ninecats (422) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 25 cl. 2013 edition. Color is coca-cola, one finger brown foam that disappears quickly without any lacings. Aroma is malt, cocoa, some wood. Hints of alkohol, overriped pear and a vinous tone. Taste is licorice, bitter cocoa, roasted malt and a vinous, almost sherry-like tone with wood. Ends slightly dry, bitter but with the vinous tone. Medium body, kind of thin texture for an imperial porter, albeit sticky. Average carbo, a bit too much for this style. Good, but could’ve been better to me.
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog, 2011-version. Bought at Systembolaget. Coffee, choclate and vanilla dominates.
davethebrave (5) - Nynäshamn, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From Systembolaget @ home. Dark black color, nose is coffee chocolatey roastedness, aromatic chocolate coffee vanilla honey mouth. Aftertaste is dry and roasty.
JonPet (6) - - JAN 9, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On the nose: Toasty aromas of very dark rye bread, underneath dried fruit and chocolate. I can just barely smell the oak, probably wouldn’t have if I didn’t know to look for it.
In the mouth: Now the aromas open up. The rye bread draws back slightly, revealing sherry-like raisins dipped in rich chocolate and some caramelly notes. The taste is appropriately bitter for the style, also showing a fair amount of roasted malt acidity, both of these balanced by caramel sweetness.
On the palate the beer is a little shy of creamy with just a slight fizziness. The result’s maybe just a bit thin but on the plus side the beer finishes pretty long.
FatPhil (12797) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Batch 2010, BB201201, drunk 201312. Gift from SaintMatty - thanks!
Pours an almost black ruby red, but completely flat. Quite aromatic berry pour, quite blackcurranty. In the glass it’s more of an aged roasted malt, a little bit of sherry. Then again, it has probably 4 years on it. Anna thinks it’s our courtyard grapes, but for me it’s pure Pedro Ximinez sherry. Some carbonation in the mouth briefly. Toffee in the retronasals. Beautiful aged roasty malts. That ageing has worked really. Burntness nice and toasty, but not astringent or ashy thanks to the sweetness, hops pleasantly bitter and leafy with a nice little tingle even if there’s almost no flavour to them any more. Beautiful sipper. No gimmicks. Ages well.
ansalon (2665) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, honey, muscovado sugar, vanilla. Taste is fairly complex, with bourbon notes upfront as well as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, honey, muscovado sugar and vanilla. Quite good and the best by far from Nynäshamn.
Cunningham (6557) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Black as the deepest dungeon. A nice big beige head that leaves a fine lacing.
Aroma: Coffee, chocolate and roasted dark malt.
Palate: Medium + body. Moderate sweet with a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Lots of coffee, roasted malt, mild fruity and chocolate.
Overall impression: Soild stuff. Very pleasant and balanced.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden.
Pyrmir (5250) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, tested blindly. Near black with brown head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, molasses, coffee, chlorine and caramel. Taste is sweet, malty, roasted notes, caramel, dark chocolate, dark sugar, licorice and butterscotch. Nice!
SpringsLicker (3382) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Blomster who sent this as last winter’s SS.
Cellared 2012 bottling.
Pours oily black with a minimal head.
Complex aroma.Dried sweet fruits, Dates, raisins, figs.A bit of soy sauce.
The flavor is as complex as the aroma, sweet, and smooth.
lopisar (249) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black almost oily. Brown head thats almost invisible. Dark malt, coffee and chocolate. Very smooth and balanced