TEJA (1399) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2010
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
I’ve tried this beer before and then enoyed it. This bottle though was not at all as good. The red brown foam was short and the aroma was strange like an old school gym hal! and some burnt malts. The taste was overly burnt and then a normal good bitterness.
Defreni (2687) - Husum, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske: Sortbrun øl med et tyndt skumhoved. Duften er kraftig chokolade og kaffe, eller snarere den kaffe der går over i chokolade. Smagen er igen domineret af chokolade med et kraftigt alkoholbid. Langsomt kommer der et mindre portvinselement op i smagen. Lidt for ubalanceret til min smag, men udmærket. Trækker op at konen rigtig godt kan lide den.
dogfish120love (1016) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown almost black with a thick rich head. Flavors of chocolte, vanilla and coffee dominate. Wow this beer impresses even at $22
Tranquillity (1430) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Very thick, extreme aroma. Corn flakes, mocca-liqurice, walnut. The taste and mouthfeel hits you like a boom! Like oil, wonderful, spicy and oily. Only the finish could be a bit stronger.
Sammy (9059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bierkoenig. Pours opaque black, it looks thick, and topping white head that stays put. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate but not overally so. Taste has the roast, the chocolate,after the get through the hop bitterness which is there but you cannot put a finger on which they are. Very drinkable, this is strong stuff, even with food.
Slokop (107) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2010
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
The bottle opened without a hiss, and the beer poured without forming head. Having paid about € 4,50 for this beer, this worried me. The smell was a bit dusty, the taste was horrible. Did not know carbonation was that important. This brewery puts a lot of effort in its labels, uses numbers and a wax dip. A shame it fails to buy and use decent caps. I think all of the carbon escaped from the bottle. This beer ended up in the sink. I hope this is an incident and the Rasputin is better.
Dorstig (51) - Oegstgeest, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brownish-black with no head at all. Not very attractive. I have sampled several H&V now from different batches but so far it has been a big dissapointment. Sure there are lots of flavors and aroma’s present but the total zero carbonation spoils it completely. The mouthfeel is far too oily, almost slimy (sorry can’t find another word for it) This could have been dampened by more lively carbonation. I think the brewery has serious problems keeping this beer under good pressure and maintaining bottle consistency. You just don’t know want you get for your 11.00 euro and that is a shame. It’s like sampling coffeeliqueur, no beer. Given the choise I would pick their Rasputin over this anytime.
TimE (3467) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge grapefruity, treacle, dark chocolate, dark fruit nose. Unbelievable nose for an imperial stout. Well balanced mouth which shows lots of cascade hops and strawberries on top of the roasted malt, dark chocolate character. Very smooth and dangerously easy to drink. Fairly aggressive bitter finish. Amazingly well made beer.
argo0 (11729) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl Bottle. Gusher that won’t stop -- had to empty 2/3 of the bottle before we could put it down. And given how big the head was, that took 10 minutes. Black body with brown edges, with brown head, lots of brown yeasties settled to the bottom. Aroma is rich, moderately sweet, cocoa, coffee/roast, some molasses, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, coffee/roast, some chocolate syrup, light alcohol. Full body, fairly sticky.
gyllenbock (5082) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Monks in Stockholm.
The color was pitch black and the foam large.
The aroma contained a lot of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt also some earthy tones.
The beer barely contained any carbonic acid at all. A lot of roasted coffee and chocolate. Heavy but despite the high alcohol content (11.9%) the beer was pretty easy to drink. Aftertaste had a lot of roasted notes. A nice Imperial Stout.