brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2010
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
I’m not really sure if this beer was an expensive prank or not. While it pours and looks really intriguing with it’s inky blackness it’s just impossible to savor or enjoy. It brings a crazy, overwhelming blast of unbalanced alcohol right to your head and never lets up. I was able to sip some of it over the course of a half-hour but ended up ditching the rest. Maybe my palate isn’t as refined as everyone else here or perhaps I got a bad bottle, but I sure as heck won’t be risking another purchase of this again. Oh well, at least the packaging and presentation was nice...
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
colour: black as hell !!
smell: candy sirup,alcohol,coffee,caramel,burnt malts
taste:coffee,alcohol,sweet,bitter aftertaste , kinda grass/hopy ...
i like sweet beers , and i like very strong beers so perfect match for , altough confesed i’ve tasted even better beers strong/sweet beers ....
ClubGonzo (5226) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2010
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 Ok, this is my 200th rating so I have been saving it for something special. Like Mikkeller’s Black; Denmark’s formerly strongest beer. But what a disappointment. I really hope this is a bad bottle, otherwise this must be the most overrated beer in history. Pours a tar, oily body with a thin, quickly disappearing caramel head. Smell is strong vinegar and lactic acids, booze and moist basement funk. Taste is intensely sweet at first, then some really boozy tones come and slap your palate around. Strong yeasty notes float around in a black sea of alcohol and the whole thing is as unbalanced and rugged as humanly possible. A bit sickening at the end. I’ll give Mikkeller the benefit of a doubt and declare this to be a bad bottle, to be re-rated in the future.
Nickls (2283) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Nearly black color, and even though had a more vigorous pour, really couldn’t get a well-developed head. Really peppery alcohol, boozey, whisky aromas. Almost a bit of a savory aroma, followed up with a punch of really dark fruit sweetness. Just a hint of roasted malts. After the initial shock of alcohol, the taste is very deep in its Imperial Stout qualities, pretty sweet underneath the alcohol burn and fewer roasted qualities than I would have like for the style. Just to be clear, this brew was beyond hot in the alcohol taste and really was overpowering to the detriment of the brew. Pretty viscous, with a small tinge of carbonation. The alcohol burn really confused things here for me. The booze really drives this portion of the rating down for me. I understand what Mikkeller was trying to do, and I really think aging this brew is more important than anything I can say in this review. In short, barely drinkable for me given the alcohol shock in the flavor. Overall, this is definitely experimental and I am glad to have had the opportunity to try it. Just way too hot and sweet fresh...
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - APR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
after 16 hours at ’the office’ i’m happy to find curb your enthusiasm on the telly and a mikkeller black in the beer fridge. man, this is one intense beer! nose is dark choc and stonefruit, like imperial black forrest cake. the palate is a little bit harsh but extremely smooth for the 17.5%. I love it for what it is, but its lacking drinkability..
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
black body with not much head.smell and taste are alcohol,soy sauce,and smoke.pretty nasty in my opinion.
drpimento (2892) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well. This is a crazy assed beer. Cork had the slightest (almost thought I’d imagined it) burp. Poured with a tan soap bubble head and no lace. Aroma is VERY roasty malty molasses volatile with hints of cocoa & coffee. Flavor is like aroma but brings out a lot more of everything. Including the alcohol. Although it does disappear quickly in the finish. Body so lush and was at first thought undercarbonated, but upon reconsideration really good for this beer. Of course not a session.
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black, with a small tan head. On the nose is chocolate, molasses, caramel, spice and alcohol. Flavours are caramel, chocolate, sweet toffee and more alcohol! Kicks like a mule. Very well balanced bitterness, the challenging part of this beer is the alcohol. Would most likely age very well and become even more rounded.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 2/20/2010. This Imperial Stouts pours an eclipse black color from a 375ml bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee, touch of vanilla and dark fruit. Nice balance. A whole lot of alcohol, it really could use some bottle aging, but even young a nicely balanced beer. Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a fairly noticeable alcohol bite.
Finn (6091) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske 0,375l fra juletilbudet hos Alko Arkadia 2009. Kullsvart på farge. Høyt luftig brunt mokkafarget skum som varer lenge og fester seg til glasset. Aromaen er innholdsrik og kraftig: Sjokolade, kaffe, svisker m.m. Smaken slår deg nesten ut: Mye av det samme innhold som i aromaen, men alkoholen anes som en underliggende bærebjelke. Det kommer også til flere smaksnyanser: Plommer og bær. Blir syrlig og bitter etterhvert. KI=7