Sigmund (6646) - 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 I’ve 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 (3051) - Ocean County, 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 (90) - 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 (9267) - 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 doesn’t necessarily fit with the rich dark malts and their residual sugars.
-I don’t 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 beer’s gorgeous dark malt aromas and flavors. From 3.4 to 4.4, really? Don’t remember the last time this happened to me.
thebeertourist (5179) - 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.
MikeLuke23 (83) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark opaque black with a tan head. Nice head with tight bubbles. Aroma is of milk chocolate , dark cherry , and coffe. Flavor is the same with some mild bitter and burnt toast. Great CO2. Slightly fruity & peppery. Great interpretation of Belgian Stout.
---Rated @ your Moms House.
arsol (975) - NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Svart farge med brunt skum. lukter sjokolade, kaffe. Fyldig og faktisk ganske mye kullsyre. også noe syrlig og salt i smak sammen med den brente kaffen og sjokoladen.syrlig og bitter ettersmak. Dette var mye smak og mye øl:-)
Vighals (3050) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Svart med høyt kremete skum. Espresso, mørk sjokolade. Fyldig smak av brent mørk sjokolade. Salt lakris. Bitter og salt ettersmak, god kullsyrefølelse. Mye mat i denne, 0,7 flaske, skapt for å deles
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a very large, brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, fruit, ash, and a slightly sour presence, but not in a bad way. Medium body, with a long, bitter finish.