Hermod (4790) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle. Black, bubbly beige head. Aroma has plums, roastedness, dark bread. Flavor has dark bread, roastedness, plums. Sweet, roasted finish. Too Sweet.
VastActiv (4071) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is almost black with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours are licorice, chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts.
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla, coffee, some roast, light milk chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, caramel, some vanilla, light bittersweet chocolate. Medium-full body, some stickiness, smooth.
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black as night, with a small brownish head. Chocolate and caramel (strangely enough) in the nose. Sweet chocolate taste, with a good bitterness to round it off. Also raisin, and some coffee. The lynchburgbarreled version is better, but this is really enjoyable aswell!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A very sweet and slightly fruity dark black ale. Decent big beer
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed fresh the day of purchase from a Vinmonopolet in Norway
The look: Very near black body topped by a persistent small beige head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is blackened malts, sugar pie, dark fruits, dark bread, some alcohol fumes. Taste is fudge cake with crunchy cake icing, burnt caramel, brown sugar, dates, dried figs, some black liquorice, timid herbal hops. This is a very sweet beer that somehow avoids feeling cloying. Body was very full, almost too full but the active carbonation helped to lighten the mouthfeel. Overall it is a decent dessert beer but not something I found easy to drink. Looks like most people enjoyed this beer more than I did, maybe I’m wrong, I’m so unsure of my opinions that half the time I’m only 50% certain that 1 beer out of 2 is above or below average.
Holmen1 (3741) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff okt-11: Sjokolade (mokkabønner) og kaffe, kanskje litt brunsukker eller rosiner i aromaen og smaken. Myk og fyldig munnfølelse. Behagelig bitterhet som balanserer sødmene. Nydelig øl, farlig lett å like.
fletchfighters (1285) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Club Gonzo for the bottle
Jet black color, touches of ruby at the bottom of the glass. One finger, thick light mocha colored head. great staying power and body. Spotty lacing ad obvious ABV legs.
Nose is of roasted malts, sweet and salty licorice, caramel, chocolate, and touches of ash. Good nose.
Sweet licorice taste, mixed with a lot of caramel and some chocolate. Far closer to a US style stout with the sweetness.
Medium bodied and light carbonation. Gets more robust and bitter towards the mid and back palate but sweetness really carries this. Good dry herbal licorice finish. Better towards the back end as the dryness is a good counter measure to the front sweetness.
Kind of surprised on how very American this imperial porter is. not bad but was looking for more char and ash. Oh well
Vaiz (3990) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, caramel, roasty malts and some sugars. Flavor is quite sweet, a bit bitter, a bit thin, roasty and sugary. The Lynchburg is much better.
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is big roast, molasses, toasted bread, some fruity notes. Flavour is deep roasty bitterness, molasses, bitter almost sour liquorice, some fruity notes. Good, but the ba is stellar.
Simonsen (900) - NORWAY - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 Flaske fra Vinmonopolet. Svart som navnet, en del skum, smaker brent malt, lakris,rom/rosin kaffe/sjokolade. En relativt mørk liten sak