Maris (1000) - Canberra, - NOV 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 500ml bottle on 12/11/2012 (batch no. 413, BB 02/2017). Pours close to black with a lovely medium light tan head. Has a lovely chocolatey aroma with some woody and unusual floral notes. The flavour is sublime, with an explosion of milk chocolate, along with some caramel fudge, a with a dash of espresso, a touch of vanilla, and a hint of dark fruit. Countering is a massive roasty bitterness and big hop presence. The palate is velvety and the carbonation perhaps a shade higher than a typical for the style. Incredibly moreish and easy to drink for something that’s 10.5%. An astoundingly complex, exceptional imperial stout.
Kauge (182) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50 cl bottle from Stockmann in Tallinn (€ 7,90). Batch 731; BB 12/2018. Pours a very dark brown - pitch black in the glass. Light beige head retains and laces superbly. Loads and loads of sediment... did not pour carefully. Nose is... wooooaah... beautiful creamy sweet roasty coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla and loads of resinous citrusy hop bitterness. Taste begins with quite tamed chocolaty sweetness that gradually but surely turns into a mix of roasty malts and bitter hops while retaining the sweetness. Body plus medium, carbonation thin but somewhat prickly. This is my kind of stuff. Perfect to sip while listening to Nirvana’s less dramatic / more ironic stuff like "In Utero" after a veeery long time.
HippyHop (155) - CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is shockingly jet black with a finger of khaki cap with decent retention and great lacing. Nose is chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, coffee and alcohol - everything you would expect from an IS. The nose is decent but the taste is....wowsers. Very sweet syrupy malt up front and then suddenly it explodes like a firework as the lingering alcohol and bitter chocolate permeate and take over everything, like Nazis only awesome, and in beer form. Remarkably drinkable for 10.5%, and smoother than Ella Fitzgerald doing a Cole Porter tune. Great stuff.
Freaky_tiki (579) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours heart of darkness black into the glass with a thin cap the colour of burnt golden sugar. This is a fantastic brew: velvet in the mouth, with coffee & dark chocolate, & a moderate bitter finish. The alcohol creeps into the brew like a thief in the night. If I were a brewer I’d buy a fistful of these & make into a serious case study of what one could do with the style. Highly recommended.
HaakonBjerkeli (44) - NORWAY - OCT 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4/10, bottle, Cardinal. Pours black, thick and beige head. Rich aroma, sweet, roasted, coffee, choco. Taste the same, bitter with some smoke. Full body, long finish, liqourice.
shaynsawchuk (506) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle. Black with a khaki head. Espresso, dark chocolate, amber caramel and a touch of citrusy/floral hops. Sweet at first, taking a sharp turn to heavy hop bitterness and roast. Finishes nicely bitter. Big, dense, thick and creamy. Heavy on the palate with a full body and modest carbonation. Simply massive, a cellar candidate.
terrybail (627) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle from the lcbo
Pitch black pour nice frothy head
roasted malt dried fruit aroma
Delicious sweet bitter roasted malts very good
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
ours pitch black with a thick lasting brown head - no doubt a 5 for appearance, absolutely beautiful. The aroma is powerfull, I could smell the beer immediately when I started pouring it into the glass. Roasted, malty, chocolaty, hoppy with an excellent balance. Hint of sourness in there as well, brett-like. The flavor is equally powerfull. Lots and lots of malt and chocolate with a nice sweet candied touch and plenty of fruity and bitter hops. Very balanced and complex and smooth like a mofo. Loooong bitter finish that lasts forever. No doubt a WORLD CLASS beer and the best to come from a Danish brewery (that isn’t Mikkeller or Ølfabrikken) maybe forever......!! What an excellent beginning for this newcomer! I bow my head in the dust to Jacob and Morten.
hoppybeerlover (163) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a thick lasting brown head - no doubt a 5 for appearance, absolutely beautiful. The aroma is powerfull, I could smell the beer immediately when I started pouring it into the glass. Roasted, malty, chocolaty, hoppy with an excellent balance. Hint of sourness in there as well, brett-like. The flavor is equally powerfull. Lots and lots of malt and chocolate with a nice sweet candied touch and plenty of fruity and bitter hops. Very balanced and complex and smooth like a mofo. Loooong bitter finish that lasts forever. No doubt a WORLD CLASS beer and the best to come from a Danish brewery (that isn’t Mikkeller or Ølfabrikken) maybe forever......!! What an excellent beginning for this newcomer! I bow my head in the dust to Jacob and Morten
kevinsenn (1092) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from LCBO. Deep black with beautiful tan foam. Roasted grains aroma with dried dark fruits, and chocolate. Taste is oh so good. Rich roasty and bitter. Smooth full body.
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a stem glass. Pours deep chestnut-black with a moderate tan head that fades to a thin cover and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big notes of roasted malts, along with cocoa, vanilla, some espresso and a touch of smoke. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with vanilla, cocoa, molasses and roasted malts. Piney, resinous hops provide a nice hoppy balance. The finish is long with loads of roasted malts, espresso, a touch of smoke and a moderate hoppy bitterness that lingers. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, milky texture and average carbonation. Overall, a very nice imperial stout with complex roasted malts and a very nice hoppy complement. 2014-10-09