CheersMate (1341) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured like motor oil. Actually, I have never seen an Imperial Stout pour this way. Even the Left Hand Imperial Stout that I poured did not look like this. The beer was very black and had a lovely chocolate head, and I could easily smell the alcohol at first. It also had a coffee and sweet, maybe the sweet was vanilla, smell to it. The beer taste like ash and coffee, with some great wood flavor. The chocolate is not as noticeable as I would like it to be. Also, the beer, even though it poured thick, did not have a thick palate, it was very carbonated, and that was a let down. The other problem was the coffee flavor was overbearing, it did not allow the other flavors to come through as much as they should have. Even though those other flavors were noticeable, they did not come through as much as they should have. One weird thing about alcohol smell was that I could not taste the alcohol, it was hidden well. Good beer.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Brandon at Carley Raes for sharing this gem with us! pours thick dark black with a creamy thick dark brown head. great lacing. creamy cocoa brown sugar aroma with hints of bourbon (caramel vanilla alcohol) and some meaty worcestershire and soy. bittersweet creamy cocoa brown sugar vanilla caramel flavor with a hint of tobacco. long bitter dry cocoa finish with a hint of salty soy. extremely rich thick mouth feel. fantastic beer. I NEED MORE!!!
rajendra82 (1064) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up in a 500 ml. Brown bottle from Green’s, the Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout poured out dark brown, and sported a khaki head that was nicely proportioned. The sniff indicated that this was a roasty stout as aromas of coffee, burnt toast, and chicory crossed my nostrils. The taste confirmed the relatively dry nature of the beer, as there was little to no sweetness to counter the astringency and bitterness. The higher than typical carbonation was quite apparent in the taste as a lot of chocolate sparkled across the tongue. Hops presented themselves in a citric and spicy manner. The body felt light for the style, but I would call this a deliberately effect enhance drinkability. Although thin, this did not feel watered down, just very well attenuated. Not much evidence of the 9% ABV anywhere. One of the easiest Imperial Stout to put down.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured pretty black with a light tan head. Aroma was of a lot of chocolate and some dark fruits coming through. Also so sweet maltiness, very complex in the aroma. Felt slightly thin in the mouth but was very tastey and easy to drink for an impy. Flavor was chocolate and malty but still really smooth with a light bitterness. Pretty solid beer.
jrob21 (3527) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice, rich, dark, roasted flavors. Slight to no head so it’s all in the liquid with this one. Faint chocolate aromas. Roasted malt as well. Taste is big malt coffee, roasted flavors again. Finish is sweet and a little alcoholic at the end. Bittersweet chocolate flavors again dominate.
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Jeppe for bringing this to Belgium for me!
Sparkling, deep black body. Frothy to creamy, deep brown head. Nice head. Very lovely looks. Good lace. High viscosity, like oil. Aroma of liquorice, liquor, strong malts, strong coffee (like very very concentrated coffee - a mixture of a lot of coffee powder with a little bit of water), smoke, dark fruits, aspberry, caramel, red port. Very well balanced aroma with a nice complexity. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavour. Not very complex flavour, but the balance is fine. It is somewhat watery though (the beer is not very pronounced, nor mouthfilling). Heavily bodied. Very low carbonation. Ok, but not great.
luvcasks (178) - USA - JUN 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like some texas tea, thick extra long legs and a quickly disappearing thin tan orangish head... color: uh... black, black, when a photon makes it thru brownish red...
Aroma: dark bitter chococate, some coffee, dark figs and some alcohol (not hot at all)
Finish: Long dry toasty, chocolaty and ever changing firm, spicy, earthy hop flavors, roast without the astringency
Flavor: Big assertive, nothing subtle here... but nothing agressive. Vinous, viscous, chocolaty, toast, coffee, dried fruits like dates and figs very firm hop bite spicy and earthy passing thru with a silky finish... the alcohol comes along tasting like a nice brandy with nutty notes.
Overall: WOW! what a treat "Improbable and realistic" like the everlasting gobstopper ... taste ever changing and incredibly complex, fleeting and delightful.... Incredibly seductive, I am not sure if I should take another sip or enjoy the finish. Yes I am waxing verbose... that is what a great beer does to you. Sign me up for a case of this. I had a chance to taste a bottle brought from ME but damaged in lost baggage leaving but a few precious sips only
PS: I am knocking it a bit since the alcohol tends to get big as the beer warms up... what the hell am I doing waiting for the last sip to warm up when it the last of 3 :)
after4ever (7727) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500. Courtesy the fine trading generosity of Maria--cheers and thank you!
Pours deep oily-looking opaque black with a magically quick moussy orange-tan head that bustles out, paints the sides of the glass, and runs away. Good sticky lace left over, nice dense swirls atop the beer. But headless by the time you take your glass and sit down.
Big vinous and sweet chocolatey nose, even though it’s probably still a bit cooler than cellar temperature. Nice assertive attack; firm body, palpable though nicely modulated carb, and bold flavors: roast, coffee, chocolate, bit of vodka. Very warming. Satisfyingly dense, complex, and interesting beer.
My mom’s mom was born in Norway and by god this beautiful beer awakens the old Dahl family pride. Or at least it’s a pleasure to drink, no matter how many decades I’m removed from the old family farm. Wish I could get this all the time.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great, great beer. While the first beer I tried from them (Pale Ale) knocked my socks off, their 2nd beer (God Jul) was just okay. This one was simply excellent. A rich, inviting aroma of roasted malts, espresso, dark fruits, chocolate pie, slightly nutty with a subtle kick of hops. Appearance was stunningly beautiful. Thick, viscuous black liquid, a rich, dark tan 3-finger head. Mouthfeel was thick, yet velvety soft and not a bit of syrupyness to it. Flavor was more roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, some coffee (reminded me of some kinda of chocolate covered coffee candy), black walnuts, pines with a subtle caramel undertone. Excellent beer. Been awhile since I had a truly tasty Imperial Stout, as some of the ones I’ve had lately were really ashy. Not this. Incredibly well done.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured very nicely. Very dark in color, nice active, frothy head. Not much more you can ask of it. Smell is typical stout, nothing surprising or that stands out.
Taste is very good. This is a solid, well made stout. It just lacks the WOW! factor. Nothing there to seperate it from the field. A very good stout, just not a memorable one.