ThisWangsChung (747) - 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...
charule (1307) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to AntonFred. Poured black with tan head. Aroma old coffee choc. Light carb med bod. Taste light bitter choc. Past its prime.
artmcd8 (1801) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to charule. Pours a dark brown with a brown. Slight head. Aroma of coffee, fruity nutty notes. Pretty dry for a stout. Medium body.
Homer321 (2152) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose is a pungent roasted coffee. Almost burnt. Almost smells acidic. Pour is pitch black with minimal head. Taste is rich and smooth. A subtle coffe bitterness balances the slight sugary sweetness. Taste starts to develop an acidity as it warms. Overall very good but I think I just don’t care for this particular coffee.
tectactoe (2348) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: A deep brown pour with a bubbly, beige top that skims down to a thin layer quickly. Aroma of very heavy char, roasted, oily coffee beans, smoked wood chips, & a touch of deep, bitter cacao nibs. Flavor has lots of the same heavy smoke, roast, & char, pretty characteristic of the Brunch/Geek line-up so far. Burnt coffee beans, overly roasted malts, charcoal, bitter cocoa beans, & a hint of saltiness in the finish. Overall, it’s good stuff, but the roasted & smoky bitter elements could be toned down to make it great.
rdixon77 (834) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious blend. Super dark pour. Aroma was woody, vanilla, and coffee strong. Taste was very smooth with a nice blending of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and oak. Creamy mouthfeel. Cool blending!
Bulk_Carrier (2281) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a thin finger of a white foamy head that dissipated within about a light thirty seconds. Thin lacing stuck around the glass in a nice way.
The smell had a huge roasty coffee, sweet milk chocolate and a light bitter dark chocolate.
The taste was sweet and carried a nice bitter underscore of light roasty coffee and then the chocolate comes back to balance. There’s a slight sweet and sticky chocolate aftertaste that gets kinda slick. There’s a long sweet chocolate finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a surprisingly sessionable feel to it. It’s sweet, sticky, smooth and slick as it coats my tongue.
Overall, I did like this a lot for me as it’s dessert in a bottle. However as an imperialism oatmeal stout, it’s a bit different. Maybe I was expecting something heavier. No worries, still I’d have it again.
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is coffee, chocolate, taste is bitter, roast coffee, chocolate.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, moderate to large tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma is chocolate, wood, roast, light licorice and dried fruit, some vanilla. Medium bodied, wood, chocolate and some vanilla dominate. Very tasty flavors here!
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Delicious beer. Aroma was big and ful. Chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malt. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was delicious. Strong dark chocolate and coffee flavors with just a hint of brown sugar and dark licorice. Very tasty with a nice malty finish. Good carbonation. First great impy of the year!
gad905 (172) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Mikkeller, San Francisco. Black, shrinking tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel. Tastes moderate sweet toffee, burnt sugar, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dry slightly ashy roasted malt, touch of hop bitterness. Light body for the abv, silky smooth, incredibly easy to drink. Dangerous, and delicious.