Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nip bottle. Poured very deep brown with a nice, dense dark tan head. The aroma picked up sweeter, milkier chocolates and vanilla over a rich layer of burnt coffee and dark chocolate.. lots of oak in there too.. brighter notes around.. came back to some delicious-smelling malts on the back of the nose. The flavor opened with tart oak and coffee beans, with mostly burnt coffee and ashy black patent malts beneath.. peppery alcohol and dry, toasted oak jumped in on the back-end.. grainy, bitter, and too roasty on the long, scratchy finish. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. alcohol was about where it needed to be considering the ABV.. very good overall, but it was just a little too burnt and too roasty.
jbeatty (850) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
18cl bottle, thanks to Jeffo. 01/25/2012. Pours deep black, huge rocky tan head, ridiculous size relative to the amount of liquid here. Looks great. Nose presents chocolate roasted malts, mild coffee undertones with a little ash, transitions into vanilla, licorice, boozy dark fruits, grapes noticeable. Taste of roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark fruity sweetness on the tongue, finally some cognac coming through as the beer warms, long intense aftertaste. Smooth, extremely drinkable, lovely on the palate. For me, a step above the regular Black Damnation, but perhaps slightly below H&V 666. Either way an absolute pleasure.
BuckeyeSammy (527) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Confusing nose of cleaning products, nail polish remover, coffee and mocha. Tastes great. Bitter front end. Hot, alcohol present.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
OleR (4376) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From tap @Schouskjelleren, Oslo. Low rusty brown head. Body is black as the original sin. Rich and complex aroma; Mild coffee, English licorice, vanilla, dark fruits with a hint of acidity to it, and some fine tones of liqueur. Extremely soft in the mouth. Creamy, with a nice prickling sensation from the tiny-bubbled carbonation. Big malt body, yet easy on the palate. A wide range of inviting flavors. Creamed coffee, dark dried fruits, rich choco/cocoa, roasted black malts, sweet licorice, wood and vanillla. Pleasant liqueur-ish alcohol warmth in the ending. An awesome IS with great drinkability.
Finn (3089) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fra kran på Schouskjelleren, Oslo 18 Okt 11. Svart. Lavt luftig skum. God fruktig og litt metallisk aroma. Smaker som Irish Coffee! Søt med innslag av matall & sjokolade. God.
bergstaden (893) - Røros, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with a light brown head - sweet malt aroma with coffee and some other sweet - good malt body with a lot of sweetness - a long lasting finish - very good and easy drinking - wow
larsga (5823) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small brown head. Opaque black body. Roasty licorice aroma with spicy cinnamon carraway notes. Sweet-dryish roasty cocoa and mint taste with alcoholic vanilla notes. Fullish body. Mild, hot mouthfeel. Dryish mealy licorice and cocoa aftertaste with spicy carraway notes. Lovely! Dangerously drinkable. (0.2l draft at Schouskjelleren, Oslo. Rated twice.)
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to my buddy in Holland. Joan Jett black pour with a huge tan head. A bit over carbonated. Dark roasted malt and chocolate on the nose. Effervescent with chocolate, molasses, caramel, dark roasted malt, and licorice notes. I prefer the Hell & Damnation 666 base beer....
ClubGonzo (3236) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ Schouskjelleren, Oslo. At RBNAG 11, we were lucky enough to be served this beauty from what is likely one of the last remaining kegs from the original batch, forgotten somewhere in Haandbryggeriet’s vaults. Thanks to OleR for discovering this gem in time for us! :-D Pours a pitch black oily body with a big, creamy caramel-hued head. Fantastic looks; this is pretty much the essence of what an imperial stout should look like. The aroma is complex, and as my hands and hard-dispensed patience combined warm up the glass I get coffee, licorice, wood, vanilla, cocoa, alcohol and hints of dark fruits in the back. Taste is strong, tightly fused notes of vanilla, coffee and licorice. Hints of wood, syrup, cocoa and some ashes in the aftertaste. Wonderfully complex, and extremely well integrated; this heavyweight handles its content like a ballerina! Slightly parching mouthfeel, and dangerously drinkable for the high ABV (a fact the uninitiated brother of Geokkjer would face later in the evening! :-D). Of all the beers I drank during RBNAG 11, this was the only one I ordered twice. A truly great beer.
RuneStumo (1888) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
14.10.2011. On tap at Schaukjelleren, Oslo. Dark brown colour with tan head. Aroma is malty with dark malts. Medium to rich body and medium bitterness. There are also some sweetness, strong body with alcohol and lots of complex flavours. There are notes of dry red berries, dry bitter chocolate malt and some caramel sweetness. Veeery good beer.