talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent pour with a black body and a massive, creamy, dense, dark tan head which settles in time to a creamy, frothy layer and leaves plenty of frothy lace rings; must be the Grimstad water from Nogne that produces these perfect heads. Nose is very pleasant with lots of pine, orange zest, light grapefruit, plenty of dark chocolate, burnt toast, roasted walnuts, toasted molasses, and some restrained coffee roast. Flavor is nice but a bit of a letdown with lots of bakers’ chocolate, burnt toast, pine needles, light earthy rustic, cocoa, and light orange zest. Palate is very silky smooth, nearly lively, medium to full, but fairly short flavor progression. Finish is fairly short but nice with faint orange zest, rustic and pine, bakers’ chocolate, and light burnt toast. At first, I thought this would be a black IPA hybrid, but actually the moderate bitterness portrays more of an Imperial Porter with plenty of finishing hops. I wish there were just a bit more sweetness in the flavor and a longer flavor progression. I really did like this one and it did not contain any unlikable notes like their Pumpernickel Porter. The more I try, the more I enjoy it, despite the fact that I was not a huge fan of the flavor. Nose and appearance were exceptional.
Ratman197 (9700) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, pine, orange zest, cocoa and earthiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, orange zest, earthiness and light pine with a smooth lingering bitter chocolatey orange finish.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from EZ. Pours out black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, citrus hops and some roasted malts. Chocolate is right up front with some roasted malts, burnt wood, slight smoke and some citrus hops in there too, put that all together with a rather smooth mouthfeel and this is a pretty solid beer. The only issue I had was that I was searching for a little more upfront hop flavor.
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle - man, what an amazing pour - thick black ale, with a huge, frothy tan head, with one of those dark swirls in the middle that makes it look like the froth on a cappuccino - this beer is pretty much a very dry, very hoppy imperial stout - strong hops in the nose, with intense roastiness, char, and cedar in the nose - some anise and chocolate underneath that - full, creamy mouthfeel - very dry, roasty, and bitter (both from the hops and the black malts) - strong notes of wood and char, some tobacco - some acidity, and even a touch of sourness through the middle - some chocolate and licorice sweetness arrives late, but mostly this is intensely bitter, dry, and roasty, with faint hints of smoke on the back - I like it!
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Very dark brown pour. Has some smoke on the nose that turns aged beefy. Taste is sharp chocolate upfront with some smoked flavor as well.
mar (4821) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. black with a light khaki head. nose is bittersweet chocolate and citrusy hops. great on the palate with a thick flavor of roasted chocolate and light hops in the finish.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a large mocha colored head and a black body. Aroma of molasses, black tar, maple, smoke and hops. Taste is slightly smokey, with hops and bitter chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice.
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well this sure was a different experience! Looks and tastes like a stout, but finishes like a strange barrel-aged pale.
Opaque jet black pour with a perfect tan head that thins, but lasts forever as a thin disc. Oddly active lace just can’t seem to stick, but leaves wild patterns. Smells like burned grains. Flavor is black coffee, scorched caramel, oak, vanilla, resiny/spicy hops. Finish is a little off, and the alcohol becomes apparent.
Smooth, fairly thick texture that is pretty pleasant, but it’s hard to overcome that twinge of odd flavor at the end.
Ernest (6199) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, dark brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain/nuts, dark chocolate), moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of vanilla and chalk.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent.
Holy cow, what’s with all the sourness? The Morke was fairly sour as well, although not this bad. So it’s probably as the brewer intends, but seriouisly...undrinkably sour, and quite astringent to boot. So, the mouth experience is pretty unpleasant other than the thick, creamy texture. Aroma is decent enough, but nothing special (and overhopped for my tastes in a stout, which is of course what this is). Hop aroma is pretty much entirely the crude, resinous variety. Looks amazing, but that’s it.
BelgiskOlklub (894) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large creamy dark lasting head and a black body. Heavy hop aroma - not much else. Full body, oily and sticky texture and a bitter finish. Moderate sweet and heavy bitter. Warming.