ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013culchiem (3929) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2017
22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a supremely dark brown color, one thatís very opaque. Very little head here, just a thin tan-colored film, and even that retains poorly. On the other hand, this has visible alcohol legs.
S: This has a lot of boozy dark fruits, along with perhaps a twinge of nuttiness and a twinge of chocolate. Thereís also a twinge of bourbon - not actual oaky character, though. An acceptable nose...but man, I was expecting something that was total batshit insanity with a side of bourbon-soaked pecans. And itís just not; itís really just...boozy. Inhaling directly from the bottle yields more pecan notes, though.
T: The opening flavors are very chocolaty - always a good thing in imperial stouts. Bourbon very briefly pops up in the middle, before turning into a spicy, boozy finish. Some pecan flavors also pop up on the back end, becoming gradually bolder as more is imbibed; the strong nutty character is very redolent of Arrogant Bastard to an extent. The booze bite on the back end is more fruity than fusely. Itís about as alcoholic as I expect a 13% stout to be, no more, no less, and becomes less of an issue as this warms up. Actually, my chief complaint about this brew isnít the alcohol presence (that gradually calms down), itís the lack of complexity. There really isnít much to this beyond booze, chocolate, and pecan. Even worse, there really isnít a lot of harmony or balance between those flavors. But itís endearing. Endearing, much in the same way that íMerica is endearing.
Gawd bless íMerica.
M: It feels a bit light (Iíd call it medium-bodied if it werenít 13%) and airy, along with a touch of rye-derived coarseness. There isnít much of a substantial feeling on the palate - itís almost like it was designed to be surprisingly drinkable for such a big stout. And honestly? It is. At a higher temperature, the boozy notes become obscured, making this even easier to sip.
O: Itís not often I get a brew where the flavor profile is MUCH better than the aroma (without the aforementioned nose being out-and-out horrid and/or not to my liking), but this is exactly that. I wouldnít call it top-caliber - it doesnít have supreme depth, or even a good balance for that matter. Still, it has a definite charm that makes it much better than the average imperial stout. And hey, itís far more likeable than Wesley Crusher ever was.
Draught at Brewdog Berlin. Black with a tan head. Aroma of toasted wood and dark fruit. Flavour is dark roasted malt, coffee, toffee on a roast creamy malt finish. DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 30, 2017
[5/14/17] Bottle in the line for Bokkereyder release at Mikkeller & Friends Bottle Shop in Copenhagen. Version 4. Black. Roast, coffee, chocolate, bittersweet, bitter finish. Quite full-bodied. tmrmwel (2058) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2017
On tap @ Bergen Beer Craft Fest. Pours pitch black, with a small creamy, mocha head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, with dark fruity notes of raisins and prunes, tobacco and
Full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is dark roasted malts, with tobacco, liquorice, coffee and muscovado, as well as some dark fruits. Inbreak (5806) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2017
19.05.2017, tap @ Bergen Craft Beer Festival:Hoppy_Luke (1850) - Poznań, POLAND - MAY 17, 2017
Nice light brown slightly fizzy-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark sugar, minerals, grass, dark malts, toast, butterscotch, burnt caramel, yeast, booze, "knekk", hay. Taste is slightly sweet boozy, weeds, dark sugar, burnt caramel, minerals, dark malts, booze, paper, yeast, butterscotch, "knekk", toast, paper. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly harsh boozy mouthfeel. Fair enough.
Czarny kolor, niewielka, ale ładna, drobna, beżowa piana. Aromat obłędny - czekolada, wanilia, kokos. W smaku gęsta, słodka czekolada, intensywny kokos, mocna wanilia! Beczka zrobiła swoje! Rewelacja!
Cybuch (357) - Muszyna, POLAND - MAY 15, 2017
Zapach obłędny, typowo beczka po burbonie, wanilia, czekolada, kokos swietny, bardzo intensywny. Barwa nieprzejrzyscie czarna, piana swietna, drobna, obfita, utrzymujaca sie. W smaku geste, mocno palone ale i calkiem słodkie, czekoladowe. Jest delikatnie zbozowe. Alkohol czuc, szczypie w usta, rozgrzewa w przełyk, ale na oko jest na poziomie 8%. Swietny RIS, najlepsze nuty z beczki. Jedyny minus to ze po 0.2 kreci sie w glowie. zvikar (6068) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 14, 2017
At the line to Bokkereyder, pours black with a beige head, aroma of fruits, chocolate, toffee, flavor is a bit alcoholic with chocolate, grain, orange, medium to full bodied oberschlesier (52) - Kattowitz, UPPER SILESIA, - MAY 12, 2017
Great aroma of plum jam, generally nice aroma balance, rather sweet. Well hidden alcohol. This beer has 13% alc., but if I had a blind-test, I would say that it has about 7-8%. mgajdaczewa (2095) - Katowice, POLAND - APR 30, 2017
W aromacie czekolada, kakao, mniej kawy, lekki orzech i wanilia, mało beczki, ale przyjemnie. W smaku gęste, oleiste, czekoladowe z orzechowymi naleciałościami, mało paloności, nieco kawy. Team słodyczka. Alko nieźle ukryte, choć ideału nie ma. Jest to dobre. DroolYeast (1464) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 30, 2017
Bottle. Aroma bourbon, coffee, vanilla, some burnt caramel. Black with tan head. Taste is moderate sweet and light bitter. Full body, oily feel and bourbon finish.