bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Draft at big wood. Deep black with scant tan ring of carbonation. Sweet dark fruit, raisins, apple, dark dried cherries, hint of tart and low underlying roast with tame barrel character. Up front some smokey malt is present, little bit of apple tartness and cognac, light roast, a bit of coco nib in the finish. mcberko (19803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
On tap at PIB, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of cognac, roasted malt, and liqueur coated chocolate. Flavour is even more complex, with notes of cognac, cherries, and chocolate. The barrel aging certainly has done this wonders, making it less sludgy and more drinkable. Much improved from the base beer. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Tap @ PIB (Labeled as Mad Viking Cognac Barrel Night Raid)... Poured jet black with a moderate, brown head. This was definitely the buzz beer within our group. Very big booze tones that lent to a vinous cognac character. Bit roasted notes and a strong wood presence. This was intense with a flavor profile that seemed to offer something different with each sip. For PIB, which was ultimately a let down, this beer sort of saved the day. nealblind (2007) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2013
On tap at seattle brew fest. Pitch black some tan head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, milk. Tastes smokey, rancid fruity tang, oaky a bit harsh and acidic on the palate. Also some maple syrup flavor. I also tried the regular (non-barrel aged) one and it seemed better because more the the maple flavor came out. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2013
650. Pours jet black with a loose, creamy dark tan head. Sweet chocolate and darkly sweet vinous notes on the nose. They cancel each other out slightly (each seems like it would be more intense on its own without the other), But they work well together, and what they create together smells delicious even if it is subdued. Creamy thick body. Soft carb...not going flat at all but it’s very mild. Chocolate, roast, a little hint of coffee lurking, and nice sweet fruit sugar vinous overtones from the barrel, along with some nice vanilla. Long sweet finish with great undertones from the malt bill. Really good.
yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
On tap at ØlFestival 2012. Looking quite nice this one, with it’s almost black body and tan head. Nice aroma too, licorice, roasted malts, some alcohol and a touch of the cognac. Lacking a bit on complexity in both aroma and flavor I think. The flavor is quite sweet, with roasted malts, coffee, alcohol and some cognac. Full-bodied, warming and smooth on the palate, with some roasted kind of bitterness in the end. A bit warm and simple maybe, but a fine beer anyway. 120510 Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
On tap at Uber. Pours black with minimal head. Smell sweet grainy, bready, vanilla and caramel, Taste smoky sweet vanilla, chocolate sugar, roast. Full body. Very impressive. Bragesnak (5393) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2012
DØE festival, DK.
Black with small head. Aroma of roasted malt and spirits. Flavour with nuts, coffee and alcohol. AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Black color with tan head. Nice dark pit fruit, wood char, cognac, dark roast aromas. medium body with average co2. Wood char, cognac, dark roast, chocolate, vanilla, dirt earth flavors--very good. Borup (15914) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2012
Draugth at DØE. Black with a biege head. Aroma and flavour of vanilla, cognac, caramel, roasted malt, wood and chocolate.