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Sort Mælk - To Øl

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 62
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 5.61%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jeffo on 07-12-2012

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 62
Photo of Jjski
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unique brew in all the good ways. This bottle is labeled 10%, not the 13 listed above

Peaty smell, but not a lot of identifiable scotch taste in beer. There is a unique ethereal spiciness and the mouth is perfect. Sweet imperial milk stout, but not overly so

Worth $12 for 12oz? Nope, but worth trying. In the realm of scotch barrel beer, this has been my best (only) experience (383 characters)

Photo of TychoNDC
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was truly unique...definitely not a combination I had expected to find in a beer. The scotch is heavy on the noise, more of a smokey charred flavor than peat or sweet malt. The milk stout base is quite nice, with a smooth mouthfeel and the right balance of sweetness. (277 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
Appearance: black. Thin, tan headdiscipates quickly.
Smell: molasses and oak. Ethyl alcohol.
Taste: chocolate, raisin, fig, tobacco, oak, followed by whisky.
Mouthfeel: low carbonation. Big body. Starts sweet, but dries out.
Overall: this beer is great. Balanced and complex. I hope to find another someday. (326 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the Basin Hess in Bushnell's Basin, NY.

This one pours a dark black, with a quarter inch mocha-colored head, and a bit of lacing, not a whole lot.

Smells like scotch, chocolate, brine, peat, oak, and coffee. A lot of cool stuff going on here for sure.

All of the apparent aromas are also there in taste. The scotch character itself is subtle, but definitely there, there however is a good amount of peat and brine character here. The brine character, mixed with the chocolate malt, makes this almost feel taste like some sort of salted chocolate bar. There's a light amount of peat, with a good amount of roasted char character and some coffee beans.

This has a nice, creamy, briny and fairly full mouthfeel, with a pretty full body as well. This has a lower level of carbonation.

This might be the first scotch barrel aged beer I've had, and it was really nice. (880 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black pour with dark tan head. Sweet chocolate malt with oak notes. Sweet chocolate malt and raison gets overwhelmed by whiskey and oak. Finish is wooden. Creamy mouthfeel that drys quickly. Initially rich but finishes too oaky/peaty. (234 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black with a ring of tan foam. An aroma of chocolate, toffee, caramel, and a hint of peaty smoke. Caramel, milk chocolate and coffee up front with molasses and burnt vanilla/crime brûlée coming out later. Some notes of char and smoky scotch linger. Nice, but overly harsh and charred in the finish, seems like it could use more age or even time in the barrel. (365 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Smoky aroma with some dark roasted malt creating notes of dark chocolate. Moderate booze smell.

T- The dark chocolate flavors are decadent and work very well with the smokiness of the scotch barrel. It makes me think of chocolate honey glaze rub on some ribs or something. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M- Velvety soft and creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- A great concept for a beer with nearly perfect execution. To ol has earned a spot as one of my favorite Scandinavian breweries with this one. Simply delicious, and this is coming from a guy who's not a particular fan of smokiness in his beer. (948 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured pitch black and oil like with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty brown head poured tight, thick and foamy with a frothy top then faded to thickish coating with thick edging... some good lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of rich roasted malts mixed with good does of molasses / treacle sweetness, burnt wood and sooty notes, strong dark sweet coffee, piney hops, some prunes and dates, toasted malt loaf, some fresh vanilla notes, milk chocolate, lots of nutmeg and peppery spiciness...

Taste - Roasted malt bitterness initially followed very quickly by a strong brown sugar / molasses sweetness, some burnt wood notes, rich dark chocolate mixed with some prunes and ripe plums, lots of peppery and piney hops, some milky vanilla traces, light liquorice, some warming alcohol just coming through...

Feel - Superbly rich and creamy and very full bodied... for such a rich and strong beer this is supremely drinkable as the alcohol is almost completely hidden...

Overall - A world class Impy Stout... one of the best (if not the best) examples i've ever had... highly recommended although a little pricey at £7 (1,194 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin film of light brown foam with good retention and lacing. Rich aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, licorice and oak; smells like a dessert. Flavor follows, rich dark malt, smoky and toasted, chocolate, licorice, light whisky. Finishes with char, chocolate and hints of lactose. Medium to full bodied with pleasant creaminess. I was hoping I wasn't going to love this one as it was a pricy little bottle, but this is is really full flavored, well balanced and has a nice oaky, char finish with just a light touch of whisky. High ABV well covered. Delicious. (646 characters)

Photo of Rawbster
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

A - Received this in a trade; was highly looking forward to cracking this. Poured into a snifter. Pours a very thick black. No light penetration. 1 finger of a brown head with very little lacing.

S - Very roasty, hints of smoked/burnt wood, chocolate, a little scotch smell and some cocoa

T - Very smokey. Fudge, chocolate, cocoa. After taste has an even heavier taste of smoked wood. This beer warmed up tastes a little sweeter

M - Coats mouth, Very creamy and sticky

O - I was real excited to have this coming in a trade and it was well worth the hype. The smokeyness is heavy but it's balanced really well. Great characteristics. BA says 13% but bottle says 10.2%. Either way it's fantastic (697 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle from Jeffo. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thin collar, splotchy wisps, and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Roasty, charry, with oak, smoke and perhaps a hint of peat. I'm not sure I'd guess this was whisky barrel-aged, as I might assume it's just a very roasty stout. As it warms there's a bit of lactose and icing sugar sweetness.

T - Taste has more sweetness, leading to improved balance. A nice mix of roast, fudge, dark chocolate, molasses, anise, vanilla, oak, and a mildly peaty whisky finish. Well-hidden booze.

M - There's a bit of warming the reveals the listed 13%, but I probably would have guessed in the 10-11% range. Creamy, soft, rich medium-full body with pleasant active carbonation. Tannic and oaky finish, with only a hint of lingering stickiness on the palate.

D - This beer is really good. Don't understand why it isn't available stateside, as it's the best beer I've had from To Øl. I easily crushed the 33cl bottle during my fantasy football draft. (1,023 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark kola hue with khaki two finger head and lacing everywhere,the nose is a nice combination of whiskey and dark chocolate along with a underlying ocean breeze smell too I like it,the mouthfeel is full and well carbonated with tastes of dark chocolate malts,the slightest hint of whiskey and I mean slight and finished with a slight sourness and overall it's quite tasty and would drink again cheers. (409 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some old-school To Øl - barrel-aged imperial milk stout, 330ml. This has some age on it, probably about 18 months or so I believe. Not sure what the label says for the most part but I love it.

Appearance - Snifter pour is pitch black with a small brown head. Quickly reduces to a ring and partial cap, leaving spots of lace.

Smell - Decent mix of milk+dark chocolate, a lactose/milk stout vibe for sure but sweetness is far from cloying. Some licorice and maybe slight oxidation (not bad here). Whiskey, oak and alcohol are quite light at first but show up more with warmth.

Taste - Taste is an improvement. Still somewhat on the simple side but definitely more strength and a bit more evened out. Lots of milk+dark chocolate, caramel, and whiskey; licorice and just small touches of dark fruit. Coffee ground finish is the only semi-roasty quality.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth, carbonation is perfect, heftiness is on the lower side maintaining its milk stout feel. Noticeable alcohol but quite drinkable/not boozy compared to something like Bourbon County Stout.

Overall - Kind of lacks in complexity compared to many other big barrel-aged stouts but still quite good. Succeeds in the barrel-aged milk stout category for sure. Definitely a little bit of age showing through, but its hard to tell if its affected it positively, negatively, or neither. (1,355 characters)

Photo of danieelol
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk from my Double Bastard glass (courtesy of joecast).

Black with nice head/lacing.

Nose is like a tiramisu- lots of sweet cream, liqueur and coffee. Some nutty roast I associate with a sweet stout. But lots of coffee and dessert. I gradually get a big, formidable Imperial Stout roast forming. Sometimes get some fishiness/seaweed, presumably from the Scotch. Some firestick-y alcohol (the good kind)

Taste is more sort of caramel, fruity, chocolate-y desserts. Scotch-barrel is more explicitly present here, bringing a greaty smoky and sort of refined spirituous character.

Mouthfeel is sweet-roast-scotchy. Well balanced currently. More age and it could get a little sweet.

Great beer. This would garner a lot of hype if it were brewery-only limited release in the US. (779 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - This beer pours a thick black, oily colour with a deep coffee coloured head that reduces to a decent film with thick lacing. Nice

S - Aromas of sweet malt, hop and chocolate. Delicate and yet balanced. impressive

T - Well up front there is some really nice sweet flavours followed by chocolate, coconut, licorice and a nice bitter sweet after taste, that is the result of the whiskey barrel. The booze is a little warming on the finish.

M - A very silky texture and full mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect.

O - This is the best stout that I have had in some time. The balance here is very impressive as is the mouthfeel. A top brew. I don't think there is much more to ask of a stout. (722 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 13,1% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date.

Appearance: Perfect - Sort Mælk pours a midnight black, with a back light only revealing a sliver of light along the edge of the glass and a rough pour generating a massive mocha coloured head. The head lasts well for the Abv. and coats the glass in thick lacing as it recedes.

Smell: The initial nose is consists of bitter-sweet dark chocolate, creamy caramel (I am guessing the lactose is responsible for the creamy character), vanilla and a dash of quality Scotch; with roasted malts, coffee, burned raisins and some molasses soon joining in as the nose begins to open up. Room temperature yields a hint of the 13,1%, as well as notes of dark treacle/brown sugar, chocolate fudge and rich dark fruits.

Taste: The flavour certainly seems more European than the nose, with a big, bitter roasted/charred malt character in the finish. that said, the sweetness and barrel character are far from forgotten. Notes include: Sweet caramel, a distinct sweet creamy quality, chocolate fudge, dark treacle sugar, vanilla, whiskey, cocoa, molasses, burned raisins, charred malt, roasted coffee beans and a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. Ordinarily I would say that this is over carbonated for my tastes, however the addition of lactose has made the carbonation so amazingly creamy, even I would not wish for a lower level!

Overall: Sort Mælk is a fantastic barrel-aged imperial stout and one I hope becomes a regular brew from the guys at To Øl. I think the addition of lactose worked wonders for the flavour and particularly for the mouthfeel and I would love to see more breweries experimenting with imperial versions of their milk stouts. (1,789 characters)

Photo of Dennoman
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Black Milk", I guess that kind of says it all. I love the names craft breweries come up with these days. From what Google Translate tells me, the bottle also reads: "Death is a master from Germany". Apparently this is from a German poem from 1948 called "Death Fugue" by Romanian poet Paul Celan. It begs the question what a holocaust reference is doing on a Danish beer. Oh well.

33 cl bottle, 2012 bottling so very fresh. Important when considering this is 13.1% ABV.

A: One word: textbook. Pitch black with an espresso-colored head. Sexy as hell.

S: Surprisingly subtle. Sweet notes of whisky without the actual booze and brown sugar, also a good deal of hops. Not much in the way of "stouty" smells like roasted coffee or dark chocolate, but still very pleasant.

T: Oh, that's where the whisky went. First thing to hit your tongue is the overwhelming sweetness, which is then broken by booze astringency and just enough coffee bitterness to cut through it. Very good, but ridiculously rich. Though I've had stronger beers, this is probably one of the biggest sippers I ever tried. The potency of this beer is just silly and even at 13.1% it still manages to punch well above its weight.

M: Thick and creamy thanks to medium carbonation. Again: textbook for the style, but it loses some due to your mouth actually feeling numb with booze. This is just way too alcohol-forward for me, I prefer it hidden a bit.

O: A very good crack at a "Danification" of the big American bourbon aged stouts. I somehow feel that whisky generally doesn't do the trick as well as bourbon when it comes to aging beers. The whisky here doesn't seem to lend much extra value to the beer as it isn't peaty enough to turn it into anything special. This beer sadly isn't batting with the likes of Plead the Fifth or Bourbon County, but it's a damn fine effort.

A sipping beer among sipping beers. Worth getting if you can find it, and let me tell you they don't come cheap. (1,959 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

We first tried this beer at The Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 and it knocked my socks off. A mate of mine managed to track down some bottles for us, and I am forever grateful. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
A whisky barrel aged imperial milk stout

APPEARANCE: A thick, pitch black pour yields a two finger, medium-thick, creamy tan head with excellent retention. Jet black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A half wisp and ring remain until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass. A thick, excellent looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Yes. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, whisky, oak and vanilla all work in perfect harmony. Some sweet cream, lactose and fudge brownies as well. Really bold, ballanced, and decadent. Love it.

TASTE: Lots of whisky barrel, oak and burnt malts up front. Lots of flavor barrel, moving into a big, bold and very persistent aftertaste of whisky, oak and vanilla, with traces of milk and pure, dark chocolate as well. Roasted and burnt malts linger on the palate with a hint of booze as well. This is very flavorful and more barrel heavy than the nose had led on, but it's still an absolutely decandent treat.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A touch lighter than hoped and only somewhat creamy on the palate. Goes down fine with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Big, but appropriate, though it could be a touch heavier for the style.

OVERALL: Outstanding. Unfortunately the palate isn't quite as thick and full as it was on tap in Copenhagen, but it's still a memorable and absolutely decadent brew. I would love to be able to get this in mass quantities. If you get the chance at this one, don't pass it up. Thanks again for doing the dirty work on this one rvdoorn. This is world class stuff. (1,850 characters)

Sort Mælk from To Øl
91 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.