Theis (14464) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Mielche & Hutrigkarl. Pitch black - brown head. Sweetness. Cocoa. Chocolate. Applebrandy. Fruity. Berries. High burned. high sweetness. Light wooden. High malty. Alcoholic - Boozy.
Leighton (13944) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during Jack’s leaving drinks. Many thanks to Kenny for this monster. The beer pours oily black with a slight, bubbly brown head. The aroma is all iodine, ash, old blackberries and cocoa. Heavy sweet flavor with prominent alcohol character, more ashy roast, baking cocoa, peat, ripe cherries. Full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Hot finish, with alcohol you can feel in your teeth, with loads of burnt sugars, woody dryness, scorched earth, more ripe dark fruits, berries, burnt honey, some chocolate. Pretty good stuff overall. The calvados has definitely softened the oppressive dry ashiness of base Black, and imparted some tasty fruit characteristics. It’s hard for any beer pushing 20% ABV to be ’drinkable’, but this one is getting close.
gunnfryd (12395) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mikkeller bar. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is calvados, alcohol, coffee. Flavour is oak, hop, alcohol, prunes, licorice, calvados, coffee. Very strong beer.
thewolf (11490) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Cph.
Pours oil black with a small, staying, creamy, beige-brown head. Aroma is sharp, chocolate, hard roasted, green apples and alcohol. Medium carbonation, fine dry and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sharp, highly vinious, apples, oak and chocolate. The alcohol is still much too powerful.
Scopey (8999) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Cgarvie. It pours jet black with a minimal tan head. The nose is rich, roasty, vanilla, salted caramel, treacle, rocky road, filthy, oil and dirt. The taste is bitter, tangy, roasty, mild acidity, plum skin, grape skin, tang, date and red grape and apple brandy with a dry, tangy finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Rich and filthy. Fun to try, but I don’t need any more.....
DSG (8423) - Tel Aviv, - SEP 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Pitch black with a bit of light brown foam. Great aroma of chocolate, cocoa, fruit and liqueuer pralines, a bit of apple acidity, vanilla, wood and some alcohol. Sweet flavor with a bit of apple acidity, lots of chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, mild fruitiness, liqueur and a dry roasty finish. Full-bodied, rounded, with a bit of warming alcohol. Great stuff. Alcohol is very well-integrated for this strength.
Stuu666 (6470) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is huge apple calvados, chocolate, taste is juicy apple, boozy, chocolate, roasty.
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ The Clerkenwell Share. Thanks Kenny (?) for sharing this. Deep brown pour with a small tan head. Pretty salty nose. Rich chocolate malt and ashy toasted grain. Plum meat. Tastee is very sweet indeed. Red berry cuts some of the saltiness present in the nose. Chocolate syrup. Thick, sludgy and rich. A bit all over the place. The black series is hit and miss for me. This one wasn’t a particular favorite.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
38cl (NOT brewed at De Proefbrouwerij!), as Mikkeller Small Brew Series! Black (aged in Calvados Barrels), new exclusive Danish brew Anno 2011, from Mikkeller Webshop, very complex sweet Stout, heavily alcoholic/sweet/roasted and slightly fruity, very heavy, yet balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!, WOW!
mR_fr0g (5348) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at craft beer co JackL leaving drinks. Reddy dark caramel coloured pour with a a fading, head. Aroma is big salty. Liquorice, black salty death. Berry. Flavour is composed is back salty. Blood. Liquorice, tangy salt roast, tart Apple. Cinnamon. Palate is full. Moderate carbonation. Cherry.