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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 13
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Dennoman
3.93/5  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.

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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Photo of JackNip
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
4.45/5  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.

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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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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