Metalchopz (2960) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled November 26, 2010 and pours a dark, almost black, colour with red highlights. The head is huge, creamy, beige coloured with great retention and thick lacing. Aromas of burnt malt, coffee, sour berries, dark fruits, with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Medium-bodied with a wet-creamy mouthfeel. Roasted malt taste with molasses, coffee, good bitterness, and no burn at all. Quite a nice smooth Imperial Stout with lots of character.
Pinball (11793) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at papsoe tasting. dark clear amber, small white head. roasted stuff, sweet malts. flavor is roasted stuff, faint charcoal, well balanced with hops, slightly flowery.
Theis (14938) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear dark brown - white head. Coffee, chocolate, berries, high malty, bitterness, berries notes, licorice. Nice balance.
Ungstrup (32908) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A dark red-brown beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of malt, coffee, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted matl, alcohol, soy sauce, and wood, leading to a roasted finish.
Plovmand (7479) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Papsø. Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is sweet malty, caramel, liquorice, chocolate and light coffee. The flavour is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorice and sweet caramel. Straight forward Impy stout.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of wavers1. Pours black with a warm reddish tint. Sweet roast, some dark dried fruit. Solid body, hard roast, metallic, cardamom notes, hard roast finish. Solid and straight. 170611
Hammy78 (945) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle purchased at the LCBO. Pours a cola colour that sits quite dark. Decent tan head that leaves clusters lace. Smells of dark chocolate, sugar, wood. Tastes dark bitter chocolate, slight coffee. Overall quite nice.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black pour. The aroma is fairly roasty - slightly salty with a bit of dark cocoa. There is a little bit of peppery ethanol. It’s a fairly simple impy. Roast over pale malt. Not4 much going on in this one.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL bottle, courtesy of mds. Thanks, Mike! Took a while to get around to this one. Pours a reasonably dark brown color, pretty clear, with a thin, fine-bubbled medium-tan head with solid lacing; pretty light for an imperial stout, but a decent-looking beer. Some overt metallic notes in the aroma, along with some basic milk chocolate and caramel and a light roasted character; light cola notes; not particularly effusive and, while the metallic character does dissipate, it isn’t an ideal entrance. Medium to medium-full body; medium-light carbonation; not really any overt show of alcohol here. Overall, really a quite lackluster imperial stout (or stout, even), showing some basic caramel, cola, and chocolate notes, but without all that much density or well-defined richness, and it feels a bit watery around the edges, frankly; some light smokiness and roast, as if a touch of smoked malt or liquid smoke was added; still, just doesn’t fill out the glass or even itself; I’ve loved Grand River’s lighter renditions, but this just seems an ill-fitted style for them, and overly lean for what it should be; even ignoring styles, this is a touch disappointing. Probably best served in a pint glass over a snifter. Modest finish of light roast and some reasonable toastiness; dry at the far end.
dink (50) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Over year old bottle. Aggressive pour into tulip, near black body tan head, so-so retention, laces sides. Getting roasted aromas and licorice. Creamy feel to this, lower carbonation. Nice caramelized sugar sweetness working against the high bitterness, almost reminds me of a black IPA. High drinkability, doesn’t seem to be any alcohol in this at all.