FatPhil (14477) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 500ml bottle. (6:5:8:4:14=3.7)
Jet black, turbid. little head (but poured that way so as to not get too much yeast). Looks sticky. Sweet chocolatey aroma. Wonderfully aromatic in the mouth, the bitterness heads straight up your nose. Rich sweet chocolate malt taste as well as fairly potent dark bitterness make a very well balanced package. Pleasantly coffee-like and hints of ginger too. Mostly covers the 9%.
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Põrgu, Tallinn) (7:5:7:4:13=3.6)
Lovely black, tight thick tan head. Very rich roasty aroma, some esters, some odd menthol hint too. Full and smooth in the mouth, gentle carbonation. Plenty of esters in the retronasals. Richly roasted, burnt toast, some ryebread, and the burnt raisins from the side of the baking tray. Covers 9% quite well, but clearly a potent brew. Finish has a lovely bitter chocolate theme, and lasts for ever. Some of the esters make you think of chocolate orange. Feels a bit unbalanced. I remember it being better. I was underrating in those days maybe?
yespr (41313) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RB#1100: 50 cL bottle (batch 286). Pours black with a creamy chocolate brown head, very inviting look. Rather hops citrus and vaguely peach fruity aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Clear chocolate flavoured with a decent hops fruity- and bitterness. A slight touch of coffee towards the finish. Bitter and roasted malt finish with a whiff of smoke. Very nice.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Rerate, 09.02.2008. A viscous pour revealing a deep black hue and a huge, creamy, tan head with excellent staying power. This time around the aroma seems very one-dimensional and flat. There’s a wall of ash-roast-cigar, which is nearly impermeable to all the other aromas. Some chocolate, caramel, and unsulphured molasses can be detected, but not much. The roast of the aroma mostly occurs in the vein of French roast coffee / espresso and is about evenly balanced with the cigar and ashy elements. Near room temperature a slender streak of blackcurrants and lime leaves cuts through the other aromatics. The flavour is very sweet throughout, with a bracing bitterness to keep it in check. There’s lots of coffee, chocolate and ash up front, leading into a very roasted, espresso finish with some lime-like bitterness as well. Quite roasty and bitter overall with a shot of alcohol in the aftertaste. Full bodied with a very creamy texture and moderate carbonation that struggles to cut through the dense body. 50cl bottle.
I was somewhat disappointed by this bottle; the majority of the aroma and flavour headroom was consumed by overly aggressive burnt and roasted tendencies, leaving scant manoeuvring room for the hops, chocolate, other sweets and fruits. New rating of 7, 4, 7, 3, 14 = 3.5. New total score is a composite of the two, adjusted for in the overall score.
Bottle. Deep black-brown hue with lots of sediment and a thick, creamy tan head. Rich cocoa and espresso to start the aroma, followed by dark toast, caramel, anise, cola, tannins and walnuts. Hops sprout forth lightly as layers of flowers and orange rind, which gain significant power as the beer warms. The flavour begins moderate to heavily sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter; the finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic and moderately bitter. As with the aroma, the floral/citric hops really step up as the beer warms. Medium to full body with a hugely oily body and soft carbonation. Only a speck of alcohol is visible through all of the dense flavours. Original rating of 9, 5, 8, 4, 18 = 4.4.
rane (1041) - Nibe, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Bottle. As Nøgne Ø are best buy in Denmark at the moment I had to give this one a try. Pitch blac beer with medium long lasting head. Aroma starts with lots of hoppy citrus notes that disappears within a minute, after that licorice becomes dominant, after a while some strange acidic notes turns up. Taste with notes of licorice and coffe and some hoppy bitterness in the end. Not my kind of beer, I don´t really like the style, but it scores heavy on several parameters. Rerated 060309 a two year old bottle. Ageing doesn´t seem to do it any better. Aroma still strange, head disappears very fast, and taste is onedimensional with lots of licorice and still this underlying strange taste. Just not my cup of beer.
bhensonb (14314) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of less than burnt toast, a bit of red wine, hints of chocolate. Not getting coffee. Opaque brown/black color. The tan head was never more than a light ring. Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation which turns creamy. There’s a heat hit, then really burntish toasted malt, with some dark chocolate. There’s a harshness on the tongue, but the effect is smoothness. The finish leaves some black toast, but there is definitely hop bitter. Each sip seems a bit different. The last one suggested a bit of evergreen. Quite the experience.
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Taster from DenverLogan at Pizza Port’s bottle shop opening. Another great job by Nogne O. Pours with a small head, but with tight bubbles. Pitch black color. Pleasantly thick body. Roasted grain flavor and smell is subdued. Mellow, well balanced. Excellent. I have a bottle that I will age for a while. The beer is already so well integrated, I can’t imagine it getting better with age, but maybe a tiny bit of oxidation will do some good.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is full of cocoa and dark chocolate. The flavor echoes the aroma, but with just a tiny hint of good, natural licorice chews.
EHSRanders (2009) - Tjele, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black colour with huge creamy brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is burnt malt and chocolate. Sweet bitter flavor with creamy chocolate finish. Oily palate.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a decent sized tan/brown colored head. Huge aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toast. Flavor is again milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, then some floral hoppiness. Palate is massive, mildly carbonated, silky, velvety, smooth, finishes sweet, alcohol is well hidden. I thought this was fantastic, loved every last drop of it. Hope to find more soon.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 500mL Bottle. Pours an opaque dark chocolate color, impenetrable by light, served with a thick layer of dense roasted tan foam. Fire toasted oats and baked puffed barley grains meld nicely with some medium chocolates. A sprig of fresh mint leaves, a pinch of vanilla, and a twist of black tellicherry pepper. Deep contemplation unveils notes of white grapefruit rind and chewy salty caramels, but toasted barley, mint, and chocolate malt dominate. Medium bodied, creamy, oily mouthfeel with a slick carbonation feel. Starts out with some fluffy mocha coffee cake topped with a mild vanilla mint glaze. Dry chocolate powder and medium roast coffee dry it up a bit, but keep the malt profile in the forefront. As it finishes, the columbus hops start to reveal their obvious presence in the form of a white grapefruit, sprucy monster. The hops get a bit out of control on the back end, obliterating the more delicate, subtly (for an imperial stout) crafted malt profile. I find myself waiting several minutes between sips simply to allow my palate to recover and continue to enjoy the malts. Otherwise, a well constructed, expertly crafted brew; I’m really digging the body, texture, appearance, aroma, and first 2/3 of the flavor. I’ll crack open an IIPA when I want to wreck hop destruction on my taste buds.