Theis (14266) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at yesprs - Thanks. Pitch black - brown head. Sweetness, carcoal, high malty, oakey, acid, bitterness, fruity, tartness, nice wooden, coconut, dry wooden, oakey. Nice.
popery (1599) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, wall to wall, with a dark brown head. This is a very dark beer. Happy memories of the original version are coming back to me from that walnut-dark chocolate mocha head. Just a bit of lacing but pretty good retention for a big barrel-aged stout. I imagine the brett helps.
The aroma has a whole bunch of dark chocolate and roast, and it’s shot through with a blackberry fruitiness. There’s a mild oak presence, sweet, gooey caramel, and a well-blended vanilla note that grows rather strong as the beer warms. There’s also red wine, molasses, cherry, raspberry, raisin, plum, cocoa, coffee and a touch of vinegar. And it all works beautifully together.
The taste starts with sweet caramel before roast and dark chocolate start to kick up. The blackberry-red wine-cherry fruitiness quickly peeks its head up and announces that this is no normal imperial stout. There’s a sour twang to beer, but it just enhances the rest of the flavors and tastes very little like an unintentionally soured stout. It’s reminds me of a fancy raspberry and dark chocolate truffle. Mild roast and wood bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is a bit thinned out by the the barrel, but there’s still plenty of body, and the flavor is full and rich. Very little booze.
For me, HaandBryggeriet’s best work is Odin’s Tipple, and this beer is a worthy twist on its base. Personally, I like the subtle approach, but it’s worth noting that it’s not all that different from the normal stuff. There’s a bit more vanilla and maybe a bit more fruit at this point in its age, but nothing really screams barrel-aged. That said, why mess with excellence? This is a big sipper of a beer with oodles of complexity to chew through.
Brittany3272 (7) - - JUL 24, 2013 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This was absolutely horrible. I couldn’t stand the taste. Like old gym sock shredded and put in a beer. I wasn’t even impressed with the packaging. Disappointing.
jbeatty (1178) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 07/23/2013. Pours black, medium fluffy dark mocha head, dies to the surface relatively quickly, thin ring of lacing. Aroma is dry roasted chocolate malts, cocoa powder, espresso, dark berry sweetness, subtle vanilla with expansive woody finish. Taste is mildly acetic coffee, red wine notes, dark chocolate, more wood in the finish. Thick body, slick. Interesting, really nice.
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark-brown to black pour. Medium brown foamy head with great lacing.
Full mouthfeel, slightly slick.
Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, sandalwood in the nose.
Huge roasty malt. Sweet up front with a tangy, sour finish. Nice hint of alcohol warmth.
A great beer made better by barrel aging. I'll certainly seek out more of this and hope I can find a couple more bottles.
---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.
jesperhammer (3368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
29-JUN-2013, bottle @Yespr tasting.
Black and dense looking with low light brown head.
Restrained, malty aroma with roasted notes of sweet chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted, peppar, oak, chocolate. Sweet. Quite tart. Full body, soft carbonation. Fine stout.
brnandersen (2378) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from 50 cl bottle. Pitch black with a small, tan head. Sweet aroma with roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee. A good amount of oak in this one: Spicy, wooden, almost acidic. Taste is sweet. Full body, creamy texture. Finishes bitter with dark chocolate and roasted malts. A good example of oak barrels adding extra layers of flavor.
banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Smell and taste og cherry. Citric aftertaste. No oak present. Not how i like ny impy stout.
madsberg (10605) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma: Chocolate, cocoa, roast, oak, spice, light coffee, Flavour: Oak, chocolate, coffee, liqourice, cocoa, roast, tar. Medium to full bodied. Ends roasted bitter and coffeeish.
joergen (22873) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at yespr.
Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Roasted aroma of dark chocolate with notes of cocoa powder and oak.
Roasted flavour of dark chocolate and red wine with notes of mushrooms.