rocbyter (1896) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
olsvammel (3030) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
thornecb (4363) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Palme (3311) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Benzai (8127) - 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 (3993) - 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 (2198) - 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 (4801) - 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 (5998) - 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.