gunnar (9330) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2015
Shared bottle at Crete RB tasting at Antons place. Pours black with a small creamy tanned head. Strong aroma, roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee and rum. Taste is the same, complex dark roasted malts, some nice herbal notes and lovely smooth liquorice, minty long hoppy finish. Lovely complex IS.
beernbourbon (1596) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle thanks to Justin a trade a while back. Pour is rick black with a thin ring of tan foam. Also many slowly rising small bubbles. Aroma is rich and boozy with loads of rich chocolate malt, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, and liquor. Flavor is rich and sweet with liquor notes coming through strong. Not much alcohol burn, but the rum is apparent. Vanilla, chocolate, rum. The palate is a little thin but this is really nice stuff. Vestergaard (2089) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 15, 2015
75cl bottle @Dangerous Bottleshares 7.0 thanks to Baron! Pours a pitch black with a medium sized, brown head. Nose is sweet with plums, rum, figs, prunes, tobacco, cinnamon, chocolate and some roasty malts.Taste is very sweet with caramel, vanilla, prunes and "brunsviger". Cinnamon, roasty sweet malts, slight licorice, some cigar. Really really nice! Fat, full body and average carbonation. bursprak (3238) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottle Share 7.0. Thanks for sharing guys! Pitch black pour with a small tan head. Nose has loads of rhum notes, raisins, molasses and some spices. Taste is rhum forwarded, spices, vanilla, molasses, dark dried fruits, savory notes, chocolate. So smooth and easy drinkable, ABV is well hidden. RasmusOtt (2817) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle shared @ the ever awesome dangerous bottleshare #7 . Pours black with a brown head. Oh yeah! Aroma on this is just insanely good. Chocolate, vanilla, dark sweet fruits, very slight roast, fudge and a nice rum character. Woah! The taste is sweet and barrel infused with notes of vanilla, dark sweet fruits, chocolate, sweet rum, brown sugar, dark chocolate brownie, sweet licuorice and slightly roasted. The alcohol is present but blends in very well with the rum. This is simply amazing! Just straight up awesome!
Klimaet (2880) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2015
Shared at Dangerous Bottleshare #7. Pours pitch black with a thick mocca head. Aromas of sweet barrel notes, fudge, coffee, dark chocolate, light cinnamon, vanilla plums, light tobacco, dark fruits, salmiak licorice, malts. Taste is fudgy, vanilla, light cinnamon, pepper, salmiak licorice, sweet licorice, pretty strong roast, plums, coffee, dark chocolate, dry woody notes. This is crazy good! Holy shit, in need of more Cycle stuff - now, please. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Growler: Thanks, Mike. Thick, viscous looking pour. Completely black with no head, nada. Barely even a tan ring around the glass. Huge rum character on the nose without being overbearing. Boozy & semi-tropical rum cake, molten chocolate, toasted graham cracker, molasses, vanilla, plums & figs, & some burnt brown sugar with a robust alcohol warmth. Flavor has lots of the dark fruitiness up front; raisins, plums, figs, black cherry, all with a heavy, dense sweetness like they were coated in rum then rolled in brown sugar. Chocolate, caramel, rum, vanilla, & heavy molasses towards the finish. Big, boozy presence without being hot or abrasive. Heavy bodied, slightly chewy mouth feel with a moderate oiliness. This stuff is great. gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2015
bottle at home. Pours like real thick black, viscous, steady dark beige head. One of the most roasted aromas out there, also dark dark chocolate like 99% cacao with a tad fruitiness from the whisky barrels. Huge body, thick oily and sweet, some green parpica bitterness in the mid, smooth silky finish. Taste is freshly grinded heavy roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate. Beautiful, lives up to the stories told... and balanced! SudsMcDuff (8462) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2015
hhad a couple of times . . overall; this beer is quite rich but its mouth feel seems to vary .. . rum, cookies, earth, and barrel .. . black .. medium foam .. . seems like it was bettter when it first had it .. . . i like a lot of meat on my sandwiches- sounds dirty but its the truth. MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This luxurious Imperial Stout seduces with its harmonious mélange of brown rum, milk chocolate, roasted cereals, molasses, fruit jam and resinous hop bitterness, all thriving in a rich, almost viscous body.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy slice of foam garnishes the darkness.
-Mild vanilla also suffuses the generous residual sugars.
-The barrel flavours are superbly integrated.
-Alcohol warmth and wood rise slowly in the finish.
-If you feel like having dessert, this is an exquisite one.
-For all the overrated Imperial Stouts on this site, this one actually deserves the hype. Bravo!
On tap three different times at the brewery taproom. Lucky me!