ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a blend of Amager Bryghus’ Hr. Frederiksen and Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, called "Væsal Brunch Weasel" at ChurchKey. The keg in particular was 30% nitrogenated, as well. 4 oz. served into a tasting snifter. From notes.
A: Pours a damned near pitch black color. The head is a gorgeous one finger tan shade with fantastic texturing, fantastic duration, and fantastic lacing. I can only imagine what a full serving would look like - even in this dinky serving, it’s one of the prettiest imperial stouts I’ve ever witnessed.
S: There actually isn’t too much on the nose. I note roasted barley, subtle coffee, and cocoa powder in particular. This kind of aroma doesn’t seem to justify an 8 score, but the way it meshes together just boggles the mind. It’s like some warped, insane version of a dry stout brewed by angry Vikings ready to plunder America.
T: It opens with some light cocoa powder (as opposed to sweet, fudgy chocolate), transitioning into a coffee midtaste and a soft roasted finish. Where this succeeds isn’t the complexity - it’s in the top-caliber balance between the handful of flavors featured here. As a pure coffee stout, I wouldn’t put in with, say, FBS: this is a different beast entirely, where the coffee quality is a subtle note packed into a big-ass dry stout.
M: This one is beautifully dry on the back end. Think Guinness sans any watery notes, and about 2.5 times stronger without really telling the palate that. This and, incidentally enough, the taster of Black Albert I had earlier in the day, are just about the only imperial stouts I could ever call ’refreshing’.
O: Holy fuck. This is something I could drink all damn day for the rest of my life. What it lacks slightly in complexity it MORE than makes up for in ease of drinkability. Seriously, this is an amazing blend...if only it weren’t so damn pricey. If only...
DrSilverworm (3994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle with new Keith Shore label, from Party Source. Very dark brown / red, near black color. Sort of clear on the edges. Thin light brown head, quickly fades to minimal ring around the edge. Few fine dots of lace. Medium to bigger body, a bit light and thin compared to other 10.5% imperial stouts. Light carbonation, but pretty good chewiness. Kind of velvety smooth. Very nice delicious coffee aroma, not ultra-intense, but very tasty and interesting. Some brownie-batter type flavor, cocoa, and light roast malt, like slightly burnt coffee. Good bigger bitter taste, not much sweet. Alcohol not bothersome. Pretty awesome, satisfying big coffee stout. Love that Kopi Luwak... Light carbonation is pretty much my only criticism. Maybe the slightest hint of tart. Very tasty overall, great roasty coffee malt profile.
Tide (1276) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Mikkeller & Friends. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with coffee, licorice, chocolate, nuts, vanilla and dar fruits. Bitter finish with coffee, roasted malts and nuts. Exquisite imperial stout.
esp0r (1600) - NORWAY - NOV 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Barleywine enjoyed at home
Pours dark brown, black in glass, massive brown head. Smells strongly of coffee, roast and execuite dark malts. Medium sweet, stroooong coffee, roasty malts, chocolate, roast heaven! Thick oily texture, complex roasty flavors, very nice. Medium bitter finish. A super blend of to very good imperial stouts. Very nice
BeerBaboon (1371) - FINLAND - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with beige head. Aroma is roasted, coffee and aromatic hops. Flavour is burnt, fireplace, bitter and coffee. Not as good as the originals.
dresden (641) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A still black beer with a nice short foamy tan head. Strong aroma of coffee, and like chocolate. Lots of flavorful coffee, rich nuttiness, oatmeal. Really nice beer, not quite as good as the original beer geek weasel but nice.
badlizard (5520) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a thin tan fizzy head. Big vegetal drip coffee and sugar aroma. Sweet sticky palate. Tastes of milk chocolate, drip coffee, and sugar.
Vells (416) - LATVIA - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense roasted malts with more intense coffee. Bit licorice, vanilla. Well balanced, smooth. Enjoyable brew, but not great
Melnis (46) - LATVIA - OCT 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad aroma, but could be more intense. Not my type. In contrast - the taste is strong and very sweet. Not the richest flavor, but still well balanced and not too pushy.
haukur (1124) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black. Nice oaty aroma, some roast and coffee. Creamy with a roasty finish. Body is a bit light. Was expecting a bit more.
drfabulous (3374) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The Beer Trappe. Pitch black. Coffee. Roast. Chocolate. The holy trinity. Bitter nose. Bitterness in finish.