06/07/2019 - tasting glass @DOK Brewing Festival 2019. Black colour, yellowish tanned lacing. Nose is roasted, coffee, peat, leather, lots of but OK. Taste is roasted, whisky sweetness, coffee, peat, a bit smoke. Lot of peat and roast but in a damn nice way.
Black and creamy with dark head. Aroma and flavour have lots of leather and some peat. Just a little iodine too. There's also a great malt background sweetness giving great balance.
27 April 2019. At Zythos Bierfestival. Deputy Taster: Anke. Cheers to Ama Deke, Erwin, John & Meeki! Hazy black, no head. Strong aroma of peat & peated whisky, smoked ham, beef stock, sweet tobacco, vanilla, cream liqueur, chocolate, black olive. Taste is medium malty sweet, quite some chocolate, cream & nuts, dried dark fruits in the undercurrent, vaguely sourish as such, umami & smoky tones of beef stock & olive, mushroom even; bitter notes of fondant & coffee roast leading to a dryish, earthy hoppy finish, lingering coffee, olive, nuts & a good dash of warming peated whisky alcohol. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Expressively peated, not the smoothest of whisky Stouts but very well-made - if not perfectly - by Totem.
The latest Totem project is an imperial milk stout called Baldr, and Klaas (the brewer) apparently aged it - at his own premises in Evergem - on Laphroaig barrels to create an even more outgoing, luxurious sweet stout; there seems to be a Glenn Grant barrel aged version as well but I haven't come across that one yet. Got this from the brewer himself, cheers Klaas! Mocha brownish, creamy head with open middle displaying some flat islands of foam, black robe with lightly hazy burgundy edge. Aroma of strong Laphroaig peatiness, overseeing a wealth of molten 'fondant' chocolate and chocolate liqueur, toffee, sweet Cuban cigars, candied fig, kahlua, 'Haagse hopjes' and 'babelutten', treacle, charcoal, black coffee grounds, whisky, vanilla-like oaky woodiness. Condensed sweet onset, candied dates, candied cherry, fig, soft carbonation, subtle beefy umami accent, very thick, full, oily if not greasy mouthfeel. Profoundly intense, hazelnutty, caramelly and deeply chocolatey maltiness, very thick with a toasted bitterish edge even if sweetness remains key; long, warming, boozy but pleasantly soothing finish, warming without harsh astringency, obvious whisky colour with the peat returning retronasally with much swagger, yet somehow managing to leave the intensity of the malts alone - black chocolate drenched in peated whisky, with a vanilla oaky note to top it off. Downright fantastic, this exceeds even the already impressive Nidhoggr and its 'speculoos' variant for me - Totem keeps astonishing me every time and this may well be the best stout I ever had from them. This is playing on world class level, it is completely beyond me why their beers still aren't more hyped - and internationally acclaimed. Masterpiece, forcing me to explore both the basic version and the Glenn Grant version as well, if I can still manage to have a sip of them somewhere... Beer artistry at its finest.
Imported from my RateBeer account as Totem Baldr Whisky Barrel Aged (Laphroaig) (by Totem):
Aroma: 8/10, Appearance: 4/5, Taste: 8/10, Palate: 4/5, Overall: 17/20, MyTotalScore: 4.1/5
28/IV/19 - sample @ Zythos Bierfestival 2019 (Leuven), BB: n/a - (2019-612) Thanks to nathanvc, 77ships & Anke for sharing today's beers!
Damn backlog, could've been first! :p
Clear black beer, small creamy beige head, very stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: peated, leather, very intense, some shoeshine even… MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet, very peated, smoky, leathery, caramel, lots of alcohol, soft chocolate notes, dried fruits, gentle bitterness. Aftertaste: peated, sugary, more peat, nice stuff, though I like the Glen Grant better.