DeanF (2647) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2015
2015 edition bottle, 11.9% alcohol listed. Black body with a hint of transparency and a very modest beige head. Heavy aroma of fusels and cherries, some notes of barley but the chemicals are coming off way too strong on the nose. Flavour is thick and chewy molasses and licorice, strong with a bite, and a dry finish. This hits on a few levels but it lacks the finesse that a brute of a brew like this style should have - it’s overbearing at this point. Bov (13354) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 15, 2015
courtesy of fiulijn - black beer with no head retention; aroma of dark chocolate, whisky, vanilla and tobacco; light notes of burnt ribbon; full-bodied, sweet, quite thick, some fair bitterness; aftertaste of figs, black chocolate and vanilla, corn and burnt ribbon again, light reminiscence of whisky wood - good but not my favorite IRS profile Boutip (6620) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some black chocolates notes with some dry woody notes. Taste is also dominated by dry woody notes with light vanilla undertones and some dry and bitter black chocolate notes. Body is about average but thinner then I was anticipating with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too dry for my taste buds and lacking body with some lack of integration between al the flavors. vadie (1257) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2015
Wow. Une belle bière noire avec une petite robe marron qui laisse très peu de dentelles. L’arôme est chargée avec du chocolat, vanille, bourbon, malt torréfié, et un peu de réglisse, cerises et alcool. Wow, super complexe. En bouche c’est très onctueux, presque épais. D’abord, il y a du chocolat (très peu sucré, mais non du cacao pur), vanille et du malt torréfié. Puis, c’est un peu du café, réglisse et bourbon. Ensuite il y a de l’alcool et un amertume bien équilibré dans la finale. L’après goût est du malt torréfié, du bourbon, un peu du café, très peu du chocolat et un amertume léger. Je suis étonné. Ceci est le version 2014. kbudd19 (1022) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle vintage 2014. Appearance is oily black with a thin layer of mocha head. Aroma is black liqourice, vanilla, marshmallow, and ash. Taste is roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, and ash. Medium mouthfeel, with light carbonation. This really caught me by surprise, it’s well balanced, with a nice amount of barrel, and virtually no heat, mouthfeel is a bit thin but overall really damn tasty, well done!
AncreSteam (17) - - APR 23, 2015
A lovely aroma of carmel and malts with a hint of alcohol. It pours black with a small tight bubble head that clings to the edge of the glass and reminds me of a monk’s tonsure. The ring of head lasts for quite a while. The taste is of fruit, maybe prunes and there is a gentle effervescence. The drink leaves a pleasant but slightly bitter after taste. Mouth feel is substantial but not too thick. This is a pleasant warming beverage that I would put up beside other top imperial stouts like North Coast Old Rasputin. tderoeck (10574) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 14/II/15 - 1Pt.6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Ben’s place) - BB: n/a (2015-209) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!TBone (18542) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Clear dark brown beer, very small creamy beige head, unstable, dissipates immediately, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, bourbon, alcohol, some vanilla notes. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: very sweet start, lots of caramel, vanilla, alcohol, boozy. Aftertaste: little sourish, caramel, vanilla, sugar, coffee, soft roastedness, sweet, charcoal.
Tap at RnH, Nyc. Opaue brown color, brown and lace, Vanilla, lactose, toasted malts. Medium to full-bodied. Delicious vanilla, some bourbon, cocoa. Nicely balanced. Good BA treatment. JefVerstraete (3739) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Shared @ RBBWG 2015. Dark brown, small head. Medium carbonation. Well balanced beer. Aroma of roasted malts, light bourbon, some vanilla, not too sweet or boozy. Good! 77ships (11479) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Thanks to JefVerstraete! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG IV. Blackish dark brown, little to no head; Nose is sweet cheap chocolate, mocha, light umami, sweet sugar. Taste is vanilla, sweet bourbon, sweet cheap chocolate, quite a bit of liquorish, brown sugar, lots of bourbon vanilla sweetness, finish is a bit bitter, faint roast but mainly sweet. Slick bodied, not the best in its category but very nice all the same.