vtafro (5271) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with some nice looking brown head. Roasted coffee, chocolate malts some oak and light liquor flavor from the barreling. Warmth comes through the alcohol but not in a bad way. NICe.
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #225. Pours very dark brown with light brown head. Roasted malts and chocolate aromas. Roasty and chocolatey flavor with bourbon and wood. Medium to full body with lively cabonation. Excellent.
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Dark brown with almost no head. Complex fruity chocolate aroma. Some roasted coffee blending with dried fruit and chocolate in the mouth. Complex.
sunevdj (3548) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours an opaque black with no head. Smells of toasted malts. Sweet with light aromas of coffee and lightly toasted malts. Full bodied. Almost no carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Sweet coffee finish.
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Black - brown head. Licorice. Wooden. Dryness. Light alcohol sharpness. Burned. Carcoal. Light milkey. Nice light hoppy. Light smokey notes. Light begetables. Snaps. Lovely.
haukur (1517) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black, faint brown head. There is a huge gust of aroma when poured. I can smell candy, chocolate, coffee, akevit, alcahol, perfume, and even some spices. Surprisingly light on the tongoe but makes up for it with a very long creamy finish. Akevit quite obvious. Works suprisingly well with the normal imperial stout notes. Loads of character, love how Akevit blasts through on the palate. lovely stuff and very grateful that Knut Albert brought this to volcanic Iceland!! thanks! my girlfriend is a great imperial stout appreciator, concurs with me on this. A very good impy!
drpimento (2645) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa, this is one heavenly beer, mmmmmm mm! Poured with a thick foamy frothy fluffy light brown head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is malt roast burnt sugar ( can’t smell some of other stuff as my snooter don’t work so well). Flavor is absolutely divine: Very rich traditionally classic sweet (but not overly so) porter. Body is thick full and round with the perfect carbonation - just enough fizz to balance the sweet fullness of the liquid. Very satifying. The Norwegians have given us another sublime product that easily goes with another that is near and dear the the hearts of us here in Wisconsin, the cheese slicer. Bravo to our brothers!
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 225: Penetrable ebony. Half-inch dollop of caramel spackle adorns the glass and exhibits impeccable retention. Complex and bright aromatics leap from the bottle upon decanting: black chocolate, lactose, seared malt hulls, nougat, smoke, and toffee. Suggestive scents of raisin, cola, licorice, charcoal and fragrant sherry-kissed Akevitt. Creamy carbonation softly caresses the tongue. A sharp yet clean alcohol and metallic malt zing are enveloped by waves upon waves of tongue-lapping richness akin to road tar, smoky espresso and charred malts swirled with a soft bed of nuttiness. Snug, artfully incorporated tannins dovetail with the snappy char. Forceful in its intensity at the core, with ample dried-plum esters lending tang and vibrancy to the malted milk ball and milk sugar girth. While the malt is skillfully extracted, the forceful alcohol manages to displace much of the soft and delicate textures from the palate. Closes slightly gritty in its residual Akevitt and cola sweetness and throat-scratching alcohol which is soon muffled by oily espresso, velvety malt and bittersweet chocolate. This is a decadent and well-crafted porter, but I would love to see it toned down to 8% or so, as much of the nuance has been stifled by the alcohol.
Pinball (11706) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark brown, small bubbly offwhite head.
aroma of wood, bitter caramel, dark chocolate, alc can be sensed. a bit of flowery perfume, or perhaps the spices from the akevitt barrelling.
flavor is roasted stuff, caramel, wood, licorice, the akevitt shows itself as a sharp sort of spicy flavor. salty, pretty flavorfull actually. Brew is a bit too watery for my taste.
Overall a fun porter with wood, akavitt flavors (those two are quite opposing and balance or rather compete for attention). For me - too watery, too boozy, too caramelly sugary sweet (instead of a more syrupy oatmeal sort of sweetness which i prefer in dark beers).
yngwie (15764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. It’s a black beer topped by a decent tan head. Heavily roasted on the nose, with a sort of balancing booziness and some oak. Some chocolate and a good dash of licorice blends in. It’s full-bodied and with some warming qualities, smooth and pleasantly carbonated. The flavor is pretty much like the aroma, with roasted malts pulling the heaviest load, well supported by the alcohol. The akevitt is present, but stays in the background, meaning it’s more of a generic alcohol flavor than an akevitt flavor. Chocolate and a touch of bitterness too, and a healthy dose of salty licorice. Mostly coffee-like bitterness that is. The finish is of the lasting kind, roasted, warming and coffee-bitter. When I slowly drink this beer, I regret I didn’t bought more bottles. Luckily there’s more of them in the Vinmonopolet stores, and the brewer confirmed another batch is in the pipeline, as new akevitt barrels were picked up last week. Definately not my regular summer beer, but will certainly stock up for autumn and winter. 100515