GothGargoyle (565) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a small chocolate head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is chocolate, oak, licorice. Medium bodied, bitter roast finish. Taste is coffee, oak, burnt sugar, hints of licorice and chocolate. A touch harsh.
Rune (6120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml bottle as a perfect dessert following the fish soup at Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri. Jet black, bright naked surface. Roasted smell of dark malts providing hints of dark chocolate and liquorice. Dark malts and dark fruits in flavour making it taste like dark marmalade. Rounded, roasted bitterness to the finish with noticeable alcohol. A pleasant dessert (Oslo, 25.05.2012).
ElDesmadre (934) - Mikołów, POLAND - JUN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, kindly provided by Palme. Almost black with a somewhat short-lived head. Aroma is intense dark chocolate, vinous, licorice, coffee, roasted grain, cocoa powder, subtle cherries and some brandy that comes across quite boozy, which is unfortunately the major drawback of this beer. Chewy, full mouthfeel and a decidedly burned, bitter taste with a very bitter, mostly earthy, coffeeish licorice aftertaste. I miss at least some faint sweetness to provide the counterbalance. Lack of balance is a major concern here. The whole is bitter, sharp, aggressive and boozy. Actually not bad, though disappointing for an imperial stout. I believe it would have mellowed out at least slightly when left in the cellar for a couple of months more. Well, the label read consume AFTER 2013 and I was just too curious to wait...
MotherBrother (550) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Haand festival
Pour with a small off-white head.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and booze. Plenty of booze, that is.
Taste is slightly bitter, but all is overpowered by the booze.
Average body and carb.
Gr0ve (2038) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
250 ml bottle. Black with brown hues around the edges. Small beige head. Estery aroma with some alcohol. Fruity malt flavours with a strong brown malt character. Lots of roasted malts. Texture is viscous. Vinous. Toffee and licorice. Bitter finish, like dandelion. A little unbalanced IMO.
Cunningham (2972) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour with a beige head. Rich roasted malt, coffee and chocolate aroma. Rich coffee and chocolate flavour. Mild sweetness. Very fine blend and easy drinkable.
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Sigmund (4165) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at HaandBryggeriet Beer Festival, Drammen. Served too cold. Pitch black colour, creamy beige head. Modest aroma, mild roasty notes, coffee, dark chocolate and dust, hints of oak. Will probably improve as the beer warms up. The flavour is distinctly roasty with notes of strong coffee and dark chocolate, but is not very sweet. Packs a real punch this one.
Travlr (7975) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Amundsen. Black, no head. Aroma of dark rich cocoa powder. Taste is bitter 90% cacao. Extremely dry finish. Fascinating and unique.
tmrmwel (510) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, brygg 100. Pours a dark, reddish translucent, with almost no head. Aroma of a not to sweet liquorice and caramel, with some smoky notes. Flavour has a lot of chocolate and coffee, with a nice dry bitterness sticking through the finish. Bottle says best after 2013, and a couple of years will probably benefit the brew which then might be all the way up there.
gunnfryd (8549) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Nærbø ølfestival. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is smoked, roasted malt, coffee, licorice. Flavour is smoked, roasted malt, double coffee, hop, fruit, licorice dried fruit. Full bodied nice beer.