thewolf (10532) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle @ Odense Tasting, 14th February 2009]
Thank you, Beerbiker
Pours almost black with slight red edges. A fine, creamy, beige head on top. Sweet aroma, light chocolate, subdued roasted notes. Highish carbonation, fine, rather dry mouthfeel. Flavour is dry and smoothly roasted with good sweetness with dark chocolate. Some ashy notes in the far finish.
Eirikur (350) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - FEB 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
First stout brewed in Iceland... as far as I know.. dense, low but thick head..
Gratz Viking for somthing out of the ordinary .
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle generously provided by haukur: Thanks! Pours a dark brown, near black with a thin tan head. The aroma has some roasted barley flakes, coffee and burnt popcorn? Interesting note there. Silky body with a rounded malt flavor. The fore is slightly salty with leads to some roast- mild charred notes, milky, bitter espresso, and bitter/sweet chocolate all blend into a smooth roasted finish. Fairly well balanced and smooth.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A roasted stout with strong and not quite appropriate fruity flavours
How: Black body toped by a small tan ring
The look: Bottle 12oz, rare treat opened and drank with a generous Dickinsonbeer. Thanks Paul
In long: Nose of roastiness and tropical fruits (?!). Taste is more of the same with a clash between highly roasted malts and refreshing fruity flavours. Very roasted and very fruity in an unusual way. More of a clash of flavours than a combination of flavours. Some paper, a little sticky tar. The beer is quite drinkable but not something I want to go back to. An ok beer from a country that is equally renowned for its amazing beers and for its warm sunny beaches.
rabbikrabbi (15) - , ICELAND - AUG 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle. Dark brown, medium body, nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Roasted barley, coffee, cocoa, and a hint of licorice. A nice stout that could do with a bit more filling. Unquestionably the best beer from Víking.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to haukur for this generous gift. Deep black beer with a thick creamy brown head. Aroma is rich with loads of cocoa and chocolate and a rich charry roastiness. A softly lactic character as well. Flavour is really nice. Rich and toasty and heavily roasted but with almost no bitterness. Softly chocolatey and lightly herbal as well. It’s quite a lovely brew. Nutty with some sweet espresso character. Really lovely stout. Thanks haukur.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing this one. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells mildly roasty and boozy. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, some raisins. Decent.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from theisti. Pour is black with some brown from the light the gets through the edges. The nose is roasted with some coffee and cream. A bit of oats come though as well. The flavor has some dark chocolate cocoa made with milk, and a little bit of charred malts. A slight amount of hop bitterness. Full bodied, average carbonation, and a balanced finish. Really a nice beer.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle given to me by haukur. Pour is black with only faint deep brown highlights. Deep tan head, 1 inch thick, falls fast. Only some thin lacing. Aroma of coffee roasted malt and some sweet nuttiness. Taste is mostly about the roasted malt, with some of the sweet nuttiness. Also a bit of dark chocolate is present in the taste. The finish has some nice pine hoppiness to it. The palate is a bit on the thin side, a touch watery with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall this is a well made stout that seems to be much needed in Iceland. Thank you haukur for giving me this bottle before it was even publicly available!
ulfarlinnet (14) - 220 Hafnarfjörður, ICELAND - MAY 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma of roasted barley. Easy to drink, smooth taste, balance between the roasted notes and the alcohol. Though not a stout that will change the history of beer, it will put it’s mark on Icelandic brewing history.