HenrikSoegaard (14176) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Strong chocolate and vanilla notes. Heavy bitter nice chocolate flavor. Long great finish. Fantastic creamy palate. Slightly better than Niepoort. Hansen (8595) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
Black, real black. Has a brown head, fully lasting. And I see guppies swimming in water. Its good. Real good. Dark aroma, black aroma, vanilla, almond, dark malt, chocolate. Heavy sweet flavor, moderate bitter finish, syrupy texture. Full body. saxo (18414) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee and licorice. anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty vinous barrel aroma with hitns of chocolate and molasses and some bourbon. Dry roasted malty chocolate, licorice, molasses and coffee flavor with some woody hints. Has a dry roasted malty bitter chocolate and coffee finish with some hints of vanilla and wood in the aftertaste. VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Tasting with Shaun Hill at Three Penny Taproom - Poured a very dark black/brown in color with an nice ruby red hue where it thins out at the edge. Little or not head, but what of it there was produced some small lacing on the glass. Aroma was overpowering with oak and vanilla. The Bordeaux from the aging barrel really dominates the flavor profile and significantly masks the flavor of the Imperial stout underneath. Worth drinking, of course, I am a bit disappointed; particularly since the other ratings here lead me to believe/expect better...
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2010
375 mL Bottle from Secret Santa and shared with Shawn: Pitch black with an oily appearance but once you swirl the beer, tiny tight bubbles do appear, quite viscous looking. The aroma is an outstanding blend of barrel influence and base Imperial Stout. Charred oak, slight winey vinous esters along with chocolate, roast, molasses, tobacco, leather, fig and herbal hops vapours. The taste did not disappoint and followed suit with a big rich malty and dark fruit overtone with moderate ashy smoke, snappy molasses kick and some spicy hop tones before the woody and moderately alcoholic finish. The mouth feel displays an oily character along with some oatmeal creaminess, nicely warming and a tad ashy. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
OUTSTANDING and far exceeded my expections, I would love to try this with a few years in age on the bottle. Think BA Expedition but with a slight winey character and you get the idea, this should be near the top of any stouties wish list.
bottle shared by bbb63- thanks mike. pours pretty much black with a small brownish tan head. oily legs. aroma of dark chocolate, black licorice, big molasses, figs, plum, and grape notes. wow. really nice roasty and bitter high cocoa dark chocolate flavor. this was awesome. Damn near perfect imperial stout. Roasty, bitter dark chocolate, figs, just great. Nice sticky mouthfeel. best beer of the decade to date! THANKS MIKE! oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2009
Bottled (thanks brunnsbe!). Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is mild wine, some coffee as well as some slight alcoholic notes. Rather wooden as well. Flavour is quite much the same with very big time coffee and vanilla towards the finish and aftertaste. A bit sweet, otherwise a really nicely balanced barrel aged brew. Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2009
It’s pitch black with a small, creamy, dark brown head, and it looks like oil when I pour it into my glass, and the mouthfeel confirms it. The aroma has notes of wood, vanilla, roasted malt, licorice and red wine. The flavor has a light sweetness and a roasted bitterness and notes of licorice, red wine in a nicely balanced way, loads of oak and vanilla, that continues in the long aftertaste and ends in a slightly bitter finish. Very nice indeed! Sigmund (7534) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2009
375 ml bottle, kindly shared by my beer pal Olav, who bought it at Nørrebro Bryghus. Pitch black colour, low brown head. Aroma of acidic fruits and red wine, also notes of dark chocolate and mild coffee. Intense flavour of strong coffee and oak, also notes of dark bitterchocolate, hints of red wine. Bitter hops in the finish.