yngwie (12682) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 25cl. A pitch black beer topped by a small, firm and dense dark brown head. Almost oily pour. The aroma is delicious, the booze playing nicely against the Imperial Stout backdrop with its coffee, chocolate and dark, roasted malts. Some alcoholic scents in the nose. The flavor too is really pleasant, although a bit rougher than the aroma. Sweetness, mocha, dark roasted malts, lovely bitterness, both of the roasted and the hoppy kind. Dark caramel and dried fruits blends in. Full body, lightly warming and still sort of smooth. Roasted finish with bitterness, some booze and some licorice. A really pleasant one, one I can enjoy for a while. 120130
thewolf (10781) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ Nordisk Ølhandel, Cph. Completely opaque black with a small, creamy, brown head. Aroma has sweet boozy caramel, chocolate, light roasted, soft oak. Medium carbonation, fine dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has fine roasted malts, chocolate, oak, fairly vinious, nutty. Very nice, but a step down from the original.
Pinball (10607) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
shared by ungstrup.
pitch dark, small offwhite head.
aroma is mild hard roasted malty.
flavor is rosted malts, smoked malts, wood, complex, alc. burn but it fits,
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Almost black, no head. Aroma of very subtle vanilla and booze. Taste is licorice, dark chocolate, some coffee. Decent.
gunnfryd (9909) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is wood, coffee, licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol. Flavour is licorice, coffee, cognaq, wood, chocolate, alcohol, dried fruits. Very nice pleasent beer.
Leighton (9846) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. I got this one at Kris Wines. Pours black-brown with a thick, creamy brown head. The aroma holds a bit of peat, ripe dark fruits, raisins. Medium to big sweet flavor, a bit of alcohol, subtle charred malts, more raisins and other dark, ripe fruits, bitter cocoa, torched wood, earth. Medium to full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, lots of semi-sweet chocolates, plenty more ripe dark fruits, moderate dirt bitterness. Good balance, nice depth.
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at SBWF 2012. Pitch black beer with a small brown head. Chocolate aroma, cocoa, licorice, cognac, oak, fruity, figs, peat notes. Alcohol flavor, peat, hay, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cognac notes, oak, some figs and dades.
FatPhil (8601) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap (SBWF2012) (8-:5:8+:5:16+=4.2+)
Pleasant woody aroma, a great roast too. Such a good roast in the mouth, and a beautiful finish. I have a sub-par Black Albert beside me, and this stomps all over that. This is pretty much perfection in how to barrel age an imperial stout in a spirit cask. Great richness, great mellowness too. No atringency despite the burntness of the roast. More please!
GT2 (7884) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
250mL thanks to my Norwegian Secret Santa!! The picture here is definitely not this bottle. Inky pour, staining on the snifter. Medium tan head erupts and then fizzles quickly. Nose is actually a little muted, dark fruit heavy with muted alcohol, white grapes, vinous character. Very soft, delicate, rich. Dark chocolate mousse with small soy/truffle savoriness. Taste is thankfully not a sugar bomb like Dark Horizon 2 and 3 and Sweet Horizon. Drier, lighter, bitter. Slightly papery. Mild tannic structure is nice, not necessarily wanted in beer for any reason since we use hops for bitterness. Flavor profile is just a little bit muted overall. Wood heavy, no bitterness, just tannic structure remains. But no cloying sugars like I was expecting. So sort of an oddity. I can’t really say anything good or bad. Just a little lackluster given it’s brothers’ reputations as mega intense renditions of the style. Palate is murky, slightly chewy as you swish it around in your mouth like wine. Finish is sweet and sour, tannic and sharp. Clean finish. Very interesting beer- more like a wine in the way it is composed and enjoyed. The lack of heavy sugar is definitely a godsend. If I were a millionaire, I’d turn this into an ice cream float right now. The overall texture is silty and yeast dreg laden as if this had been shaken up. But it was set for 48 hours upright and decanted. Strange.
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very short-lived dark tan head over virtually black beer. Velvety nose, but spiked with something fleetingly acetic. After a short while, sweet liquorice is all that remains, making it empty in aroma. More liquorice, some wood or leather. The alcohol is there through backthroatwarming and sweetness, but the depth one would expect from cognac is sorely missing; Despite the lame appearance, the beer feels titillatingly carbonated. The body feels however thinner as expected, even if there is an oily slickness. Either I had two samples of less well-kept N.O. bottles (which is unlikely seen where they were purchased), either you ought to look more closely into the barrels you’re using, Kjetil.