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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #112
ABV:
10.6%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,984
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 7.23%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
100
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz 33 cl bottle purchased at Redstone Liquors, Stoneham, MA
Served in a snifter

Viscous, pitch black appearance. The oily looking body was topped by a bubbly, saddle brown cap of froth that fell to a thin collar. A wall of spotty lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was really rich and robust. Barrel notes came through big time. Not sure if I would guess Scotch or straight whiskey however. Moderately boozy. Big roasted malt presence. Strong raisin notes too. Perhaps some Port. Lots of fragrant vanilla. There was a sweet, brown sugar-like quality as well. Dark chocolate was also apparent. As the beer warmed, the Scotch notes really came forth.

Roasted malts dominated in the flavor profile. Raisin notes were also detectable. Moderate amount of sweetness. There was a big peaty, Scotch-like presence in the center. Some brown sugar sweetness was noticeable too. The roast and smoke intensified on the back end and in the finish. Notes of bitter ash and char lingered long after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was fairly nondescript. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence that turned slightly creamy on the palate.

Sort Mælk is a interesting imperial stout that features a nice interplay between the sweetness of the base beer and the smoky peaty-ness of the Scotch barrels. If not so pricey, I might throw another bottle in my cellar and see how it ages.

Oct 17, 2018
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A flat black brew with a covering of bubbly tan froth.

Notes of milk chocolate proliferate from the top of the tulip. A closer look reveals dark fruits (raspberry, black cherry, plum, raisin), gum and burnt sugar. Soooo promising.

Tastes a mixture of milk chocolate and overripened dark fruits that add a slight tartness. Booze is present but not overwhelming and adds character to the proceedings. In the background lurks brown sugar, mollases and a slight pine bitterness.

Medium to heavy in body. Sleek and easy for the most part but gets a bit hot toward the end of the glass.

Wonderful brew from a crew that always keeps it interesting.

Feb 25, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into a goblet jet black with thick but quicker to fade beige head atop.First whiffs are of raisin and raw nuttiness,as it warms some chocolate and more sweet alcohol comes into play.Sweet and raisiny,with more sweet vanilla on the palate,as it warms more chocolate and alcohol play a role.Thick and syrupy in the mouth wich is to be expected for the style and size.This is a very good beer but would have like a little more dryness on the palate as it's quite sweet.

Sep 05, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, listed at 10.6%. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, whisky, peat smoke, toasted oak, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, cream, raisin, plum, fig, tobacco, char, and roast/smoky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, scotch barrel, and lactose notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, whisky, peat smoke, toasted oak, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, cream, raisin, plum, fig, tobacco, char, and roast/smoky earthiness. Moderate roast/char bitterness and whisky/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, whisky, peat smoke, oak, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, tobacco, char, and roast/smoky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, scotch barrel, and lactose flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this an outstanding imperial milk stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, scotch barrel, and lactose flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jun 12, 2016
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Sort Mælk" in Danish meaning "Black Milk." 11.2oz bottle, no date, 10.6% ABV. Pours jet black with a very small sized dense brown head; some lacing on the glass. Smells of mostly scotch, oak, and roasted malt with some sweet lactose, earthy hops, and char. The taste follows in stages starting with roasted malt, scotch, and oak followed by lactose and ending with a bittersweet cocoa, almost coffee-like taste; smooth and complex. Moderately bitter and light sweetness. Very thick body and below average carbonation. Overall, this one surpassed my expectations. It's hard to find a BA stout that's this balanced and complex with a rich/viscous body. Might be more accurately classified as a Milk Stout. Try it if you can find it on the shelf.

Mar 30, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black and a very soapy lacing ring.

S - Charcoal, dark roasted chocolate.

T - Dark roasted bitter chocolate, char, and some alcohol presence.

M - Very thick and full bodied, slippery, silky, sticky.

O - The ABV is extremely well hidden in this. Dangerous and drinkable.

Feb 23, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out looking jet black in color with a thin brown head on top. The smell of the beer has a good amount of smoke on the nose. The taste of the beer is a little smokey as well but there are some other elements helping it along. The feel of the beer is full bodied, very rich. Overall it's a good Stout.

Feb 23, 2016
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KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best drinks I've ever had. No bottle date, bought on a website that you could only find it if you searched the to øl brewery which wasn't even listed on the site. Think this had a year or more to chill out based on the reviews. So goddamn good.

Pitch black in color with the slightest, sleekest dark brown head.

Smell was perfect. Scotch, vanilla, little bit of cocoa and malt.

Taste was perfect. Scotch flavor always caressing the toffee and bitter cocoa. A sweet finish though, something rare in a stout for me! Perfectly balanced.

Mouth feel was thick, chewy but it was so drinkable I could have chugged it.

Stopped sharing with my girlfriend after her second sip LOL

SECOND REVIEW one year later.

Presumably fresh from a bottle shop in asheville

Solid black, almost no head. Mild carbonation, still thick and rather creamy. Not as chewy and oily as I'd like.

Smells so boozy and full of lactose, oak, sweet cream.

Taste was definitely the smoky scotch character I hoped for, but it was much sweeter than I remembered. And less malty and rich of a stout. It was like a barrel aged sweet stout as the zweetnezz and booze overpowered the lactose character.

Still wonderful.

Feb 12, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Santa, thanks for the opportunity!
Thick black liquid with a small off white head that slowly dissipates. Smoky vanilla oaky nose. Rich roasty chocolate with hints on toffee. Smokey roasty flavor with bits of roasty salty dark chocolate. Light warming alcohol notes. Very nice brew!

Jan 23, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and leaves lacing. Smoky, chocolate nose with a slight hint of scotch. Again, scotch flavor is light and overpowered by the dark malt bill. Bitter finish and lactose leaves heavier mouthfeel. Burnt flavor lingers.

Dec 17, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, label says 10.6% ABV, no dating on the bottle or label that I notice. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like peat, Scotch whisky, roasted malt, milk chocolate, smoke and molasses. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some sweet spiciness and an iodine/mineral flavor. Sweet, smoky and minerally tasting, I really like this! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. Well, I liked this a lot. I'd buy this again the next time I see it, and I really think there need to be more Scotch whisky/oak barrel aged beers. To Øl did a great job with this one! $9.79 a bottle.

Nov 27, 2015
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OmahaKF from Nebraska

3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of scotch, sweet caramel, roasted coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is chocolate, dark fruit, slightly nutty, with a smoky finish. The overall taste is not as rich as the smell would suggest. I think I prefer bourbon barrel stouts, but this was well worth a try.

Oct 23, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thick viscous jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass with very faint amounts of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized thin patches of large bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted and charred malts with a moderate amount of lactose sweetness. There are moderate aromas of whisky, oak, and milk chocolate. Hints of peat smoke.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of dark roasted and charred malts with a moderate amount of milk chocolate sweetness. There is a moderate flavor of anise, whisky, vanilla, oak, and just a hint of smokiness. Moderate amounts of lingering sweetness and roasty bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and drinks much easier than the 13% ABV - though it is definitely a sipping beer. Makes for a very nice dessert beer and pairs well with chocolates.

Oct 12, 2015
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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark, dark brown color with a covering of khaki foam on top after a some what aggressive pour. Interesting aroma but rather subdued if you asked me. First sip caught my attention; "whoa, now that's good," I said out loud. Milk stout all the way, but that flavor profile from the scotch barreling was/is quite amazing. Some chocolate, earthy spice, peat, and barrel aging indulge the taste buds. Pretty full bodied in nature and a delight to drink. First brew I've tried from To Ol but I am impressed. Well done!

Sep 05, 2015
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Jjski from New York

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Jun 07, 2015
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TychoNDC from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

May 30, 2015
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jellikit from Washington

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Apr 30, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Apr 01, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -10%
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.

Feb 23, 2015
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nickfl from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Feb 18, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Jan 06, 2015
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Jan 05, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +4%
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.

Nov 29, 2014
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Rawbster from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Nov 11, 2014
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MasterSki from Canada

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Sep 02, 2014
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 100 ratings