matt7215 (2081) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle from the lcbo. pours black with a small tan head. smokey aroma over ripe red apple, and roasted malt. flavour start with big malt, smoke, chocolate and coffee, with a nice layer of fruitiness. wow. big, long rich and complex. world class.
blankboy (5625) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [500ml]. Been looking forward to trying this as I loved their Skjálfti, and I’ve heard great things about it. Pours dark brown, almost black, with an average size lasting frothy light-brown head -- looks great! (4+) Very nice aroma of roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, coffee, light leafy hops, dark fruit and more -- so much going on. Flavour: Oh man that’s good! Roasty and smoky along with coffee, chocolate, light leafy hops, dark fruit and some alcohol (but not too much considering the abv). Dry, roasty, bitter finish. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Another winner from this brewery, great stuff, I will be getting more!
Spab (1998) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a deep, rich motor oil brown/black with modest-sized brown mocha head. Aroma is coffee, smoky peat and a subtle sweetness. Flavour is big coffee, smoked peat, with some dark fruit sweetness towards the middle and some dry bitterness in finish. Alcohol is remarkably understated. Impressive.
sfhodense (4793) - Odense NŘ, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a light brown bead. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, a sweet note, liquorish and light smoke. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, liquorish and smoke. A little to edgy to be perfect.
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Looks GREAT - clear deep brown-red, huge lasting frothy fairly dark brown head (4+). Wow, what an aroma - coffee, mocha, peat, cream, a hint of mint and raisin - really well balanced and appealing, not overpowering, but quite roasty ... hardly any alcohol. Taste- wow, as above, more mint, a hint of grass, alcohol that seems about 7% tops, quite dry, minty and herbal, a solid coffee/mocha roastiness - damned nice. Light, frothy mouthfeel, solid dry bitterness, but a terrific malt/roast/light herbal balanced finish, hardly "hot" at all - I will be buying more! *update - add "smoke" to all of the above - subtle, but pervasive.
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle from the Lhykbo. Good job getting this one in! My 3rd Icelandic beer. Served at room temp to fully appreciate the flavours and aromas. Totally opaque brown with a brown head. Aroma is solid, nice dark fruity bouqet and chocolate malt. Flavour starts off with mild fruit esters, followed by sweet rich chocolate. Very tasty. Finishes slightly dry with just a hint of smoke, and nice warming booze. Goes down dangerously easy. Mouth-feel is full and satisfying with just a mild burning sensation, matched quite well with some subtle creamyness. The smoke is really well integrated, not astringent and I really appreciate that it’s not ashy in the aftertaste. This is a really ideal winter beer, extemely well done.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first Icelandic beer.
Okay, big deal...
Very creamy and dark brown with a head that looked like a chocolate shake. Some smokiness in the aroma, but a lot of malt as well. A coffee taste with a bit too much residual sweetness and just a touch of bitterness. Then, right at the end of its lengthy aftertaste, I caught a touch of smokiness. Powerful stuff.
TheJester (1656) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle. (bb 14.09.2013). Opaque brown-black, with a nice brown head. Aroma of smoke, sweet something, overripe fruit. Flavour is dominated by smoke and maraschino cherries, with some roast, booze and cocoa. More fruit invades as it warms, to the point that I’m tasting Jolly Ranchers. Needs more roast. A little sweet up front, but there is a boozy bitterness in the finish. Good body. Overall, though, something’s just not working here for me. And it’s not the smoke. The smoke is fine, not too strong. It’s just too fruity. Or something.
pootzboy (1569) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Puts an opaque black ale in the glass. 2 finger brown cap, moderate retention, good lacing qualities.
Aroma is pungent...all the big roasty malty tones with the dried fruit esters of a Ruski impy plus a measured but persistent smoke aroma...very nice nose to this one...well balanced, nothing over powers.
Rich oily mouth, deeply flavorful character.
Flavor starts with BIG smoky-roasty malt body..... mid palate some light sweetness, dark fruit, tobacco, vanilla pod, licorice breaks free of the smoked malts, finish is long as the dark malt char and hopping break out.
Wow this is one big flavor beer with a decent complexity under the smokey malts. Just begging to accompany hearty meat dishes. Some may not like the smoke intensity (I think it’s mild actually but then I like Schlenkerla) I can’t wait to cellar a few and see what else peeks through the smoke.
DerWeg (1419) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark pour and gold highlights, small head. Aromas are delectable dark malts and roast and smoke. Taste is smoke and - actually - SPICE above a velvety dark malt and fruit combo that is remarkable. Carries a late sweet finish with rising spice, almost like a big expensive Shiraz. and yes there’s chocolate, and fine coffee, goodness this beer seemed sweet at first but it utterly has me. Some lemon and acidity on the top keeps things balanced and holy wow, it’s a very well put-together beer. Wonderful feel and hellacious refined aftertaste makes me crave another pour. Covet this.