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Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 364   ABV: 12.12%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle, 06/04/2014. Pours black, dark tan head fades almost immediately, nearly no lacing. Aroma is intense espresso, charred roast chocolate malt, cacao, leather, mildly earthy cherry, fruit notes, peaking through, wood. Taste is chocolate, dark cherry though not overly sweet, licorice, espresso roast, long aftertaste with resinous cherry, cacao nut bitterness. Medium thick body. More roast character than expected, cherry adds subtle accents to the base, intense dark bitterness.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (126) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2015
33cl bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, oak, chocolate, some ash and a hint of fruit. Flavour is clealy cherries, medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is tonnes of cherries and some oak. This is a little too much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7126) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Bouteille 33cl, BB 28/11/2023. Couleur noire, col léger moka avec un beau doré au verre. Arôme est fruité de barriue accompagné par un beau bouquet malté de chocolat avec un petit résiduel boisé. Le tout laisse une impression de vin Xeres voire de Sherry et Porto. Palais garde cette influence levure belge rappelant un stout de Struise. Alcool est quant à elle bien présent sans être surfaite. Profil malté est profond avec pas mal de caramel et surtout de chocolat accompagné d’une belle note de chêne boisée et d’un fini vin rouge. Correcte mais stout qui ne rivalise pas avec ses comparses américains.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (5159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours opaque dark brown with a thin head. Aromas of cherry and chocolate Taste is more chocolate, rich cake. Finishes thick and sweet, just like BenH.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
back (1413) - Holstebro, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2015
Sort skum brun kort Kaffe malt træ alc citrus chokolade lidt kirsebær Bitter lidt sød lidt Oile flad @f1

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This viscous Imperial Stout shares wood, dark chocolate and fruity accents into a warming and roasty bitter finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam appears on top of the pure blackness after a semi-hard pour, receding to a ring.
-The barrel character is present, but the cherry wine aspect mostly shows up in the finish.
-This is very well made, as expected, but it cannot stand out amongst the plethora of quality Barrel-Aged Impys, something which the cognac edition of George is able to achieve.
-A light acidity (the cherry wine barrel?) peeks through the finish as well.
-The cherry wine barrel and fermentation character are quite harmonious.
-Cereals, although ridiculously plentiful I’m sure, aren’t perceived that clearly in the flavor profile. This is a sugar, barrel and fermentation-driven profile.
-This one’s almost too cold at cellar temperature. Focuses too much on the alcohol and roast. Towards room temperature, the fruitiness and chocolate develop nicely.

Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6491-20140708] Bottle. Roasted bready aroma. Black brown body with a quick bubbly tan head. Roasted bready grains flavour. Full body. Very tasty. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9+
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (11748) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Flavour is coffee, fruit, roasted malt, vinous, alcohol, chocolate, licorice, wood, vanilla. Full body. Complex nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (1916) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Benh. Cheers pal. Pours Black with a tan head. Bursting with chocolate and roast malt. A bit of cherry. Tastes like a German cake. You know the way Germans be eating cake...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (435) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Aromas of coffee roast, cherries, brownie, some acid, fruity bitterness, caramel sweetness. Taste is roasty, coffee beans, fruity sweetness, some dark bitter chocolate, malosses, dark sweet fruits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (9988) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of cherry brownie, fudge, roast chocolate, red wine, vanilla and oak. medium body.


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