chrisv10 (13133) - DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 9.5%. Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel with notes of alcohol. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little bread, medium sweet, little liquorice and a little bitter.
Camons (8032) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Christers. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, light grainy, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, wood, light alcohol. Flavor is light sweet, malt, grainy, chocolate, caramel, wood, light alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation, sweet finish with warming alcohol. 061015
saxo (15094) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel and hops. Nice roasty finish.
Rasmus40 (14423) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a lasting dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily. 061015
mzaar (2169) - Varberg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska 660 ml. Batch 251. BF 17/10-18. Svart öl med ett beigt skum. Dofter av torkad frukt, kaffe, choklad och rostad malt. Smakinslag av lakrits, choklad, rostad malt och karamell. Lätt sälta i avslutningen. Oljig munkänsla. Fyllig kropp, alkoholen anas på sin höjd.
Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The other Old World beer from BrewDog, celebrating the history of Russian imperial stout, as is elaborately depicted on the fascinating label. Tasted along with the IPA in this ’series’ and generously shared by Stefan. Medium sized, dense, creamy, lovely brownish beige head on top of an ink black beer only revealing itself to be a very dark chestnut brown in the last drops but still less ’black’ than the more extreme examples of this style. Complex, dense aroma of bitter chocolate, mocha ice cream, bayleaf, hazelnuts, vanilla, toasted bread, whisky, coffee with cinnamon, some black olive. Dense, well-retained candied sweetness, dried banana and soft sweetish nuttiness, plums and raisins, deep sourish accent for balance, soft carbo; thick, fat, oily mouthfeel, opulent and profound caramelly, nutty and eventually deep black chocolate bitter maltiness with a subtle coffee roasted bitterness increasing a bit in the end, where it teams up with soft spicy yeastiness (bayleaf, vague cloves), lingering creamy candy sweetness, spicy hop bitterness and warming, whisky-like alcohol which nevertheless remains gentle and restrained. BrewDog, among many others in both North America and western Europe nowadays, is famous for its extreme interpretations of the style, in flavour, alcohol and sometimes added ingredients; most of these are absolutely epic, but in this one they succesfully restrained themselves to aim at balance and historical authenticity. Indeed, imperial stouts in the ’old days’ were less strong and less intense than they often are nowadays; this one is actually closer to the original English classics Courage Russian Imperial Stout or Samuel Adams Imperial Stout. A true and respectful ode to the roots of the style indeed and a must try for everyone interested in this style. International allure, if you ask me, not for extremities, but for perfect balance and technical accomplishment.
Craftmember (32) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 75cl, thanks to Stephan!
Very simply as it should be in appearance: inkblack, with a small tanned head.
Beautiful aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, mocca, coffee, liquorice, bread, dough, bayleaf and hops.
Taste is of sweet roasted malts, coffe, chocolate, fruity notes, nuts, it has a cirtric edge to it, lovely soft hops. A nice oily aftertaste of liquorice, vanilla, with a slightly peppery,msilt edge.
This is one very well balanced RIS, makes you wish there’d be more ’old style’ brews like this beauty! Absolute old fashioned good beer! ( as it should be..)
aleksander9 (884) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with tan head. Roasted malt, dark chocolate and syrup. Sweet, chocolate and light floral. Overall: like the little brother of Tokyo. Well done.
mateuszk (1115) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with beige head. Aroma of toasted and roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, raisins. In taste sweet, coffee and chocolate flavours. Full bodied, quite bitter, softly carbonatef. In overall very nice but to the best lacks some more depth in taste.
larsga (6816) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small brown head. Opaque black body. Raisiny perfumy roasty aroma with cocolatey spice and smoke notes. Sweetish perfumy roasty cardamom taste with chocolate and soy sauce notes. Full-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel leaves some heat. Dryish roasty chocolate and perfume aftertaste with spicy cardamom notes. Nice, drinkable, different, and full of flavour. (0.3l draft at Beer Palace, Oslo.)