kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: April 04, 2008
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace, tick viscous liquid coats the inside of the glass and turns it brown
Aroma: huge dark chocolate aroma with sweet dark caramel and honey plus a touch of vanilla, a fair amount of balancing oak
Body: big thick body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of honey and dark caramel sweetness comes in with some vanilla to enrichen the chocolate, touch of roasted adds bitterness, the oak rises up to add a whole new dimension of complexity, alcolol comes in after a while to open it up and add additional sweetness
Overall: the thick rich chocolate rules the day with the honey and vanilla sweetness backing it up
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: **** /4
Christian (10757) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010 Rating number 1000. December 2006 25cl bottle. Pitch black with a thick, creamy and long lasting light brown head. Intense aroma, oak above all, with much vanilla character. Plums, dates and figs. Some alcohol gives it some bourbon after a while, and portwine is also in play. The flavour has all that barrel character plus the full blown impy stout richness. Rather sweet but balanced by some hops, the dark malt bitterness and some alcohol. As it enters the mouth, oak and vanilla dominates, then comes some fruityness along with warming alcohol, and perfection is reached with the long lasting black aftertaste of espresso, charcoal, licorice and dark chocolate that sits in the mouth for a long time.
Hyped beers demand extra concentration when drinking, which in turn may give a great beer an even better rating because I pick up all of its complexity - my first Westvleteren 12 took an hour to drink, and this will also last. But they are hyped because of their qualities in the first place, and this beer is worth all the attention.
Re-rate same batch, March 2010: Has held up perfectly. Still the same balanced and complex beer. I’m not regretting the 5.0
2009 vintage at Boreft Beer Festival, October 2010: Much rougher and with much more Bourbon character, this was only a 4.3 experience. If you get your hands on a bottle of 2009, age it a bit.
thewolf (10706) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle @ ChristianScheffel tasting. [thank you sooooo much, Christian]
[my 1800th rating]
Well... perfection is a 5.0 rating, and this certainly is!
Looks fantastic, completely pitch black oil look. There is a slight ring of foam on the top. Aroma assault me directly. Wood, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, prunes and raisins. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is so fantastic, I can’t even describe it. There are so many flavours and everything is perfectly balanced. Cap said it well: "this beer stands on every edge known, but never, ever, falls into the ravine".
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle @ Den Tatoverede Enke to celebrate 600th rating] Black with thick brown head. Aroma is sweet and very vinious with roasted malt, liquerice, coffee and overripe fruits. Rich flavor with roasted malt, chocolate, liquerice and coffee taste. Overripe fruits very viniuos and pleasant alchol notes. Nice!
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Cph. Shared with Beljohansen. Brewed December 2006. Pours a pitch black colour with a medium mostly diminishing brown creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, nice dark chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol. Very nice thick bit sticky mouthfeel, bit tickeling on the tongue. The flavour is soft with roasted malt, lots of dark chocolate, alcohol, toffee, dark fruits and some liquorice. Lovely roasty malt and chocolate finish. Round robust yet soft Imp. Stout. A gew more years in a cellar would make this brew even better.
HenrikSoegaard (10020) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2006 version at Den Tatoverede Enke. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Powerfull vanilla and honey notes, no smoke.
Moderate bitter flavor. Strong caramellic notes, almost "Bailey-like". Fantastic long moderate bitter finish. Exstremely creamy wonderfull palate. To strong caramellic notes too become truly fantastic, but really great stuff. Way too expensive!
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Draught at Borefts Beer Festival 2010, 2009 version, courtesy of Håge, thank you sir! Jet black, thick dark brown head, tremendous lacing. Aroma of oak, whiskey, vanilla, raisins, apples. Taste has burnt espresso, wood, vanilla. Great body, perfectly balanced. Well done.
Rauch kaggen bottle courtesy of forgetfu, thanks! Almost black, small brown head. Aroma of vanilla and burnt raisins. Taste is whiskey, vanilla, burnt espresso. Nice. 4.3.
Maria (9964) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Københavnske Øldage 07. Bottle, vintage 2005. I have stared at the computer now for a long time, it’s starting to get embarrassing.... I still do not fully grasp that I were one of few, who shared this bottle kindly donated by the brewer, HG, and guarded by Omhper.... Thank you, thank you, thank you - this one beer would have been enough to make my trip worth while!
The beer is pitch black and the aroma has notes of oak, port wine, roasted malt, coffee and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick and oily. The flavour has an incredible balance and complexity, and I only can compare the smoothness with velvet and silk against my skin. It has refined notes of oak (not in a clingy way), coffee, vanilla, port wine, licorice, chocolate, the alcohol is well hidden, but gives warmth, and the finish is good, dry and very, very long. What an amazing beer.... 2226
Koelschtrinker (9888) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Der angenehme Malzantrunk steigert sich in den Mittelteil hinein, in dem das Malz deutlich intensiver und vollmundiger wird. Stark schokoladig (herb) und würzig, wenig Zimt. Vergoren fruchtig, unglaublich Vollmundig. Nahezu perfekt! 14/14/13/15//15
Komplexer Malzantrunk, süßlich, deutlich röstig. Malzig bleibend, fast schon unglaublich komplex wie hier mit den Malznoten gespielt wird. Im Hintergrund fnden sich leichte Noten einer Eichenfasslagerung sowie des unbedeutenden Hopfens. Sehr leicht alkoholisch, malzig-bitter (zwischendurch), schokoladig werdend, langer dunkelschokoladiger Abgang. Hammer Bier! 13/14/13/14//14
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: The pour is thick and pretty much black as night with a small, creamy mocha colored foam.
S: Rich aromas of chocolate, coffee, honey, vanilla, and black cherries. There’s a slight floral note to the beer as well which probably comes from the honey. The oak really imparts some incredible aromas to this beer, and I just can’t stop smelling it.
T: Much like the nose, this one has plenty of barrel character. There’s quite a bit of vanilla, a noticeable charred oak flavor, and a light smokiness. The chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and dark fruits really come through on the palate as well.
M: The carbonation is very low, but that works well with this beer and it doesn’t feel syrupy. It’s quite viscous and creamy and really feels smooth on the tongue.
D: A really fantastic beer which I wish was more easily attainable. I would gladly enjoy this one several more times.