VsXsV (1826) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 Bottle at akkurat. 2008 vintage, enjoyed in late 2011. Pitch black, opaque liquid with huge mocca head with lots of lacing. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, wood, chocolate, leather and licorice. Super balanced, delicious. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter with roasted notes and bourbon aging. Very well balanced. Medium bodied, OK carbonation with sticky, moussey mouthfeel. Extremely good. One of the most balanced beers I’ve ever had. Liquid perfection.
Yves (2073) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkbrown coloured beer with almost no head and no carbonation visible. Roasted alcoholic aroma with some port hints. Full palate. Finish is soft bit malty roasted ending dry alcoholic. Very nice flavoured beer with strong aroma though soft balanced finish.
fugitive (1225) - Athens, GREECE - DEC 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 250ml, 2008 version. Color dark black with medium creamy brown head. Aroma malt, dark chocolate, coffee, plum, vanilla. Taste sweet, coffee, chocolate, plum, vanilla, alcohol. Full body, great beer.
lusikka (5175) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 250 ml bottle. 2007 version.
Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of strong licorice, chocolate and roasted malts. Wood comes through nicely. Flavour of roasted malts, loads of oak, bitter hops and toffee. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a thick mouthfeel with a long, warming, roasty finish with loads of wood. Not really the best Imperial Stout out here, but still great. 8-4-9-4-16 4.1
250 ml bottle @ Pannuhuone, Kuopio. 2007 vintage.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beigeish head. Aroma is really smooth with vanilla, wood and some syrup. Flavour is extremely well balanced and smooth with roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate, sticky syrup and some caramel notes. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, lingering, warming, smooth finish. Very delicate indeed. Has aged very well and will be even better. Got to raise the points a bit. 9-4-9-4-17 4.3
olio (5125) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 cl bottle. 2007 Vintage..
Pours pitch black colour with small head. Aroma of tar, liquorice, burnt rubber, roasted malts, red wine notes, bourbon oaky notes and wood. Flavour of caramel malts, toffee, whiskey, mild ripe fruity notes and strong liquorice. Very complex and exciting brew but didn’t quite meet my expectations.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 bottle, thanks Craig!! Pours a black colour with a thin tan head. Aroma of rum and raisin chocolate, cocoa and chocolate. Delicious port wine, dark chocolate and cacao nib flavours. Very well masked alcohol. Choc drops to finish and a lovely oily mouth-feel. Some oak and whiskey notes. Nicely bitter. Phenomenal!
deanso (4502) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at kermis’s
Thin off white head. Thick oily pour. Yummy beer. Thanks kermis!
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
#800 Rating. Denmark, Ulfborg tasting with J&C (in 2009). Thanks to the tremendous generosity of Jan and Charlotte I got to try this gem at the end of our tasting when we visit them for the first time. I can’t deny that I had very high expectations and really wanted for it to fullfill them. Did it ? Hell yeah ! 2006 Bottle, served in a wonderful de molen snifter. It pours pitch black, thick and oily in the glass creating a small but wondeful deep brown head. The wonderful raosted aroma, with the coffee and chocolate notes and a slight hint of vanilla, tar and wood. So complex and as it warms it becomes even better But nothing can prepare you for the taste that is about to follow. The roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, wood notes, soem distant ripe fruit. So many flavors , so wonderfully balanced together. What really amazes me though is how easily it drinks despite it’s ABV, you feel lie you can have (in my dreams) many many glasses, which is rarely the case with big Imp stouts. I can’t give it anythign but a perfect score and I really doubt that I will do this for another beer (certainly hope so though :D ).
Added now (as the rating is from 2009). Having had this on many more occasions and in many vintages, my original rating hasn’t changed a bit. i wish I could drink this every day.
gunnar (4740) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 edition shared with OleR at Tre Små Rum, Gøteborg. Uh, how to start this review, maybe to state that this beer is not overrated at all. And it pours pitch black with a small creamy beige head. The aroma is just lovely deep malty, roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Very thick and filling mouthfeel, yet smooth and velvety. Taste is mellow with an overall lingering liquorice and tar combination, wood and oak, underneath a good roasted malty body. This was an absolute faboulos experience.
cmonster (948) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared at Haggerty’s Fantasy Tasting. Who else has offered up #1 and #2 on the same night? Chris, you are ridiculous. This amazing brew has notes of fermented honey, pretty dense fruit, and earthen aromatics. Unending complexity. Rich, sweet malt, dark chocolate, and raisin flavors. Full body, thick/slick/creamy texture, and a roasted oaked finish. I’m blown away.