3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle in crock. gravel / mineral / calcium deposits on plumping pipes, that sort of smell. more grain husks, charred wood and acetic acid shows up as it opens. rich and full bodied. expected chocolate syrup, chocolate chews and roast. char or smoke is mild. salted chocolate and caramel layered dessert comes to mind.
HeistAlmighty (1030) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle gifted to me, originally from an LCBO in Ottawa. Pours thick and pitch black, looks like molasses or tar. Small grey/brown head. First impression of the smell is molasses and smoked fish. Taste is a little more complex. Chocolate, smoke, brown sugar. Palate was thick and syrupy, but didn’t leave me feeling heavy. Overall, it tastes like dark chocolate covered bacon. If that sounds good to you, have at.
Lukaduke (1669) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2012 Grabbed a bottle of this the other night... poured a dark rich burnt umber with smokey chocolate aroma and a hint of heat & coffee. The taste was much smoother than I assumed with a good hit of smoke on the first sip followed by rich herbal sweet flavors... after the initial sip it lost a lot of the smokey characteristics but picked up a lot of Rootbeer flavors coming through... I could chug this and for a smoked imperial stout that is unusual ! YUM
C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with a decent, coffee coloured head that dissipates rapidly. One the nose are smoked fish, roasted malt, dark chocolate, beef jerky, roasted ham, a hint of dark fruit, and some vegetal aromas. The mouth feel is medium with fairly high carbonation. Taste-wise we have canned sprats, camp fires, sausages on a barbecue, ash, black licorice, dark fruit, 90% dark chocolate, and coffee bean. The finish is long and bitter leaving dark chocolate, coffee and leathery, burnt wood aromas.The smoke is potent and works interestingly with the dark fruit notes as they compete for attention with the roasted malt. Not nearly as sweet as many imperial stouts out there. I enjoyed this one very much.
makyo (52) - Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great subtle flavor right at first blush and nice aftertaste. Really a good understated but flavorful beer.
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arminjewell (5586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of bottle, thanks Aaron for the pour! Pour is thick black with nice creamy tan head, but dissipates quickly. Aroma brings notes of smoke, chocolate, coffee, hints of roast, caramel, toffee, hints of slight spice. Taste is a nice mix of balanced smoke and campfire notes, hints of caramel, chocolate, coffee notes, some molasses in there as well. Nice brew!
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Black appearance with a disappearing dark brown head. The head really dissipates super quickly. Somewhat smoky, dark caramel, a touch earthy, roasty, dark malty aroma. A touch peaty, organic smoky, rich, roasty dark chocolate malty flavor with a somewhat smoky, roasty finish. I was quite impressed with this.
crossovert (6109) - Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just saw that this is distributed to the US. I had another beer form this brewery when I was in Winnipeg. This one sounds eve better, love smoked impy stouts. 500ml bottle.
It pours a dark black with reddish brown on the edges and a foamy dark tan head that recedes rather quickly leaves a few splotches of lacing.
The scent of this one is great. It is smokey with a certain sweet spiciness to it ala cinnamon, but not a cinnamon scent. It just shoots out of the bottle as soon as you pop the top and pour it.
The flavor is good but not amazing. It seemed smokier in the scent. This one is sweet and malty in the flavor. A typical nordic imperial stout. Nice sweetness, an exotic bit of spice, and rich chocolatey malt notes. The smokiness is here but blends with the sweetness to a high degree and is quite mellow.
Overall it is a solid brew and very smooth and balanced. If you aren’t used to big smoky beers this is a good start.
joeneugs (2778) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ucusty. Thanks D! This one pours very dark brown with a frothy light brown head. The aroma is intense with lots of smoked ham and wood. Hints of coffee and roasted malt underneath.The flavor is incredibly rich and chocolaty with more smoke and wood coming through on the back end. Overpoweringly roasted. Not as much ham as in the aroma. Pretty dry and a bit of a frothy mouthfeel.
mansquito (3025) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some LCBO 500ml ($5.80): Pours black with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is smoke, chocolate, and a hint of liquer. Taste starts with a little sugar, then it moves into a hit of smoke, and then finally hits up a slightly boozy note. Mouthfeel is viscous. Taste is not overwhelming, but it does coat the mouth with plenty of nice flavors. Alcohol is covered very well. It feels like a big beer for sure, but in a very manageable way. It was good to finally taste an Icelandic beer that is not a mediocre pale lager.