Saeglopur (1696) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle, 2013 version, from Mikkeller Webshop.
Pitch black body, with an almost inexistent, tan head.
Aroma of melting chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla, quite a lot of alcohol.
Wonderful, intense taste of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood, nuts, caramel, subtle zesty hops, some dark fruits, a lot of booze, but not as much as I expected.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes warming, alcoholic, astringent, bitter-sweet, quite dry, very complex, with smooth coffee, dark chocolate, wood, quite a lot zesty hops again.
Very tasty! Relatively smooth to drink for this extreme ABV. Very complex of course, more in the taste than the nose in my opinion. Loads of different, yummy malt notes, I also like the subtle hops a lot.
This is the most expensive bottle I bought so far and it’s really delicious, but still not my favourite Imperial Stout from Mikkeller, their (much cheaper) Brunch Weasel stands out for me. So overall a bit overpriced maybe, but still a pleasure to try once.
JAXSON (550) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours thick black into a snifter. The little tiny bubbles take about 3 minutes to coalesce…always a tense time. Nose is sweet, not as tar and molasses heavy as expected. A light meat-like savory note and something that keeps on saying "pancake batter". Makes me miss doing beer tastings. Despite all the heavy, sweet notes, the mouth really comes through with some interesting savory qualities -- well done bacon and salted meat mostly. Lots of maple syrup, marshmallow, "fig stock". Finish becomes way too sugary. Body is very lightly carbonated, near flat. Doesn’t bother me like it used to, though. As expected, it massive and too sweet, but it has some really interesting flavors going on. Not the legendary beer that I always thought the 2006 would be.
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan bubbles. Huge roasted and sweet aromas. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak and other sweet flavors.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours black with a small brown head. The aroma holds vanilla, sticky brown sugar, milk chocolate, asphalt, warming alcohol, dried fruits, some coffee, blueberries and earthy, woodsy hops. The flavour is heavily sweet, medium bitter and light acidic with tones of milk chocolate, vanilla, asphalt, blueberries, dried fruits and earthy, woodsy hops. The mouthfeel is sticky, oily and soft with a low carbonation. Complex finish. Near full bodied.
Clownoisseur (421) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 vintage, 375ml bottle, huge thanks to _angst_...thanks Alex! Pours a motor oil black, a few brown bubbles gather briefly, but this beauty lay still. Nice oily legs taboot. Aromas of chocolate syrup, fudge, vanilla, marshmallow, tobacco, cognac, oak and just a hint of alcohol. Wow. Taste is even smoother than the booze on the nose suggests! Loaded with a thick chocolate backbone....syrupy, fudge, chocolate chips....then a nice dark fruit character that blends into a vanilla/oak harmony. Hints of tabacco, leather, cognac, earth, roast and a slight maple sweetness makes this one go down very easily for the abv. Extremely impressed with this big guy. Even if it is a bit too much for me, it comes off with an elegance that imperial stouts of lower alcohol wish to achieve. Bravo!
rouhlas (2760) - GREECE - DEC 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle at home. Black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate and coffee, dark fruits, light alcoholic. Taste is sweet and light bitter, like the aroma, chocolate and coffee, light spicy (like cinnamon?). Medium to full body, soft carbonation. I had a sample (or two) of this beer in CBC 2013 and I think it was the best Imperial Stout of that festival!!
teorn88 (6453) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog rating. Waxed bottle from Mikkeller and Friends. It pours a deep dark brown/black color with a minimal brown head. Aroma is big bold sweet and juicy, with notes of caramel, milk chocolate, lactose, vanilla, wood, cappuccino, fig jam. Taste is similarly sweet with a mild bitterness in the finish alongside notes of wood and alcohol. More chocolate, espresso, whisky and jam notes. Thick viscous body with soft carbonation. Overall, a monster of a sipper
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle graciously shared by Brett Dettler. Super heavy nose of roasted malt with black licorice, dark loamy soil, moderate phenols (a hint of burnt plastic), and a milk chocolate tone to finish. Pours clear dark brown with faint bubbles at the edge of the glass. Initial sharp taste of licorice, rum, and mild dark chocolate before the complex flavor quickly smooths out, bringing forth notes of velvety fudge-covered brownies, a hint of raisins and dates, brown sugar, and cocoa powder. A brief whisper of red chili flake emerges late. Incredibly smooth, slick texture, with a heavy body that’s skews toward medium. The larger variety of malts helps create a delightful layered taste. Good stuff.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled at RBSG. From notes. Loads of chocolate dominate. Vanilla, and Roasty malt back it up.
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 11/24/2014. Pours dark brown, nearly black, wispy tan head with a few larger bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is liquid chocolate cake, fudge coming out as the beer warms, dark fruit well integrated, sherry-like notes, touch of oak, vanilla, some dark coffee and roast coming as an accent, not really balancing. Taste is sweet dark fruity chocolate liqueur, vanilla and caramel, dark roast bitterness cutting through the finish. Thick, liqueur-like body, ABV not showing much. Tasty stuff.