Gudeløs - Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 23
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
For every sold beer, a small sum is donated to the Danish Atheistic Society.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-20-2009)
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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

A gentle pour yields an uncontrollable 4 fingers of brown head that rises like a mountain out of my glass, at least an additional two fingers. The body is pitch black.

When I sniff the tower of foam that is rising from my glass it smells like a piece of high quality very dark chocolate dipped in dark roast coffee. The darkness is almost to the level of smoke, but stops there. A bit of dark tree bark and licorice appear as well.

Since the tower of foam rising from the glass is threatening to topple over and down the side onto my coffee table, I figure instead of my "first taste" being the beer it self I will take a mouthful of foam. Wow! Bitter, more so than I expected, but in a good way. The hops are clear and throw their weight like a champ. The chocolate, coffee, deeply roasted malt doesn't let it get away with stealing the show however- no they are very much in control. Wow, I must say this is a heavy hitting stout! the richness and depth of the darkness is quite outstanding. I think that this is better in flavor than many of the over-hyped American examples, and I would venture a guess that it is due to the presence of smoke in some part of the brewing process. The power of this flavor, its sharp bite and deep crevasses of dark roasty flavor overlayed with slightly sweet chocolate and espresso is truly impressive.

The mouthfeel is full of sharp bubbles. This is a very carbonated stout, much more than expected, but I can't complain because the flavor are so rich that they are not hindered by the excess bubbles. As I swirl out some of the carbonation the flavor evolve further, and the smoke continues to bloom with seductive sway.

Conclusion: This is one of the best stouts I have ever had, although I think it may fall closer to the Baltic Porter category in flavor. The hints of smoke, powerful roasted barley and significant dose of hops create a memorable and masterful brew. I would drink this over Deschutes Abyss any day.

Photo of JGuill
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of oilersfan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Thin light brown head with good retention, eventually dissipates into a ring around the glass with tenuous lacing. Aroma of dark and dried fruit, dark malt, somewhat oxidized. Complex flavor of dark fruit, sweet dark malts, chocolate, a hint of roastiness and oxidation. Somewhat sweet malty finish with nice neutral hops. Flavors well integrated. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A nicely made stout that was a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this Imperial Stout on-tap at Sanctuary in a nonic pint.

Appearance- The two fingers of puffy and dense, sandy-foam has okay retention. The sheet lace, however, is thick and free of any gaps. The opaque, black body lets absolutely nothing through, quite a monster.

Smell- The nose is not quite as powerful. There are some sweet, dark fruit scents: figs and dates, along with minimal roast.

Taste- There are prominent notes of dark chocolate, some roast, and a boozy, sweet brandy. The palate gets a little mustier as the drink progresses, kind of brown sugar in flavor. The long finish has created a leathery roast and sweet booze character.

Mouth feel- This is about as perfect as Imperial Stouts get. It is incredibly thick and chewy. Yet it remains so smooth over the tongue. And the way it sticks to the chops makes the finish last forever.

Overall- This beer has a world class mouth feel, complex flavors that work well, but are too fruity sweet and smoky.

Photo of beergoot
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic northern European aroma with this black and opaque stout. Rich, dark fig and date scents waft up through the very thick, tan head. Licorice and dark, roasted grains also tease the nose.

The taste is sweet and rich with heavy roasted grains. The alcohol is noticeable without being overbearing. Bitterness melds with the dark fruit and grain sweetness. Very complex. Wonderful to let it dance around your tongue let the varied and nuanced flavors come about.

This is a classic tasting imperial stout on the higher end of the profile scale. Well worth checking out and highly recommended whether you're a godless heathen (like me) or want to praise Jesus (or Allah or who or whatever) for the Almighty's earthly bounty (read the bottle if I've lost you on this last sentence)!

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of ms11781
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours solid black with a big, light brown foam head. The head settles in as a thin, tan colored cap and leaves so nice, wispy lacing on the glass.

The nose starts with a hit of some nice dark chocolate. It's probably the most prominent aroma present, but nothing dominates here. There is some nice roastiness that comes through and provides a nice base for some sweetness, slightly sugary (maybe brown) and an even more subtle licorice note. Really nice nose with some different layers.

The taste matches the nose very closely. A nice dose of somewhat bitter but definitely dark chocolate. The roasted character is more pronounced and, like the nose, it provides a nice layer for some brown sugar, licorice and a touch of molasses to play off of. There is a nice, toffee like sweetness just before the finish, where the roasty notes return and provide a slight bitterness.

Bigger body with carbonation that is low, but becomes a bit prickly on the tongue as the beer warms. That being said, the beer is extremely smooth. Not a huge mouthfeel but definitely pretty big.

This is an excellent beer. Big, bold flavors and aromas, some complexity and a nice big mouthfeel. There real isn't much more you can ask for in a stout. It's not the biggest or the best but it is really, really solid. Very balanced and a nice change from the bigger stouts that lean on one or two characteristics.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A double stout, black as night, not much in the way of a tan head, say maybe around 1/6th", didn't do anything beyond a smattering of lace here and there, far from uniform lace.

Bitter dark coffee and chocolate, neither overwhelming but substantial enough to warrant an early mention. Some weird Swedish dark fish candy fruitiness, some of the tobacco leatheryness with a little bit of ash to it. Might as well throw a little bit of licorice in there to even this all out.

A pretty decent stout and relatively easy to drink at this abv. It's not cheap though, and it never seems to have a predictable time when its around. Nonetheless, there's worse selections you can make.

Neat story about the athiest society on the label. Ironically, this beer isn't quite heavenly, but it is decent and worth a look, I just don't think I'll be converting anytime soon.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Massive head development on the pour, a solid foamy mocha coloured entity with amazing retentio that settles very slowly. It takes a few attempts and some patience to fill the glass. The body is deep pitch opaque black, faint almond nimbus when held to light. Thick patches of lacing left behind.

Rich cocoa, molasses and rummy raisins greet the nose, along with figs and a present alcohol warmth to round it out.

The first sip tricks the mind into thinking that this is dessert. A cross between lava cake, devil's food cake, and piece of high quality dark chocolate. Rich dark chocolate up front in the flavour, while notes of roasty and smoky malt, plus coffee rise up from behind that in the middle. Subtle plums, Concord grapes and black cherry also joins the party around that point, then finishing with a dry roasty char, woody and smoky notes lingering into the aftertaste along with some spicy and herbal hops.

Medium-full mouthfeel, Full silky slick texture,a bit oily at times, with low carbonation.

This RIS is a serious contender on several levels. Intense but not overwhelming, complex yet cohesive, and practically dessert on its own if you wish to serve it that way. Definitely worth going back for more, this is definitely a brewery to watch.

Photo of jegross2
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Gudeløs from Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS (a brewery from Denmark).
Score: 94

9 oz tap pour served in a St. Benardus Watou snifter glass at the Lincoln Park beer geek bar The Local Option (located on the DePaul campus, more or less)

Appearance: Pours a 100% opaque, ink black color with two fingers of soapy mocha head that slowly settles into a thin layer. Amazing lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Roasted chocolate and dark fruit. Some roasted coffee, lots of roasted malts. Caramel and light vanilla too. Burnt sugar, milk chocolate and hints of marshmallow. The aroma is loaded with chocolate 4.5/5

Taste: Roasted unsweetened chocolate throughout. Just tons and tons of roasted chocolate here. Some dark fruit and light caramel on the mid-palate. Some chewy raisins and fig on the mid-palate and in the finish. Lingering unsweetened bitter chocolate finish. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with light-medium carbonation. Finish is extremely dry and bitter. This is very thick and viscous stout that coats the palate with chocolate flavors. 4.5/5

Overall: A top notch imperial stout. I recently traded for a couple of bottles of this European beer, and I can't wait to try this one again. I would not be surprised if I enjoyed this brew even more in a non-bar setting, where I can serve it at my preferred temperature without "environmental" aromatic distractions.

Recommendation: A must-try stout for both beer geeks and casual beer drinkers alike. All must revel in the chocolaty goodness.

Food pairings: Warm chocolate cake.

Cost: $9 for a 9 oz pour at the bar.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a nice light mocha head. Slight bits of lace. Aroma is very toasty, roasty and malty. Slight char, nutty alcohol soaked fruits. The taste is a tad dark and fruity, with a big coffee finish. The middle comprises of big roast and toffee, char and chocolate. Feel is full bodied and thick. Finishing clean.

This is an interestingly great stout...on clearance? Really? I'll have to get more.

Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice night cap for those that are looking for a consistent stout and not something that will leave them in a imperial stupor. hits all the bases and does it quite well. wonderful looking pour of a doughy fluff of a off mocha head. nose of toasted malt notes and the stout heavy hits. licorice hints. a bit on the sweeter side and not that mineral laden yet dry. the fluff carries over into the feel. quite standard but i'm starting to think that scandinavian stouts have a very accessible english and american appeal but do it quite consistently spot on. as the beer warms its really the subtlies of this that make it beautiful. nice hopping note of dryness and floral hints. touch of chives. very small hint of char. hints of english porter fruit plum notes. every atheists should have it.

Photo of PEIhop
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Gudelos pours a deep, motor-oil black with a very foamy two-finger head. As the heads reached its final retention levels, it created a film covering across the beer's surface. Around the bottom of the head, ruby-red highlights are accentuated when the glass is held up against the light. There are many streams of small-bubbled carbonation that rise to the surface in straight lines. After consuming half a pint, there are lacings that remind me of organic molecules all over the glass.

The aroma of this beer is full of dark-bitter chocolate. To complement the chocolateness of the Gudelos are subtle black licorice notes with a hint of burnt sugar or molasses. To my surprise, this stout, for its very dark color, did not contain a prominent roasted quality.
The taste profile was very layered. The first wave washed chocolate all over the palate...so delicious. The second wave contained the black licorice that is present in the aromatics of the beer. The third and final wave (very subtle) of the taste profile reminded me of saturated coffee grains.
I appreciate the lighter mouthfeel of dry stouts, but I truly enjoy the higher viscosity and medium-bodied silkiness of imperial stouts. The Gudelos exudes these qualities exceptionally well. The silkiness contains just the right amount of carbonation leading to a impressively crafted beer.
The is a great imperial stout! If you are as fond of stouts as I am, The Gudelos is a must-try. At 8.9% ABV, I can see myself enjoying many of these devilish stouts during cold New England winter nights.

Photo of Jwren5
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Writing my 250th BA review, and decided on the Gudeløs to be the beer I want to review.
Poured an almost motor oil consistency pitch black color from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. Absolutely no light penetration whatsoever. Wicked sense of humor in the name of the beer and the tongue in cheek of donating a Danish krone to the atheist society for every bottle sold; adds a fun touch.
Massive three finger head that dissipates very slowly. The head actually looks to have two shades, the upper film is a lighter shade of mocha whereas the lower half is a much darker shade.
Aroma is all chocolate. Feels like a blend of different kinds and forms of chocolate with hints of malt and some roasted coffee.
Taste upfront has hints of sweetness before the espresso coffee like bitterness mixed with dark chocolate flavors from the malt takes over. The finish is on the drier side with hints of lingering bitterness. Very robust, yet very smooth. The warmth from the alcohol is not very noticeable.
Creamy and silky mouthfeel, coats the palate so very well. Almost full bodied stout. Perfectly balanced with very good mouthfeel and very good drinkability.
Brilliant lacing all along the insides of the glass. This is a visually stunning beer.
One of the best imperial stouts I have had in a long time, and possibly one of the finest imperial stouts from Europe. I am glad I got my hand on a bottle and would not hesitate to get another one if the chance arises.
Very highly recommended, and a 'must-try' for every dark beer (stouts/porters) lover. If you see a bottle, get it, you will not regret it. Cheers !!!

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from wordemupg, 500ml into a tulip. Thanks to Steve for pairing this up with some of the richest chocolate cake I've had in quite some time.

Pours almost pitch black, with a dirty light brown head. Good density in the head, with good retention and some lacing. Rich caramelized dark fruits in the nose, brown sugar and light vanilla qualities. A bit of alcohol and anise as well. Taste has some big roastiness, more rich dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Finishes just as roasty with some fruitiness, with some great length to the finish. Good body and medium low carbonation. A real nice imperial stout, with the flavour being just a tad disappointing relative to the nose. A good, bone-warming beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, coffee, dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a little bit of a soy sauce flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a little oily and creamy but also starts off with a little too much carbonation for my liking. Luckily the carbonation dies down some as the beer warms, making it easier to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, it's certainly worth trying. $8.99 a bottle.

Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint 9 oz. Another brew from the Scandanavian region, expectations are high.
Pretty black, even near light very little gets through. Solid lasting layer of light tan foam.

Solid roast malt and chocolates. Some coffee, very minor hops.

Roasty and malty. Molasses, chocolate. Cocoa coffee slightly dry finish.

Coasting solid mouthfeel. Carbonation is actually a little too high to consider it creamy though. Alcohol well hidden.

No mind blowing palette or anything, just rock solid.
Brewers from this region know what they're doing with dark beers.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Paulaner krug.

The last beer of our housewarming get-together. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger or so of lightly dusty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, chocolate powder, and a small bit of charred balsa. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast dominating the proceedings. It's a pretty simple combination, but an effective and well-executed one. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a solid impy stout, one that goes a very straightforward way and succeeds pretty well. Right on.

Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a Snifter.

A - Pours a dark, evil black with a thin mocha-colored head that settles to a thick ring and wisps of haze.
S - Big roasty aromas of dark malt, molasses, licorice, dark chocolate and just a touch of soy. Reminds me a bit of Old Rasputin, which is OK i my book.
T - More big, bitter roasted flavors of nearly-burnt malt, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds with a a good amount of molasses and licorice. Big, bold, and nasty, definitely lives up to it's namesake.
M - Big and creamy mouthfeel with a full body and moderately prickly carbonation. The ABV is well hidden, no trace of any burn.
O - Solid RIS, but nothing particularly new. If you like big nasty Stouts look no further!

Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 8/9/11

A pretty darn black with a giant mocha head that retains fairly well leaving some random patches of lace

S heaps of coco powder with a little smoke, licorice, molasses, faint coffee and booze with some candied cherry

T as it smells but the coco powder is replaced by dark bakers chocolate, just a little sweetness and the coffee has a darker roast then the smell, perhaps some raisin I couldn't smell too. The nose picks up the smoke but the mouth can taste the charred wood, a great tasting beer for sure

M a little oily and slightly sticky on the lips, pretty thick and lingering flavors let me know I drank a real beer recently, barley detectable heat and for 8.9% were doing pretty well

O this one lacks nowhere, rich and flavorful for sure, seek this one out because it's awesome

A great addition to the already stacked Alberta shelves, I'll be picking up a few more of these to drink and perhaps age depending on my willpower. I like the fact I'm supporting Danish atheists although I myself may be only agnostic, I'm fairly confident that it's much more likely that all religions are mistaken opposed too correct. I've yet too determine if a "God" exists and with my feeble human mind I doubt I ever will.
"Since no one really knows anything about god those who think they do are trouble makers"
"Rabi'a Al-Basri"

Gudeløs from Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS
92 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.