crazyvin (2026) - 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 (1815) - 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 (1820) - 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 (6567) - 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: March 16, 2012
Source: Greenville Beer Exchange
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, sticky streaks of lace
Aroma: smokey dry chocolate aroma
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, caramel sweetness, lots of balancing smoke, earthy, touch of roasted, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Oakes (15445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark with a thin head. The aroma is smoky...a different type of smoke with some chocolate character as well. Rich smoke with lots of chocolate that blends well with the smoke. An intense imperial porter with a fairly rich smoke character, this is fun stuff. Iceland has come a long way from the days of Viking Lager.
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 (5219) - 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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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.
AWS9 (630) - 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!