MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, - JAN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the LCBO. Pours pitch black. Forms a thick, tan head, seems think. Aroma is blown nose, but with some chocolate and smoke, as well as ash. Taste is... Well, it’s certainly smokey, but in a way that let’s the chocolate come through. Surprisingly bitter and somewhat boozy. This one might have been even better with an okay nose -- not like I can taste much now. But.... Really, terrific. Second beer from that brewery and they had it right both times.
Cornfield (5504) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Icelandic beer, and I’ve looked forward to it... no reason, really, except that it’s my first new country in a long while. I hope it’s a good’un.
Nice pour to this beer, having a deep, nearly opaque mahogany body with a slender light chocolate head. The aroma has some woody, ashen traces along with bittersweet chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and a touch of dark dried fruit. The flavor contains all of the above along with a hint of lactic sourness. The smokiness also increases, ham-like, not overbearing. Just tasty.
I look forward to having some more beers from Iceland. To date, my main appreciation of the country comes from the sagas scripted by Snorri Sturlsson.
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is sweet with strong notes roasted malt, tar, rope, and smoke. The flavor is very sweet, a bit too much, with strong notes of smoke, roasted malt, alcohol, tar, and some fruit.
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle poured in a chalice.
First of all, thanks to Pall for bringing me this "precious" from Iceland.
A: Nice art, first of all. Pours a very oily black color with a reasonable beige to brown head which is creamy and dissipates leaving not much lacings
S: Very nice smell of roasted malts. Coffee. Sweet and light smoky in the nose. Also reminds a brown bread with some alcohol in the end. Yeasts
T: Tastes follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and some hints of coffee. Yeasts. Great bitterness, delicious taste
M: Creamy molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Excellent roasted bitter aftertaste
O: Very drinkable despite the high ABV, an authentic and well done, european Russian Imperial Stout
[ BA Review @ 7/14/2010 ]
xz969 (1) - - OCT 13, 2014 does not count
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Reminds me of the time I passed out at a Cub Scout campfire... I woke up with a face-full of s’mores and emphysema. I thought a volcano crapped on my face.
arsol (578) - NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Helt svart med lys brunt skum. Lukter kaffe, alkohol. Smaker kaffe og fĺr noe sherryfeeling. Kjenner god alkoholvarme i avslutningen.
Tsekouratos (285) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - OCT 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a thin brown head. Aromas of peat, chocolate and some dark fruits. Taste is medium sweet, with smoke and chocolate front, backed up by liquorice, caramel, plums. Smoky aftertaste. Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation. Very nice!!
oRos (1126) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from capitol beer and taproom. Pours black with brown head. Taste an aroma is smoke.
alex_alkis (305) - SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge aroma, with lots of smoke and ash. Smells like a real volcano, but with dark chocolate and black malt. The flavor is very strong. Lots of dark chocolate, smoke and licorice. Finally, a hearty, yet not intrusive alcohol warmth. I am very impressed by this beer.
tderoeck (4861) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
15/IX/14 - 33cl bottle @ home - BB: 19/VI/17 (2014-1011) Thanks to Björn for sharing the bottle!
Clear deep dark brown beer, irregular beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: pretty smoked, caramel, sweet mocha, some cocoa powder, bit medicinal, peated. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: mocha, coffee, pretty bitter, smoky touch, caramel, little sour, hops. Aftertaste: coffee, roasted, cocoa powder, little sweet, caramel, hoppy bitterness, some red berries, fruity note.
llcooldave (1101) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in the glass. Muted smoky aroma and some espresso notes. Assertive bitter coffee flavor with a hint of cocoa and herbal alcohol (Jagermiester) notes. Overall a solid brew... Thanks again to BarZigKin for his uber generosity.