Cunningham (7975) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2017 jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Jet black appearance. The wax from the bottle smells amazing..tempted to chew it like the wax candy from the 70s. Big bold imperial stout flavor with a nice bourbon coating on my tongue, with the hazelnuts on the back end. A bit hot (hey dummy, its 18.5%), but hidden well for the percentage.
My goodness this was heavenly good. Hmm maybe the place to share it was meant to be.superspak (5594) - Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2017
Black color with a solid beige head. Looks fine. Nice lacing. Solid aroma. Full body and a smooth carbonation level. Nice rich (but yet mellow) sweetness and a oily texture. Warming alcohol. Unbelievable well masked at 19%. Lasting flavor with chocolate, toffee, molasses, nutty, espresso, oak and vanilla. Solid stuff!
[Shared bottle at Assistens Kirkegård! in Copenhagen, Denmark]
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/4/2016. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger foamy khaki head with poor retention, and reduces to nothing pretty quickly. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Plenty of alcohol legs on the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, raisins, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, hazelnuts, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, raisins, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness and light roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, raisins, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, hazelnuts, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness and roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairy full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/syrupy/sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a small lingering warmth, with mild booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, hazelnuts, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. I was hoping for more intense hazelnut character from this; but it seems to be much more balanced between the malt, barrel, and hazelnut flavors. A highly enjoyable offering regardless. Christos (5781) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2017
(The Bruery Grey Monday) Bottle 750ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 18.5%. Vintage 2014.
Black coloured body, small and frothy dark brown head, with low retention.
Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, roasted malts, vanilla, some hazelnuts in there but not as pronounced as I expected.
Taste is sweet with bourbon and vanilla, alcohol, roasted malts, molasses, some hazelnut on the back.
Thick body, soft carbonation.
Very good. kryon (3552) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2017
Pours muddy dark brown with minimal head
Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, dried, light notes of liqourize, chocolate
Taste has bold, warming, sweet notes of alcohol, bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, dried fruits ansalon (3845) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2017
Pours hazy dark brown with a low off white head. Aromas of caramel, ripe apple, raisins, plums, oak, muscovado sugar, vanilla. Taste is caramel sweetness with nutty notes and prominent oak character. Mouthfeel is full bodied with oily notes and very low carbonation.
KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2017
750 ml bottle. Nose is huge vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, hazelnuts. Lots of cocoa. Sweet, boozy flavor, lots of chocolate and hazelnuts. Over-powering but pretty awesome. maekchu (3911) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2017
Bomber. Big dark fruit and chocolate aromas. Lots of alcohol fumes. Dark brown with translucent edges. Super sweet fruit initial, with chocolate, some alcohol burn, dark burnt sugar, and ooohhh!!! Heavy body and quite hot. The hazelnuts are lost somewhere among the alcohol and the sweetness. Very tasty, to be sure... but so rich and alcoholic. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle share @ Hampton Inn pre-DLD 2016. Pour hazel / brown with a very small beige head that fades quickly. Aroma and flavor of dark chocolate, roasted malt, hazelnuts, booze, and caramel. Finish is boozy and sweet. cobaink2 (690) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Pours midnight black. Deep cherry and a bit of peated oak. A tad sweet. But the alcohol does create a warming aftertaste that few beers do. Really nicely made. Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2017 26 may 2017, tap at Bruery. 2014 batch. Nose is walnuts, blue fruit (raisins, digs, plums?), moderate booze. Med body, almost flat, faintly syrupy. Hazelnut comes out in flavor, some tobacco, raisins. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Very nice.
10 Nov 2016, tap at Bruery Terreux. med/dark brown. nose is boozy, soy sauce, and hazelnuts. med/full body and moderately fizzy. seriously, smells and tastes like sweet soy sauce with some nuts. not a fan.