craftbeerdesign (2250) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 bottle. jet black out of the bottle. pours a nice thick black with a 1/4" brown/tan head which is reduced to a thin lacing around the glass. aromas of chocolate, coffee and hops. very smooth on the palate with a full body and minimal carbonation. sweet on the back of the mouth with a nice rich malt finish. very enjoyable.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Engine oil black with brownish head, nice lacing. The aroma is roasted to say the least, but there is also a balancing sweetness and a drying hops presence. The taste itself is quite toasted, with touches of dusty vanilla, espresso, nuts, oats, subtle fig and toffe qualities and quiet piney hops. A very well balanced stout and quite tasty too.
PhillyBeer2112 (2655) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dang, this is worth any bit of hype it has received. Take note, this is definitive of a great imperial stout. Poured dark black-brown, slightly viscous. Opaque in the glass with a full clinging meringue of a brown head. Aroma rich in roasted malts, chocolate, tar, roasted nuts, burnt bread. Flavor begins with a mild roasted sweetness, blossoming into a full silky mouthfeel all aswirl wth dark chocolate, oats, espresso, roasted nuts and a salty mineral quality. Finishing with a semi-dry full roasted malt finish. Alcohol becomes present only in the chest. Palate coating finish leaves mildly astringent roast all over the mouth. Its one of the best combinations of complexity, depth, richness and drinkability I’ve yet found in an imperial.
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Absolutely black colour with the most beautifull thick brown head that virtually last for ever. Powerfull aroma of burnt malt, liqorice, espresso coffee and spices. Slightly sweet malt, and english liqorice in the flavor. Runs pretty creamy on the palate. The finish last like the aroma for minutes. Extremly well made imperial stout - havent ever had better (so far)!
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Completely opaque body, with a red-hued brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, liqourice, dark fruits, hops, chocolate, all in balance. The flavor is succelent and sweet at first, then dries out, finishing with a long lasting bitterness from both the roastedness of the malt, and the assertive hops. Thick, dense on the palate, with little CO2. Wicked..
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Yup, that looks fairly black to me.   Large foamy and frothy light brown head, lacing is patchy.   I just realized I think this is the first ever Norwegian Imperial Stout I have ever had!   Nose of bittersweet chocolate and strong roasted malts.   Slight green hop accents.   Smells like it could stand to be put down a while longer.   Rich, yet somewhat biting, roasted malt profile with notes of bittersweet cocoa on the tongue.   Fairly smooth, slightly dry, and a tad chalky.   Rich body, moderate mouthfeel.   Could stand to be a bit heftier.   Clean exit, more hop presense here than at the start.   Quite roasty, lingering bakers chocolate.   Solid offering, and one to seek out when in Norway.   I wished that Aass, Ringnes, and Mack could do stuff like this.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Deeply roasty malt aroma, grainy and dark, combined with some semi-sweet chocolate, espresso and faint earthiness, some light, charry smoke in the background as well. Mostly solid ebony color with dark brown highlights and a sparse, subsiding brown head, not much lace to speak of. Flavor is similarly highly roasty, again full of dark, gently sweet chocolate, along with some faint cream, coffee and faint prune. Some lingering raisin tones. Smooth and thin on the palate for the style, low in effervescence with a fuller body. Pretty tasty, not a complex rendering at all, though.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: August 05, 2006
Appearance: black, thin brown head easily roused into producing nice drippy lace
Aroma: light sweet roasted malt aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, nice roasted, touch of chocolate, a bit chalky
Date: June 07, 2007
Source: Ale Atlanta
Score: 3.4 to 3.7
Aroma: big dry dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: sweet chocolate and roasted flavor, a bit of winey character, touch of dark fruits
Date: June 11, 2007
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, good balancing hops, not getting the wine or dark fruits, a good amount of hops to add complexity and bitterness beyond the roasted malts
Overall: all about the rich and creamy chocolate
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is vert complex, you can smell chocolate, caramel, hops and some smoke. The same goes with the taste: hops, caramel, malt, smoke but also alcohol. The reason why it only got 6 is because of the smoke - why did they destroy the incredible taste with smoked malt? Lets just say it’s not my taste. The beer is very dark brown with a nice lasting brown head. To my suprise the palate was creamy which is rare for a stout - what a nice suprise!
Svesse (6967) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, Haket, Gothenburg, 31 July 2007) Black colour with frothy brown head. Roasted, tarry nose with chocolate, coffee (espresso) and hints of smoke. Roasted, tarry taste with chocolate, coffee, hints of smoke, some liquorice and a long bitter-sweet finish with lots of espresso. Full body, oily mouthfeel. Huge and impressive. Absolutely lovely, brilliant imperial stout. Sheer class!