Nickls (2316) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Big thanks to skinnyviking! Richly dark tan head that doesn’t last long, and nearly black hue with brown edging. Very roasty aroma with chocolate and smoked peat. Flavor has very dark bittersweet chocolate, light earth and peat. Less smokey in the flavor, but really nice. Medium body and finishes roasted and dry. Nice brew!
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of smoke, coffee, red wine, and a bit of lanolin. Starts off pale malt heavy in the mouth with more of that vineous quality and prune, before roasted malt elements of dark chocolate dark roast coffee take over, along with a good dose of herbal hops. Faint caramel notes and a substantial smoked malt character dominate the long finish. Fairly heavy bodied, and slightly boozy. The fruity esters seem to take away from the well balanced overall package, but overall this is a surprisingly good imperial stout.
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Mikkeller Bar SF soft opening. Great aroma, round smokey chocolatey, iced coffee, ink. Flavor is burnt figs, chocolate, bacon, black coffee. Very nice, round stout.
matt7215 (2278) - 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.
fluffy (2275) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Like drinking a kielbasa, one of the better smoked stouts out there. A nice smoke balance.
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portableparty (2273) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours brown black with a fairly quick tan tight soapy head that dissipates to a thin collar. Aroma is awesome smokey jerky/meat locker and peat with hidden chocolate mixed in. Taste is bitter and peaty with roasted malt and bakers chocolate showing, but the bitterness really (in my opinion) changes the experience. Palate is medium and dry bitterness with a off putting finish. This had an amazing start and then fell to a better than average smoked brew.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a moderately used motor oil deep dark brown with a 1 finger, oily tan head that fades to a skim and thick ring after a while. Aroma is big smoke, roast, char, chocolate, light planty and metallic notes. Flavor is smoke (as peat smoke-like as it is wood smoke like, the bottle doesn’t mention what they use for the smoke addition, but it is very nice) some grainy and dried grass notes, along with roast, burnt sugar and light barrel-like woody notes. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, oily on entry, lightly carbonated and drying out nicely for the middle and finish, leaving a failry clean palate despite the big smoke and malt flavors. Pretty damn tasty, excellent smoke implementation.
markas101 (2260) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA via Winnipeg. Dense black colour, creamy coffee foam head that dissipates quickly except at the edges. Aroma is mellow with burnt malt and a faint campfire cinder. Smoke comes through on the first sip, like a smoked gouda, with a sweetness and alcohol burn on the finish. Way to go Iceland.
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a nice old black with a resilient beige head. Smell is smoke, coffee and black chocolate. Taste is smoke, coffee, burnt caramel, roast, somewhat salty. Finish is smoke, pinetree, ash, burnt. Lots of lingering smoke. Light to medium body. Average carbonation. Style on the bottle said Smoked Imperial Stout - I felt this lacked complexity for an Imperial Srtout, but it was quite a good smoked beer.
poisoneddwarf (2222) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
16.9 oz bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium tan head with good retention. Aroma initially consists of dough and Whoppers before the smokiness comes through. Taste is smoky and chocolatey and ends on a bitter note. Mouthfeel is oily and the carbonation is medium to soft. Nice one.