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Sort Mælk | To Øl

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
To Øl
Denmark
to-ol.dk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jeffo on 07-12-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,725
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
97
pDev:
7.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
16
Trade:
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Photo of smlmeyer
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dpgoblejr
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!

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To me they nailed the balance on this one almost perfectly.

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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 KettleBellFreak
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.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Bubbles
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of 604growler
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of rvdoorn
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Straycorn
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So good. A very interesting delight of a stout. Loved it.

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Photo of abex44
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 Thehuntmaster
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 13,1% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date.

Appearance: Perfect - Sort Mælk pours a midnight black, with a back light only revealing a sliver of light along the edge of the glass and a rough pour generating a massive mocha coloured head. The head lasts well for the Abv. and coats the glass in thick lacing as it recedes.

Smell: The initial nose is consists of bitter-sweet dark chocolate, creamy caramel (I am guessing the lactose is responsible for the creamy character), vanilla and a dash of quality Scotch; with roasted malts, coffee, burned raisins and some molasses soon joining in as the nose begins to open up. Room temperature yields a hint of the 13,1%, as well as notes of dark treacle/brown sugar, chocolate fudge and rich dark fruits.

Taste: The flavour certainly seems more European than the nose, with a big, bitter roasted/charred malt character in the finish. that said, the sweetness and barrel character are far from forgotten. Notes include: Sweet caramel, a distinct sweet creamy quality, chocolate fudge, dark treacle sugar, vanilla, whiskey, cocoa, molasses, burned raisins, charred malt, roasted coffee beans and a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. Ordinarily I would say that this is over carbonated for my tastes, however the addition of lactose has made the carbonation so amazingly creamy, even I would not wish for a lower level!

Overall: Sort Mælk is a fantastic barrel-aged imperial stout and one I hope becomes a regular brew from the guys at To Øl. I think the addition of lactose worked wonders for the flavour and particularly for the mouthfeel and I would love to see more breweries experimenting with imperial versions of their milk stouts.

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Photo of mattsucks
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Immortale25
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.

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Photo of Dkline39
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobertH50
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Matt141
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yeaprolly
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TravisMason
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rawbster
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

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4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - This beer pours a thick black, oily colour with a deep coffee coloured head that reduces to a decent film with thick lacing. Nice

S - Aromas of sweet malt, hop and chocolate. Delicate and yet balanced. impressive

T - Well up front there is some really nice sweet flavours followed by chocolate, coconut, licorice and a nice bitter sweet after taste, that is the result of the whiskey barrel. The booze is a little warming on the finish.

M - A very silky texture and full mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect.

O - This is the best stout that I have had in some time. The balance here is very impressive as is the mouthfeel. A top brew. I don't think there is much more to ask of a stout.

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