Grovlam (4150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[EBF @ Copenhagen, September 2008] Average fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of heavy oak and Sherry, coffee, chocolate, liquorish, dried fruit, vanilla. Quite full bodied with an average carbonation and thick alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Lingering Sherry warming alcoholic and strong malty base finish.
TBone (11387) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black color, tiny expresso head. Roasted, oaky aroma. Full-bodied. Roasted, coffeish, licorice, oaky notes, dry aftertaste. Alcoholic touch in the finish. Very sophisticated, excellent impy.
bierkoning (9586) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ EBF 2008. Black and opague. Malt and licorice in the aroma. Grapes, roasted malt and licorice in the flavor. Alcoholic and vinous, that should be the sherry. Quality stuff.
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Draught Quite resistant brown-beige head, jet-black beer. Alcohol, indeed sherry, grape kernel oil, liquorice, some coffee. Sweet, despite all the overload. This was an oloroso cask, I suppose? Coal, some leafy vegetable, coffe and tobacco ash. Very oily, slick, full bodied. Very impressive, Most remarkably, I get indeed the sherry.
sunevdj (2919) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ European Beerfestival 2008. Pours black with a light brown head. Sweet with aromas of coacoa. Nicely rounded but still with some strong hops notes. Mild fruity liquir/sherry notes. Low carboantion. Full body. Nice complexity.
omhper (18374) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. Properly named regarding the appearance. Medicinal nose. Salty and dense. Very powerful with tar and vanilla. Quiite boozy and the medicinal flavour never really goes away. Compact and full bodied. The sweetness is too intense for me and the finish turns inky. I much preferred Black as Coal to this one.
Pinball (10257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great aroma, sweetish,
pitch black, brown head,
sweet, burning bitterness, after taste burning coffee, many flavors, takes some time to sample this one.
ekstedt (4942) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at EBF 2008. Black, no head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, green peppers, discrete vanilla oak notes. Thick body, soft mouthfeel. Quite sweet, but never cloying.
yespr (28756) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap. Pours dark brown to black with a fully gone head. Aroma is sweet and heavy chocolate malty aroma. Extremely sweeet and heavy malty with a distinct bitternesss coming through. Roasted chocolate malt, hoppy and mild sweet to distint sherry sweet base flavoured into the finish.
lassem (650) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at festival in Copenhagen. Pours a pitch black with a tiny dark-brown head. The nose is very sweet, vinoes and you clearly sense the barrel-aging. Due to the tap it is served pretty cold, but is growing and developing between your heating hands to a complex and very nice imperial stout. As the aroma the taste is sweet and vinoes with hints of fudge, dark caramel, licorice, burned malts. Nice and heavy Imp. stout with a long lasting fresh, sweet and complex finish.