintage generously shared by cquiroga on 2/8/07: Pours a mostly opaque with dark brown edges and a nice wispy-lacing light brown head. Big, complex floral honey and caramel malty aroma is reminiscent of some meads with a good amount of plum and rum raisin complexity. Body starts fairly full and sticky with good sweet toasty dark caramel and chocolate malts with a touch of roasty ash. Has a touch of honey sweetness and bitter dark chocolate toward a complex, slightly warming finish. A very nice brew, thanks Chris!
Bottle thanks to puddintane. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, sweetness, maltiness. Flavor was pretty smooth> maybe a little smoke coming through in this along with a little oak or whiskey that was a little unexpected. Pretty good. olek (26) - København N, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2007
Black beer with a fast disappearing head. Sweet and roasted with lots of chocolate, coffee and fruit. Very rich and with a long dry finish spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Thanks to Puddintane for sharing this one at the Columbus tasting #6.Got some slight chocolate with some hints of bourbon in the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.The flavors are pretty much the same as the aroma’s.Thin to medium mouthfeel with some noticable alcohol in the finish. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Shared at Columbus tasting 6 by Puddintane! Thanks! - Pours dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves a little lace. Aroma is mostly roasted malts, some bakers chocolate, and a good amount of coffee. Flavor is mostly dominated by roasted malts as well, some dark chocolate and an appearance of some coffee flavor. Finishes with slight bitterness. Smooth oily palate with low carbonation. Solid brew but I don’t think this is going to hang onto a top 50 spot as more people get to try it..
thebaldwizard (1365) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Huge thanks to puddintane for bringing this rare brew. Great aroma of bourbon, syrupy malt, and port wine. Deep brown body with a brown head. The palate is too thin for an imperial stout and really detracts from the enjoyability of the beer for me--this would be a weak palate for a porter. The carbonation is very low as well. Tangy malt flavor with some alcohol, a bit of bitterness in the back of your mouth. This beer to me is overrated. It’s enjoyable for sure--but not nearly as good as some the imperial stouts that are rated lower--all in my opinion of course... LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Thanks to Dave for the chance to try this beer!! Lots of roastiness in the aroma with a little chocolate or licorice. The taste seemed very roasted with maybe a little coffee or bakers chocolate. While this was a good beer I dont really see what all the fuss is about. Its a solid porter/stout...nothing great but good. The barrel would have to really step things up to make this worthy of its counterparts praise. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Bottle shared by puddintane at C-Bus 6: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma, of chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of alcohol, some fruity notes. Flavor, chocolate, coffee, some roasted notes, and a mild bitterness on the end, some fruits again. Very smooth, medium bodied, solid stuff. Now someone send me the Kaggen. motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2007
rbesg06, grand tasting, 05 bottle. really stoof out after some mediocre east european baltic porters. pitch black, steady brown head, looks a treat. great aroma of library books, chocolate cake mix and whipped cream. rich but not cloying texture, hints of chocolate-coated strawberries, rich, faintly woody, excellent stuff. was my favourite beer of the day for a good ten minutes awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
From a 25cL Bottle, 2004 Vintage. Tasted side by side with the Kaggen version. A flood of densely colored, chocolatey brown goodness pours into my glass, painted delicately with streaks of ruddy tobacco. Nice lacing on the edges of the glass, but the small head of caramelly tan that initially completes the artistic presentation whithers a bit too soon. A gentle swirl of the snifter glass brings it back to life quickly and beautifully. Intoxicating aromas of rich english toffee served over a toasted graham cracker with a drizzle of rich chocolate syrup. A touch of molasses and freshly baked rum raisin bread compliment gorgeously, leaving behind that lingering hint of spiced rum as I back my nose reluctantly out of the glass and prepare for the first sip. Full bodied, creamy soft mouthfeel with a gentle tickle of carbonation on the tongue. The flavors do not disappoint. Loads of dark breads start off the palate, filled with juicy prunes that have been softened in a rummy molasses. A delicate spice tingles the palate gently, bringing visions of cardamom. A decadent tobacco thickness begins the gentle climb away from the fruity malt characters and into the drier domain that ultimately leaves a dry, unsweetened chocolate smack left resting on the tongue. After a patient and enjoyable wait, a touch of charred oak comes out on the very back end. Fabulous. Not very roasty in the spectrum of things, but the chocolate tones are more than enough to dry up the exquisite dark fruity malts present. Fantastic brew overall, and dare I say, possibly even under-rated on this site. Thanks for sharing, Chris!