gbe75 (100) - - MAR 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Made by the same brewer who made Ölvisholt Lava. Surtur is more lighter and with probably higher drink-ability. Sound a bit strange. Good foamy head which lasts and the taste is a bit creamy with the oil and burnt tire one recognizes!
mcberko (8520) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL bottle, courtesy of haukur (thanks a lot), pours jet black with a small tan head. Nose is intense, with lots of dark fruits, roasted malt, and dry cocoa. Flavour follows through, with heavy dark fruits and roasted malt. A lot fruitier than I generally care for in an impie stout, but this is very tasteful. Great stuff.
Travlr (14773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Kex. Almost completely black color, brown head with good retention. Aroma of prunes, fruity coffee. Taste has espresso, figs, dates, plums. Delicious.
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Kex. Pours opaque black with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, figs and prunes, light smoke and earthy hops with licorice notes. Flavor is sweet dark malt, alcohol, dates and figs with light hops and bitterness, and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.
hag14 (114) - Hafnarfjörđur, ICELAND - JAN 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle.2015. Licorice, coffee and a hint of smoke. Medium body and extra smooth texture. Overall: 19/20
Dedollewaitor (14423) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade with Gunnarolis. Thanks. Pours black with a off white head. Thick and syrupy with some woody notes. Lots of licorice and coffee. Vinous. Low carbonation. Really slick. A tasty one for sure.
Thoor84 (67) - ICELAND - FEB 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2012 Black with brown head. Oily texture, roasted malt, hint of coffee, dark chocolate, little smoke, very complex but very very good. By far the best one ever brewed in Iceland.
Eirikur (374) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - JAN 24, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The very best Icelandic beer manufactured since time begun.
This brew is a work of art.
Head: About 1 cm caramel colour head, fainting quickly (head size depends on how you pourit).
Appearance: Pitch black .. looking at it from angles I can see some deep red amber colour in there somewhere .. Swirls very thick.
Nose: Bonfire (soft smoke), burnt wood, fresh, medium sweet malt, white and dark chocolate .. very pleasant, no alcohol present.
Taste: I dont know where to begin .. this is so complex, and changes alot when temperature goes up, this is a fireworks show. Full body, carbonation is just perfect (soft), Oak, smoke .. When I think of it, this is like a robust and unrefined version of Westvleteren 12, that is .. lacking the initial finess without the negativities.
The lasting is very long giving burnt malt, anis, some wood, and a tingling medium sweetness .. very satisfying.
This Imperial Stout was brewed in a very low quantity (unfortunatly) .. and it sold out in a matter of 1-2 days here in our small country of 300k people.
If this brew would be available all year round, I would get at least 2-4 bottles a week.
This brew is a perfect mate with a peated Islay whisky.
Hats off for this wonderful brew.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JAN 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 how do you honestly rate something as good as this? Very complex aroma, some liquorice, tiny hints of smoke, wood, oak, annis. Pitch motor oil black. Nothing over the top, but very delicate and complex. Some bitterness, very woody, some hops. Some dried fruits, I just cant stop, this is an artform. The brewers have done a masterpiece of an imperial stout here.