Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - MAR 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with a medium-sized beige head, some lacing. Aroma of peat smoke, roasted malt and fudge. Flavour is smoky and roasted with notes of liquorice and some raisins. Warming alcohol in the finish. Low to medium carbonation. Full bodied.
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
18cl bottle poured into my Darkness tulip...Black pour with nice tan head that comes right away leaving a solid cap. Spotty but nice lacing...Really strong aroma, peat moss, muted smoke(no pork notes), light coffee. Flavors in the same vein, hurting balance but still pretty good...Taste lots of peat, roasted coffee, bitter, a little alcohol, finish is warm...Feel is very warm, long aftertaste that is a little harsh.
pilsnerrogge (2606) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a very small, bubbly head. Nose is peat, char coal, smoked ham and chocolate. Flavour is very much like the aroma with a long, dry finish.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colored with yellow head. Smoked-ashy aroma with some wooden whiskey note, salty licorice and roastiness. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is more acidic with licorice dominating, salt, thin smoke and alcohol also here. Aftertaste lasts with wood, licorice and some warm alcohol.
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Toasty. Closed. Fruity.
Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy, medium-to-full.
Taste: Off-dry, coffee, dark chocolate. Hoppy. Some sweet dried fruit notes.
Aftertaste: Roastiness with really balanced lingering hop bitterness.
Overall a very drinkable, exceptionally well balanced and whiskyish beer.
tiong (4566) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle @ ISKTR
Pours dark brown with a tiny head. Nice smokey and woody aroma. Taste is roasty and dry. Palate is a bit flat.
holdan (260) - USA - MAR 18, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
First: I’m not a fan of Imperial s. This one, black with a creamy head a la Guinness. Aroma smoky malt, licorice. Taste smokey malt, salty licorice. light bitterness. Full bodie, text smooth, alc well hidden. Finish long aftertaste
tkrjukoff (4167) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as black is with a huge brown creamy head leaving nice lace. Aroma is peaty, smokey, licorice, coffee, chocolate and fruits. Fullbodied smoked mouthfeel. Peppery, smokey, tary, slightly fruity, meaty and chocolate flavor. Fullbodied tary palate. Finis seems to be endless tary tart. Good stuff.
hallinghansen (2295) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black body with a huge brown head. Aroma is smoke, coffee, sweet chocolate, wood and alcohol. Flavor is smoke, chocolate, light hops, vanilla, sweet . Well carbonated. Nice lacings.
gEUS (1394) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 Woow... huge smoke scent, which comes back in the mouth and the aftertaste... Incredible power and taste! Very special indeed!
------ this. Had to... 2010 vintage, tasted 08/05/2013 in a beer tasting glass - cellar temperature, still a huge head (beige). Pours almost black. Aroma is chocolate and brownie, honey, motor oil & petroleum... Oh my god. palate is quite perfect: sweet in the beginning, slight sourness, bitterness kicks in as from the middle and ends with nice smokey notes. Taste is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate in its purest form. And some non-anice "drop"/liquorice in the end. Marvelous beer!