tectactoe (3081) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Deep brown, nearly black, thick and still with a quick fading tan head. Aroma is rustic woody smoke, meaty and peaty, liquid smoke, mild oak, smooth bourbon, some sweet underlying malt, mild caramel. Taste is a nice concoction of warm but smooth bourbon, some sweet, liquid smoke, mild campfire woodiness, light cocoa sweetness and some burnt and roasty malts. Smokey, woody, only lightly sweet cocoa finish. Warmth is there but only hits back end. Medium body, almost sticky mouth feel. Very unique and tasty beer.
Update: Another bottle, this time from the second(?) release? Thanks to Tom. Still a lovely beer, though the aroma didn’t blow my mind as much as it did the first time. A little less smoked meat & booze... Just a little more timid all around. Enjoyed it supremely, nonetheless.
Klimaet (577) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thick dark brown head. Aromas of spice, tobacco, smoke, molasses, dark fruits, dark chocolate, fudge, caramel, vanilla. Taste is dark chocolatey, tobacco, alcohol heat, spice, dark fruits, smoke, salmiak, vanilla, caramel, fudge, licorice. Very nice! I usually dont like smoke but this was darn good.
superspak (3224) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, vanilla, raisin, plum, cherry, bourbon, oak, light pepper, light smoke, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, cream, coconut, bourbon, oak, raisin, plum, cherry, wood smoke, light pepper, and oak/roasted earthiness. Light roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, butterscotch, cream, bourbon, oak, wood smoke, light dark fruit, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged smoked imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast.smoked malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Lukasmh (460) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours pitch plack with big brown lasting head. Aroma hits you with smoky vanilla! Sweet caramel malts ads the bacon notes. Savoury and salty. Really complex, yet balanced. Some wood and bourbon’like tobacco. Taste is sweet bourbon, toasty malts, caramel, roasty malts, smoke, vanilla, wood, some sweet port grapes, loooong slight dry finish with some honey bourbon. Leaves the smoke. Full body, low carbonation. Slight heat as it warms. One of my favorit beers! So complex, yet so balanced!
rodenbach99 (3494) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
EBF 2015. Une robe foncée presque noire. Un nez tourbé d’iode et de vanille. Du chocolat, de la vanille s’ajoute au cocktail d’arômes. Une bouche ronde et savoureuse de vrai stout impérial avec du chocolat, de la fumée et de la vanille boisée.
Zita (5356) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
032715;nice smoked aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, light burnt soft finish.
Hansen (7351) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown coloured, almost black. Has a light-brown head, medium duration. Sweet, roasted aroma, notes of coffee. Creamy texture and warming alcohol.
Rasmus40 (12921) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Almost black with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, smoked and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 270315
Camons (7373) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Johns. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, licorice, oak, bourbon, light vanilla, light tar, light smoke. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light boozy. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, light warming alcohol. 270315
chrisv10 (12207) - DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark brown small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, sweet, oak, little smoke, caramel, hop and a little bitter.
saxo (14457) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich bourbon, vanilla, fruits, chocolate, roast malt and hops. Nice and smooth. Lovely.