Veer (362) - Landskrona, - NOV 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: malolactic, port, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark malts – delicious. Slightly of coffee (delicious), hot but cool. Slightly towards a cognac-like aroma. Hops can be deiscerned, but not easily. Lovely, but definitely towards a sweet and sophisticated porter/port-realm. Some woody funkiness and vague peatiness comes through, reminds me of watered Laphroaig och Lagavulin. Nice!
Flavour: Initial roastiness followed by hot, alcoholic maltbitterness. Syrup and fine dark chocolate. Slightly towards espresso but with a very smooth bitterness. Fruitiness lingers in the mouth. Nutty, reminiscent of walnuts. Slightly vetegable aftertaste from the hops. Not bad, but should’ve been a bit more ‘fresh’. Given the lack of real bitterness that for example Mikkeller Black has (now that we’re talking extreme impys) the alcohol strength and sweetness is a bit too much for it to be perfectly balanced. Could’ve gone towards a more extreme roast and hopping. It’s hard to pinpoint where the fruityness comes from, or what it is like. I’d compare it to old apples, pears or posibly rosehip. Hard to pinpoint…
After a while, the sweetness is more obvious and hits you first of all with every sip.
Appearance: Black with a brown rind, dark greyish brown head and yellowish lacing. Looks more brutal than it tastes.
Palate: Very smooth, creamy and oily. Superb!
Ferris (13497) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Vintage 2009 - Smoke and some woody notes with umami. Deep dark brown with no head. Tons of raw wood and some smoke. Slick body and very woody finish.
kraddel (6858) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black/ Brown . Bo real head. Smell is bit boozy. Taste is Sharp, intense, dark malts. Sharp boozy. In a sweet way. Honey. Very different. Very Nice ! Very balanced, and so drinkable to be 16 ℅
thepatrickman (1062) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, dated November 5, 2007, so this beauty is 9 years old. Cheers, spacecoyote! This has held up remarkably well -- there’s only the tiniest hint of oxidization, and there’s still more than enough burnt chocolate / roasted malt bitterness to counter the sweetness of that huge malt bill. It’s boozy but not hot, and all of the different flavors meld together fantastically.
Beerhammaren (1747) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Alko. Rated at Hanniku’s cave 2.0. Pours pitch black with low head. Aroma is roasted malts, burned, alcohol, dark coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, dark fruits. Flavor is mostly same. Still quite rude beer after 8 years of maturation. Still... Swell!
BuckeyeBoy (6544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours out black topped with a ring of fire I mean tan fiz. Nose is big booze rich malts lots of barrel presents ash did I mention booze. Taste is hot so hot with booze barrel notes chocolate pit fruit and ash.
Klimaet (2228) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is vinous, dark fruits, olives, booze, overripe fruits. Taste is malty, dark fruits, ashy, chocolate, booze, caramel, bitter finish.
StoutHead (952) - DENMARK - JUN 5, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black and generates a brown head if poured from on high, but at almost 8 years old it dissappears very fast. Aroma of roasted malts, fruits and alcohol. Taste is of roasted malts, dark dried fruits - like prunes and raisins, chocolate, resin, licorice, wood, molasses, soy sauce and alcohol. Very complex. Has a very long finish of roasted malts, wood and alcohol. Body is above medium but is surprisingly thin for a 16% beer. Very little carbonation but that’s to be expected I guess. Very good though - a real slow sipper.
bergstaden (2613) - Røros, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you Yngwie for sharing tha bottle - Black with a dark brown head - Sweet dark malt aroma with dark fruits and some coffee notes - Dark amlt body with some dark fruity tones and some coffee flavours , and some nice alcohol heat in the back - The dark malts and fruity tones goes into a warm finish - This was real good
biirusaikou (2622) - - FEB 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared, thanks Jonno. Wow, this is a beast, feels like a barrel-aged spiced Porto wine, lots of dark cherry, oak and whiskey, long complex finish. Devilicious stuff, to be sipped and enjoyed at a gentleman’s pace.
willisread (2937) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - FEB 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Jonno. This bottle is 8 to 9 years old. Lots of booze and dark fruit in the nose: plum, raisin, prune, cassis. Lots of deep, rich flavors of wood and booze in the nose as it warms. Body has thinned out, with very little carbonation but wow, what a nice aged beer. More booze and fruit in the mouth with a long lasting and coating finish. Fantastic.