Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Pours thick, dark, and unclear blackish without really much of a head. The aroma is incredible, sweet vanilla marshmallow candy, wow! The flavor brings sweet vanilla beans and some smooth oaky booze that goes down easy some how for the high ABV! There is some coconut from the barrel and beans as well, so nice. The body is thick, but not too oily or overbearing. Wow, awesome! Bragesnak (5393) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2013
Copenhagen Beer Celebration.
Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and vanilla. Flavor with coffee, liqourice and caramel Inbreak (6712) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2017 13.05.2017, tap @ MBCC:Ungstrup (38932) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2013
Nice brown slightly fizzy-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark sugar, dark malts, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate pudding, caramel, oak, toffee, old rope, vanilla, bark, cocoa, hints of coconut. Taste is rich and sweet, dark sugar, dark malts, chocolate pudding, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, bourbon, oak, toffee, booze, minerals. Medium bitterness, sweet boozy mouthfeel. Nice.
04.05.2013, tap @ CBC:
After the regular one beeing the biggest disappointment ever the day before, this one could only be better. Still very flat, but at least there is a hint of there beeing a head at all. Aroma is sweet, slightly rich, dark malts, vanilla, dark sugar, chocolate, caramel, coffee, cocoa. Tast is still very sweet, but far away from the sugar bomb from the day before. Dark malts, alcohol, vanilla, oak, dark sugar, cocoa, caramel, coffee. Longlasting bitterness, very dry mouthfeel. It’s a lot better than the regular one, but still it’s not even close to competing with Founders KBS for instance. And Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Vanilla is out of this world compared to this one.
Draft. A black beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, roasted malt, and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, alcohol, roasted malt, and soy sauce, leading to a dry finish. _angst_ (5009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2013
Draught @ CBC2013. Pours oily dark brownish black with a thin mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, tons of vanilla, quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, bourbon, charred wood, coconuts, molasses, caramel, honey, toffee, burnt cookies and hints of sweet soy sauce. Taste is very sweet with roasted malts, tons and tons of vanilla, quality dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee, honey, vanilla fudge, caramel, toffee, fresh oak, bourbon, charred wood, roasted nuts, sweet soy sauce and sweet liquorice candy. Mouthfeel is silky, sticky sweet, round, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, vanilla essence, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, toffee, caramel, bourbon and charred wood. Extreme but very good... I expected less...
joes (154) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2013
Sample @ cbc 2013. Black, small head. Very sweet aroma, where vanilla is overruling the bourbon/wood, coffee and chocolate. Sweet taste as well, with upcoming roasted bitternes. Complex, long lingering aftertaste. Nice one, but too much vanilla-sweetness to finish a whole bottle (if I ever had the chance ....). Camons (13497) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2013
Draught @ CBC. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, huge vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark chocolate. Flavor is rich roasted malts, coffee, loads of vanilla and dark chocolate, dark cherries, wood, bourbon. Full body, soft carbonation, warming slightly burning alcohol. Huge, rich, tasty and complex beer, yummies. 040513 DSG (15403) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2014 Re-rate 5/2/14: [5/2/14] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. 1st session. Black with a brown head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Sweet flavor with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a light alcoholic edge. Full-bodied, thick and silky. 9/4/8/5/17=4.3
gyllenbock (10025) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
Re-rate 5/1/14: Bottle sample at Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. Powerful chocolate and vanilla. Amazing. 9/4/8/5/17=4.3
[5/4/13] Draught at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Black with a small brown head. Great chocolate and vanilla aroma with some wood, bourbon and pleasant roastiness. Great pleasant sweet flavor with chocolate, lots of vanilla, some wood, a bit of alcohol and a bit of sugary coffee notes. Full-bodied. Great stuff. 8/4/8/4/17=4.1
Sample at CBC 2013, Saturday.
Black with a small tan head. What a great beer this is! Smooth and elegant with vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, some bourbon. Vinous and very balanced. An incredible beer. I dont care about the hype, I care about tasty beers.
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2013
Sampled from bottle during a vertical 2004-2012 line-up of all DLs, during a beer tasting weekend - in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Notes include main characteristics in aroma and flavour components.
2012 Bourbon BA DL - bottle 197/685 - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, some chocolate. 3.8/5
2012 Boubon Vanilla DL - bottle 921/934 - chocolate, vanilla, sherry... Aroma makes one think of a vanilla scented cancle (no shit). 3/5
2012 Cognac Vanilla DL - bottle 409/534 - green coffee beans, green paprica, spicy notes. No Cognac scent at all. 3/5
2012 Cognac De Muerte DL - bottle 203/817 - cacao, pepper and peppers scent. Taste is very hot due to the peppers but take away most of the taste - pity (not as balanced as for example the Hunahpu) 3.3/5
2011 PVW Bourbon BA DL - bottle 261/484 - thanks Jeffo! - lots of bourbon, but beautifully embedded in the whole aroma palet. The first DL I really dig. Vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Best of the vertical. 4.2/5
2011 Brandy BA DL - bottle 185(?)/312(?) - a sour pinch to the basic DL character, cherries. 3.2/5
2011 Brandy Vanilla DL - bottle 403/433 - loooots of chocolate. 3.1/5