Benzai (5826) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Completely opaque black with a small brown head. Smell smoke, coffee, dark malts, chocolate, roasty. Taste soft, coffee, roasty, burned malts. Very much smokey aftertaste. Very good balance, alcohol well hidden. Full body with soft but good carbonation. Suits the beer, good stuff!
ClubGonzo (3229) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Hřkeren, Copenhagen, shared with Palme and friends. My first Icelandic craft beer! :-) Pours a pitch black body with a small beige head. Nose is salty cured meat, licorice, with hints of tar, leather and alcohol. Taste is smokey tones of dark chocolate and tar, with hints of charcoal and coffee. A very nice and smokey imperial stout; how come there are not more of them around? Or, more importantly, how come I haven’t had more of them already? :-P The combination of the richness of an imp stout and the lovely smoke tones of the rauchbier really does the trick for me; a highly pleasant and well-made beer surprise from Iceland this is, no less than a little pearl.
northropfrye (1722) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2011 Bottle. This is an incredibly complex beer. Very smoky aroma and flavour, with sweet and chocolately notes as well. One of my favourites.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour dark brown close to black coffee brown head. Aroma smokey, bacon, salty, roasty, chocolate, with some cereal grain. Taste salty, smokey, chocolate, roasty, decently bitter, heavy cream. MF creamy medium to full body and decent fizzy carb some booziness. Overall really tasty smoked RIS with good flavor and balance.
OleR (4376) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @CBF ’11. Body is pitch black with a low creamy browish-beige head on top. Lots og sweet chocolate in the nose at first. Then some gently roasted and peppery dark malts and dark dried fruits.
Body is more than medium full and the mouthfeel as very smoot. Strong malt flavor. Medium sweet with a more prononced roastedness than the aroma indicate. More chocolate and dark fruits. Also notes of licorice, tar, wood and ash. Alcocol warmth in the ending. A complex and well-crafted IS. Yum!
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A burnt mocha cake, some smoke and plenty of green hops. Tasty beer
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed relatively fresh, 2.5 years before expiration date. This bottle from HogtownHarry, thanks big man.
The look: Near black body topped by a small beige head
In long: The nose has some smoke notes, roast, peat, some manure (really!). This is sure not very smoky for a beer that says “smoked imperial stout” on the label. Taste is surprisingly aggressive. The beer starts with a rich mocha cake but quickly the taste of roast and green hops pellets take over for a very bitter finish that adds some unpleasant cooked asparagus notes. Other flavors I noted were espresso, grass, smoked peat, bacon, very light notes of raisins. Overall this was a very nice beer that could have been a kick-ass beer if it wasn’t for those light cooked asparagus notes. A nice beer from Iceland, the badass country that likes to it piss the rest of the world off with its big volcanoes. Here in Canada we export Justin Bieber and Celine Dion. Your move Iceland.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a cappuchino colored head. Hints of fine spirits, luxurious chocolate, some ash, dark dried fruits and light cappuchino hints. A little different than your average impy for sure. Long aftertaste with a nice warmth from the alcohol.
Bragesnak (5150) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Voldby, DK.
Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and smoke. Flavor with chocolate and alcohol
hopscotch (8393) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Dark brown (nearly black) ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The bouquet is of smoke and fudge with lesser notes of nickel and sarsaparilla. Medium to full-bodied with laid-back carbonation. Balanced nicely; the flavor provides good roastiness and modest bitterness alongside mild acidity. Finishes bittersweet and lightly smoky. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
thebeertourist (4528) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle at The Bishops Arms, Södermalm. Black with a rich, light brown head. Espresso and smoked meat aroma. In the mouth sweet roasted malts blends with moderate smokiness. A kind version of a smoked imperial stout.