Holmen1 (2377) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flaske fra polet, hjemme på bursdagen: i samme øyeblikk som korken vippes av stiger forventningene parallelt med den herlige aromaen. Cremeskum, oljet flyt, og en portvinsvinøs smak med kompleksitet i internasjonal klasse. Munnfylde og ettersmak følges ad. Nå er jeg i komfortsonens hovedmanesje. Dyr, superb og verdt hver eneste krone.
bjerkeaa (176) - NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour, small brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee, liqorice and some sugar cane and peat. Taste of sweet liqorice and delicious coffee roast. Very balanced and deep.
Inbreak (2033) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Old rating rerated 25.12.2013, 0,5l bottle (1st batch bottle #267) @ home:
Small brown slightly bubbly longlasting head. Aroma is very rich and balanced, raw licorice, mild bourbon, dark sugar, caramel, dark malts, vanilla, espresso, cocoa, oak. Taste is very rich and velvety, slightly sweet, licorice, dark malts, dark sugar, mild bourbon, chocolate, sour coffee, oak, caramel, vanilla. Medium to longlasting bitterness, thick sticky mouthfeel. Very nice, close to perfection!
Also had a bottle of a fresher third batch after the first one. The aroma is very neutral and kind of dry oaky. The taste is more in the same direction as the first one, but not as rich, and more dry oaky. The score would end at 5-4-7-4-12=3,2. A brief shadow of the first batch sadly.
thewolf (11158) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ Nordisk Ølhandel, Cph. Pours dark brown with a fine, staying, creamy, beige film head. Aroma has oak, light roasted, dark chocolate, vanilla. Low carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has oak, vanilla, light vinious, dark chocolate, tar, hazelnuts, vanilla. Fine dry finish.
ej (695) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle nr 0276. Pours dark brown but is pretty pitch black in the glass. Low head formation, but there is a small one. Mellow bourbon aroma with leather and woody notes. Smooth and velvety on the palate. Taste is also very smooth; balanced sweetness, dark coffee and moderate roasty. Aftertaste is lingering bourbon. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle) Pours a black body with a small beige head. Aroma of wood, ash, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, ash, caramel, anise, vanilla, and wood.
RavnS (25) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0, 5L bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours dark brown, with thin beige head. The aroma fills the room instantly, this is one intense beer. Sweet caramel malt, licorice, brown sugar, spicy, vanilla, honey, whisky liqueur, dark dried fruits, slightly smokey. Very well balanced, so the palate is very much the same as the aromas, with the addition of chocolate. Reminds me a bit of a barley wine. Can’t really feel the alcohol, even at 10%. Pretty close to the perfect beer for me.
Unde (350) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Oily black beer with big bubbled head on top, smallish lacing attaches to the sides. Aroma has milk coffee, cream, bourbon, some berries, sacher-cake. Taste has milk coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, wooden flavors and cream. Very oily body and medium-to-high carbonation. Well this is it, at least for me this has everything I look for in a bold Imperial Porter. I’m going to increase my score from 4,8 to 4,9. If only the head would’ve been more pleasant to the eye this would’ve been a straight 5/5 beer.
laiti (5629) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle @ Olutexpo 2013
Aroma is sweet with strong bourbon notes, vanilla and sweet woody tones. Flavour has also sweet bourbon notes, vanilla, some licorice and wood. Also some coffee. Bourbon dominates here totally.
arsol (539) - NORWAY - OCT 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cola svart farge med beige skum. Lukter kaffe, brunt brennevin og karamell. Smaker godt at denne har høy alkoholprosent. Fikk nesten følelsen som å drikke en cocnac. Liker denne godt.