Rune (7221) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle (batch 241, bb.21.03.11). Amazing dark brownish foam over a completely black body. Nice spicy aroma supported by black coffee notes. Black chocolate taste with a hint of raisin and other dried fruits. And lurking behind; some roasted coffee beans accentuated by an aniseed aftertaste. Full bodied. A solid winter warmer! (Thanks to CinnamonGirl who had bought the bottle at BarleyWine, Copenhagen - it is a paradox that some Norwegians have to travel to Denmark to get some of the best Norwegian ales. This one is not yet available at Vinmonopolet) (18.11.2006).
Finn (3754) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 Bottle 0,5l. Black as coal. A small dark head. A rich roasted aroma. An extremely rich lasting flavour of coffee, fruit and spice. An everlasting aftertaste with sweet hints. Well rounded with a cautious bitter finish. Another shocking good beer from Nøgne Ø.
jerohen (1959) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Looks like oil with a rapidly disappearing dark brown head. Aroma of liquorice, malts, coffee and some lactic notes, very complex. Initially very strong bitter flavour, which later on develops to be more complex, again with coffee and lactic notes. Syrupy texture. Really good brew.
skortila (4307) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, UDRBG. Aroma of coffee, black currant, chocolate and licorice. Opaque, black coloured with a fluoressent brown head. Slick, machine-oil when pooring in the glass. Taste is sweet and has evolving bitterness towards the finish. Coffee malt with licorice and black currrant. Some alcohol in the finish.Quite sticky, thick mouthfeel. Nice imperial stout.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, UDRBG. Aroma is wonderful complex yet not extreme, coffee, black currant, chocolat and licorice. Black color, golden/brown tiny head, fair lace. Very sweet, chocolat, bitter roasted, thick. Stays in your mouth forever.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Winous wake-up call of an aroma. Salty salami aroma that even sneaks in some garlic! I could be happy just sniffing this!
Black as night with a small, tan head. Incredibly soft and smooth, full but not big flavour.
Soft, dark chocolate with slight hints of coffee. Finishes with lovely soft, yet assertive, hops and salty sausage.
Skinnyviking (6281) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bronw high creamy and lasting head. Pitch black body. Coffee hops aroma. Coffee liquorice flavor, smooth and plesant, with a fair amount of bitternes and a hint of alcohol.
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a shade of deep brown, looks stunning. Head disappeared almost instantly. Sweetish, little liquorice, extremely well balanced stout. Nice and warming for the cold Nordic winter. Only drawback I can think of, is that there are so many excellent imperial stouts out there. However, this one can proudly stand tall among them.
haukur (1163) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - NOV 11, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
AMAZING AND WONDERFUL are the words which spring into mind. Awesome aroma of coffee, garlic (!!), and salts. Palate is a whole symphony and the brewer conductor. It starts with a subtle salami and it ends with the aftertaste of the best coffee ever. Creamy and slick, this could be the most balanced brew on earth!
spporras (259) - FINLAND - NOV 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 (Bottle BB 21/03/11; ABV 9%) Coffee, roasted malty (almost burned), licorice and slightly alcoholic aroma. Black colour and large, thick, brownish, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Sedimentation. Very bitter, licorice, roasted malty and coffee flavour of long duration. Warming (slightly alcoholic), dry, full-bodied, softly carbonated and creamy palate. Truly excellent brew! 05/11/06 (original rating was 8/5/8/5/17)