rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
1.9 oz btl Batch 210. Inky black with a deep deep brown head. The aroma is of licorice, roasted malt, and some cherry. The taste is super unique. One of roasted malt, dark fruit, and tobacco for sure. A crisp tart spiciness that builds and kicks. Almost a puckering sourness in the finish. One of my favorites. Borresteijn (7271) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2010
50cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, chocolate, sweet spices and fruits, coffee. Flavour is sweet, chocolate mousse, sweet light spices, light fruity, bitter roasted coffee finish. There’s much more in there I can’t pinpoint. Carbonation is a bit too much when the beer is cold, but when it warms up the mouthfeel is just superbly rich, creamy and smooth. Fullbodied. Good stuff, great label. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle from Beerlando - thanks, Bryan! Extremely thick pour, dark brown with a thick head stained by berries from the World Tree. Pretty complex nose, yielding ripe yeast, sweet fruits, molasses, and something oddly juniper-ish. Thick, oily mouthfeel seems to suit this kind of heavy, overstuffed beer. Bitter chocolate and toffee emerge in the tasting, a real riot of flavors that seem to evoke barrel-aged stouts, Belgian stouts, and heavy amounts of wood. Ragnarok awaits. cgarvieuk (24793) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2010
bottle at home ... deep black .. thin tan head ... roast malt ... little licorice ... little seaweed nose ... ligth sweet roast ... again a little licorice ... quite a lot of alcohol... rich molasis... little oil body ... Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2010
In short: A tasty thick spicy chocolaty dark ale of some kind. A bad idea done well.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2010
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed a few days after purchase but already 1.5 year after brewing date!?! (bottle said brewed January 20 2009).
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Nose is very roasted, chocolaty and a strange spiciness that I’d describe as a cross between anise and cinnamon. Taste is chocolate cake, earth, gingerbread man, dirty wood, anise, molasses, more spices. The body is full and very thick, very very thick. The spiciness was a little over the top for me, almost like the type of hot spiciness that I associate more with Nachos chip than beer. The very lively Belgian-like carbonation helps to make that monster more drinkable than it should be. This is a daring beer. Not bad at all, but not quite my cup of tea. Supposedly Odin and Santa Claus are the same person. He was forced to take this side-line job to make ends meet because of the Asgard real estate bubble. Or so the legend says.
Bottle served in a snifter. Pours dense dark brown with a huge, rich chocolate colored head. Good retention, minimal lacing. Nearly perfect pour but the lace is a bit whimpy. Aroma is dark chocolate covered cherries, earthy peat, and charred wood. Big roasty flavor and only mildly sweet. Full body, slick-thick texture, good prickly carbonation, alcohol heat, and a chalky, bitter, coffee flavored finish. I can see why Odin digs this. Countbeer (6591) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2010
UPDATED: APR 15, 2012 Bottle:
Very nice big airy dark brown head disappears quick into a brown lacing.
The pour is motor oily black. Black as night.
Smell is soda, liquorice, soja, chocolate, toffee, caramel, light hint of burnt coffee and malts.
Taste is amazing: viscous mouthfeel and big body taste bomb: deep dark espresso, coffee, roasted/burnt malts, caramel, hops (bitter), chocolate.
Deep warm, light bitter and coffee grassy aftertaste. Light above average carbo. Super beer. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Pitch black, large frothy brown head, sticky lacing.   Amazing how thick and black this is.   Sweet roasted malt, lactose, slight campfire and peat.   Seems like a cross between a Scottish Ale and perhaps an Imperial Stout.   On the tongue it is very roasty, but also has big heaps of campfire, charred wood, peat, and lactose.   Body and mouthfeel are smooth and robust.   Not overly heavy like other Imperial Stouts.   Has a bit of a coffee aspect on the finish.   Very malty, low hop aspect, which is expected for a Norsk beer.   Sweet, roasty, loads of lactose, peat, charred wood, campfire.   This is not your average Imperial Stout.   It is much like Robust Porter crossed with an Imperial Scottish or something.   Hops are low, malts are high.   Very flavorful.   At first I thought it said Odin’s Tripple... and when I poured it I thought what retard didn’t do his/her homework.   It was me who needed to do the homework.   As is, very robust and flavorful beer.   Once again, proud to be Norwegian.   This is a very unique and flavorful Imperial Stout. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 500mL. Pours black as hell. Massive, menacing, ultra dark brown head erupts forth with very good retention and okay lace. Nose is fresh, floral, loads of tar, tobacco, molasses, massive caramel, burnt cherries and plums. Taste is rich, creamy, pretty dry like eating a spoonful of cocoa powder along with nutmeg, some numbing spices like saffron, cloves, spoonful of cinnamon. Slight pepper. Palate is dry, chalky rather than oily, slick. Numbing mouthfeel. So this is the "not strong" version? Now I want the full-on version. DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle with Pwn3d and jredmond. Pours a pitch black with a moderate brown head. Nose is very roasted coffee with some alcohol in it. Taste is very robust with coffee and chocolate notes and some alcohol coming through, not nearly the 11% on the bottle. Great stout.