Arve_Christian (3274) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle at Cinmonopolet Stovner ( BU order)
Black color, some foam.
Aromas of chocolate , licorice & leather- some sweet malt
Full body & high complexity
Medium sweetness & good balancing bitterness.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL thanks to my Norwegian Secret Santa! Deep, clear mahogany pour. Thick, dense yellow foam. Webby, thick lace. Nose is more complex than the Jack Daniels BA version, Lynchburg. Dark chocolate/semisweet chocolate, brunes, black cherries, thick fudge. Bourbon comes through the nose even in this version- just more nuanced. Big vanillin, white cake, and coconut. Taste is mega dense, chewy fudge, mild citrus hoppy balance, lemon and lime zest, grapefruit. Palate is super dense, hoppy balanced. No iota of sugar or cloying. Oh yeah. This is some world class stuff. Mind blowing.
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours all black with a brown lacing. Aroma of smoke, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Amazinligy good balance. Full bodied, with a nice moutfeel. The high alcohol is well hidden in the mouth, but gives a nice, warm feeling in the chest. To summarize it’s a really, really good ale, complex taste that’s well balanced, all you need from an imperial porter.
zvikar (3618) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at beerandbeyond farewell tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks DSG. Pours brown to black with a small head, aroma of chocolate, chocolate liquor, cherry liquor, brandy, caramel, flavor is smoked with wood, malt sourness, chocolate, plum liquor, medium to full bodied, great
kerenmk (2587) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at beerandbeyond farewell tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks DSG. Ruby red, opaque, no head. Ripe apple, cherry and chocolate liquor aroma, dry, soft bitterness, a little hot. Medium body, cherry liquor finish. Good!
DSG (6332) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at beerandbeyond farewell tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks KnutAlbert for this bottle! Dark brown to black. Aroma of dark chocolate, some coffee, some roastiness, a bit of liqueur and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor of chocolate, cocoa and some fruitiness. Full-bodied.
Sarpa (950) - FINLAND - MAY 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50cl@Nordic black with a long lasting thick beige head. Aro a of chocolate, malts. taste of chocolate, little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste
Travlr (13302) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Olympen. Black, small beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of slightly sour coffee and dark cocoa. Taste is rich burnt espresso and dark chocolate mousse. Very nice.
visionthing (2977) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Håndverkerstuene. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of dried fruits and roasted malt. Full body. Sweet and fruity with raisins. Well balanced with a fairly dry and slightly bitter finish.
tfredvik (1203) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
It might not be as black as a moonless night, as the label claims, but the body is at least close to black, with a brown tint. The brown head is quite small and fairly quickly it reduces to a thin film and bubbles clinging to the wall. Ok lacing. Many porters boast to be "chocolate monsters", but this one really deserves that nick: the aroma is massive sweet milk chocolate, absolutely fabulous! Also plenty of dark, sweet caramel. The aroma is lightly roasted, and in the background there is coffee, and dark dried fruits like raisin. The initial taste is moderate sweet and light bitter while the finish is moderate bitter. Again the chocolate is very present in the flavours, also caramel, faint coffee and a touch of alcohol in the finish, lightly roasted. The fruits are not dried, more like slightly overripe blue grapes. Soft carbonation, full body and a velvety chocolate mouthfeel, this is like drinking thick cocoa! A delicious brew, only lacking a bit in bitterness and hoppy notes.
[50 cl bottle, batch 183, enjoyed 4 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]