Marko (3797) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.5l bottle brought from Norway by a friend (huge, HUGE thanks Bojan!). Batch 207.
Small ochre head, as black as MY HEART. Ok not really. It is however damn black, pitch black. And thick. Dry nose, chicory, coffee, cocoa, a little alcohol, slightly fruity, dark cherries maybe. Damn complex taste... cocoa, full sour cherries, coffee again, wow, very light dust, noticable but not offensive alcohol. The wild yeast mostly did wonders for the drinkability and possibly with some flavors but that acidity that sticks in the aftertaste does detract a little. All in all, a great beer.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from west lakeview liquors. glad this one decided to show up again..... aroma sweet chocolate, subtle sour cherries , roast, yeast and a touch of booziness... pours a deep non-penetrable blackwith a lush and thickdeep tan head. looks fantastic although the head faded rather quickly but still though.... flavors were thick creamy with a heavy emphasis on bittersweet chocolate that starts off sweet then quickly turns roasty with a fair amount of ashiness on the finish. subtle red fruits fruit also come into play and intermingle well. smooth and silky in the mouth with a light to medium carbonation. a little airy but still pretty decent.
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Bottle batch 210 brewed 20.01.09. O wow what a pour... reminiscent of Dark Horizon, pitch black, obsidian, super deep black, seemingly trapping light like a black hole, fizzy foamy dense dark sandy brown head. Aroma is super roasty, not at all what I was expecting, bright and chocolaty, light grass, hint of alcohol and just a touch of acidity that seems to meld it all together, some fruit and berry seeds emerge as it warms, stunning. That is freaking delicious, will finish rating in 30 minutes... watching movie. Okay.. Iím back. First taste is sharp, dark chocolate and bright funk, mildly fruity, berry seeds, dark chocolate, lovely yeast character, the roast almost gets pushed under, flour-less chocolate cake, subtle hint of espresso, the alcohol makes itself known every couple of sips in a pleasant way, quick finish with a long dry ashy aftertaste. Full bodied, super fluffy, great sensation, not sticky or syrupy at all, the wild yeast at play no doubt. Holy moly... I can only Imagine that this was not nearly as good a few months ago. This is one of those beers I wish someone was here to share with me... because Iím sure no one is going to believe that this bottle was that good... hehe. .220.127.116.11.17 . . . . . . . . . .[rerate, same batch bout 6 months later, 18.104.22.168.16]
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich and dark with brown head. Carbonation bubbling up all about. Vanilla, with faint hints of coffee and chocolate on the aroma with a bit of earthy funk on the very end. Holy smokes, an incredibly body. A rich leather and smoke character with a light cherry hint that smooths out into some nice burnt malt and more earthy leather.
gyllenbock (4091) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Oslo.
It was a beautiful black liquid that flowed out of the bottle. The foam was quite small and brown.
At first the aroma was not too great, some coffee, chocolate and licorice. As the liquid got warmer, it became more interesting. Burnt malt, soy, and some smoke.
Flavor was great! Salt, cherries, leather, some smoke. A lot of malt, great balance. Full-bodied beer, absolutely. Sure, I felt the beer was pretty strong (11%) but there was never any annoying feeling the alcohol. Surprisingly easy to drink despite the strength and character. A lovely beer!
jredmond (5039) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with Pwn3d and DepAndy, Thanks Dallas. This was a monster stout. Pours a pitch black body with great brown lacing. The aroma is strong roast, chocolate malts, and burnt meat. The flavor is the same with some alcohol in the finish.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2009 Bottled courtesy of DeputyAndy. Guys, seriously.. there is a pictures of Odin equip with helmet, spear and horn on the front. If any beer has started with a 5.0 and had to work its way down from perfection, itís this one. Iím sure Odinís looking down from Valhalla and giving a gentle nod of approval to the boys at Haandbryggeriet. Good Vikingís ale! If I were to sail off, exploring isles off the Arctic northern coast of Norway.. I would have Haandbryggeriet Odinís Tipple in hand and wielding a battle axe in the other. Pours deep brutal black. Taste is espresso, tobacco, bacon, and chocolate. Rich and thick palate. Straightforward and fantastic. I could not detect any alcohol at all.
Snegurochka (341) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2009
1.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Dark as a winter night above the Polar Circle. Promising scent of licorice, cinnamon and tobacco, but taste of vinegar, horse blanket and cough syrup. I was not able to finish my glass. To drink this beer and like it, I guess you have to be a medievalist , like one of the people I shared the bottle with at a beer session in TromsÝ 02.04.09. (Thanks to Rune)
JK (4293) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, but definitely not for everyone. In a British style, with high alcohol. Black, and very little carbonation at all, nearly flat. Big malt aroma. Simple flavor, sweet and heavily roasted malt and grain. The alcohol isnít really hidden, I can taste it and feel it on my tongue. Rich, thick palate. A slow sipper. It is quite expensive.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a dark brown body topped by a thin to medium thick head with little lacing. Itís slighlty sweet with notes of anise, roast, smoke and chocolate. Medium to full bodied, well carbonated and a touch warming.