Aurelius (4355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smokehouse aroma was initially very aggressive, but breathing and warming improved the complexity. Aroma: Creosote, bacon, prunes, olives and molasses notes there. Sweet, smoky fruity with some parched soy and other roast. Alcohol fumes collectedd in a tulip glass if you don’t keep it moving. Appearance: Brown-black, opaque with a fine-grained tan head. Good bottle and label. Flavor! Wow, this was really nicely played. Up front, some mineral/salty qualities followed by bitter chocolate, roasted nuts, light smoke, stone fruit, lightly sweet. Warming. Finish has alcohol and cocoa bitterness and some pencil shavings. Mouthfeel alternated between being slippery and being chalky/cheesy. Like ceramic slip. Formidable. New Leaf Market (Holy Sticker Shock, Batman! There wasn’t a price tag, and I was a bit surprised to pay $10 for a continental pint outside of a bar.)
Bobhund (423) - - NOV 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drucken på Stoxkholm Beer & Whiskey Festival. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info.
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TXBadger (1510) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black like oil with khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, smoked malt, and some raw cocoa; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more smoke.
two7offsuit (237) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a brown head. Smoky aroma with a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor is smoke and subtle coffee.
esox (1107) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh bottle exported, got it as a gift (thx Nelli). Pitch black beer with lacy beige head. Intense aroma deep and rich beachwood-smoke, smoked ham, strong and sweet/worty basemalt, a hint of roasted bread, chocolate, slightly fermented plums, a hint of vanilla and quite strong herbal hoppiness. Just a hint of licoricy alcohol. Loads of sweetish malt flavor, a hint charcoal-roast, firm and clean bitterness. Amazingly soft, pudding-like chocolate in the finish mixing with intense but soft smokiness, perfectly balanced woody and slightly herbal bitterness and the necessary alcoholic warmth. Full bodied, slightly oily and velvety smooth texture. It’s all about balancing all the diverse components and this beer nails it! Seriously good stuff it is.
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz sample on tap at Holsteins in the Cosmopolitan in Vegas. The aroma has some anise and licorice present. Light roast and medium sweetness present. Opaque black body with a small to medium dark brown head. Starts with a little cardboard and sherry with oxidation. Becomes a little roasted in the middle along with a little unsweetened chocolate. Finishes quite dry, and rather woody.
Franzen (352) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoke and leather aroma, hints of dark chocolate and very subtle hints of blueberries. Malty sweet, Caramel, chocolate, cream and nuts in the taste. The Malty taste is pretty soon interrupted by the smoke, campfire and bitterness. Still a good smoked stout but remember it as better
circinus (224) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 33 cl from Barleywine in Copenhagen. Black with a dark brown head. Smoke, peat, campfire, blueberries, dried lingonberries, licorice, sweetness, some bitterness. Full/medium body, low carbonation, smoky finish. Very nice!
MrHult (318) - SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska delad med @thaalcoholic, tack! Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Doftar russin och portvin. Smakar tjärpastil. En riktigt bra smoked... Bra första Islänning
Cornfield (5541) - 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.
eduardovl (938) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
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. Earthy 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 ]