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Sort Mælk - To Øl

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of danieelol
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Sort Mælk from To Øl
94 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.