KYbrewgal (45) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
whoa, quite a flavor of sweetness & bitterness. Dark brown with ruby highlights and a medium tan head. rich flavor of raisins, toffee, burnt sugar and a dry roast bitterness that lingers into the finish. One to try especially on tap.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 12.7 oz. First Edition. Split with Jefferson on my 24th birthday, Pours solid, deep black with a thin, quickly dissipating amber head. Nose is extremely complex and nuanced. Red grapes, roasted barley, figs, plum, chocolate, esspresso, nutmeg, clove, and a strong nod in the direction of pepper. Full, heavy body with an intense, bittersweet palate. Finishes with a crazy warming in the back of the throat and through to the belly. I cannot emphasize how spectacular and complex this stout tastes. Excellent.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pour with a thin brown head. Rich aroma of chocolate, molasses, fruity esters and roasted malt. Good flavor of chocolate, molasses, fruity esters, roasted malt and strong bitterness in the end. The body is medium with a vinous texture and gentle carbonation. Very good.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2010
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle about 1.5 years aged. Pitch black body with absolutely no carbonation or head. Aroma is like pinot noir but also has some balsamic vinegar and dark chocolate. The alcohol is still noticeable in the nose though I’d hoped it would have subdued by now. It starts off with a wallop of sweetness and alcohol. The sugary sweetness is almost unnatural and the alcohol is mostly noticeable due to the burn in the mouth. A coffee roast dominates at the finish and in the aftertaste. It’s very thin on the palate and the lack of carbonation doesn’t aid this at all. I can’t envision a scenario where this would be en enjoyable choice.
Linnet (1686) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
App: Small brown head, colour black as night, some lacing.
Ar: Soy, smoke, burnt wood, alcohol, charred coffee, heavily roasted malts and brown sugar.
F: Mother......!!!! This is intense! Sweet sugar, coffe burnt so bad that it would be as licking directly at my espressomaker, fruity and crazy heavy roasted malts, then the alcohol mercilessly attacks your tastebuds! I like it!
M: Thick, oily, sticky and very smooth.
T: What a ride!!
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft @ Blind Tiger. Black pour with brown head. Whiskey, coffee, paint thinner, and a bunch of etoh warming. Slightly better on draft then bottled.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2009 vintage.
Pitch black with a surprisingly big beige head that actually shows some retention and leaves nice lacings.
The aroma is almost cloying with lots of fumy solvent-like alcohol notes. Rich fruity notes, powdered cocoa, chocolate, burnt coffee, brown sugar and heavy roasted malts.
The flavor is just ridiculous. There’s big intense alcohol notes everywhere and it’s massively sweet in the mouth. Sugar, alcohol, molasses, alcohol, cocoa, alcohol, dark fruits, alcohol. Big roasted aromas, espresso, raisins... and alcohol. The finish is hot and warming and thankfully quite bitter with notes of salt licorice, burnt wood, brown sugar, solvent-like alcohol and death.
The massive flavors and aromas are accompanied by an equally massive body and creamy smooth texture. Thank good this one is carbonated.
Intense, but I kind of like it. If good and the Devil were to brew a beer together, the Devil would tranquilize God with this one in order to brew whatever he wants.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2011 375mL. The pour is deep brune to near jet black in the tulip with a stubborn head trying to form but only managing a barrage of brown bubbles. Aroma is massive: so much sweet syrup and impending cloying sweetness, oxidized tawny port, some very old cellar vinous notes, huge port wine and cellar character that is quite nice. The taste up front is all sweetness like a heavy dessert wine but changes ever so slowly to burning plastic, with the mouthfeel morphing from syrupy and viscous to ultra bitter and dry like eating pennies and burnt rubber. There are few words to describe exactly what happens when you drink this beer, but in one sentence I can easily say: do not drink this beer.. So many heavy metals and burning earth.
When I first took a sip of this I said, "It tastes like what you would have to eat for survival in Hell: burning dirt and scorched earth." Please Lord God, if Heaven served pitchers of New Glarus fruit beer, Hell serves Mikkeller Black.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2010
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2010 On tap @ChurchKey. Easily the worst beer I’ve ever tried, knocking off the WWS ’02 by a large margin. At no point was this beer even remotely enjoyable, except for the hilarity of how bad it was. Disgustingly sweet with loads fusel alcohols and enough burnt plastic to make a fire in a Fisher Price factory jealous.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank this at an ultimately low point in my micro career. $5/bottle due to an inaccurate price system. Only one, unfortunately. $13.99+ otherwise. Insanely fresh. What a shame. It was like ink. The thickest of the thickest. Smelled quite nice. Flavor was a sense overload. Just huge. Flavor was quite savor able- though I did NOT savor. And it was extremely heavy, but for a cheap price point, I would say was WAYY drinkable from a geek perspective. WHY THE FXCK does Mikkeller charge so MUCH?!?! Need to look up my original rating. Which may not have been so generous. But this was a great, big, beer indeed.