Vestergaard (149) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black beer - no head. As in: No head. looks like tar. Oily thick lacing, but no head what so ever. Strong aroma of chocolate, booze and licorice. Little smoked too. Sweet notes of blackcurrant paired with bitter coffee and chocolate. The licorice is present as well, but not as much as in the aroma. It feels like the strong effect from the alcohol is replacing the CO2, but perhaps it’s still a little too flat. Tastes great though!
LoFi (1432) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a dark brown tinge, and a dark brown head that disappears instantly.
Aroma: roasted, licorice, dark chocolate, creamy, sticky toffee.
Taste: chocolate liqueur, licorice, boozy, syrup, coffee, toffee, something else I can’t exactly pinpoint but recognize from some other high ABV stouts like Dark Horizon 3 and Tokyo* (I described it as red onions in DH3, and maybe it’s something like that).
This is too sweet really, but still pretty nice.
Pyrmir (2420) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle, at a Brewdog tasting summer 2012. Pitch black with little head. Aroma is very complex and sweet, leather, coffee, alcohol are just some of the notes sound. Taste is very very sweet, dark sugars, syrup, complex malt flavors. Full body.
JohnRMurdoch (2698) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
330ml bottle from BrewDog Glasgow. Oily black with a thick texture & beige foamy head. Strong spicy alcohol malt aroma. Strong sickly sweet spicy treacle alcohol flavour. Creamy texture. Not my sort of beer.
wheresthepath (1384) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[330ml bottle, gift from my lovely wife - thank you!] Pours black with brown hints and a dark brown head. Big dark chocolate aroma. Chocolate, plums, port and leather in the taste with a growing roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Pretty decent stuff, although somehow lacked a really big "wow" factor to take it into the big league.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - DEC 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a beer..next to the Tokyo by itself) this killed it in all areas. Complex and well integrated, I think this rightfully shouldn’t be considered a blend, but a rich, wholesome Impy with a ton of depth and balls to match. Big nose jumps out of the glass. Too many impy stout flavours to list, but the it has to be said the alcohol is really well hidden.
OleR (4372) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reasonable priced bottle, brought home from Kihoskh, København. Throws a sinfully black body. Magohny edges when holding it up to the light. Naked surface. Initial aroma of aceton, reminiscent of nail polish remover. Then a whiff of heavily roasted malts, fortified wine, and some mellowing chocolate. Full body, very flavorful. Alcohol is noticable, not disturbing. Big malt body. Sweet, a nicely refined sweetness. If not heavy, well roasted dark malts, along with a balancing hop bitterness. Palate-coating. Sweet warm roasty ending. A nice beer experience.
Vells (425) - LATVIA - NOV 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2013 Deep black with thin dark brown head that disappears fast.
Aroma.. heavy roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, bit licorice, dark fruits.
Full body. Very sweet with quite bitter warming finish
Interesting experience. Nice enjoyable beer.
jesperhammer (2512) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
09-NOV-2012, bottle from Ølbutikken, @Ulkløbben meeting @my place.
Black with no head.
Sweet roast. Coffee. Does Tokyo* not have peat’y elements? I find none here. Quite sweet. Is that hte Horizon infuence?
Low carbonation, alcoholic but not really 17% alcoholic.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A thick monster black ale showing some complexity and unexpected hoppiness. A nice sipper
How: Bottle at Café Laundromat, Oslo Norway
The look: Black body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose has a truckload of blackened malts, light chocolaty notes and not so much alcohol. Inviting aroma I must say, something I rarely get from monster beers. Taste is also a truckload of blackened malts,, molasses, chocolate coated black cherries, some tobacco, some soy sauce, notes of port wine, a surprising strong green hops bitterness. I could actually name more flavor elements, there was quite a bit of complexity in this monster. The bitterness is reminiscent of a fresh Mikkeller Black which was so far the only monster beer I had which was somewhat hop-forward. Body is thicker than thick and the carbonation is appropriately relaxed. Some alcohol heat of course but a lot less than expected from a 17% monster. Not gonna say this is an easy to drink beer, it is obviously a sipper, took me almost 1h to drink my 330ml bottles, but I never got sick of it. A collaboration between three breweries based on their revolutionary beers (Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon, Mikkeller Black and BrewDog Tokyo*) but I call bullshit on all so-called "revolutionary" beers that seem perfectly happy to be sold within our existing capitalist system.