adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Black appearance with a disappearing dark brown head. The head really dissipates super quickly. Somewhat smoky, dark caramel, a touch earthy, roasty, dark malty aroma. A touch peaty, organic smoky, rich, roasty dark chocolate malty flavor with a somewhat smoky, roasty finish. I was quite impressed with this.
crossovert (9545) - Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just saw that this is distributed to the US. I had another beer form this brewery when I was in Winnipeg. This one sounds eve better, love smoked impy stouts. 500ml bottle.
It pours a dark black with reddish brown on the edges and a foamy dark tan head that recedes rather quickly leaves a few splotches of lacing.
The scent of this one is great. It is smokey with a certain sweet spiciness to it ala cinnamon, but not a cinnamon scent. It just shoots out of the bottle as soon as you pop the top and pour it.
The flavor is good but not amazing. It seemed smokier in the scent. This one is sweet and malty in the flavor. A typical nordic imperial stout. Nice sweetness, an exotic bit of spice, and rich chocolatey malt notes. The smokiness is here but blends with the sweetness to a high degree and is quite mellow.
Overall it is a solid brew and very smooth and balanced. If you aren’t used to big smoky beers this is a good start.
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ucusty. Thanks D! This one pours very dark brown with a frothy light brown head. The aroma is intense with lots of smoked ham and wood. Hints of coffee and roasted malt underneath.The flavor is incredibly rich and chocolaty with more smoke and wood coming through on the back end. Overpoweringly roasted. Not as much ham as in the aroma. Pretty dry and a bit of a frothy mouthfeel.
mansquito (4207) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some LCBO 500ml ($5.80): Pours black with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is smoke, chocolate, and a hint of liquer. Taste starts with a little sugar, then it moves into a hit of smoke, and then finally hits up a slightly boozy note. Mouthfeel is viscous. Taste is not overwhelming, but it does coat the mouth with plenty of nice flavors. Alcohol is covered very well. It feels like a big beer for sure, but in a very manageable way. It was good to finally taste an Icelandic beer that is not a mediocre pale lager.
brnandersen (2598) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml. bottle in to a snifter. Dark brown colour, almost black. Dark, dense tanned head, that faded to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Rich roasted/smoked aroma with chocolate, coffee, hops and a licorice/alcohol note. Taste is light bitter. Full body with an oily feel, rather carbonated for a stout. Long lasting, roasted finish with chocolate, coffee, alcohol, olives (???) and licorice. Nice stout from the North Atlantic.
rob6239 (676) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with almost orange-brown head. Smoky aroma is strong after the pour but seems to dissipate shortly afterward. Taste has slight bitter and strong sweetness. Strong presence of chocolate throughout the tasting.
Vaiz (3867) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Monks Porter House, Stockholm. Black pour, thin foamy tan head. Aroma is smoked, roasty, burnt and with some leathery bourbon notes. Flavor is smooth caramel, very roasted ashy, some tobacco, bourbon and chocolate. And it isn’t even aged on bourbon barrels... Amazing brew, my first from Iceland, but if all of them are this good.... Wow.
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[4212-20111230] 500mL bottle. Smoky roasted bacon bandaid malt aroma. Black body with a quick foamy brown head. Roasty burnt malt flavour has a long burnt wood aftertaste. Full body. Rich and tasty, good. (7/3/7/4/14-) 3.5
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greglikesbeer (34) - Ancaster, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very deep brown, not quite black, with a rich brown head. Chocolate aroma hits your nose before the pour is even complete. Roasted malt and smoke aromas complement the sweet chocolate scent. Relatively full-bodied and creamy, initial taste is quite bittersweet. Roasted malts and chocolate dominate the flavour profile, while smoke is surprisingly not overpowering on the palate. Alcohol is warming but not boozy. Roasted malts linger in the finish.
Very nice imperial stout. Perhaps lacking slightly in complexity and maybe a bit too bitter for my tastes.
chris__hartley (331) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a deep dark mahogany (almost black, with a foamy almond head; vibrant carbonation. The aroma’s notes consisted of: fire coals, molasses, and burnt espresso. The taste was medium sweetness with a dry bitter finish; notes of: burnt coffee, dark chocolate, light-smoke, and faint-peat. The palate is oily with energetic soft carbonation. Overall, this batch was not as flavourful as the batch from 2 years ago - underwhelming.