Arve_Christian (3786) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika.
Dark color, ok foam.
Aromas of chocolate , coffee,
Full body & high complexity
Some sweetness, nice balancing bitterness
Nocturne (1082) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Darkest brown with a more mocha-coloured brown head. Aroma is at once both thick and thin, starkly old-fashioned but supremely comforting. There’s notes of dark chocolate, earthy roastiness, cold coffee and what must be the added honey. Palate-wise this is one of the best beers I can remember: thick and viscous but never overstepping the mark. Really traditional character with more of that chestnut honey coming through and a powerful bitterness as it finishes. Personally I would’ve preferred a smaller bottle, as it became quite heavy going towards the end, but this is a fascinating beer that will live long in my memory.
fiulijn (16186) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013
2013-03-11, bb 27.02.2017, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Still with greatness; but the aroma shows also soapy traces. Very rich and complex chocolate and honey beer.
2012-06-28, bb 27.02.2017, 10-5-9-4-19=47
Very dark color, close to black, with creamy brownish head. The mix of malts incredibly enhances the chestnut honey, with all its woody notes, and a touch of forest smoke; there are some roasted malts, and trace of phenols; dry cookies; harmonious and complex; really fantastic.
Very good body structure, the mouthfeel is quite round but not thick; rich dark chocolate flavor, with other components coming in waves; layers of smoke, roasted malt, liquorice, chestnut honey, wood, hints of tar and quality coffee; it has a moderate residual sweetness; strong bitterness with comforting alcohol warmth.
The perfect beer to celebrate Italy victory on Germany tonight (European Championship 2012).
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 A honey infused imperial stout? Nose is intriguing - chestnut, honey, chocolate, dark fruits - the description on the label is bang on. Smooth body. Not a big beer, but full and slightly viscous. Some dark, bitter chocolate, figs, dark fruit and a soft fuzzy honey quality. Subtle - but the flavour creeps up on you after the swallow and lingers for quite some time. Long, coating finish. Well made and a bit unique - though it really is an imperial stout in all but name.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black and wearing a gentle beige head. Very complex and interestingly integrated nose with lots of stuff going on at once. An evident honeyed richness reminiscent of Polish mjods is first noticeable, but quickly uplifted by a roastiness that is never extreme and borders toastiness. Peated malt pairs with molasses and licorice to bring dark and leathery flavours forth. Plenty of raisins, plums and dates join the smoke in its dance, adding subtly vinous notes that are complex aplenty. It grows even more aromatic as it warms and in mouth, possesses enough tightness to evenlop and carry coherently all those flavors. A full and satisfying body punctuated by efficient, gently drying carbonation. The smoke, fruit, gentle acidity and roast all contribute to diminishing the sugary impressions and make the beer more approachable. Woh, I’d been told to expect good things from this one, but it went beyonds expectations and came across on my palate as UK’s answer to Hair of the Dog Adam.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty much everyone at the tasting hated this except for me. I wasn’t a huge fan but did appreciate its crazy complexity. Its different that’s for sure. Notes of spices, fruits, leather, medicine. Has plenty going on. That’s for sure. Would love to try again. But couldn’t do one of those animals by myself.
esp0r (2302) - NORWAY - JUN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home Hidden gem alert
Pours dark dark, black in glass, super looking espresso head which leaves nice lacings on the glass. Smells of coffee, dark ripe fruits, honey, nuts and roasted malts. Super heavy malt flavor, quite roasty, heavy sweet, dark fruits and loads of coffee. Some tar and peat in the back. Nice heavy bitter finish, quite zesty and earthy. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Totally this is probably my biggest beer surprise this year. Often i have a clue about what i’m going to drink, but this one was a really pleasent surprise. This beer has rich complex aromas and tastes, the palate is nice and it looks gorgeous. Go get one of these bottles
BeerSkull (1362) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The scent is rich in flavors, both great such as roasted malt, chocolate, nuts and smoke. But also less pleasant ones as metal and musty barn. The taste is fantastic and very complex! First, dry and soft with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, fruit, nuts and chestnuts. Then kicks a fresh hops flavor in that lifts the flavors even further. The alcohol is just noticeable as a warming element in the taste. An amazing beer!
chimpgibbon (410) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from The Beerhive. Yowser! Don’t let the polite English label design put you off, this is a serious contender. Dark and rich pour with light head and gorgeous lacing. Very complex aromas, earthy dark chocolate and maybe a hint of hubba bubba! Super smooth on the palate and a deep complex taste that i’m still trying to get my head round! Best UK beer i’ve ever tried by a stretch. Seek this out.
ads135 (3338) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A super complex, even confusing beer. Raisin, chocolate, honey. Pours deep dark brown. Thick brown head. Licorice aftertaste with brown sugar. Medium to heavy body. Tried with the parents in Elham in 2012.