hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Abysmal black with a full on brown one finger head. Beautiful. While this one was warming up I got some fish oil aromas....hmm. At temperature the aromas are somewhat typical but lacking. Chocolatey, roasty and even some burnt notes. Thick, chewy and hoppy. The alcohol is present. I’ve had bigger impys that hide the alcohol beter than this. I want to love this beer, but I’m afraid that I only like it. I LOVED the whiskey barrel version of this. It is still the best damn impy stout in a can!
ekstedt (6386) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can (35 cl) at a Göteborg RB tasting. Black with a medium brown head. Heavy roasted and burnt notes, slightly smoked, along with citric hops. Thick body and very smooth. Dry and very bitter.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really does resemble used motor oil. Very thick black with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, light smoke, dark chocolate, and chicory. Taste is extremely roasty, probably the strongest roastiness, and burntness I have ever had... It’s just too much on the roasty side which covers everything else up.
thornecb (5365) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Fluffy mocha-colored head with good retention leaves spot lacing as it slowly recedes. Chocolate and espresso aromas. Smooth and creamy dark chocolate and espresso from front-to-back. Lasting cocoa finish.
rlgk (17125) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2013 Canned from Systembolaget. Pitch black beer with a nice brown head. Roasted chocolate aroma, hazelnuts, caramel, raisins, dades, cocoa powder, licorice, coffee notes, plums, salty notes. Roasted coffee flavor, caramel, dark chocolate, licorice, raisins, plums, soot notes, some warming alcohol, ost, hay, some cocoa powder. Full Bofors and with a nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate finish. Old rating from 2008: 3,9. Canned, thanks to rickgordon. Black, with a dark brown head. One of the darker heads I have seen on a beer. Malty chocolate aroma, smoky, sometar, rather bitter hoppy feeling after a while. Roasted mat flavor, dry hoppy bitterness, chocolate, cocoa, mint, perfume, tar. Bitter chocolate finish.
gnoff (9431) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2012 First rating
355 ml can
On March 14, 2008.
Black color, dark brown head. Pours like motoroil. Salty, roasted scent. Salty, bitter, roasted taste. Coffee and roasted aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Rather heavy and not, for me, high drinkability. I wouldn’t finish a whole can. Still nice as a sample.
Draught at the brewery in Lyons, on October 9, 2012
Black color, dark brown head. Sweet, chocolate, bitter taste. Long chocolate bitter aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Smooth malty caramel scent.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with a brown head that retains well and has excellent lacing. Smell has plenty of molasses and hops. Quite roasty in the nose as well. Taste starts out burnt and a little ashy, some molasses comes through, and then a hoppy, roasty finish. Light carbonation and medium body. Good beer, I’d like to see how this one ages. I could see myself getting more of this.
Furseth (2076) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At a Göteborg gathering: Black colour,brown creamy head. Aroma of hops,dark choclate, Oboy,some tar in the end. Flavor is sweeth and dark Choclate, medium body, medium to long chocolate finish. Nice!!
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. can. Pours a very thick black with a very small, tan head. It seemed a bit undercarbonated? Dark, malty aroma - coffee, chocolate, and dried fruits. Strong roasted malt flavors but not too much of a burnt flavor. Has a nice, bitter, dry finish.
kramer (5758) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can, via CaptainCougar. 10-W50 indeed, this pours a completely pitch black inky body with a small foamy dark brown head that faded to a thin ring and a partial wispy covering. The nose is huge roasty chocolaty goodness. Some green, almost wintergreen, like hops. Coffee, light alcohol, and fudgy notes. The flavor is big, heavy, slightly burnt roastiness, with a little more astringency than I’d prefer, but it’s tolerable. Moderate alcohol flavor showing through, but no burn at all. Mouthfeel is full and thick with a nice slick oily texture. It coats the cheeks so well that the finish lasts forever. Nice soft minimal carbonation. Overall, this was OK, but I think the astringency and overly roasted malt detracted a bit.