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Nørrebro SEVEN Imperial Stout (Bordeaux Barrel)

Formerly brewed at Nørrebro Bryghus
Style: Imperial Stout
København, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Editor’s note: 527 bottles of 37,5 cl made.

Danish: En meget fyldig Russian Imperial Stout på 12% alk. Den er brygget i oktober 2008 af 7 af de bedste bryggere i Danmark, som en blanding af de 7 bryggeres egne opskrifter af øllen. Efter gæring har denne øl lagret 7 måneder i Bordeaux fade af amerikansk eg. Resultatet er en intens, kompleks krop og en aroma, hvor vanille, eg og ristede malte er gennemtrængende. Smagen er stor, tør og blød med solid bitterhed og en lang, ristet eftersmag med vanille og egesødme.

English: Seven Bordeaux Barrel is a very rich Russian Imperial Stout, brewed in October 2008 by 7 of the best brewers in Denmark as a pooling of their individual recipes for the beer. After primary fermentation, this fraction of the brew was racked into an American oak barrel from a Bordeaux winery. After 7 (!) months in the barrel, the beer is intensely complex, full bodied with protruding vanilla, oaky and roasted aromas and flavours. Bitter, dry and smooth on the palate with a long vanilla aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2009
It’s pitch black with a small, creamy, dark brown head, and it looks like oil when I pour it into my glass, and the mouthfeel confirms it. The aroma has notes of wood, vanilla, roasted malt, licorice and red wine. The flavor has a light sweetness and a roasted bitterness and notes of licorice, red wine in a nicely balanced way, loads of oak and vanilla, that continues in the long aftertaste and ends in a slightly bitter finish. Very nice indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5836) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2009
375 ml bottle, kindly shared by my beer pal Olav, who bought it at Nørrebro Bryghus. Pitch black colour, low brown head. Aroma of acidic fruits and red wine, also notes of dark chocolate and mild coffee. Intense flavour of strong coffee and oak, also notes of dark bitterchocolate, hints of red wine. Bitter hops in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (11408) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle from Olbutikken. Black and opague. Vinous aroma with grapes, ash, chocolate. Full bodied. Complex yet alcoholic flavor. Vinous notes, ash, roast, grapes, dark chocolate, tobacco. Even some tartness from black berries. Layers of flavors come up and fade away slowly. Long alcoholic aftertaste. Great beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Thanks to NoLiberty for cracking this open via Shaun E. Hill... Appears a dark midnight with a fluffy brown cap that sticks around. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of red wine character, wood, cocoa, grappa, coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with huge red wine flavors, & dark chocolate melding as a gigantic marriage of faith and harmony. Absolutely beautiful. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with sweet vanilla that lingers with oaky tannins hanging along the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle via Alex (thanks!). Poured a deep and dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, vinous, chocolate, woodiness, and caramel. Tastes of roast, vinous, chocolate, vanilla, woody, caramel, and had a bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5653) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Opaque black with a tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoke, strong bordeaux, oak, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, smoke, burnt wood, dark chocolate, winey notes, and some alcohol in the finish. Thanks Shaun and Alex!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours a deep brown almost black with a medium creamy tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, mixed nuts, oak and oats. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, decent hop bitterness, oak, vanilla, nuts, dark chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2010 Pitch black with a small beige head that leaves a small ring of lacings. A very complex smell, full of character. Roasted malts, tar, wood, vinous fruits, oak barrel and perhaps a fresh floral note. Hints of vanilla and alcohol. Nice. The taste is not as impressive as the smell, but still very good. Powerful and rich. Hard roasted malts, dry woody notes, oak barrel, chocolate, molasses, vinous grape-like fruity notes. The finish is rather dry and bitter with notes of vanilla, salt licorice and roasted malts. The alcohol is noticeable. Nice balance throughout. Very full-bodied and a thick creamy texture. A very good beer. Complex and aggressive with an interesting barrel character. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2593) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. Ap: Black, long lasting brown head. Ar: Barrel aged vinous sweetness of vanilla. Some smoke. Chocolate. Fla: Dark chocolate. Cacao. Small cigar smokeiness. Vinous. Cranberry. Vanilla. Pal: Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Ov: Very complex and well balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3516) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2009
Tasting at Nørrebro Bryghus. Pours an opaque black with an beige head and lacings. Smells of soy sauce and alcohol. Sweet with aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Aslo some sour maltyness. Low carbonation. Full body. Toasted finish.

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