sneakychi (64) - - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ap;Black to dark brown, but in a bright light it’s "ruby red see-through" atleast in the edges. The head is very much like the head of a soda, short lived and very fizzy.
Ar: Sweet, bourbon, some green apples, chocolate, more soft and smooth bourbon. Very nice aroma.
T: At first medium sweetness, some vanilla, sweet chocolate transposing into dark chocolate, coffee which gives a small to medium bitterness. Nicely balanced.
P: Very light body for being an Imperial Stout and I think it’s a bit much carbonation for this type of beer.
Overall: Bit light body, too much CO2, the barrel aging might have given of to much flavour and hiddes some of the original elements of the beer. Still a really nice well balanced beer!
Palme (3365) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.33l bottle. This is a light cloudy deep and dark ruby brown colored one with a small eventually sidesticking and almost islandy beige head that’s making lots of fizzing polls noises when holding it against my ear. Almost as much as a heavy fizzing cider actually! I have to say that it smells really good this. The place where I bought it actually thought that it was expired, so they sent back three big cases, but when I’m investigating the label, it actually says that it was made the day they they thought it was expired. That had to be a little bit embarrassing... Anyway, it smells really nice this. Lots of sweet dried caramelized fruits with a strong okay and vanilla infused bourbon barreled aroma. Raisins with some booze, coffee and chocolate. Impressive stuff! In the mouth this feels surprisingly light, definitely not watery but I had expected a bit more than this. The carbonation is also surprisingly a good amount above average. The flavors however impresses just as much as the aroma. Lots of woody vanilla and bourbon going on here. As is cocoa, slightly old, still cold and softly sour coffee. Ends with a nice warming boozy aftertaste and a light roasted, dry tongue. It has all the things it needs to be a lovely blend of a barley wine and a imperial stout except for that near watery and almost fizzing mouthfeel. Still, I kinda have to admit that I enjoyed this a lot! 18.11.2013
tfredvik (1119) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, dark brown body with a small, off-white head that almost disappears completely before it manages to leave much foam on the glass. The aroma is very strong and sweet, with delicious roasted notes, dark caramel, chocolate, dark dried fruits and vanilla in the back. The flavours are quite gently roasted, I get more chocolate than coffee. Also sweet dried dark fruits and pleasant alcohol that gives a warming finish. The alcohol also dries up the palate somewhat in the aftertaste. The barrel ageing hasn’t taken over the soul of the beer, it has just given it a nice vanilla touch, and maybe some extra boozy notes. The body is almost full, the texture is oily and the carbonation is soft to moderate. A very nice, vinous and gentle imp stout!
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Online, Oslo]
ClubGonzo (4021) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a pitch black body with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Nose is vanilla, wood, licorice, butterscotchy caramel tones and hints of higher alcohol, mild bourbon and muscovado sugar. Taste is caramel, licorice, vanilla, mild bourbon tones, wood and hints of dark sugars. Full body, near-fizzy carbonation - force carbed too much after a long stay in the barrels, perhaps? A bit sweet, and the bourbon profile remains in the background but nevertheless a pretty decent beer, all in all.
visionthing (2731) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks! Pours deep mahogany with a tan head. Aroma darks malt with wooden notes, dark fruits and hints of roast, chocolate and alcohol. Medium sweet with a balanced bitterness. Nice winter warmer!
Arve_Christian (3062) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Black color, good foam. Some roasted aromas, malt; medium intensity, also licorice and leather. Medium/ full body & high complexity. Some immediate sweetness, followed by good bitterness - well balanced . Very enjoyable
esp0r (1974) - NORWAY - JAN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vika shared with Simonsen
Black, thin tanned head. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and roast. Medium sweet, bourbon and vanilla, roast, coffee and oak. A nice finish with moderate bitterness. Quite nice, but the normal imperial stout is better
nilsas (1393) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nydelig duft av kaffe, bek, lakris og sjokolade. Dyp mørk farge, nesten sort. Lite skum, noe langs kant. Nydelig smak av kaffe, bek, lakris og mørk sjokolade med en litt spiss ettersmak. Kjempegodt.
Simonsen (648) - NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske fra esp0r. Svart uklar farge.lit karbonert. Smaker lakris, kaffe, røstet malt, sjokolade. God men skulle vært litt fyldigere
_angst_ (2772) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Temporary rating. At some point I might re-write this.
Dark brown, rather small frothy fizzy mocha head, quick diss, small trace.
Sweet, malty, toasted malts, vanilla fudge, sweet liquroice candy, dark choc, charred wood, tiny bourbon, cereal, hay, vanilla hard candy, tiny alcohol,
Sweet, roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweetened coffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, bourbon, coconut milk, vanilla hard candy, alcohol, cereal, cookie dough, hay,
Round, tiny astringent, slightly boozy, medium.
Sweet, bitter, roasted malts, toffee, dark choc, charred wood, bourbon, coconut milk, alcohol, vanilla fudge,
Better than the first time I tried it at the release. Has mellowed down alot. This is now a good beer but it’s far from great I’m afraid.