DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. This is from 2008 in case you weren’t paying attention.
3.0 A: Black color. A little over one finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is poor, but at 13.6%, what do you expect. No lacing.
4.0 S: Rich nose full of supple roastiness, tons of sweet chocolate, molasses, and loads of caramel. So incredibly well integrated; time has done this well. Booze is extremely well hidden.
4.5 T: Follows the nose for the most part. Powerful, but soft roastiness. Big hits of chocolate, molasses, and caramel. Sweet without being too sweet. Rich and wonderful. The booze is hard to taste, but it does give a nice warming on finish.
4.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth.
4.5 D: Delicious beer. Drinking great now.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-01-2012 04:37:51 penguinjive7 (72) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2012
On-tap on a visit to my hometown.Pours thick and black with a nice tan head that dissipates quickly.Wow, you can really smell the boos in this sucker. There is also hints or fruits and burnt chocolate.The taste is almost vinous at first with the flavor of dark fermented fruit mixing in. The burnt malts are the last thing to come though before the extremely boossy finish.There are some very interesting things going on in this brew. I don?t even know how I would classify this one. It seems sort of like a melding of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and an Imperial Stout. So overall a very unique beer but I would have liked to have seen a bit more balance for the alcohol. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2012
4 y.o. bottle from Miami cellaring closet, which is the equivalent of 12 dog years in cellaring. I forgot it was an imperial stout and am shocked to see such an inky pour. There is still a little carbonation in the head but it fades fast. No lacing. Smells long in the tooth, rusty, cloudy, waxy, and at first muddled. The redeeming elements are bourbon, brine, mineral-rich soil, and black strap molasses in the nose. Later, the nose blossoms and opens the palate for a fuller experience of the rather complex flavors. The palate is soft, a little oily, and smooth with a gentle kiss of carbonation that contributes much to the body. The flavors are much better than expected, and very mellow. Predominantly sweet, the flavors are certainly pleasant. The aging has done it well, although I didn’t rate it when fresh so have nothing to compare it with. Right now, the thick bourbon and black liquorice character is really shining and it does not really taste as oxidized as it smells. Vanilla extract, caramelized figs, and soya combine for a sweet-salty flavor profile. Low roast but moderate level of clove spiciness and late dark chocolate. Gets better with each sip. Very dessert-like but works fine as an aperitif. Much better than expected, considering the sub-optimal cellaring conditions. Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, February 2012. Pours black with a small creamy head and lacings. Nose is dark fruit, roast, spices and coffee. Smooth and full bodied. Slightly oxidized. hallinghansen (3190) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown body with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorice, alcohol, chocolate, vinous. Flavor is alcohol, raisins, liquorice, vinous. Waqrming alcohol finish.
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
Black with a small tan head. Roasted aroma with some licorice and spices and plenty alcohol. Sweet alcohol dominated flavour with licorice, spice and and a bit of oxidated/vineous dried fruit. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
In short: A big boozy slightly fruity stout. Almost acceptableStyles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when almost exactly 3 years of age
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Nose is has plenty of booze (no surprise here) and also some dark fruits. Taste is very simple, sweetness level is through the roof, a tolerable alcohol warmth (thankfully not the alcohol bite I was expecting), some kind of blackened malt syrup, figs, some other dark fruits, a shot of black sambuca, oat, liquorice. The mouthfeel is surprisingly nice and not syrupy. Thick velvety body and a medium carbonation. Not a very good by any stretch of the imagination but not the absolute train wreck that I feared either. I traded my other bottle away and I don’t know how I ended up with 2 bottles of a sweet boozy Weyerbacher beer in my cellar. I don’t remember buying a bottle, much less two. You know when you read a page of a book and at the end of the page you need to start all over again because you were not conscious of what you were doing. That page is an average day of my life.
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 Courtesy of northernbrews. Oily black, no head. Big dark fruits, tobacco, and alcohol. Flavor on par, but solvent like alcohol dominates. Very warming. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, Thins quite a bit at times. Just can’t get past the alcohol. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham, aged for 3-4 years, which seems to have served it well. Pours nearly black with a thin tan head. Nose is nutty, sweet, slightly roasty, with dark stewed fruits and Belgian sugars. Taste is sweet as hell, and boozy, but not so much, I guess, for 13.6%. Hard to drink much of this. Definitely a slow sipper. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Tap @ home, courtesy of LIVEFAST. Thanks! Deep brown/black appearance with a brown head. Belgian yeasty, dark chocolate, fairly roasty, light anise aroma. Rich dark chocolate, Belgian yeasty, somewhat fruity, anise flavor. Very smooth for 13%- some warming on the finish but this sucker is pretty smooth. I think this is actually a very tasty beer.