dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 Aroma- chocolate, licorice, honey, molasses, char, whiskey
Appearance- pitch black with a nice tan head, crazy alcohol presence
Taste- honey sweetness upfront, followed by char, dark chocolate, slight hop presence, whiskey barrel, more char, bittersweet finish
Palate- very full bodied, nice carbonation, super slick mouthfeel
Overall- This one came completely out of left field. It cost me a good bit and was well worth it. This is one of the best beers that I’ve ever had. Extremely well blended and everything that I love in a massive impy, this beer ranks up there with the best of them IMO.
RexTalionis (2459) - FINLAND - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black in color with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, smoke and lighter notes of tar in aroma. Smokey cocoa and vanilla at first in taste. Nice mouthfeel. Later on some whiskey and more of that campfire smokyness mixed with salty licorice appears. Butterscotch sweetness in the end as well.
Stuu666 (2328) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Smoky honey nose, taste is sweet smoky honey, dry peaty finish.
Philym (1004) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours an inky black/brown with tan head.
Aroma: Honey, smoky malt, treacle, spiritous, peat, earthy.
Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sweetness and sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture with a slight graininess, medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, bitter sour charcoal like, malty, spiritous finish with alcohol warmth after the initial smoky, honey sweetness.
Comments: Very good. Rating is for bottled version batch number 427 brewed 18.05.09 and best before 18.05.14.
pentaz (1240) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle batch 427 BB. 20140518. Pours near black with a a diminishing creamy tan small head. Aroma is heather-honey, roasted malts, sweet tobacco, burnt malt, vinous, oak, chocolate peat and whisky. Taste is near cloyingly sweet and moderate bitter. Body is full, texture is creamy/smooth, carbonation is soft. Finishes dry and peat and honey. Complex and harmonious.
SlackerMads (1623) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle batch 427, consumed on bbf date. Pours thick and black with a small dark brown diminishing head. Lots of honey in the nose with some whisky in the back. Flavor also has lots of honey, whisky, oak, light charcoal. Close to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, medium sweet and bitter. Long dry finish with honey. I like this much.
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic beer. Black as heck, burnt, bitter, sour, salt, ashy, brown sugar, tar and whiskey. Like a beer vegemite (what came first, chicken or the egg?). I loved it.
Svesse (6163) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Black colour with lasting, frothy, brown head. Malty, roasted nose with honey, oak wood, sweet espresso, tar, liquorice, roasted malt and cacao. Malty, roasted taste with notes of strong sweet black coffee, liquorice, tar, burnt sugar, cacao, honey, oak wood and a finish with a generous roasty coffee bitterness. Full body with a smooth and rounded mouthfeel. A certain sweetness. Honey aromas dominate the initial nose, then tar, oak and coffee takes over in the taste. Possibly not the most balanced of beers, but quite tasty. Very nice.
KombatAle (118) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Black with brown foam. Aroma is nice and is perfect balanced. Big body but too carbonated! Extreme taste of roasted barley, spices and burnt malts. Not so drinkable.
Inbreak (2137) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - APR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old rating rerated 13.04.2014, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Big brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark malts, heather honey, leather, mild peat, oak, grass, hay, coffee, chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet and burnt, dark malts, mild peat, leather, oak, dark sugar, heather honey, hay, burnt coffee, curnt caramel, dark fruits, grass. Longlasting bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Very nice.
Crompt (113) - York, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glad I got a hold of this one always exciting to try a retired beer you will never have again! Extremely smoked and peaty stout almost tastes like you are smoking a cigar with the beer even if you aren’t. I do like this but it is not world class to me like other Mikkeller stouts but it is very pricey like all Mikkeller beers. The smoke isn’t too much for me but I want it matched by heavy whiskey but the whiskey is lost to me.