StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly translucent and blackened chestnut in color with soda bubbles and popping oysters at the surface. Aroma paves the way for greasy, oily chocolate to saturate the nose, echoing fervently with buttery mocha beans, lactic and dense almond fudge and slightly burnt pumpernickel bread soaking in dark chocolate cocoa pools. Flavor allures a vibrant complexity, foremost with cocoa chocolate oats sticking at the bottom of a milky, espresso laden café concoction. Oily body with mere traces of carbonation makes the mouthfeel subside less enthusiastically than the expectations that the palate has for the liquid. A trace of alcohol rears its head as the syrupy coffee flavored lozenge gets torn apart through diffusion across the tongue. A charcoal flavor with burnt molasses and heavily roasted mocha beans hangs around after the sticky, coffee flavored syrup extends itself down the hatch.
Acid303 (534) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - OCT 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 37.5cl bottles, shared with friends. Served in tulip. Extremely black colour with a nice brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, vanilla and honey. No coffee apparently. The taste has the same problem: there’s very little coffee, the impression is more like chocolate with vanilla and honey. Sweetness and heat on the palate. Full body, good carbonation. It’s a great beer, but needs more coffee flavour and less honey. Anyway, it is always good to try atypical stuff.
klm1 (567) - - OCT 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black like motor oil, with stable light brown foamy head. Aroma: alcohol is mild noticable, prevails notes of coffee, dark chocolate, rhum, hints of soy souce, vanilla, tobacco. Flavor: Alcohol immediately kicks you in the ass! But it does not pravail, namely this beer is very, very well balanced. You can detect bitter/sweet notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, of roasted barley, with hints of some pepper, some mediterranean fruits like red orange, orange peels and lemon.
Texture is silky mouthfeel, body is sticky, malt sweetness is medium to high, hop bitterness also. Carbonation is soft. Unbealivable drinkable beer for so high abv. Another Masterpiece, made by colaboration of Mikkel and Dirk Naudts.
FraekkeFyr87 (184) - - SEP 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is full of coffee, chocolate, honey, barley, vanilla, sugar, hops and tar. The color is pitch black. The taste is full of coffee, chocolate, honey, sugar, hops, barley, vanilla, tar and syrup. What an amazing beer! One of the best ever created! A truly masterpiece from Mikkeller. One of my favourites!
TorbenJensen (1289) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roughly bubbly foam on the black and almost oily stout. The aroma is limited despite the high alcohol. A little good coffee aroma mixed with a little hard roasted malt. The taste is incredibly well composed and very vinous with strong warming touch of alcohol. It has deep flavor of coffee, hard roasted malt, burnt caramel and a slight sweetness which according to the label information attributable as honey. Finally, it has a slight hint of vanilla and a pleasant hop bitterness that only carefully checked. As a whole, it is probably not what is expected of an imperial stout, there is the little alcohol influenced. I admit, however, that it is very tasteful and it will be much more exciting after long term storage. To drink the cold would be a mortal sin.
neongolden (847) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(375ml 2014 bottle from Mikkeller and Friends Bottle Shop, Copenhagen) Pours black with a decent sized dark tan head lingering a bit with lots of lace. Aroma of dark malts that are rich and sweet but with a soy overtone, ground coffee, lightly smoky roast, leather, dates, vanilla, honey, spicy herbal hop notes. The palate is sweet and malty with a liqueur quality, honey, caramel, coffee and chocolate, vanilla notes, an acidic fruity bite like cherry or some fortified wines. Middle reveals a bit of oxidation, herbal and spicy hops, a bit of leather and smoke. Finish retains sweet and lightly acidic hints but is nearly dry and bitter, with some hop bitterness, smoky roast and alcohol heat doing their part. Relatively light in body for a 13% stout, with soft carb and light to moderate booze. Interesting one in that it’s got components well past average for the style when it comes to sweetness, tartness and bitterness. In the end it doesn’t feel that big, but it is reasonably complex.
coachd (362) - Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells a little boozy with some cappuccino-like coffee aromas and plum. Shiny black color with a light tan head. Much lighter taste than I was expecting. Roast, bitterness, dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruit, but a bit muted - very surprising for such a big Imperial Stout. ABV is very well hidden. The palate was a little thin for my liking. Overall, this was enjoyable and exceedingly drinkable for 13.1% ABV. My only complaint is that I wanted a more powerful flavor.
Sebilinz (1174) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black body with brown head. Aroma is spices and fruits. Taste is some roasted malts some vanilla some wood some fruits and some coffee with spices and herbs. Aftertaste is nice balanced between bitterness and sweetness. Nice one.
Werckmeister (1069) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle at Brauwerk Tasting shared by Sebilinz. BB 10/2018. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells of leather, sourish, some spices, a bit glueish. full body, soft carbonation, full mouthfeel. tastes of strong leather, malty roast, sourish, spices, quite alcoholic. finishes with quite strong leather notes and alcohol. not a fan with this one, quite strong alcoholic and quite strong leather notes. Dont think I would drink this again..
wiosna (472) - - AUG 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33 l pullo @ Ottakringer Brauerei. Samea tummanruskea. Tuoksussa paahteista mallasta ja hedelmää selvästi. Maussa paksusti mallasta ja alkoholia. Tuhtia.
tricksta_p (2251) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Mikkeller & Friends, Reykjavik. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, cocoa, chocolate, fruity notes, cherries, hops. Flavour is light to moderate sweet with a moderate bitter finish. Body is medium to full. A rather hoppy Imperial Stout, nice...