77ships (3539) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml. bottle. Bottled on 15/07/2009. Mmm… this is not white wax that is on the bottle but plastic… Pours black – obviously – with surprising amount of mocha head – okay stability considering the ABV. Bottle says that the carbonation level is medium which is I assume an euphemism for flat. Good quality alcohol dominates in the nose, enjoyable thick licorice, black chocolate, rich but alcohol is foremost and of exceptional quality. Velvety rich, thick licorice in the taste, light ash, strong roast, pitch black chocolate, fine spirit is far more in the back and tuned down, still warming and alcoholic, overripe dark fruits marinated in fine spirit, light ashes,… Velvety, very, very slick, little carbonation. I am still amazed just how much better the BA Black’s are than the original.
kraddel (2704) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black , brown foam
Smell is boozy , hint of oaty
Low but sharp carbo
Taste reminds very much of black , but more complex . I get some extra sweetness too .
Alcoholic aftertaste . very bozzy but very nice
Habanero (2439) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a medium sized tan head. Leaving a fair lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, figs, wood, vanilla, whiskey and licorice notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with an alcohol burn. Full bodied, oily text and soft CO2. A very nice impy. ★★★★
hallinghansen (1854) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Black body with a large brown head. Aroma is carcoal, smoke, wood, alcohol, roasted malt, whisky. The first sip was pure alcohol, it becomes better though, caramel, smoke, tobacco, roasted malt, oak, whisky.
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - FEB 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a rich and high alcohol stout. Little whiskey smell. Pitch black with brown head that quickly disappear. Very sweet, some bitterness, some alcohol, but unfortunatly no whiskey taste. Looks very thick, but then it is very thin. All over very good, and "light" compared to style and alcohol conteny
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pour with a small tan head. Strong but sweet smell of chocolate, alcohol, licorice and figs. Taste is... intense. Strong licorice and dark fruits, alot of alcohol.
omikr0n (692) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle I got for my birthday from my girlfriend. Thanks! Pours pitch black thick oily with lovely brown creamy head that started in two layers (lighter and darker) then merged into one. Lasted a long time. Aroma is wood, crust, malt and roastiness, with a hint of cocoa, hops and alcohol. Flavor is sweet, with a bit of bitterness, malt, coffee, cocoa, fresh milk, alcohol, hops. Alcohol warms in your mouth and throat but is not intrusive.
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle. Black with a webby brown head. Nose is whiskey, smoke, molasses and dark chocolate. Coating medium body with a tingle; warming, a bit sticky. Taste is caramel, raisin, cane sugar, whiskey and tar. Very sweet to start, ending with bitter notes of pink grapefruit and burnt sugar. The intense Black base provides a deep canvas for bold barrel treatments. Beauty.
abemorsten (2591) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Henriks, Bergen, kindly shared by my beer pal Frode. Fingerthick creamy brown excellently lacing head on a black body. Whisky and a large range of roasted notes on the nose and in the mouth. Full bodied, oily and alco warm. Pungent flavors. Heavy sweet, raw liquorice and a long roasted and bitter finish. There is a light overtone similar to the aftertaste of green apples, but not enough to drag the overall impression down.
fletchfighters (1028) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A-- Poured a murky, motor oil black. Settled black. no light penetrating this. Good head to this. Dark brown and thick. Stayed at one finger for a while before receding to above film. Receding left a nice collar of film at the top of the head. Dark brown oily substance on the sides of the glass. Good head retention and lots of spotty lacing after swirling.
S-- Dark fruits, chocolate fudge, oak, tobacco, char, and burnt rubber. Alcohol comes in waves. At times intense and at others restrained. When intense it is like fumes.
T-- Sweet. Very sweet. Carmel, Vanilla, and sweet dairy milk. Just touches of the oak and not a lot of whisky. Getting some nail polish remover taste as drinking on.
M-- Slick, oily and coating in front of mouth. Actually quite nice really. Back is another deal. Finishes with a kick of burnt rubber, char, and ash. Yep, it is a Mikkeller all right. Very char and ash finish. Who needs a cigarette when you can drink this! Thinner body than I thought it would be and the nail polish feel is getting annoying
O-- Much better than the base beer. Hated Black. Not nearly as good as the Islay is (need to get another and review it). Quite drinkable for 17.5%. Still a sipper though and better shared. Alcohol is much more restrained in the mouth than in the nose. At times I think his BA treatments are better than the base beers. Go Figure. Worth getting one for long term cellaring.