espenra (1017) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2011 Re-rate february 18th 2011. Tried it on tap at Håndverkersstuene this time. It poured a pitch black colour with no head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, nuts and roasted malts. Flavour is slightly bitter. Massive notes of coffee, but roasted malts, alcohol, dark chocolate and sugar is also present. Long, lingering aftertaste.
This is how this beer should be and I’ve been told that the first batch that I rated the first time was infected.
50cl bottle. Batch 195. Best before 2011-10-30. It poured a pitch black colour with an almost non-existant medium brown head. It reminds me a bit of liquid tar. The aroma is vinous, bordering on sour and smells of alcohol, yeast, dark roasted coffee and a hint of vinegar. The flavour is a bit sour with notes of alcohol, vinegar, yeast, mocca and malts. It has a medium long aftertaste. I had high hopes for this beer, but it’s a bit to sour for me. JorisPPattyn (10061) - BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2009
Pours like motor oil having lost its viscosity, to a huge, dark-greige head over black beer wiht dark-foxy reflections. Lightly roasted coffeearoma with notes of cappucino and moccha; faint smell of oysters (DMS?). Extremely roasted/burnt flavours, kletskoppen, bitter chocolate, converging in extremely powerful flavours. Flavourwise, the alcohol remains discreet apart from some extra sweetness, but the throatwarming says it all. Near solid, viscous as none. Indeed - "ein Trunk fur Götter"... Smaskifa (136) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours oily pitch black, no head at all unfortunately, that’s why I gave it 4 on appearance. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, coffee, choclate, liqourice, sort of vinous. Heavy taste of coffee and choclate, cocoa, roasted malts... well balanced bitterness which blends perfect with the rest. The palate is very oily, flowing almost like a thick soup, wonderful. I’ll definitely try this one at a later occasion. KnutAlbert (6760) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2009
This does not thrill me quite as much as their other beer. It is rather heavy fare, with a full body and a sourness that is more vinegar than funky. It is not balanced enough, and using another yeast strain would possibly made quite another beer. But keep experimenting. And I keep buying more bottles of this to figure it out! Rune (13190) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2009
500ml bottle, batch 195, from Vinmonopolet Sentrum Tromsø. Dense, one-finger head that looks like brownish cream, slowly fading over a jet black body, added by a dark, ruby tint. Dark fruits and spicy anise-like malt to the nose. The flavour is a blend of tart, black berries, acid chocolate and sourish fruits towards the ending. Rather vinous texture and very heavy to drink. Not my kind of beer, but I leave a few bottles for cellaring (at home 22.03.2009).
Sigmund (7761) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 Rerate, 500 ml bottle, batch #676, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is still 11.0%. Impressive pitch black colour, moderate brown head. Roasty aroma, notes of dark malts, coffee, chocolate and woodwork. Roasty flavour, coffee and wood, not much acidity now. Hints of smoked malts in the finish. I’m upping it a few points. Original rating: 500 ml bottle, batch #195, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 11.0%. Pitch black colour, one of the darkest beers I’ve ever seen. Chocolate brown medium-sized creamy head, does not last forever. Unusual aroma of dark malts, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, prunes - some vinous notes too. The mouthfeel is first surprisingly light for such a strong and dark beer, probably due to the acidity. The flavour is very acidic and lemony, which is crashing completely with the other flavour elements: smoke, tar, coffee, liquorice. I’m sorry, but adding wild yeast to this brew was not a good idea. Without the wild yeast it would have been a great beer, now it’s too much on the weird side. Nice try, but won’t buy again. gunnfryd (15099) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle. Black colour witha brown head. Aroma is sweet, sourness, smoked, malt, hop, coffee, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, sour, caramel, hop, oak, licorice, fruit, coffee, alcohol, smoked. Powerful and complex beer. yngwie (17109) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle, thx to the brewer. It pours a delicious jet black body, topped by a small dark brown head. The aroma is of the kind I am reluctand to stop sniffing. Tar, liquor, chocolate, red meat notes, smoke, coffee, vanilla and some vague sourness. The flavor is a bit less intense, with chocolate, coffee, cocoa, alcohol and a light acidity. Still very complex and really good. Warming, full-bodied, oily, smooth and dry. Finishes with a coffee-like bitterness. Maybe a bit edgy and still in need of some cellaring, but a wonderful beer. Will surely have more of this! (081229) Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 Bottle at Dr. Jekylls, Oslo. Pours black, with a small medium brown head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is sour, like berries with some coffee, chocolate and roastedness. The sourness continues in the flavour, tart and dry for an IS. Liquourice, chocolate, and dark berries underneath it all. Long, sour an d bitter aftertaste, with something that reminded me of ashes in the flavour. A slight alcohol sting, but the 11% is well hidden. Different from all other imp stouts I’ve had, interesting brew for sure. Not completely sure about the sourness of this one, I generally like my IS’s sweeter. Will have to try it again some time.
A very different brew this time around, the sourness is almost not there at all. Less fruity, more smoke, otherwise the same notes. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2009
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo, batch 195. Completely black with a medium to small light brown, creamy head. Chocolate, lightly roasted aroma with a delicate sourness. Chocolate flavours attack with hints of roasted coffee. Sour plum flavours. Still, quite a dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden. A dark imperial stout for the dark Norwegian winter nights. The sourness adds considerable complexity. Another great brew from Haandbryggeriet.