tfredvik (1636) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The body is hazy dark brown with a red tint and has a small, light-brown head that fairly quickly reduces to a thin layer, with additional foam along the rim. Excellent lacing. The aroma is toasted, dark chocolate, coffee and some wonderful hoppy components. Great! The flavours are mainly the same toasted notes, but also raisins and alcohol. Maybe a bit too much alcohol? The taste is light sweet and light bitter, with a moderate bitter ending. Medium to full body, soft carbonation and oily texture. Good stuff!
[50 cl bottle, batch 600, Vinmonopolet, Grønland Basar, Oslo]
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle at BrewDog. Very dark brown, almost black with lighter highlights round the edge. Roasty malts and light chocolate on the nose. Lots of coffee too, but not in a stouty way. Taste is full and rich, notes of coffee grounds and burnt toast but never venturing into stout territory. Finish is sweet rather than bitter, but long-lasting and rich. A really drinkable, interesting beer.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - APR 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
About a year old bottle, at Pitchers, Falun. Pours a beautiful black with a light brown head. Chocolate flavours dominate but there is still some citrusy hops in this one, with a bitter ending. A nice variation of different roasty and fruity flavours going on. Medium body.
wlajwl (5431) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very malty, as expected. This doesn’t per say taste like an imperial, apart from a slight alcohol kick to it, but it is a very good brown ale.
jtclockwork (13246) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Tan head. Nose and taste of nuts, almond toffee, caramel malt and light hops. Smooth. Very tasty. A bit thin for an imperial.
stunetii (90) - Bergen, NORWAY, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a very dark, somewhat amber color, culminating in a tall and resilient tan head that laces very well. The aroma is wonderful: dark chocolate, coffee roasted malts, caramel. The medium-textured mouthfeel is accompanied by a complex array of flavors that match the aroma profile. While this beer style is sometimes rather boring in taste, Nøgne Ø’s hop selection really makes this a first-rate beer, and somewhat memorable at that.
Blairgus (3927) - California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24 March 2011 - bottle at Brewdog Bar Edinburgh. dark brown, clear, lots of bubbles. nice roasted malt aroma, dark chocolate and some alcohol. med body, slightly thin, mostly flat, slightly oily. tastes of coffee with milk, non-bitter molasses, some vanilla or chocolate chip cookies w/out chips. amazing how higher abv improves a brown ale!
RuneStumo (2525) - Haugesund, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
18.03.2011. 0,5l Bottle. Vinmonopolet Haugesund. This is my beer rating number 1000!!! Congratulations!. Dark brown colour, almost black. Brown head. Dark roasted malts with dry bitter hops. Notes off dry dark chocolate and coffee. Rich body with complex flavours. Aftertaste is dry bitter with lots of flavour.
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[500ml bottle at BrewDog Bar, Edinburgh] Blackish brown pour with a cream-coloured head. Strong aromas of caramel and toffee. Quite sweet on the palate at first, before the alcohol warmth comes though. Plenty of malts on the finish, the alcohol combines to give an almost bourbon feel – but not quite – this is a tremendous malty imperial brown 
probstblueribbon (3628) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.5L bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Mild gusher. Batch 492.
App.: Deep brown-black with a decent light mocha head.
Aroma: Really nice cocoa, dark chocolate, some tangy fruity notes, a bit of molasses and licorice, more tangy fruit (borderline infection?), some black coffee, hints of minty herbals fighting to be smelled, a dusty/musty/earthy note, some dark dried fruits, a bit messy.
Palate: Medium-full body, fairly lax effervescence, nearly still but not flaccid.
Flav.: Dark chocolate, inky malts, plenty of bright fruitiness to contrast but not to overwhelm, some vague cola-like notes, molasses and a little licorice, a touch of alcohol, not excellent, but pretty big; somewhat sweet with decent bitterness and a smooth, chocolate and dark malt finish with some leafy hops.
I suspect that something is a bit off here. Between the gushing and the bright, tangy notes, maybe a little infection?