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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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Reviews by Liquoric3:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Photo of bluejacket74
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
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.

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
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.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of RobertH50
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of zonker17
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.

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Photo of EmilGjerdrum
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of crosenkrantz
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Jjski
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

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Photo of cyrushire
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jellikit
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.

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Photo of Magery
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DJoe
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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