MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This Smoked Imperial Stout generates grapes, peppery spiciness, banana purée and peat for a most elegant sipper licked by alcohol warmth.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the darkness.
-Roastiness is light compared to the style average.
-The mouthfeel is cushy and not too heavy. This is a well leveled dessert.
-Sweetness is important, but not overdone in any way.
-Smoke appears as wooden and spicy in the nose, but then peaty in the finish.
TXBadger (1480) - 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 (218) - 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 (1095) - 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 (3345) - 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 (346) - 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 (219) - 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 (307) - 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 (5512) - 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 (917) - 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.