ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a blend of Amager Bryghus’ Hr. Frederiksen and Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, called "Væsal Brunch Weasel" at ChurchKey. The keg in particular was 30% nitrogenated, as well. 4 oz. served into a tasting snifter. From notes.
A: Pours a damned near pitch black color. The head is a gorgeous one finger tan shade with fantastic texturing, fantastic duration, and fantastic lacing. I can only imagine what a full serving would look like - even in this dinky serving, it’s one of the prettiest imperial stouts I’ve ever witnessed.
S: There actually isn’t too much on the nose. I note roasted barley, subtle coffee, and cocoa powder in particular. This kind of aroma doesn’t seem to justify an 8 score, but the way it meshes together just boggles the mind. It’s like some warped, insane version of a dry stout brewed by angry Vikings ready to plunder America.
T: It opens with some light cocoa powder (as opposed to sweet, fudgy chocolate), transitioning into a coffee midtaste and a soft roasted finish. Where this succeeds isn’t the complexity - it’s in the top-caliber balance between the handful of flavors featured here. As a pure coffee stout, I wouldn’t put in with, say, FBS: this is a different beast entirely, where the coffee quality is a subtle note packed into a big-ass dry stout.
M: This one is beautifully dry on the back end. Think Guinness sans any watery notes, and about 2.5 times stronger without really telling the palate that. This and, incidentally enough, the taster of Black Albert I had earlier in the day, are just about the only imperial stouts I could ever call ’refreshing’.
O: Holy fuck. This is something I could drink all damn day for the rest of my life. What it lacks slightly in complexity it MORE than makes up for in ease of drinkability. Seriously, this is an amazing blend...if only it weren’t so damn pricey. If only...
kevinator (1340) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Aromas and tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some sweetness and oak. The slight bitter finish is a great way to end it. Very dark and fluid with a thin tan head. A favorite.
SinH4 (975) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color with tan head. Lots of chocolate and round coffee. Dark fruits, slightly spicy, very rich, very complex. Amazing complexity and silky mouthfeel. Slight booze burn. Incredible how Mikkeller can brew a beer that balanced.
aleigator (440) - GERMANY - MAY 31, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Has a completely black pour, with a stable, dense light brown head, revealing small bubbles at the edge of the glass.
The aromas in this come extremely well together, ranging between soft, berry infused milk-chocolate and earthy, slightly charred coffee beans. Its sweeter undertones of caramel and pine needles get gently wrapped up by the toasted, fresh crushed coffee beans. On top of that settle sour wild berries, creating a rich nose, full of different aromas, blending well together.
Almost no carbonation left (1.5 years old at the date of drinking), resulting in a very soft mouthfeel with an almost full body.
Tastes of earthy, toasty malts, together with chocolate-caramel cookie and a good portion of smooth whipped cream. The palate then gets confronted with a pleasant mix of matured, grassy hops and bitter, slightly berry accentuated coffee beans, adding even more earth to the taste. From this, a sweeter maltiness, as well as a gentle sourness, result from the so far established taste impression, smoothed by cream. Finishes with even more earthy, slighty bitter coffee and a slightly slick, long staying bitterness.
The brews earthyness is incredibly well pronounced, directly followed by bitter, berry enhanced coffee, with lots of cream to balance the subtle sourness. All flavors come together incredibly well, highlighting the roasted, bitter earth defined coffee.
umich03jm (2712) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour that gives very little head. Great aroma of smoke, roasted coffee, bacon, and light chocolate. Tastes like sweet smoked meat mostly. Good amount of roasty coffee too in the finish. Completely flat carbonation which doesn’t work well. Makes this seem ultra thin. Still decent overall but not worth the price.
Cool_Bond (1983) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity scent. The taste is strong coffee, strong soy and dark malt. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth forever. Good? Yes, but it could probably worth a lot better. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
King_Alex_II (528) - SWITZERLAND - APR 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with little foam. Light coffee nose. The taste is intense coffee with all flavors that come with that (that’s what I assume, I don’t like and/or drink beer, but this is awesome). Light balanced roasted aromas. The aftertaste is dry and very pleasant. Awesome beer.
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black pour. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and strong coffee. Taste is same strong coffee and chocolate. Thick mouthfel. Very well done overall.
jeremyh70 (873) - Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola color with a small tan head. Aroma of earthy coffee, oak and licorice. Taste earthy coffee, bakers chocolate, roasted malt flavor and bitterness, licorice and some smoke. A big roasty, earthy IRS.
Leighton (13853) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Mikkeller Bar during CBC weekend 2014. Big stuff. Pours deep black-brown with a dense, lasting beige cream head. Lots of milk chocolate, coffee, baking cocoa. Full bodied with fine carbonation; and it’s chewy. Warming finish with lingering bittersweet baking cocoa, bitter roasted malts, coffee grounds. Good but lacks a bit of balance.
kambei70 (772) - - MAR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, dark brown. Not very carbonated, but if you pour vigorously you get a dense, creamy head, almost like a beer on nitro. Tastes a little creamy, too, like dark chocolate milk. Coffee is present but subdued.
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