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To Øl
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #110
Ranked #1,888
4.29 | pDev: 7.23%
May 09, 2022
Jul 12, 2012
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Photo of Sigmund
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Pitch black colour, brown head. Fairly moderate aroma of whisky barrel. Sweet and very roasty flavour with distinct notes of whisky barrel, also strong coffee and English liquorice.

May 09, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours espresso colored with a two finger mocha head that slowly fades, leaving streaks of lacing

Smell: Peaty Scotch, Baker's chocolate, brine and charred oak

Taste: Briney flavors join with chocolate, up front, with the peat and Scotch tones joining; a lot of char, in the mid-palate; perhaps too much of a charred character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Scotch barrels are difficult to work with and while this is interesting, the char is a bit much

Apr 07, 2021
4.44 by stephenlee from England on Aug 28, 2019
Photo of Damian
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Damian from Massachusetts

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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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by stephens101 from Oklahoma

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
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Nov 23, 2017
4.25 by heysuz from Indiana on Nov 11, 2017
4.23 by LeftHanded666 from New York on Sep 19, 2017
Photo of DucksFan16
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee


May 20, 2017
3.93 by DJoe from Massachusetts on Mar 20, 2017
3.77 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Feb 07, 2017
4.53 by Dkline39 from Illinois on Nov 25, 2016
4.34 by jason3125 from Vermont on Nov 01, 2016
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by oberon from North Carolina

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
4.56 by mattsucks from Ohio on Jun 23, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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
4.22 by Magery from Kentucky on Jun 11, 2016
4.34 by Dewsby from Kentucky on May 27, 2016
4.5 by TravisMason from Indiana on May 12, 2016
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4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

"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
5 by Vylo from New Jersey on Mar 04, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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
4.24 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Feb 23, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

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
3.82 by jaydoc from Kansas on Feb 12, 2016
3.75 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Feb 12, 2016
Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

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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4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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
4.41 by Jcarter1221 from Oklahoma on Jan 22, 2016
4.35 by Bung from Michigan on Jan 10, 2016
4.03 by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio on Dec 22, 2015
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by zonker17 from Texas

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
4.43 by Greasy from Kentucky on Dec 12, 2015
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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

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
4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Nov 24, 2015
4.33 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey on Nov 15, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by OmahaKF from Nebraska

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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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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
4.42 by npachl from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2015
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4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

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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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 102 ratings