kramer (4681) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a small foamy brown head that faded to a thin covering. Very Nice lacing. The nose is very nice, lots of roast, some sweetness, a light touch of smoke, dark chocolate, and minimal alcohol. It all melds really well and with everything going on in there, that’s hard to do. The flavor is also rather complex, yet really smooth and balanced. Roasty and just a little bit sweet with just the right amount of peat on the finish to suggest a nice Single Malt, without going overboard. A little bit of alcohol, but it works pretty well with the enormous body this has. Fairly thick and chewy with very gentle soft carbonation. This is really quite good, the bitterness and sweetness are in balance, not boozy in the slightest, and downright unique with the well utilized peated malt. Pretty delicious.
ReggieDunlap (2922) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thick tan head.very nice retention and lacing. Aroma is roasty with coffee and notable smokiness...hint of chocolate. Flavor follows suit and adds a bit of black licorice and a burnt quality...more of a dark chocolate...so roasty with such a dry bold finish that some of the peatiness is lost. Mouthfeel is very creamy and thick....pretty heavy stuff. The great dave marlin would definitely call it "oil for your body."
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bitter roasted malts on the nose, dark chocolate, earthy hop notes. Not much smoke, charred notes though. Pours black with a thin tan head. The flavor is charred and roasted with underlying dark chocolatey sweet malts, nice full bitterness. Dry, smooth, with a hint of booze in the finish. Drinks easily for 10%.
Reynolds314 (2077) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really easy drinking beer for a 10.4% Imp stout. Strangely this didnt taste very smoked to me. The classic danish stout yeast strain imparted a bit of sweetness to the aggressively hopped rich chocolatey character this beer has. My one complaint is that it did not taste roasted or smokey even though its supposed to be a smoked stout. I had this on tap last year and remember it being a bit better then the bottle this time, but I cant remember the draught enough to rate off of.
JanLaursen (2731) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, Plan B: Pitch black beer with a huge but shortlived brown head. Fat, extremely comlex and inviting aroma with notes of roasted malts, burned candy, smoke, grapefruit, orange and - not at least - licorice. The flavor is even more intriguing: Rather dry, extremely bitter, roasted with notes of vanilla and a grapefruit-like anis-note underneath. Sticky texture, full body, very dense, lots of force and power, soft carbonation, smooth moutfeel and a very long dark, bitter roasted finish. Worldclass!
BillKismet (3289) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Raven black body with a thin, creme layer of milk chocolate cover. Splendid depth of roasty nose. Chocolate, coffee, and raisin, and sweet dark chocolate liquor wonderfully melded together in beautific fusion. Medium roasted body with appreciable roughness, smoke, roast barley, and chocolate alcohol. The chocolate liquor heat is quite pleasant and accentuates the other qualities.
Nisse666 (3758) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Rerate, bottle new 3,8 = new average 3,9
Draught Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011
AR: smokey, coffey, peaty
AP: dark body, beige head
F: smokey, roasted coffey
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours new moon black with a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The menacing aroma wafts burnt malts, licorice, blackstrap molasses and coal smoke. Medium to full-bodied with zippy carbonation. The flavor is sweet, but very deeply roasted – black malts and charcoal resonate. Very little hop essence. Finishes chocolaty, singed and bittersweet. Bottle courtesy of jtclockwork!
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a Chimay goblet this brew displays a black body with a 1 finger tan head, incredible retention, and hints of clear brown at the edges. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, full savory European malt character, brine. Taste is chocolate coffe cake, salt, dirt, smoke, and an extremely bitter lasting hop note. Body is full, creamy, lower than avg carbonation, and it’s dry finish takes a few seconds to fully manifest. Overall, one of the best non-oaked imperial stouts I’ve sampled this year!
nearbeer (3424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml. Opaque black with a small creamy head that lasts. Nose of coffee, orange peel, mint, dry cocoa, oats and grain. Taste is espresso, menthol, citrus, dark chocolate, ash, oats, and dusty grain. Medium-heavy body is softly carbonated and a little sticky, but still a smooth drinker. Quality brew, but the minty-tobacco flavor nearly overpowers everything else after 4-5 sips.