mezr (59) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an almost inky-black from a 0.5L bottle into a stemless snifter. No head formed, just some bubbles that quickly dissipated and left a dark tan ring around the black abyss within. On my second glass I purposely tried to form a head (pouring high and straight), but this brew was determined to stand its ground, again leaving only the inviting darkness. We sometimes use terms like "no light can pass through it" to describe how dark a given Stout might be. In this case I took advantage of having no stem on the glass, and placed a halogen flashlight squarely against its bottom. This Stout swallowed everything that bulb could put out, so ... "no light can pass through it". Really!
The aroma was all chocolate. I expected (and hoped for) coffee, but it wasnít there. On my first sip I felt it was too cold, and decided to let it set for several minutes. My second sip revealed an immediate, but soft sweetness, followed by a smooth transition to a moderate bitter at the end.
This is a full body Stout thatís "thick and slick" on the palate. Very soft carbonation, but not flat at all. It possesses a quiet, moderately long finish. Also, given the 11% abv I was surprised (and pleased) that the alcohol never made itself evident.
This was a very enjoyable beer. And for what it is, itís a "Great Beer". That said, for my own liking, it wasnít as complex as I would have liked. The sweetness was constant, and I think a hint of coffee would have been ideal. But you can put this one in my Christmas stocking any time. Job well done by the brewers at Haandbryggeriet.
czar (5366) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours unclear dark brown with a small light beige cap, minimal retention and lacing. burnt caramel, nicely smoked maltiness, smoked cherries, raisins, umami peaks, salt, wood, soft resin, touch of iodine. light to low carbonation, medium-full body; sweetish, smoky and salty finish. not overly complex but a good smoked scandinavian ris.
pentaz (1254) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown small head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, alcohol, roasted malt. Taste is near heavy sweet and bitter. Body is full, texture is smooth and carbonation is flat. Finishes roasted with chocolate and alcohol.
superspak (3224) - Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter; batch 210, brewed on 1/20/2009. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark brown head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, light smoke, light licorice, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, light smoke, light licorice, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, light smoke/licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Florya (695) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
How: Bottle. Appearance: Black with a tan head.. Aroma: Malt, herbs, some smoke . Palate: full body, smooth carbonation.
Patrickctenchi (4604) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purple-black, small brown head.
Strong diet cola, chocolate/cherry aroma.
Tart, cherry malt, chocolate taste.....a bit of smoke.
Very different for the style.
shrubber85 (8762) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cola, coffee, dark chocolate malt, and green grass aroma. Dark brown-black with moderate brown head. Sweet tangy red cherry/raisin, dark chocolate malt, and light astringent flavor. Body light especially for an imperial stout. Pretty good but not a typical impy stout.
RickFifty (630) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black color, brown head. Coffee nose, licorice, dried fruit, roasted malt, chocolate. Espresso and dark chocolate taste, licorice, fruity, bitter finish, well hidden alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture, warming alcohol.
AgentAle (996) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is deep rich malts, brown sugar, dark fruits and light smokiness. Taste is sweet malts, complex fruits and candy sugars. Finishes with slight liquor warmth and slight bitterness. Well balanced. Appearance is black with a medium dark brown head that retains fairly well.
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong notes of soy sauce and alcohol. Beautiful brown sugar-like foam, endurant and slightly pesky palate with red wine-like feeling. Good. A bit too powerful at impact, and slightly ephemeral foam.
Andrus86 (143) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE. Black with thick brown/orange head. Sticky molasses on the nose, which rolled into burnt malts & toffee with a big thick finish. A meal in a bottle.
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