TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, 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 (3378) - 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 (1298) - 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.
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head: thick large
Smell: cookies, chocolat, malts, coffee, roasted, creamy
Taste: start is lots of chocolat, whiskey/bourbon, vanilla, coffee, cocoa, soft, balanced end, alcohol aftertate, nice and extremly drinkable compared to the regular black !
Foffern (1497) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Has a black colour with a medium brown, pretty compact, head. Beautiful concentrated aroma where I find port, black berries, leather, dark chocolate and some alcohol. Heavy flavours of roast, coffee, black berries, dark chocolate and some smoke. Soft and slick mouthfeel. Bitterness = medium+. Wow, what a nice mix of whisky and stout in this beer. Nice roasted touch as well.
JulienHuxley (4637) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, merci Pat! Oily black pour with thin tan foam. Aroma is quite nice, actually there is a bit of really volatile alcohol at first but once that is passed what remains is a nutty, chocolatey mix, subtle oak notes, a tad roasty but very rich and dessert like, some vanilla. Tastes like dark chocolate, a little too boozy and bitter but not bad. Palate is slick and oily, carbonation is relatively low and the body quite heavy. Not bad, a definite improvement on the regular but still far from the great imperial stouts IMO.
TBone (14785) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 375 ml (Beer Hunters, BB 07/2019, vintage 2009)
Pitch black, tiny brown color. First impression about aroma: perfumic then dark malts dominate, whisky notes are very faint. Medium to full-bodied. Very sweet beer. Alcohol, typical Black’s herbal bitterness, whisky. This is clearly "Black + added whisky". Straightforward. Still after 3 years has more potential with cellaring.
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A dominant sweet roasted flavor and aroma.
A nice blend of chocolate, citrus brown sugar, earth coffee.
The finish is dry and sweet. I liked it.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
side by side with the Cognac Black. Deep oily texture, creamy head, burnt & chocolate malts. Warming finish but covers the alcohol well though a bit more fire than the Cognac edition.
jbeatty (1228) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 04/19/2012. Pours black with dense, espresso crema head. Aroma of brownies drizzled with chocolate liqueur, coffee grounds, hops noticeable, great vanilla and whiskey in the finish. Taste is sweet, dark chocolate balanced soon by heavily bitter coffee and roast, warming whiskey finish. Palate is velvety and viscous. This is pretty nice, it almost seems a bit restrained for something of this strength.