BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass: Pours a very deep brown hue with a mostly lasting head and spotty lace, some oily legs. The aroma is earthy and shows moderate use of smoked malts, some chocolate, roast and black malts along with black pepper, a liquorice dark fruit and tobacco like esters. The taste is actually nicely balance, not too heavy on the smoke and you can indeed taste the imperial stout character of sweet and charred malts, a bit woody and even a touch of espresso like bitterness. The mouth feel is lush and oily, medium to heavy bodied. The alcohol is somewhat hidden leading to an as expected ashy finish. I really like this and would buy more. Recommended. bunget (1002) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
500ml bottle. Pitch black smoked imperial stout, pours slowly, with an oily feeling.
Head is medium for a stout, with decent retention, and it’s a very nice chocolate brown color.
A dessert aroma: chocolate, coffee, smoke, prunes, a touch of hops, quite medicinal.
Taste is aggressive, roasted malt, coffee, wood charcoal, smoke, brown sugar and a strong hop aftertaste.
Great representative of its class.
Sask89 (529) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 29, 2012
Pours pitch black with a creamy mocha head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of chocolate and toasted grains with a slight smokey undertone. Taste is rich and sweet with a little dryness throughout and some smokiness in the finish, but not really overpowering. Creamy on the palate, full bodied and soft carbonation. Overall an excellent beer and pretty good imperial stout. CH-303 (2291) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - APR 29, 2012
Appearance: Very dark brown, good amount of dark tan head.
Aroma: Vary dark malt, dark cherries, roasted. Toasted nuts.
Taste: Burnt, toasted. Leather, coffee, and heaps of malt. Very nice.
Info: 500ml bottle, 21/4-2012 jkwood04 (5452) - Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2012
500ml bottle in a wine glass. Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma of a little roasted malts and smokiness, but mainly like cola and chocolate. Flavor stronger on the malts and smokiness. Smooth, slightly oily texture. A pretty good beer.
PorterPounder (8171) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2012
Tallahassee, FL - New Leaf Market - 500 ml bottle. Dark black as tar pour with a ring of light brown lacing. Nice smoky aroma with hints of pipe tobacco and licorice. Flavor matches the intensity of the aroma. Roasty, smoky flavor, not meaty smoky, but can still feel the presence of the smoke. Some chewing tobacco notes, a bit of saltiness, some black coffee notes. Rich, creamy mourthfeel. Good one to keep warm by the fire in Iceland I’m sure. bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 27, 2012
(Bottle 22/04-2012) Low brown head, black color, light roasted smoke aroma, soft co2, full body, balanced smoke taste. BB date 14.03.2014. Jow (3981) - New York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2012
Bottle grabbed at Gingerman enjoyed on my couch. Pours black with thin beige head. Nose of cola. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, cola, vanilla, woody, and smoke. Nice brew grabbed randomly didn’t know top Iceland beer Crockett (1120) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Pours deep brown/black. Little tan head, dissipating to a mm oil slick. Nose of Leather, rum, chocolate, figs, and cherry skins. Nice mouthfeel, needs some aging to bring down some carbonation. Dry and salty. With a similar finish. I really don’t get a whole lot of smoke off of this. Some sours fruit, a bit of cocoa and yeast flavours. It’s reasonably constructed but I don’t get a whole lot of depth. Certainly no sweetness. It’s obvious that I liked it, but it’s an imperial stout and I’ve tried others which didn’t mention smoke; and were smokier.
Re-rate 4 year old bottle. Carbonation settled a bit. Still very spritzy. Smoke has opened up. More into an even overall roasty quality. Loads more coffee flavour. A general mild burnt note with hop tart. I had originally coveted this bottle. The experiment was hit and miss. Still it’s a very good bottle of beer. 7/4/7.5/4/15 yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - APR 22, 2012
Black colour. Slight smoky aroma. Slightly smoky, chocolate, and roasted malt flavour.