Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nip bottle, bottled 2/3/10, 1 of 96. Poured near black with a short-ish lived smoked tan head. The aroma opened with well-smoked oysters (more the salinity than anything else), peat, and molasses, with soy and ashy notes also making an appearance.. warm whiskey and oak undertones.. by all means a big beer, and none of the alcohol felt out of place. The flavor opened tangy with very smokey whiskey and charred oak barrel.. warm middle with aged molasses, soy, and mocha notes.. salty finish with more smoked malts, tangy whiskey, and full-belly warmth. Heavy-bodied and almost syrupy on the palate with low carbonation.. mightily-smoked, but it held its balance surprisingly well.. loved it!
JAXSON (523) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into a snifter. Pours a fairly thick black with a thin, rich lace of mocha foam and cobwebs over the surface. Beautiful look. Nose is charred, ashy, some unsweetened dark chocolate, definite peat, almost umami character. Total peat bomb in the mouth, upfront it’s all really dry, almost seaweed like, throughout becomes a bit hot from the bourbon barrel. Pretty nice integration, and the feel is good but it’s a bit intense and weird at times. Seaweed is the best descriptor based in the food world. Interesting!
Meilby (6235) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 180ml @ gunnfryd
Pours black with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, peat and chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (5221) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Pours black with a tiny beige head. Aroma of peat, smoke, ash and roasted malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with some tobacco, ash, smoke, caramel and roasted malt.Medium body, soft carbonation.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small bottle shared by Kan. Epic, thank you! Pours a rich murky blackish brown hue, ruby brown edges show glow and light, though dark. A loose brownish head dies to a small filmy ring, laces ok. Aromas are rich smoke, oak and peat mix with touches of cherrywood, ash, and meat. A touch of alcohol on the nose mixes with roast and toast, some cocoa, more smokey essence. Initial is medium bodied, preaching some cocoa and toast up front, touches of spice and ash. Middle moves into a wave of meaty smoke, wood, and peat. Touches of hot whiskey, some vanilla, spice, some light black pepper on the back of thr throat. Some crisp toffee, toast, and roast. Dark chocolate, some light coffee. Cherrywood, more peat, Islay scotch with smoke and spice. A bit thinned out, moving into ashes, carmelized malts, some pretzel, dryness and oak into the finish, some gentle heat really lingers on in the finish. Very nice, very complex with the smoke and Scotch. Some toast, oak, spice, and earthy smoke and roast. Very nice beer, very interesting. Some lingering spirit provides some nice heat that doesn’t overrun.
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Short little nip bottle. Thanks to jeppe for bringing this one over from across the pond... Pours a barely transparent deeper reddish dark brown shaded hue with a thin wispy light beige head... Aroma is inky with iodine and burnt smokiness to go alongside lighter notes of wood and booziness. Pretty aggressive on the iodine, peatiness from the islay but still nice in general... Flavors smoothens out and no as whiskey-forward as what the nose suggests. Deeper caramel, smoke, and wood, mildly sweet with a fair amount of booze at first. Finishes with a fair touch af ash and light acrid bitterness. Smooth body and low to medium level of carbonation. Splitting this smallbottle was just enough for me but I probably could have enjoyed it all to myself as well. Solid.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at København Ølfestival 2010
They promise peaty, and it’s peaty!
Deep black color with beige head. Lovely smoked aroma, with chocolate, paper, some burnt wood. Medium body strength. Very good chocolate flavor, delicate peaty character. Balanced final, with light warmth from the alcohol.
Koelschtrinker (9867) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sehr starker Malzbeginn mit karamelligen, tief torfigen Aromen, die sich auf eine breite Schokoladigkeit zubewegen. Diese verdichtet sich nicht mehr, befindet sich aber bereits zu Beginn auf hohem Niveau. Wie die meisten anderen De Molen Biere ist auch dieses trotz der Intensität erstaunlich weiß. Die Süße bleibt auf diesem guten Level und reicht genau aus, um das Bier zusätzlich süffig zu machen. Suchtfaktor! 14/14/13/14//14
Jaksmart (357) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a small brown head that quickly is on its way. The aroma is utterly fantastic, with loads of subtle roast, burnt coffee, oak, bourbon and some liquorice. The notes of vanilla-ish bourbon are particularly subtle and provides a nice balance to the stronger islay whiskey notes. The smoke isn’t as rough as one might expect, but has a nice mellow feel in the nose. Very nicely balanced! The taste is also very enjoyable with quite a thick feel, whilst not being overly oily. The oak and whiskey carries through nicely without scorching your tongue with alcohol. The malts have a very nice roasty feeling, while retaining an adequate sweetness. The balance between bitterness and sweetness is particularly exquisite and makes it quite easy to drink. The complexities in the subtle finish takes the prize, though. Vanilla, smooth whiskey and some dry, wood-ish notes wraps it all up quite well. Carbonation is adequate and the feel of it all is very nice! One of the best Imperial Stouts I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying
phredrik (998) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just to get this straight. This is why I drink beer. Pours rather thick black with a diminishing brown head. Aroma starts off with a peaty, straw-like smoky component, islay cask and oak with a vanilicious hint. Caramel sweetness, sweet liquorice. The sweetness also reminds me a bit the smell of blueberry jam. Subtle whisky and coffee in the background. The aroma is just brilliantly well balanced, everything compliments the other so well. The taste opens with a smokey peaty whisky taste, lots of roasted, almost burned wood. Coffee, caramel sweetness, bitter cocoa does a lot of the malt’s part in this beer. The smoke and oak dominates the taste and stands more out than in the aroma. Some of the same components from the aroma, but not as well balanced and subtle. The malt complexity of the aroma had to shine a bit more through for this to go 4.5+, but this beer definitely is up there with some of the very best imperial stouts I’ve tasted. Mouthfeel is actually rather watery which makes it very easily drinkable. Carbonation is also very good, rather lively. Bubbles are dense though, which makes it really smooth. Just a real pleasure to drink.