Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33l bottle @ Henrik. Quite dark this one, on the border of being black and the bubbly little head that came when pouring it quickly fades away in to near nothing. It catches much back in the aroma. I got the bottle that has been standing on the shelf, so finally I got a beer close to the temperature I like. Yeah, the aroma, its dark and sweet. Lots of roasted malts and it almost smells like it has been barreled on something. Chocolate tones and tons of vanilla. Some hints of burned caramel, and all in all it’s quite delicate and nice. It’s surprisingly medium-bodied for a 11.5% ABV imp stout. A thin oily texture - something I would call a bit disappointing actually, and the carbonation level is extremely low. Near the border of being and flat. No, wait, it’s as good as flat. The taste is quite sweet. Surprisingly sweet in the flavor, and it has lots of dark roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, thin licorice and some caramel as well. A bit confusing this one. Perhaps a bit to sweet and "dead" for my liking, and normally I quite like the sweet and calm impy stouts. But tasty? Yeah, definitely tasty. 23.02.2012
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… The lid comes off with little to no resistance and no hiss. Hmmm? Pours still and black with no head. The nose is a mélange of anise, black licorice and blackstrap molasses. Full-bodied and silky, but as flat as a pancake. The flavor leans way sweet – lots of molasses and black licorice – and is, unfortunately, buffered by the lack of any carbonation. I don’t mind sweet, molasses or licorice, but this is a bit much. The relatively high ABV is not all that evident. Finishes with a slow fading of the flavor. Bottle courtesy of Plovmand!
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 330ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long coffee and chocolate finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Beer Temple. Aroma is big and sweet liquorice and roast.
Flavour is intense roasty and bitter liquorice, followed by even bigger malt sugars. Too cloyingly sweet for me.
BarBache (33) - NORWAY - FEB 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
alcohol, chocolate, coffee, roasty, smoke, minimal head, black, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, long finish,
Defreni (2866) - Husum, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske: Kulsort olieret øl uden antydningen af et skumhoved. Fuldstændig flad øl. Dejlig duft af hårdtbrændt kaffe med en antydning af ristet malt. Smagen er også rigtig fin, men der mangler karbonering. Lidt hård i mundfylden viser at det er en Mikkeller impy stout.
ClubGonzo (4900) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a thick, oily black body with no head. This *actually* looks like the proverbial motor oil in my glass. Nose is roasty coffee tones, dark malts and licorice, with hints of leather and tar. Taste is sweet malt syrup, ashes, licorice, molasses and hints of alcohol. Thick, oily mouthfeel as well, with virtually no carbonation. If this isn’t a bad bottle, it must be the oiliest imp stout I’ve ever had. Which doesn’t quite ring my bell, to be honest. Tasty, but all in all s bit sweet and "dead" to me - kinda like Abel from the Bible? :-P And one more thing: if this beer represent the fair-headed, benign and...well, basically *blonde* Abel - what the hell will Mikkel make as "Cain"?? A special edition of eisbocked "Black"? :-S
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on the Eurostar to Brussels as part of my Pre-Wedding Celebrations, thanks to Mr. Bunce. It pours opaque black, with a thin tan head. The nose is very fruity: plum, blackcurrant, blueberry, as well as roasted malt and salted caramel. The taste is plum, raisin, red grape, vinous notes, salted caramel, varnish, molasses and coffee, with a dry, warming finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good Stuff.
alfhansen (35) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle@Melkebaren, Sandnes. Rich malty aroma. Hint of coffee and a little chocolate. Pitch black, with a tan, rather weak head for a stout. Sweet tasting with even more prominent chocolate and coffee, a little toffee. Soft and smooth finish, vanishes rather quickly. For a stout, the hops came forward rather well. On this night, i started with the I Beat yoU, and continued with this. In danger of ruining the night with an inferior beer, i went home and enjoyed the feel of a great beertasting experience. Yet another fantastic brew from the guys at Mikkeller.
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - JAN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep oily blackish aroma with no head. Light smoke, lots of molasses, malty chocolate and toffee. Great balance, though kinda flat, loads of complex sweet notes balanced by alchohol bitterness. Doesnt feel sharp at all. Great