gnoff (8777) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
37.5 cl bottle thanks to Marko, on September 24, 2010
Black color, big brown head. Sweet, some peat, alcohol, also chocolate scent. Some fruits as well. Smooth, sweet, firey, alcohol, licorice taste. Lingering roasted, sweet, bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouth feel. Medium high bitterness. Gut warming alcohol.
Much better than the original Black, as I remember it. Still way too much alcohol.
Marko (4320) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (huge thanks to Mikkel!), shared with gnoff in Göteborg. Poured a pitch black body with a gray/brown head that went away slowly. Ethanol and nice slightly roasty but soft maltiness in the nose. Some dust. Hm. A big earthy roasty bitterness, dry maltiness too much alcohol (over paradise) some fruity notes (sticky orange syrup?). Very warming. Again way better than the regular thing, not as brilliant as the peat version, but good enough despite some early missteps.
luttonm (3307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, big thanks to Trevor211. Black. Touches of hazed brown head. wispy. Nose is aged coffee and toffee caramel. Some light peat and scotch hotness. Funky barnyard, cowpies and guersney cheese. Lovely and stinky. Fruit leather. body though is hugely balanced and improved by the barreling. Still hugely heavy and sticky. But is a bit unblended and hot at the finish. Would love some aging. Really terrific and interesting development!
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle courtesy of the man himself, thanks Mikkel! this stuff pours at a ’6’! amazingly complex pour(especially conseidering the abv!) with a 2 finger very dark brown head that records glugs from the bottle and subsequent rushes of head, beautiful. the body is super thick black oil, viscous. the head leaves exceptional lacingthe entire way very consistantcey and very dark brown. the aroma is huge from 2 feet away, prunes, roast, burn, heavy. not much alcohol in the nose at all. the taste and body and this thing are just beastial. what a beer. its like a double expedition or something, which is even more incredible than a double rainbow. a crushing whiskey flavor with tons of peat and somke come though on top, with a very nice prolinged but subdued burn in the finish. very smooth and hinestly much better than i was expecting for the gravity of the brew. well done sir, well done!
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with McBerko. Waxed cap very hard to get off. Poured a very light denying black. Huge dense brown head. Sweet aroma, slightly smoky roasted malt, wood, alcohol. Thick mouthfeel but alcohol not over powering. Licorice, chocolate, mild vanilla, some spice, wood and cocoa notes. More of the roasted characteristics linger in the finish with a pleasing tartness. Simply divine and a rare treat. Shame it is so prohibitively priced and rarely available. Another winner from Mikkeller.
mcberko (9566) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 375mL bottle split with manuchampions, pours black with a substantial creamy tan head. Aroma of whisky, lots of sweetness, dark chocolate, coffee and licorice. Flavour of sweet caramel, whisky, chocolate, licorice and a slight alcohol burn - though the ABV is extremely well hidden for being 17.5%. Great stuff - about as good as I could hope for given the high alcohol and whiskey barrel.
madmitch76 (18660) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 6th June 2010.
RBESG 10 Grand Tasting at the Brasserie 4:20 Warehouse. Big thanks to Alex for allowing us liberate this beer from his warehouse shelves! Black beer. Creamy tan head. Lovely sweet dark malt. Sweet black coffee, a little chocolate and some very well joined up whisky. Finishes warming and a little spicy. Has improved with a few months of aging.
22nd June 2013
Another 3 years has taken most of the heat off of this beer. But it’s also turned quite powdery dry and the coffee is a lot more bitter. Very rich but never an easy drinking beer!
RasmusOtt (1595) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2014 Pours black, yes... I get Coffee, salmiak, alcohol, roasted malts and sweetness on the nose. Taste of salmiak, coffee, sugar, vanilla, brown sugar, alcohol and some malts too.. It also got that woody feel to it. Huge beer!
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a nice creamy and dense cappuccino colored head. Beautiful. Aromas of dark chocolate, alcohol/spirit, sugar, licorice and coffee. Bitter and roasted flavor with sweet notes of sugar and malt. Too much alcohol, yet a lovely Imperial Stout..
uhre (384) - DENMARK - MAY 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of coffee very nice black with a huge head. The flavor is great burned and a bit of whisky.