DesertDevil (698) - Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft (taster) at World of Beer - Tempe. Pours a deep black with a thin, quickly dissipating mocha head. Typical nose of licorice, heavy oak, some phenols, and just a hint of bourbon. Sweet, malty flavor with dark chocolate and vinegary woodiness; the Belgian yeast takes center stage late. Very thin body for a stout, much lighter than Black Albert. Solid, though very little bourbon comes through on the taste.
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at 2013 Portland International Beerfest. Black with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, tobacco, and dark malt. Taste is liquor, chocolate, fig, and sweetness. For 13%, it hides the alcohol well.
VsXsV (4389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, ash, wood, raw sugar, port wine, bubblegum, bread and sweet alcohol. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of chocolate, bread, port wine and dried fruit. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Really good.
berntholer (1612) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
stable dense coffee-beige head that disappears slowly but without lacing. coffee coloured beer. aroma of wood, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee and a little hint of iron/metal. taste is alcoholwarmth, roasted malt, sweet with and aftertaste of coffee and port sweetness. warm mouthfeel, soft carbonation and quite dense body. bottle 25 cl - batch #0 - best before march 2014
bytemesis (7980) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks Gikinji! Pours pitch darkest black of black with a large dark brown head that dissipates very slowly leaving great lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, espresso, molasses, fig, cigarettes, not a lot of barrel going on. Flavor is medium sweet, chocolatey, a touch of anise, lightly bitter, perhaps a weak bourbon note, but nothing prominent here. Body is reach, creamy and tongue coating. This is a very nice impy, but the 4 Roses Barrels were not used to good effect here (or else it has faded with time in bottle.) Just a touch of warming on the finish, but nothing that comes close to what might be expected from a 13% ABV.
Leighton (20632) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Borefts 2012 - Bodegraven. Pours black-brown with a big, creamy brown head. Sweet with dirty earth bitterness, sturdy roast, toasty sugars. Full bodied with fine carbonation and chewy mouthfeel. Moderate warmth to finish, oily texture, good chocolate character, earth, dark Belgian sugars, some yeasty burnt bread. Great stuff.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes, and implicitly compared to Black Albert.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with retention typical of the gravity. Not as impressive looking as Black Albert.
S: There is a lot of roasted/charred malts, fudge, licorice, and subtle dark fruits. Where this differs from its non-barreled brother is the wonderfully subtle bourbon on the aroma.
T: This is going to become a broken record, but the gist of the flavor profile is as follows: Black Albert with bourbon. Initial chocolaty flavors slowly turn into a fruity middle and a roasted finish; only this time the back end sees an injection of well-balanced bourbon and *very* light oak.
M: A bit hot next to Black Albert. All that means is that the alcohol presence is about what you’d expect from a 13% BA imperial stout (maybe a bit less), though many of the positive qualities Black Albert had (like drinkability) are still here.
O: On its own, an excellent barrel-aged stout. When compared to Black Albert, it improves on it a few ways (more complex aroma and flavor profile), but is also a bit worse in other aspects (not as aesthetically pleasing, mouthfeel isn’t as great). Really, it’s less "which one is better than the other" and more "which one is less fantastic than the other". Between the two, I’d choose Black Albert, but you really can’t go wrong with either one at all.
radagast83 (7848) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this at the De Struise Tap Takeover at Churchkey. To finish off my night, which I started with Black Albert, I figured I should cap it with this one. This poured a completely pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma was dark fruits, coffee notes, chocolate notes, roasted malts. Flavor was dark fruits, caramel notes, espresso notes. The alcohol was really well masked in this one. Quite a good one.
UDBeernut (2871) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle pours jet black with a creamy milk chocolate head with amazeballs retention. nose of black malts and a slight hint of sour. taste begins with black malt that slowly marches into espresso then slight bourbon and finishes with light sourness. body is full.
Art (3212) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black to brown. Similar pour to Black Albert. The aroma is a different story. I don't think I'm getting any bourbon and getting mostly sour. :( I was really looking forward to this. I prepped by having a Black Albert first and followed it up with this. I wouldn't say it is bad, just that it went sour. The taste is sweet and feels silky smooth. It is strange because there isn't much sour to the taste, only the smell. Still extremely solid.