Holmen2 (1228) - NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with short brown head. Alcohol and dark malts in aroma. Slightly better taste, but itís still crude. Bitter aftertaste.
abemorsten (2916) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours black with a brown head. Coffee raisin and funky smokey liquorice nose. Sharp tongue. Full bodied. Funky burnt raisin and ash. Long finish with notes of green apples.
tandembrauer (278) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Cardinal, 2014/03/24. Black with brownish foam. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet with a lot of roasted bitterness. Lots of roasted barley used in this beer.
gunnar (5676) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours black with a small tanned head. Aroma is light roasted malts, weak smoked caramel. Taste is smooth , lovely sweet dark roasted malts,red ripe dark fruits, lovely mouthfeel and taste. Moreish ++
Sigmund (5317) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, batch #15, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.3%, OG 1085, FG 1015, IBU 44. Pitch black colour (one of the darkest beers Iíve seen), large and impressive head with colour somewhere between coke grey and brown.
Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, leather and chocolate, mixed with acidic and "farmhouse" notes of brettanomyces. The flavour is rich and medium sweet, with some fruity acidity, but is first and foremost dominated by roasty notes of coffee, hints of dark bitter chocolate and black pepper. Great stuff.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a big tan head. Dry roasty aromas with notes of coffee, cocoa, and farmhouse funk. Flavor is roasted malts with a dry funky earthy finish. Interesting brew with a lot going on. Not my favorite impy stout, but worth trying for sure.
pineypower (2547) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off as a huge metalhead this label and name kicks ass. Anyways, bottle via trade shared with hummm...I know someone. Pours out black with a dark brown head. Aroma is of syrup, chocolate, light roast, dark dried fruits, burnt grains. Taste is complex and a silky smooth borderline sexy mouth feel. Flavors of dark roasty malts,, chocolate, lit medium roast coffee, figs, light molasses, mildly funky yeast?
Crille (85) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Black metal" black color with a nice brown head. The nose is full of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is tart (light), caramel, smoked wood (?) and some coffee notes.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Superb dark chocolate flavors take hold of this unique take on the Imperial Stout style, as Saison yeast and discreet ashes rear their heads in the background.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam loudly fizzes away into the darkness.
-The prickly carbonation doesnít necessarily fit with the rich dark malts and their residual sugars.
-I donít really see how the farmhouse yeast helps this beautiful grain bill.
-The finish is pretty tame; lightly mineral, sweet and barely bitter.
-A 2-year-old bottle proved to be an IMMENSE improvement (which is rare). Farmhouse yeast took a back seat and barely added a touch of rusticity and acidity, leaving lots of room to the beerís gorgeous dark malt aromas and flavors. From 3.4 to 4.4, really? Donít remember the last time this happened to me.
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Crowbar. Black with a huge, light brown head. Salty caramel nose. In the mouth also hints of smoked flavours. Quite good, some Bambergian character.