hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… Dime-n-Hetfield’s "All the Way to 1K" Throwdown… This beer rocks!… Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, ultra-creamy, beige head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is a swirl of dark chocolate, caramel and vinous notes layered upon vanilla, tree nuts and brandy. Full-bodied and velvety with kicked-back carbonation. The flavor is sweet and nourishing – molasses, charcoal and Cognac without the customarily accompanying heat. Sweet, dark chocolate, Cognac finish. A sipper for certain. Kudos to Plovmand for supplying this bottle of world class beer!
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Hopscotch for sharing this one!! Super dark pour, jet black, oily, and thick. Aroma is full of cognac, booze, and sour apple. Flavor is pretty boozy, chocolatety, malty and hot. It’s a pretty intense beer to say the least, but boy did I love it.
phredrik (998) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours pitch pink with an impressive head for a 17,5% beer. Aroma is heavy on the cognac barrel, dark fruit sweetness, sweet chocolate, candy, notes of port, chewy oak. Taste is massive, very sweet, lots of residual sugar, sweet port, cognac barrel, a hint of coffee and chocolate and a clear cognac impression in the finish. The alcohol is evident, of course, but not 17,5% evident. So far the best of the Mikkeller Black Series.
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 375ml at Beer2000 courtesy of Meilby. Pours pitch black with finger thick creamy brown head. The cognac aroma hits you immediately, accompanied by coffee, licorice, roastiness. Taste is very sweet and very bitter, warming. Full body, thick, flat to soft carbonation. A bit too hot on cognac and alcohol, but still lovely.
Meilby (6237) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 375ml @ Beer2000
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, oak, licorice, alcohol and cognac. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter. Body is full, texture is sticky, carbonation is soft.
yngwie (12529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared my Meilby. It pours a pitch black body and a finger-thick brown head with medium longevity. The aroma has a big influence from the booze, a whiff of cognac reaches my nose immediately after opening the bottle. Roasted malts, licorice, molasses, a note of cellar and something at first leading my thoughts to bakers yeast but it’s definitely not that. And of course there’s a certain amount of alcohol too. It’s super smooth and velvety on the palate, quite warming and with the amount of co2 required by a beer at this strength. There’s a little bitterness in the flavor, but dark sugar, molasses and alcohol dominates. A little touch of roasted malts blends in. The finish is of the ever lasting kind, boozy, sweet and roasted, with a warming sensation too. Overall, an over-the-top beer that goes well as a sipper, but it’s a good idea to share a bottle with a good (beer loving) friend or two. Certainly not for youth looking to get drunk cheap or the guys on the benches in the park. I prefer the regular edition to this one. 110330
Geokkjer (5221) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Meilby.Pours jet black with a brown head.Aroma of marzipan, alcohol, cognac, soy sauce and roasted malt.Flavor is very sweet and warming with some roasted and coffee notes.Somewhat hot and boozy but still sweet, roasted and velvety.
VertBaconStrips (2014) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
17.5% on a Sunday night.. sounds about right to me. Poured out thick like ketchup to the point where I was wondering if I was going to have to turn the bottle upside down and spank it like the bad girl it is. Huge dark brown bubbly crown that took up half my glass, settled down to a lumpy cover and pretty much abused my glass on the way down. The aroma is no let down... it more than hints at a sleeping beast in my glass biding its time to kick me in the liver. Big soft rich rich rich chocolate, biscuit, toasty goodness, more chocolate, plums, vanilla, obvious cognac, brown sugar.. are those not the best aromas to be put into beers or what??? Every sniff makes me drool. The taste is stellar. Big huge sweetness and tons of cognac instantly. Liquor is good! Sweetness and tons of brown sugar goodness - this is a mouthwatering event. Vanilla, booze, booze, booze, booze, brown sugar, molasses, some alc burn, more sugar, vanilla, some coffee in there somewhere, chocolate... all this hides under the initial push of sugars and booze. The taste is massive but not unreal. Some astringency on the finish, thick as anything and smooth. Warms the heart. There is some wood here, findable after a 5 minutes break - how did I not see this earlier? It’s everywhere. This beer rules. Maybe not at the speed at which I am drinking it - I opened the bottle 19 minutes ago and I have one last sip.
Sigmund (4667) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml green bottle (black foil top), courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 17.5%. Pitch black colour, low brown head. Intense aroma of fusel alcohols, roasted barley, sweetish malts, molasses and oak. Extremely sweet and roasty flavour, notes of oak / cognac barrels. Far out on the weird side, but GOOD - in a perverted way.
kappldav123 (4541) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle at ACBF 2011. Deep black in the glass, small head. Heavy malty aroma. Starts very strong, intense malty, fiery-alcoholic, a bit woody-scratchy. Nevertheless quite well balanced. Quite drinkable for its strength. Burning finish. Impressing beer!