BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye (best before of 15/07/19). Pours with a black body and a faint head. Aromas of chocolate, whisky/whiskey, tons of alcohol. Flavors are caramel, chocolate milk, boozy, port, bitter and more alcohol. Syrupy. Good.
bu11zeye (12102) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(375ml bottle, BB 15/07/19) Pours a black body with a spare tan head. Aroma of chocolate, whiskey, coffee, some dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, whiskey, char, coffee, vanilla, and oak with a dry, bitter finish.
tdtm82 (916) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle; bought from Beermerchants, 37.5cl, white wax.
Poured into goblet glass; great lacing thick and lasting, colour is opaque and jet black, mocha lacing. Wow massive whiskey aroma, this is da shit, some sweet marzepan and candi sugar too, rich dark Belgian chocolate, wood, oak, just LOVE the whiskey!
Taste is a rich big bad malty affair, maybe not the best balance but definitely rich, bold, aggressive, intimidating, well pumped of booze, whiskey, smoke, wood, oak, lots of wood chip, slight grainial element, leather, earthyness, bitterness is fantastic, so so mourish and drinkability is not bad for something this potent. This really should be drunk with a selection of fine artisinal cheeses. A big bad mother of a beer. Top work again Mikkeller.
TaktikMTL (6289) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille verte de 375 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat avec une pointe de café et de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col brun mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et d’alcool avce une pointe de vanille. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Alcool chaleureux en arrière goût. (Rating #3495)
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 375ml shared courtesy of meilby. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, oak, whisky, alcohol. Taste is very sweet and medium bitter. Full body, oily, soft to flat carbonation.
planky84 (2309) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beer Merchants. Black pour with a tan head. Dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, vanilla and caramel aromas. Flavours of dark chocolate, smoke, licorice, oak and wood. Peaty. Huge alcohol burn. Long deep finish of sweet malts and licorice.
Meilby (8650) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 375ml @ home
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, coffee, licorice, alcohol and oak. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a very long finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.
dnstone (2341) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolatey aroma with whiskey tones. Black in color with tan head. Sweet with whiskey tones.
Notes: Borefts Beer Festival ’10
harrisoni (14626) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Borefts BF 2010. Superb. I love it. As I don’t normally like BA beers, and Black is one of favourites, I was a little suspcious. But the whisky is quite subtle on this beer. Good heat. Gorgeous.
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved the original Black - its rough egdes and extemenesses. But this... just wow! How can there be so much head at 17.5%ABV? It sits there like an espresso foam, all dark tan and tightness. And then there’s the nose. What a nose. The whiskey has seeped in deeply on this one, reached down to the very deepest part of the base beer and given over its bitter wood and sweet vanilla. The malts and hops give an intensity that matches the bold alcohol profile, combining to burn your eyes and singe your tongue. In the mouth it’s very hot and very bitter - the alcohol and whiskey are so pronounced that I’m quite bewildered to what it is exactly I’m drinking. Mouth feel is as syrup with a buttery texture; the alcohol is heavy. The finish holds most of the flavour, for here the alcohol subsides and allows the complex developement of vanilla, grassy bitterness, soy sauce and darkest cocoa - the end is superberbly whiskeyed. It’s like being trapped in a chimney with a bottle of Talisker and a pocket of Dutch liqourice. I’m blown away. Without a doubt a top five. A life changing beer. GADZOOKS!