fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013
2013-01-30, bottle courtesy of humlelala, 7.5% ABV, bb 25.04.2013, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Black color with generous compact head. Intense aroma, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, leather, Shitake mushrooms, some cellar mold. The mouthfeel is very smooth in the front, drier in the end; good flavor of roasted malts, without being too ashy, with correct bitterness; it also has some dark chocolate.
2007-05-11, bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2007, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Black color; thin head. Some aroma of roasted malt, liquorice. Good body structure, powerful mix of malt, caramel, roasted malt and liquorice.
2006-02-19, bottle, 7.5% ABV, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Pours oily, it has a black heart colour with a huge brown head.
The aroma has a strong bread touch in the beginning; then it develops itself into some roasted malt, hops, milk. It’s a 9.5, a symphony!
The mouthfeel is round, full, with a silky power of roasted malt, a touch of liquorice, the right balance between sweetness and bitterness. Everything is perfectly blended together.
It has a powerful and long finish, dominated by the burnt sugar, roasted malts and coffee.
I’m drinking it in the Courage Imperial Russian Stout original glass, and it’s perfect, it’s a real Imperial Russian Stout! Marvelous!
saxo (11255) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Small head with shor duration. Color is close to black. Aroma and taste are both dominated by strong licorice.
bu11zeye (11113) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours a black body with a small dark brown head. Aroma of toasted marshmallow, chocolate, and vanilla beans. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, vinous, and chocolate with a rich dessert-like experience. Lots of sticky sludge in the bottom of the bottle/glass. A marvelous beer!
Theis (11081) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Plan B. Black, brown head. This is a fantastic porter, not the first time i get it, and not the last (i hope).... i love it. Roasted malts, prunes, sweet, chokolade, hop, very complex and full bodies. Lovely.
cgarvieuk (11024) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Bottle at home ... Deep solid black slight hint of red if held close to the light ... light smokey malt lots of roast coffee ... Creamy ... Smooth chocolate ... sweet linger ... lots of depth... some licorice and american hops in the linger... TK2 (at least) deep black ... huge roast chocolate nose from 6 inches away little coffee ... bitter chocolate front with some hops showing through ... good depth ... little silky ...nice ... 4.2
harrisoni (10947) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at GBBF 2007. Very dark brown with lasting tan head. Lots of choc on aroma. This is pretty damn good. Smooth in mouth, smooth great porter. Makes you feel all relaxed. Little bit smokey too, but the feel is great. That is such a great beer. So much so that I took a bottle home with me to drink on the train.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JUL 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours viscous and nearly black, forming a thin dark brown head. The aroma is rich, chocolatey, even a bit meaty/smokey. There is buried in the background a great fresh grain aroma that reminds me of chewing on chocolate malts. Intense flavour starts with a burnt fruitcake note like you’d find in an imperial stout. This is tempered by a chocolate syrup sweetness. There is a bracing hop bitterness underlying. Finishes fairly roasty. It’s not terribly complex, nor anything even close to a porter, but pulls off a very aggressive concept quite well, which is no small feat. It actually reminds me of thicker St-Ambroise Noire, only thicker.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: Tasting, Dark Lord Day, 2006
black, thin brown head, sweet roasted and chocolate aroma, rich chocolate flavor, long bitterness, big bitter roasted dominates the profile
chocolate coming in stronger in the aroma and flavor, but then the big bitter roasted kicks in
Score: 3.0 to 3.7
huge roasted from the beginning with the dark chocolate in the background, the chocolate grows in conjunction with the body becoming huge and a bit sludgy, plenty of hop flavor and bitterness keeps it dry, this time the roasted receeds enough to let the rich and creamy chocolate take over
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
yngwie (10761) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2008 Can. It pours a black body under a creamy tan head. Roasted, burnt nose with a little chocolate and molasses. Touch of dried fruits too. Less hoppy than I remember the bottled edition to be, but I might remember incorrectly. Coffee too. It has a chewy, full-bodied and dry mouthfeel. There’s lots of sweetness in it, as well as chocolate, molasses and not to forget, burnt and roasted malt. Some warming alcohol, especially towards the lasting finish, which is also burnt and coffee-bitter. Dry and slightly astringent too. As it warms up, a distinct licorice flavor comes forward, and the hops become evident. The aroma is also changing, now it’s like the first sniff you take upon entering a chocolate store. And suddenly, all that’s left is the lacings. It’s still a nice brew, really nice actually, even though the new owners tampered the reciepe slightly, and it’s certainly one of the most interesting beers in Denmark, considering price and quality. Rating: 8-5-8-4-17-4.2. Leaving old rating untouched. (080816)
Bottled at RBESG-06, GTN. It pours black, with a brown head, and releasing lots of aromas. Sweetness, coffee, alcohol, mocha, cocoa, licorice, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Mocha, coffee, roasted malt, hop-notes and fruity hints in the flavor. Full-bodied, creamy, drying mouthfeel and a long coffee finish with both hop- and coffee-bitterness. A surprisingly sweet, yet dry, bitter and just lovely beer that I wish were available in Norway as well. (Tasted again 060829, and once again 061028, the last time from cask. The casked version had more licorice and more bitter coffee-notes. Adjusted palate from 4 to 5 after yet another sample 061122) (060826)
argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(50cl bottle, thanks Jens) Brown head atop a black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, coffee, roast, light earthy. Taste is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa. Slight medicinal quality in the chocolate bitterness. Medium body.