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Brewed by Ölvisholt Brugghús
Style: Smoked
Selfoss, Iceland

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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Í desember 2008 fór svo fyrsta sending til Svíţjóđar en hún fer á markađ á völdum stöđum í byrjun árs 2009. Ţar eru á ferđinni ţeir kumpánar Skjálfti og Móri en einnig hinn stórbrotni Lava sem er engum líkur. Hann er dekkri en nýstorknađ hekluhraun, 9,4% ađ styrkleika og inniheldur 70% reykt malt sem skilar sér vel í eftirbragđi. Ţessar vörur munu verđa fáanlegar í sćnska ríkinu (Systembolaget) og á völdum börum og veitingastöđum.

Smoked imperial stout with a thick brown head. Sweet with chocolate and roasted malt in the flavour. The aftertaste is roasted malt, smoke and warming alcohol. Aroma of smoke chocolate and a bit of alcohol.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1896) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Strong robust malt that is slightly tangy. Black with a medium brown head. Very light sweet beginning with a strong malty bitter finish and a light amount of spice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (3030) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle at Allt om Öl Festivalen in Eskilstuna. It poured a pitch black liquid with a small brown head. Smokey taste mixed with chocolate and coffee. Nice beer to lean back and sip at.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4363) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet and sour smoked chocolate aromas. Medium bodied with roasted caramel and sweet dry chocolate upfront turning warming in the lasting bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3311) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2011
0.33l bottle from Řlbutikken, Copenhagen shared with ClubGonzo and the rest of Bergen Tasting Crew. This is a really dark brown beer with a small sidesticking chocolate head. Aroma is quite unique to any imp stout I’ve tasted before. There’s some tar/peat and new car-smell, also light alcohol sweet, definitely lots of smoke in here as well and hints of sweet chocolate. Really different and nice aroma. Full-bodied, soft carbonation and oily to creamy mouthfeel. Quite nice flavors, there’s actually something that reminds me of stingy chili in here. Lots of smoke, some chocolate, good amount of salty licorice and hints of leather. Really pleasantly surprised over this!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8127) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2011
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!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (3993) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2011
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2198) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 27, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4801) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2011
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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2011
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.


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