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Brewed by:
To Øl
Denmark
to-ol.dk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jeffo on 07-12-2012

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29
Ratings:
92
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.41%
 
 
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Reviews by Dennoman:
Photo of Dennoman
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.84/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of RobertH50
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zonker17
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of EmilGjerdrum
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of crosenkrantz
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Jjski
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of cyrushire
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jellikit
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Magery
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jaydoc
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of Liquoric3
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Immortale25
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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Photo of Bubbles
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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