abstractbeer (237) - NORWAY - MAY 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gigantic bottle, acquired in a trade with ClubGonzo! Pours an expected very black beer, with a nice little light brown head. I can immediately smell chocolate, something strawberry-like and some leather notes. I’m already pretty sure this will be great. Oh yeah. The flavor is long, long, long and complex! We start out in a bitter kind of chocolaty leather landscape, then we move into licorice, and finally, as the finish slowly dawns on me, a glorious coffee flavor reveals itself, surrounded by nuts and chocolate. Now ain’t that a pretty picture? Oh, and there’s some fruitiness dancing around as well, during all this. A slight hint of red berries (raspberries?) and perhaps some pear. And some roasted flavors as well, yeah, definitely. And vanilla notes too, in the aftertaste. Wow, this one just keeps on giving! The aftertaste just won’t go away! Lovely mouthfeel as well, kinda oily/creamy, but not too much. I appreciate the soft carbonation which I think is very appropriate here. My only "complaint" is that it’s maybe a tiny bit too bitter, but I’m quite sensitive when it comes to bitterness so that’s probably just me. It doesn’t bother me though. All in all: A great imperial stout, if you ask me! Complex, great flavor and surprisingly easy to drink. I never would have guessed this one packs a healthy 10 % abv!
theSlipperyPen (236) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle wears a creamy chocolate brown head, which rises and falls to a lasting lacing. This clings stubbornly to the glass. The beer is black as jet with only the very edges showing any of its ruby colour, making this rather good looking. The nose is of bitter cocoa and day old espresso, then there’s steeped raisin and liqourice which give off a porterlike vinousness. I can pick up on some of the hops, but after two years these have turned to an aroma of damp forest floor. There are hints of leather and possibly the rubber sole of a well worn boot. In the mouth the bitterness makes itself known; this is all about the chocolate and coffee. Grape seeds and marzipan mix with ash and wood to give some life to that scent of forest floor. The alcohol has subsided but is warming nonetheless. And every so often one gets a sip that is full of booze, with a character somewhere between port and whisky. A thick body and low carbonation give this an enjoyably silken texture. On the finish the ash and cocoa lead to an ending of roasted malt. Though it doesn’t offer many surprises, it is a traditional - if somewhat dry - imperial stout that does exactly what it should.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unimpressed compared to the ratings. Not a very strong aroma and compared to many imperial stouts.
klas (233) - SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget (99 SEK). Very powerful and good, but a bit too pricey.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours such a dark brown that it appears to be black. Very nice. One-finger coffee colored head of foam. Minimal retention and not much lacing, at all.
Nice big roasted malt nose with big woodiness, also. Lots of dark fruit notes, cherries and figs, mostly. Scents of coffee mingle with chocolate and caramel. Very slight booziness.
Very nice roasted malt flavor with a slight caramel sweetness. Big chocolate notes with a fair amount of roasted coffee flavor. Notes of fig, with hints of raisin and cherries. Very mild spice bite. Traces of wood smoke and molasses.
Nice and complex. Very tasty.
Nice medium bodied brew. Not quite oily, but getting close. A little heftier body would greatly enhance this one.
For me personally, this is a very drinkable brew. Then again, I love Imperial Stouts, though. This one is a good solid example of the style, flavor-wise.
aleph (231) - - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Black pour, thick coffee head with some hints of red-brown. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, malts, all with a bitter finish. Medium-full bodied, low carbonation.
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, pours black with enormous dark tan head and excellent lacing. Taste of sweet roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, molasses and toffee.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked some up at the release of Older Viscosity. Pours black with a moderate creamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit, but just a little. Taste, it starts of with lots of bitter sweet coffee and then comes a booxy sort of bittersweet chocolate. Nice mouthfeel and very nice overall.
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sort farve med lyst brunt skum. Dufter af vanilie, choko og karamel. Smager af brændt kaffe, bitter chokolade og vanilie. Lang bitter eftersmag af choko og humle.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Good Imperial Stout. It is very smooth and easy to drink.
APP- Appearance is not this beers strong suit. It is murky, very dark brown, with very little head.
Aroma- Oak notes and roasty! Very good aroma.
Taste- Roasted Malt, Chocolate and liqourice are very prominent. Hop bitterness is pronounced, but not overbearing.
Palate- Very smooth for the style. Tannins and some dryness are present.
Very good beer, worth buying.