Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. My first Icelandic brew. The pour is just about pitch black, showing glints of mahogany in the right light. Moderate in size, a creamy, light brown head slowly deflates to a thin film with a small edge. Sudsy lace mostly rejoins the body. The nose is sweet and smoky, showing a malt-forward base of dark chocolate, reduced dark raisin, caramelized dates, and soft, sweet, mild smoke. The rustic fruitiness reminds me of pipe tobacco. Flavors follow suit, sweet and caramelized, with notes of burnt sugar, charred fruits, bittersweet chocolate, and slightly acrid, earthy, biting smoke. There’s a hint of ashiness as well. The palate is dense and laden with excessive sugars, drinking slow and syrupy. Carbonation is appropriately moderate, but it doesn’t do much to quell the laborious quaff. It’s not all that boozy, but the ashy finish is somewhat troublesome. Overall, not my thing. At least not anymore. At one time, I would’ve really enjoyed this brew, but in my old age I can hardly get through a glass of it. That’s more a testament to my change in taste than any deficiencies that this beer might show.
NachlamSie (2730) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Bruisin’. Pours an attractive deep dark brown with reddish tints and a frothy tan head. I like the smoky presence in the nose. Rather than meat or campfire, this one is like a Scotch or a cigar. Notes of vanilla, licorice, coffee, leather are also here. Palate is creamy, not extra heavy. The flavor also has that sharp smoke up front, cutting through the mix of chocolate, licorice, nuts and other malty attributes. I even get some dark fruit suggestion deep in the finish. Quite an enjoyable beer!
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured black with a tan head. aroma was smoke, fudge, meat, and slight licorice. flavor was smoke, chocolate, and a dry roasty bitterness. body was light/medium with a silky feeling and light/medium carbonation.
chrisv10 (10783) - DENMARK - JUN 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a little liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, medium sweet, hops and medium bitter.
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 500 ml bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a very dark brown with a large, active head of dark tan foam. The nose has lots of mineral and smoke notes with some smoked meat and earth underneath. The flavor is very earthy with some booziness and a mineral, metallic note. Kind of weird. The smoke isn’t overpowering and works well with the rest of the beer. Light dark fruit undertones emerge as the beer warms. Medium to full bodied, the abundant carbonation keeps things a little lighter on the tongue. Medium, smokey and slightly bitter finish. Not too shabby.
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Sunset Beer Co. in Echo Park. Pours a murky brown-black, smells like BBQ, tastes like burnt brown sugar, left on the stove too long to caramelize. Perhaps it was born on the rim of a volcano.
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crazyvin (1906) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice black body with a brown head that had mild retention and good lace. a light bodied, low viscosity look to it. Aroma had good chocolate malts some coffee and a decent but mild smoke note. Flavor was similar to it. A well balanced beer. Alcohol seemed well hidden. Finish was slightly dry. A good mouth-feel.
bluejacket74 (1275) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There’s a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like smoked malt/meats, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like smoked malt/meats, milk and bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt and little bit of licorice. There’s also a nice lingering bittersweet smoky finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a solid overall beer, and it’s definitely worth a try. $11.49 a bottle.
andyhwcinc (1428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Binnys in Chicago, IL; enjoyed as the last beer of my single life before I get married in the morning. Appearance is pitch black, moderate consistency, off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma is slightly sweet, definite chocolate presence, maybe a bit of licorice, not really getting much of smoke. Taste is pretty good, sweet and relatively thick, still not getting much smoke. Chocolate notes dominate, not too milky. Its good but there are definitely better impys out there. So long single life!
bytemesis (2998) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark reddish brown with a medium brown head with good staying power and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts with a smoky tinge. Flavor is medium sweet roasted malt, with smokiness coming on in the middle and riding to the finish along with alcohol notes. Bitter finish and aftertaste. Rich in the mouth, slightly oily perhaps.