Muggus69 (2673) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2014
330ml bottle BB 15-07-15
Serious looking stout; pitch black body, opaque, holds a dense deep tan head.
Amazing aroma; toasted waffles, rich dark chocolate, coconut, charred oak, roast nuts, vinous dark fruits, maple syrup.
Rich texture, very syrupy, viscous, oily, accentuated by a low carbonation,.still turns out quite dry, very long.
Very complex on the body, perhaps even a bit too much(?); lots of rich caramel syrup, chocolate topping, toasty oak vanilla and coconut, Darker fruits emerge towards a long finish. Moderate bitterness, sweetness lingers but in a balanced sort of way.
Beautiful beer. Doesn’t seem to have the depth of the Black Albert, still immensely complex and flavoursome.
ansjelaah (1748) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Gedronken op Borefts´13. Zwarte kleur met een beige/bruine schuimkraag. Ruikt en smaakt naar koffie, fruitig, chocolade, roasty, alcohol, bitter. rarbring (2295) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2014
Overall: Sweet, alcoholic, almost oaky, bitter coffee.Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2014
Note: On-tap 250 ml at De Klomp. Reviewed 2014-01-16.
Pours totally black with a dense black head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruits, some soy sauce and woody notes. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a lightly roasty and woody finish. Barely a hint of the alcohol. Fantastic! Pyrmir (6200) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2014
On tap. Black with thin brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, booze, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is surprisingly thin, of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, chocolate, fruits, oak, vanilla and lots of bourbon. Finish is long and ashy with lots of bourbon and alcohol notes.
bhensonb (15630) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle from Bu11zeye. Gushed a bit. Pours very dark with a dark tan head. Aroma is oak/bourbon. With mustard? Full bodied. Flavor is bourbon/vanilla(strongly)/oak. Mustard seems missing! Develops some subtle chocolate/coffee with time. Heat is non-existent. Even in the gullet. Foam keeps crawling out of the bottle. Whisky flavor is very tasty. Really a pleaser. Ataraxia (567) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Vintage 2009. Opaque black, thin brown lacing. Blackstrap molasses, chocolate, mochachino, dates, figs, and rye. Mild bitterness, a little chalky, and more vinous at the end. Good carbonation and smooth, though a little thin at 13% abv. alexsdad06 (10672) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2013
11.2 oz bottle shared with the group. Pours black with a small light tan head. The aroma has the same Big Belgian stout that is Black Albert as its base, a strong Belgian stout with vanilla, bourbon and licorice. Belgian yeast, some roast and chocolate with a bitter finish. This did show some alcohol,but it diminished as it warmed. I am not the biggest fan of Black Albert but this does add to the base. Sureshpa (398) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2013
Brown frotty head. Aroma; Coffee, liqorice, slight hint of alcohol.
Taste; Coffee, liquorice, roasted malt, slight bitterness in aftertaste. Well balanced beer. Martinus (4693) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2013
Jet black colour, firm beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, Bourbon, cacao powder. Bitter roasty flavour, black coffee, mocha, alcohol, caramel. Full body. Finish coffee, Bourbon, burned sugar. Nice powerful brew, though it might benefit from a bit more balance.
On 2nd thought: seems it was served too cold, when it warms up it does open up and becomes more balanced, allowing the Bourbon to come more to the foreground.
(from 33cL bottle @ Restaurant Hommelhof, Oostvleteren)