Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle bonused by the great gabe (GMCC2181). poured an iodine color with not much head to speak of and i do know how to pour a beer. aroma was intense with lots of dark roasts, caramel, grains, fudge, brownies, and once it starts to warm some fusel starts to appear. flavor was just as wonderful as the nose with the addition of a little bit of pine and coffee on the back end. body was heavy and thick with no carbonation. wow this was one great impy stout and i MUST have another!!
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2011 Tab @ Plan B
Pours pitch black with a big, brown head. Very beatiful beer.
The nose is very roasty and has a lot of coffee and chocolate and you get a bit of sweetness, liquorice as well. The taste is very, very sweet and has coffee, chocolate and toffey. It really is a wall of taste, everything turned up many levels from a normal imp. The alcohol os also very apparent in the over all taste, but it is far too sweet for me.
Great carbonation level, large body, long aftertaste.
While working at the Mikkeller stand at CBF 2011 I fell in love with the 07 version which was on tap - the last keg in the world, that was. So amazingly balanced, the sweetness help in much better place than recent batches. Not hop forward, not insanely roasted, still very sweet. But the sweetness really nicely integrated in this batch. The age certainly has itís saying in this matter, but even the 09 didnít have quite the touch that this one had. Didnít rate it, so itís only from the memory, but I wouldíve gone 4.1-4.2-ish.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with chocolate brown head. Aroma of heavy booze (red wine), roastedness, dark bitter chocolate, berry and apple fruit. Taste is big boozy and sweet fruitiness that finishes with even bigger roasted bitterness. Taste and aroma get a lot sweeter as beer warms. Big and bad. Oily on tongue.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle (?)
Another over the top release from Mikkeller I have been sitting on this for almost two years. It is way too heavy to try to drink alone so with the company of others at a tasting I opened this to close the night. For a beer that is almost 18% it is heavy and cloying but not as soy as I expected. Usually when beers get this big they morph into something else.
Aroma / Appearance - Oily black with huge sheets of lacing that crawl down the sides like sap down a tree. A small chocolate colored head is the darkest thing I have ever seen that is still different than the beer beneath. Chocolate, Cabernet, and other vinous notes hit the sinuses hard. Coupled with the anise, charcoal brickets, and strong coffee flavors this is dense and heavy.
Flavor / Palate - Very rich chocolate fills the mouth. Red wine, peat, smoke, and a strong booziness hit the palate without slowing. Crawling along towards the throat it lingers warmly with an anise aftertaste. Smoky and rich I am glad I had to only drink about four ounces. If I had to drink this alone it would probably take four or five hours simply due to the heaviness.
sleepybrew (4) - Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, robust, great molasses feel and taste, surprisingly mellow alcohol taste given its ABV.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, after reading other peopleís reviews, iíve come to the conclusion that too many people out there do not know how to properly pour a beer. When i pulled the cork, there was absolutely no "pop" and it had me a little worried until I got it into the glass. Bottle pours black (go figure) with an extremely dark brown head that puts up quite a fight considering such a high abv. One thing iíve come to expect from Mikkeller, is the fact that they make some damn sexy beers. Now onto the good stuff. Iím not 100% on the age of this bottle, but I know that Iíve had it in my stash for close to a year now. If I had to guess, Iíd say 1 1/2 to 2 years. Itís definately had some time to mellow, and itís readily apparent on first smell. The hops have died down to essentially nothing and the beer is dominated by malt. I love beers that tie into a specific sensory memory, and for some reason this one reminds me of an airport Starbucks. Hell, it seems like there is more coffee on this one than either the geek brunch or breakfast. Aroma is big coffee, chocolate, and some underlying alcohol. There is a whole lot going on, but itís almost like trying to pinpoint a flavor in Dr. Pepper. Taste shows the same, with additional notes of soy, tobacco, and aged dark rum. It would make a great cigar beer. This thing is definately boozy, but in all reality, Iíve had plenty of Zinfandels that drink much hotter than this well crafted brew. Shows that not everything >15% abv has to drink like rocket fuel. Overall body is moderate to full, and oily.
Mora2000 (6154) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my brother for bringing me this beer from Lafayette, LA.
The beer pours black with no head. Very inky looking with some large brown bubbles. The aroma is dark fruit, alcohol and brown sugar. The flavor is alcohol, smoke, tobacco, chocolate and some sweet malt. The mouthfeel is very oily and no-very low carbonation.
grikmok (132) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a dark black beer with no head at all. Aromas of strong alcohol and molasses. Tasted a lot like soy sauce and left a strong bitter aftertaste. Strange and strong.
Finwe (429) - Grankulla, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 375 ml. Poured black with almost non-existent brown head. Molasses, roasted malt, liquorice and alcohol in the aroma. Strong, sweet flavour with elements of coffee, liquorice, chocolat, roasted malt, burnt sugar and alcohol. Quite an experience.
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged bottle. Big sweet aroma of raisins, port wine and prunes. Appearance is black as night with no head. Taste is of sweet raisins, chocolate, coffee, tar, port wine and well disguised alcohol. The palate is fantastic and the after taste is long and sweet. Overall an amazing beer that delivers so much more than Iíve expected, wonderful!