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Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
Old review
1pt 9oz bottle purchased at Four Winds in P'cola, FL. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Man this is a good start. I pop the bottle and this beer seems to crawl out. Very thick on the pour. This beer is black with ZERO light getting through there. As the beer fills the glass there is no head. Then from the black depths, a slow, dark, mocha head builds up. Lacing is sticky and this beer leave an almost milk like film on the glass except the film is brown. This beer looks great.

S: As soon as you pour this brew, the aroma hits you hard. Alcohol saturates the air, almost bourbon like with a touch of oak coming out. Roasted malts, caramel, lactose, dark coffee, and dark chocolate are all there. This smells great.

T: Taste is of deeply roasted malt, but it is almost perfectly roasted. There is some bitterness coming through, but nothing that is too much. Chocolate and Coffee dominate in the middle. As you finish off the flavor profile, oaky alcohol comes in. This beer is good but it feels like it is missing something.

M: This feels a lot thinner than the pour let on. Almost can feel the water used. After taste is almost non-existant. As this beer warms, the alcohol actually comes across and heats your ass up. When it was cold, there was no hint of alcohol. Just a bit of a let down here as far as the total feel goes.
**edit** After slowy sipping this for a bit longer, I realize I have done this beer a disservice. It is thicker than I initially assumed. Creamy texture that comes through and slowly reaches down your throat. I think it was still just a bit too cold when I finished my review. After sitting with it for another, 20 mins, its much nicer. I must have been high or something.

D: This beer is easy to drink for 9% ABV. The feel is a bit thin, but flavors and aromas make up big time. The look is great. Like with all Impy Stouts, let this bitch warm up. The flavors come out a bit more, and round it out a bit more. The bitterness from the roasted malt settles a bit also with a little warmth. This is a nice beer and my brothers in Norway didn't let me down with a warming brew.

Serving type: bottle

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 7 15 4 8 2010
500ml Bottle
$6.99
West Lakeview

Nogne's Impy Stout pours black, and by black I mean black. If it's directly backlit there's only a faint mahogany highlight shining through the bottom of the glass. A khaki head grew on the pour to a modest one finger of creamy foam before settling into a nice crown with a fat ring around the glass. Leaves some nice to look at spread out spiderwebbed lacing as I sip.

I don't know what to think of the aroma. A good dose of roastiness along with a lactic cream quality make for an enjoyable smeller. There's something funny in there though. Not funny bad just funny I didn't expect it and have never really encountered it before. There's a lively orange and lime zest middle to the aroma and it's leaving me confused but interested. After maybe 15 minutes of breathing the crazy zestiness seems to die down and mingle but never completely fades. There's also an alcohol spiciness on the backend.

Now I don't know what I was picking up in the aroma but none of the citrus is there in the flavor. Is my nose broken? It's a possibility. Nice overall balance of roastiness, creaminess, a mild coffee bitterness, and some bakers chocolate. There is some, very faint, pine bitterness with a bigger rounder coffee ground bitterness on the finish. Quality RIS.

Mouthfeel is good but if I had to pick something out it could use just a little more body. The body does have some stick to it as it coats the tongue but it's just not chewy enough.

Although this has a healthy abv. it's pretty easy to put away. It is a sipper but the smoothness of the body really keeps this going down easy.

This is a quality Impy Stout but there are better examples out there. It's definately worth a try and I'm sure I'll pick some more up in the future.

Reviewed: 12/8/07

Price: $6.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 11 16 3 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 11-17-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Got this one in a trade with SPLITGRIN, thanks.

Pours like a stout should, dark and with an inch of thick hot chocolate colored foam. Very good retention, and there is a nice thin layer throughout.

Smell is big with roasted malts, roasted barley, molasses, chocolate, toffee, hints of vanilla, oh so good! Very sweet. A good amount of oat notes in the background. Maybe some hints of woodsy licorice. Malted milk and chocolate milkshake, cherries; there are lots of aromas going around in this one.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a slight bitterness/burnt flavors upfront followed by some chocolate, some dark fruits, coffee, and a bit of hops in the finish. Very good but it is hard to have it taste as good as it smells.

Mouthfeel is above average, a bit creamy but a bit too much carbonation as there is a bit of a sting if you let this one sit for a while in your mouth. The after-taste lasts and lasts with roasted malts, coffee, nuts, and chocolate.

Lots of sediment is left in the bottle. I can’t remember any other big stout with so much sediment.

A damn fine Imperial Stout.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 10/12/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 9 15 3 8 2007
Served at cellar temp and poured into my Midnight Sun glass.

Appearance is good. Typical Imperial Stout color; black. Aggressive pour creates a nice dark red/mocha colored head. Looks oily.

Smell is good. Sugar, chocolate, cappuccino and roasted malt. Pleasant.

Taste is good. Dark chocolate, coffee and a big smoky presence. Comes off more 'burnt' than 'roasty.' Finishes semi-sweet with a lingering bitterness and a little alcohol.

Mouthfeel is above-average. Oily texture, mild carbonation, medium bodied and a tad thin for the style.

Overall:
Nice change of pace Imperial Stout. The bitterness and 'burnt' flavor makes this unique. Recommended.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Other

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 14 4 8 0
A - Pitch black, inky looking body. Half inch cocoa colored milky looking head. This one is dark with no light coming through.

S - Dark roasted malts, expresso beans. A touch of smokiness and a bit of anise.

T - Big dark chocolate. Roasty, toasty malts. Hints of black licorice. Sort of smokey.

M - Medium to full bodied. Creamy carbonation. Seems slightly thin for the style.

D - Decent Imperial Stout, but just not quite as big as I like them. Not as rich and full as some of the better RIS's are.

Served In: Other

Review by tavernjef on 12/23/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
98 3 12 19 5 10 0
Dark and heavy brown pour. Settles black as glossy coal. Huge, immensely thick roasty brown topping caps it like a crown with a creamy smooth and frothy sponge. Dwells upon the liquid for a good stretch and leaves massive chucks of lacing in cob webby stitchings.

Favorably roasted and large nose here. Lots of "Expedition"- like qualities with deep dark roasted tang, espresso, dry chocolate, burnt prune, smoked plum, and cooked cherry skins. Slightly large smokey ascents and prevalent burntness of cookie edges, cake, and really dark vanilla notes. Great spicyness of x-mas breads and ginger cookies too. Damn nice and straight up exceptional Impy nose!

Taste makes due with a spectacular array of fun roasty stuff. Dark deceptive, deep, and tangy with smoked dark fruit skins and spicey holiday breads. Smmmoooth...lasting deepness of well developed and rounded roastyness with a bit of espresso touching the burnt notes. Kinda like a silky smooth chocolate covered x-mas dark fruit bread or cake. A bit fudgey, a bit doughy, great hints to smoked/burnt stuff and loads of lasting taste and complexity. Yum, yum, yum, yum, Yum! Last third or so really turns into a silky chocolate dream.

Strong medium body, smooth, creamy, fluffy with a bit of texture to it. Chocolate toned sweetness, mild dark fruity tanged, and burnt fudgey cookie/cake all over the place. The finish is quite and chocolatey. The only real drag of the beer is that it really doesn't have a finishing quality, but damn if it doesn't make ya come back for more!

Ummm...you can label this brew as the best beer form Norway! Not that I've had a bunch from my native land, but from what I have had, this takes the silky smooth chocolate covered x-mas dark fruit cake! Too bad its so spendy...but well worth the adventure.
I could see having a bunch of these after cross country skiing or snow shoeing the big hills of anywhere. Norway representin' y'all!

Served In: Goblet

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