Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is a stout! Great smokey aroma with chocolate and wood. Pours black with a dense tan head. Taste is sweet and smokey with a great coffee malt throughout. This is unforgettable.
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a three finger brown head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Midnight black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Smoky, chocolate nose and flavor is similar smoky baked chocolate malts. Best so far from Iceland. $11.30 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, Me.
Nocturne (1074) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Black with a finger of mocha head. Nice aroma with the smoked character standing out. Plenty of liquorice and roast, with a fruity blackberry sharpness helping things along. Finishes a little sweet and fairly creamy. I assumed a big, smoked imperial stout like this would be a real lion, but it turned out to be more of a lamb. It’s actually quite soft and gentle. But don’t let that put you off: this is well worth seeking out even if you’d prefer a beast.
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate, roasted grain, coffee, cookie), with notes of vanilla, blackberry, hints of teaberry/wintergreen and smoke.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Well, there’s not much smoke in my sample, but that’s ok because it still smells lovely. The malt is clean and rich, and really the only thing that keeps this from being 4+ for me is the sweetness...it needs more bitterness to balance. It isn’t syrupy/sticky, though, so it’s still remarkably easy to quaff the whole bottle before you know it’s gone (the 9.4% is almost undetectable in the nose or mouth). A great stout, but pretty expensive here in the states (~$11 for 500mL).
PhillyBeer2112 (2610) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours v dark brown-black, brown head. Aroma is campfire smoke and chocolate liqueur. Flavor similar with a tannic astringency and some lingering alcoholic heat.
robertjm (786) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
five finger dark tan head. Can hear the bubbles collapsing which doesn’t usually happen with beer. Dark brown body. Smokey aroma reminds me of smoked dry herring. Very clearly smokey flavor, including the aftertaste. Not picking up the warming they talk about. Average body mouth feel. In a blind taste I might think this is a rachbier rather than an imperial stout.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Dark brown pour with a thick chestnut colored head. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, roast and meat. Flavor follows suite. More smokey as it warms
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from knightly. gorgeous. thick black, brown espresso head. super rich aroma combines asphalt and sweet bacony smoke, with exotic viking woodland smoke and magma. a campfire pitched under a waterfall soft and luscious. flavors combine rich dark chocolate and smoked sea salt. rich and complex, and well made.
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AWS9 (532) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark black pour with minimal mocha lacing. Rather blunt coffee-malt sooomewhat masks the alcohol, but seems to serve little other purpose. In my nose turned up opinion, this one is rather unrefined!
annunz123 (921) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is dominated by smoke. Flavor is sweet, but with more smoke, bordering on overwhelming. Alcohol and smoke in the aftertaste. Definitely different, but not my cup of tea.