NilsHenrikBo (25) - Västerås, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2009 in tulip glass. Thick black, creamy thick head. Roasty balance chocolate aroma, dark fruit, vanilla. Hints of leather and tobacco. Balanced and long lasting taste with smooth finish
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 2007 at Smöf 2013. Black with creamy tan head. Aroma and taste is chocolate, raisins, oak, vanilla, cacao. Smooth mouthfeel, full body, long enjoyable finish.
hackobock (1790) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2014 (#600)
Bottle at Bishops Arms Gamla stan, 2008 version.
Pours black with a minimal brown head leaving just a ring on the edges. Aroma is smooth with oak, vanilla, licorice, chocolate, coffee, light honey, some dried fruits and a touch of alcohol. Taste has chocolate bitterness op front, some tannins from the wood comes through together with some oaky vanilla notes. Finish is bitter chocolate, vanilla and oak. Medium smooth body with a low carbonation.
Staffan47 (883) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flaska på SMÖF 2013. Äntligen. En lång väntan är över. Nog lever denna raritet upp till sin hype. Naturligtvi omöjligt med en objektiv rate på en så blytung legend. --------
2007: Balanserad med tydliga men samtidigt lagom toner av bourbon. Varm bouquet. Smak av kaffe, och cholkad. Rund och len. Underbar. Världsklass. --------
2009: Fantastiskt mäktig. Härligt balanserad. Slutar analysera och bara njuter...
Bruer (1) - SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great beer. Every one should have one of those! Smooth and complex with vanilla and heavy malted body. Tried 2007 and 2009 but still got one bottle from 2006.
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mikeyo1 (294) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at smöf 2013, 2007 edition. Sweet aroma of raisins, oak, chocolate, warm alcohols, dark bread and dark fruits, some nuttiness. Taste is like aroma but with a soft vanilla tone and a more distinct oak character. Long sweet and dry aftertaste of dry raisins and chocolate, moderate bitterness.
CarlJonas (218) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2007) Black liquid, beige head. Rich chocolate and porter aroma. Sweet honey flavor with some roasted bitterness. Low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Pretty awesome, but you already knew that.
Beer4000 (4705) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Some kind of celebration punching my 4K rating at RateBeer. I’m not really that concerned with numbers but sometimes it could be fun to do something extra about millstones anyway. The truth is I’m such a lacy rater so barely 50 % of my notes end up here. The big advance of this is the fact that it’s quite easy to grab something interesting from my notes and make it my “celebration”. So what could be more appropriate than world greatest Imperial Stout. I’m lucky to have sampled this by several occasions, but this 2007 vintage where pulled out of my cellar late one evening after a great beer tasting session. Everyone had gone home and I just felt for splitting this bottle with my beer buddy Gunnfryd. The big question where if it still was able to kick balls after a set of other superb ales (lots of good memories from those days my buddies cared to bring fine beers at our beer evenings). Back to the beer. Pours pitch black with a small but nice, dense brown head. Body feels thick and heavy with a appropriate moderate level of carbonation. A sight for sore eyes. Strong aroma of everything dark, like dark, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate with leather, wood and smooth, refined alcohol. Flavor is sweet but in perfect balance with the bitterness and alcohol. Everything from the aroma is present in such a perfect and smooth combination. The body feels perfect and it has a really long aftertaste, still soft as silk, rich malt, pleasant wood and warming alcohol. Pure pleasure.
ansalon (1664) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 version at Bishops Arms Gamla Stan, Stockholm. Pours midnight black with no head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, bourbon, muscovado sugar, leather, tobacco. Insanely balanced aroma. Taste is insane! Muscovado sugar, honey, heather, dates, plum, figs, bourbon, vanilla. Freaking awesome and insanely well balanced! Just brings tears to your eyes.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ClubGonzo (4293) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle, from trade with GTH. At last! One of the really big White Whales and a very appropriate selection for my 3000th entry here on Ratebeer - what a ride it has been! :-) Pours a tar black body with a medium light beige head. Nose is coffee, deep malty tones, leather, tar, honey, hints of wood, alcohol, licorice and vanilla. Very elegant and bourbon-like, despite not having touched any such barrels. Taste is burnt toast, licorice, coffee, leather, dark chocolate, dark malts, honey and hints of cellar must and alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very nicely balanced and well brewed, but times have certainly changed and while Kaggen might have been the top dog some years ago it’s no longer rare to encounter world-class imp stouts like this anymore. Regardless, this beer is still a beauty. Hats of to Närke for their accomplishments, and my toast to all the wonderful, cooky, funny, knowledgeable, geeky, hospitable and cheerful beer geeks here on the site. Chin chin for you all! :-)