Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pours a viscous syrupy black with a rich soapy brown head.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. The lacing on the glass is very nice and I can’t say enough good things about the way this one looks.
Flavor of chocolate, malt, coffee, smoke, burnt barley. This beer ends with a nice bitter chocolate finish.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit, well done Nøgne Ø. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle, pours, looks, smells like a perfect Impy. Pour is thick and viscous, head is dark tan, nose is chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is coffee and smokey maltiness in the front, followed by a sweet chocolate mid, followed by a coffee bitterness in the finish. Very good brew. blipp (9172) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a long lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet and roasted malt with notes of chocolate, oats, toast, dark fruit and floral hops. Full body, nice mouthfeel. Flavor starts with chocolate and roasted malt, a hint of smoke, and has a lingering finish of coffee and floral hops. Excellent balance of malt and hops. This is the type of beer I could drink every night if I could afford it. Very very good. akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Thanks to zeke626 for sharing. Opaque Black almost motor oilish, small amount of light brown head Roasted malt with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Mildly hoppy and sweet. Alcohol is very well hidden. Roast malt and chocolate were present in the finish. It was smooth and thick and felt moderately heavy on the palate. Very enjoyable. My second favorite Nøgne Ø beer!
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle, pours a pitch black, opaque body with nice, brown foamy head. Cocoa aroma with some sweet and roasted malts with a hint of hops. Thick, heavy, but smooth, well-balanced mouthfeel. Coffee and dark chocolate flavors with a bitter cocoa aftertaste.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Poured black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma - coffee and dark chocolate. Taste was roast malt, touch of dark fruit and milk chocolate.
toukopouko (31) - Salo, FINLAND - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle, batch 327. Opaque black with a quickly diminishing tan head. Intense roasted maltyness and some liquorice in the aroma. Strong taste of roasted malt, liquorice and coffee, no taste of alcohol, ends in an intensely roasted, bitter and burnt taste. A long and roasted aftertaste. Not the most complex brew, but greatly balanced and tasty! As someone said before - like drinking delicious oil. GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Pours an inky black with a dense three finger head that fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving behind a thick webbing of lace. The lacing is very sticky, and lasts throughout the entire beer. The second pour, which is only a little more aggressive, produces a two finger head that takes a really long time to fall. Smell; dark roasted chocolate malts, with some hints of coffee and molasses really jump out at me. A bit burnt sugar and some dark fruits are present, and in the background, there’s some traces of anise. Taste; lots of roasted coffee beans and malts, that slowly fade to some chocolate and molasses. It’s a touch sweet, but the roasted flavors more than offset the sweetness. A bit of hop bitterness and anise come out on the back end, and there’s a little sourness in the finish. Not as in your face as a lot of the American imperial stouts are, but this is one damn fine beer. Medium to full bodied, with a very nice smooth carbonation. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 Bottle. Dark, dark pour with a dense light brown head. Coffee, resiny hops (surpisingly), dark fruit, floral, chocolate. Orange and chocolate in the flavor - smoke, light wood, roasty. Well rounded. Silky and smooth, alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer. SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2008
bottle - pours thick jet black with dark brown head that quickly fades; aromas are strong and a complex mix of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and sweet alcohol; creamy texture drinks smooth with very little alcohol burn; yummy