Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Received a single 500 ml bottle from Papsoe via trade and shared at the Heritage Liquors Inauguration beer tasting in Maplewood, Minnesota. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with an average tan head that has some nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, chocolate and some light coffee with a touch of pepper and some smoked wood. Taste is thick, full bodied, light carbonated with some flavors of toasted dark malt, coffee, a touch of vanilla and some citrus/flowery hop character. Finish is creamy with a mild bitterness that slowly lingers after the finish.
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle, big thanks go to Skyview for sharing this rarity!] Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma is dominated by cocoa and black pepper with a good deal of roasted malt also present. Taste is sweet initially but there actually is a fair amount of bitterness in there after that. Roasted malt, black pepper and cocoa are once agin the main elements, with the roasted malt the strongest this time. Good thick mouthfeel with a fairly long finish. A good imperial stout that I’m glad I got a shot at trying.
badgerben (4540) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Imperial Stout #100. Big thanks to Skyview for sharing what was an excellent beer and turned out to be my 100th Impy Stout! Black color with a medium head. Light coffee and chocolate aroma. Lots more of both of those in the flavor. A bitter malt base. Some saltiness. A bit of vanilla towards the finish. The bitterness was insanely hidden. This certainly didn’t seem sweet, but it didn’t seem overly bitter at all. Incredible balance between the two. Very high class.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAY 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 50cl. Beerfestival Aarhus 2008. Pours a pitch black beer, with a creamy beige head. Good lacing. The aroma is strong with chocolate and hops, notes of smoke. The flavor i roasted, chocolate and hoppy. Has notes of alcohol. Overall a very nice Imperial Stout.
mjs (4974) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle at HBF2008) Pitch black. Big light brown head. Nose consists of roasted malts and hops. Dryish palate. Roasted malts, coffee, liquorice and hops in taste.
saxo (14402) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Huge brown tan head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich with chocolate, roast malt, coffee, hops and notes of vanilla.
gunnfryd (11741) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is burned, coffee, hop.The beer is carbonated with flavour of coffee, hop, burned, Very nice beer.
BelgiskOlklub (943) - Viby J, DENMARK - APR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50 cl. Huge creamy light brown lasting head with good lacing. Cloudy black body. Heavy aroma of toasted and roasted malt, coffee, smoke and tar. Heavy in alcohol. It has a full body, a thick texture and soft carbonation. The finish is long and massive bitter. The flavor is medium sweet and heavy bitter - too bitter in my opinion.
HenrikSoegaard (11113) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting perfect head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Very bitter flavor. Strong chocolate and coffee notes. Long finish. Creamy palate. Not as powerfull as hoped but stil good stuff.
after4ever (6467) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500. Thanks, TheWolf! (Maria, my dear, your bottle is on deck, and I am glad I have two). Black. Dense, opaque. Thick, creamy, long-lasting dark tan head. Huge roasty nose. Tons of burnt charcoal. Medium, creamy, somehow both sticky and pleasantly chalky body. Big charcoal and roast and dark toast mid-palate. Doesn’t get excessively ashy or chalky at all. Gorgeous.