MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, the way I like it. The aroma has some wood going on along with alcohol and almost something that reminds me of salmiakki or perhaps tar, maybe from the burned notes combining with alcohol. Something conjures childhood memories of hot, freshly laid out asphalt on an overcast day. Berries there too. Taste has chocolate, roasted notes, berries, smoke and wood along with an alcoholic kick, something spicy lurks in the background. I like this, could do with some balancing though.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Bottle. Black body with thin lacing and then no head. Oak chocolate silky sweet with big etoh. A bit of peat and smoke. Very smooth and drinkable. Lightly bitter coffee but extremely smooth. Actually the alcohol is really well hidden, i dont believe its 12%. A great balance is found here, and nothing seems to come off as excessive. Honestly sessionable!
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Rciesla. Thanks broski. Big malt and hop flavor. Supposedly this beer has jasmine an cranberries in it but they were both drowned out. Well attenuated and hid it’s alcohol well. Unfortunately I’m not a fan of this one, but I can see what people like about it.
KnutAlbert (6440) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, brown tint.
Deceivingly smooth. Coffee, dark fruit, a little soot, some vanilla. Warming alcohol. Very impressive to brew a beer of this strength with this velvet smoothness. Fine bitter finish.
thebeertourist (5158) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a modest light brown froth. Woody, maybe even peaty, roasted aroma. Vanilla, rich chocolate, some roasted coffee as well as rummy flavours. Some spicy aftertaste and also alcohol. Slick, full body. A treat.
larsga (6943) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 Small coarseish dark brown head. Opaque black body. Dense burnt vanilla coffee and cocoa aroma, impressively harmonic, with pine needle notes. Dry-sweet pine needle and burnt coffee taste with alcoholic notes. Soft, harmonic, and balanced. Dry orangey chocolate aftertaste. Leaves sticky sugars on the lips. Very, very nice. One to sip, and perhaps to cellar. (0.33l bottle shared by KnutAlbert. Rerated at home.)
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Brewer. Very complex beer. Great balance of caramel malts, chocolate and oak character. With a strong belnd of liquoirice and bittering hop. Some sour tones and great alcohol finish. Another corker from Martin and James. Yum yum diddy dum.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a small brown head. Looks very oily. Aroma has allot of character, caramell, vanilla, fruit, dark chocolate and more, all in serious harmony. Extremely smooth bodied and oily. Slides down too easily with no trace of the high alcohol. Very complex, smooth, harmonic imperial stout with many layers of taste, chocolate, oak, fruit, burnt wood, ashes, caramell and some hops in the aftertaste. My only minus is that it’s slightly too drinkable, I prefer alittle bit more resistance in my imperial stouts. 33cl bottle bought at Ölbutikken.
thewolf (11730) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bought @ Vinnens Verden, Odense.
Pours utterly and completely black with a thin rim of brown creamy foam. Soft and elegant aroma. Lots of chocolate, raisins, apples, roasted malts - and lots of liquorice. Good notes of vanilla, oak and a flowry touch. Low carbonation, wonderful, oily mouthfeel. Flavour is vinious, but the 12 % is nowhere to be found. Incredibly drinkable. Lots of chocolate again, some cocoa, good, lightly tart oak and plums. Some sweetness with vanilla and malts. A long, dry bitterness with roasted malts and good, heavy hoppiness. Very nice!
Maria (10196) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Fonefan for sharing and thanks to Cgarvieuk for donating an additional bottle. It’s pitch black with a brown, nice and creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, light wood and flower. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour has a light sweetness and a roasted bitterness, notes of chocolate, dark fruits, light wood, caramel, licorice and the overall impression is both smooth and powerful and it’s scaringly easy to drink. It ends with notes of berries and a nice, dry bitterness.