luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you, Crosling. Amazing airbrushed bottle. Beer is opaque, motor oil-like in apearance. Very dark brown/black without any head.<P>The aroma is malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, molasses, light note of toasted peanut; Hoppy with moderate notes of resin/pine, light notes of grapefruit, apricot; Light yeasty notes of basement and dough; Miscellaneous notes of trace green apple, roasted marshmallow, light notes of vanilla, oak.<P>
The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a long, moderately sweet, lightly bitter, warm alcohol finish.<P>
The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.<P>
A fantastic experience.
omhper (18314) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Extremely black. Tarry licorice aroma. Compact tarry malt. Lots of licorice, asphalt and more or less everyhting else too. Sweet, oily and full bodied with notes of lemon and vanilla. Somewhat syrupy finisish where alcohol warms.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Bottle # 79/100. Pours a very thick, tar like completely pitch black and opaque with a light brown head. Distinct burned aromas with some alcohol showing. Very rich and full-bodied - no, EXTREMELY full-bodied - with burned malts and dried fruits - almost vinous. Short, bitter finish with an underlying sweetness. More a meal than a beer really.... :-) 090507
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 500mL Bottle, #36/100. Generously shared by Chris at the Woodshop tasting. Pours a pitch black, opapue, chewy color with a thin layer of creamy tan head. Loads of nutty, gentle fruity malts initially meet the nose. Some coconut, anise and dark chocolates as well. A little bit of prune flesh and high alcohols present, but the alcohol is gentle and soothing, not numbing or abrasive. Very intesting to note the radical differences in the nose of this one when comparing different pours into the different types of glassware. My snifter seemed to present the most pleasant balance of characters, highlighting the chocolate malt characters and darker fruits. Another, slightly differently shaped snifter-style glass really brought out some horse-blanket dimensions, not really the focal point of my glassware aroma presentation, but clearly present later on the palate. Yet another, tulip-style glass brought forward some really sweet, estery fruit perfumes. Definitely an intriguing, contemplative observation. Starts out on the palate with loads of rich chocolates spiced with some anice. The fruity, chewy malt body is replaced a few seconds later by a funky, peppery, rochefort cheesy, almost goaty flavor mid-way through the malt parade. It then finishes dry and bitter with a nice smack of celeryish herbal hops. Three distintly different, individually enjoyable flavor experiences that come together nicely in this well crafted brew. I love how this makes use of malt complexity and a bit of funk to create a uniquely delicious blend rather than rely on the tried and true concoation of sweet grain sugars, excessive roast, and prolific high-alpha c-hops.
Ernest (5864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, dark brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested), bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, molasses, husks), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), lightly hoppy (resin). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Gotta be honest; despite my two sampling palsí gushing over this one, it did nothing for me. Lots of vitamin B yeast smell in the nose and not much complexity as far as I could find. Not enticing at all to me, sorry.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. An exceptional looking beer with a pitch black color and a bright brown head. Powerful nose, that keeps changing. Hints of fruit, chocolate and hops.
Really hoppy, especially after the mid-palate. In fact, Iíd say that the hops play the dominant role in this beer after that point. The finish, along with being really hoppy, also shows some nice malt as well and overall, the finish is quite nice and seems to be last a long time.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #3/100 courtesy of Papsoe: This may be the darkest beer Iíve ever had. Pours a completely opaque fairly viscous black with a nicely-lacing light brown head. Full, sweet dark caramel and chocolate malty aroma has some roasty smoky notes with a touch of bready grain and fresh piny hops. Body starts with good viscosity and sweet earthy caramel and dark chocolate with some piny hoppy bitterness. Finishes smooth and bittersweet with a nice lingering dark chocolate flavor. A very nice imperial stout.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 3/100: Poured pitch black with a meidum sized long lasting lacey dark brown head. Big aroma with sweet roasted malt, big milk chocolate, and a mild fruitiness. Mild alcohol notes in the nose. Large malty flavor. Nice amount of roast with a mild tartness. Some dark fruit and chocolate. The flavors and the aromas are large. Full bodied and creamy. Nice warmth without the alcohol taste.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 8, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a truly pitch black beer with a small, but dark brown, creamy and lasting head. Itís incredibly complex from start to finish, maybe the most complex beer I ever had? Thank you Mikkel for making it possible for me to enjoy this fantastic beer as my personal rating # 2000 and my # 1000 on RateBeer!!
The aroma gives me chocolate, vanilla, light smoke/tar (in a nice way), coffee and burnt figs. The mouthfeel is completely oily. The flavour reveals something new in each sip, and it takes forever to get through the finish, that is incredibly long and exciting. The dark roasted malt has some nice, bitter notes of chocolate, tar/smoke, licorice, coffee, chalk, a smooth light vanilla sweetness, that kind of lives itís own life in the turbulent strong notes, and yet seems to tie them nicely together. The finish is sooo looong, several minutes, and I find a nice bitterness, sweetness, ash/chalk and wood. This is amazing stuff - a piece of art in bottle - woow - I would say so much more, but I seem to run out of words describing this beer.... 2000
Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Springslicker (thanks!). Opens with a barely audible hiss, but hey, itís had a rough journey from Denmark. Black. Very black. Ultra Black. Uber Black. Very thin head. Aroma is tar (in a good way) and tobacco and just a whiff of alcohol. A mildly vegetal character compliments chocolate and coffee - lots of coffee, in fact - and a touch of charcoal (again, in a good way). As it warms, a hint of blackberry emerges. Seems a bit thinner bodied than Iím used to, but not in a detrimental way at all. Also, the characteistic I called vegetal earlier now seems more herbal. Oregano, in fact. Interesting and tasty brew. Thanks again!