ACHops (692) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Super Deli Mart. Pours pitch black with thick mocha head. Aroma is unexpected: big funky tart smell with notes of fig, raisin, licorice. Taste is heavy charred roasty malts, followed by sweet yeasty flavors, then nice hoppy bitterness. Nice thick mouthfeel although the body doesn’t seem that viscous. Definitely not a traditional imperial stout, but I like this take on the style.
Finn (4210) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske 355ml fra Vinmonopolet, Bestillingsutvalget. Kullsort. Høyt mokkafarget skum som varer lenge og etterlater filigranser. Kraftig aroma av sjokolade & lakris. Oljeaktig munnfølelse. Smaken behagelig & innholdsrik. Det meste fra aromaen er der etterfulgt av et snev av kaffe som henger i. Ypperlig øl!
tfredvik (1124) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black body with a large, medium brown head that leaves lots of foam on the glass as it shrinks to a fully lasting layer. Dark roasted malty, sweet, delicious and very strong aroma of dark caramel, chocolate and coffee, with liquorice and light bourbon notes in the back together with a whiff of alcohol. Intense and complex flavour of all the goodies that dark malt can summon: dark caramel, chocolate, coffee and salty liquorice. The alcohol is well integrated and gives a vinous feel to this masterpiece. Again I think I detect some gentle bourbon notes, but come to think of it might be the Belgian yeast that confuses me. The initial taste is moderate sweet, and the long finish is moderate+ bitter. It’s a close to full bodied-beer with a oily texture and soft carbonation. A fantastic brew!
[35.5 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
BeerdedDave (339) - - SEP 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
black with a thick tan head; roasted malt and alcohol aroma; a great, smooth, well balanced stout; rich, roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee,and alcohol
aleksander9 (435) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma is licorice, spice, roasted malt, chocolate and sweet roasted malts, Rich and oily palate. Aftertaste is rich licorice, spice, bitter hops, sweet caramel and lingering bitterness. Overall: WOW! A very nice stout. Truly something different.
Maverick34 (2250) - New York, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark pour. White beige head. Roasted malt and dark chocolate. Bitter chocolate taste. Some dark fruit and hops.
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, dark brown color. Not much head. Aroma of oats, fruit, roasted malt, and molasses. Full flavor. Roasted, oats, cherries and wood. Some sweetness. Solid.
Rune (8060) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle thanks to Torgeir for the treat, shared with Kjell and Finn. Served in a small tulip glass. Creamy, tan-coloured head. Jet black body. Aroma of roasted dark malts, oak and mild tartness. Fine mixed taste of dark malts of liquorice and coffee and subdued fruity tartness beneath. Long-lived ending. Masked alcohol. Rather easy to drink. Well made (at Café Sånn in Tromsø, 23.08.2014).
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon tulip glass.
The color is dark black with no highlights.Light is not penetrating any part of this beer that I can detect. The head is three and a half fingers of brownish/tan foam with some nice lacing left on the glass.
The smell has a little coffee aroma and has just a hint of dark chocolate. There are some black malt aroma here that has a brown bread-like aroma.
The taste is has a nice roasty flavor that presents itself with some volume. There is a bold malty push on the tongue that seems at first like it could be unpleasant but then settles into a nice smokey flavor that lets some of the plum and other dark fruit flavor come out.
This beer has a big feel to it at first and then eases up some toward the middle. The aftertaste lingers some with some but is not off-putting.
Palme (3380) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.355l bottle. Looks quite good this. A deep and dark brown looking body, on the border of black really, under a big really lingering and what can only be described as super lacing brownish head. After emptying the bottle it reveals lots of big chunky sediments in the glass. On the nose I get a nice roasted tone. Sweetish coffee, some mild fudge like sweetness - but dark. It’s gentle, not what you’d might call super extreme but I have no problem saying that it smells quite nice. Lots of licorice in the taste! Oh, that’s nice! Thick and almost chewy in the mouth with a below average almost prickling carbonation level. Yeah, this is my kind of beer. Love the almost salty licorice flavors this puppy packs. There’s a bitter chocolaty thing also here. Dark really strong and slightly bitter coffee to. Roasted and sweetish. A really nice sipper this. Warming finish, really warming actually. I most definitely will be having this again! Nice! 20.06.2014
BeerSkull (1307) - SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle). Aroma of roasted malt and tangy fruit. Taste of roasted malt, fruit, apples and chocolate.