kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12.7oz corked bottle. This has bee in my beer fridge for a while. I thought it was black glass, until i peeled away the foil and noticed it was green. The synthetic cork came out with a quiet, unimpressive pop. Pours pitch black, with a few brown bubbles. Intense aroma - alcohol, dark chocolate, molasses, and burnt caramel are the predominant flavors. Initial flavor is bakers chocolate. The first sip ended with unpleasant charcoal and ash, but this calmed down for subsequent sips. Overall, the flavor exhibits a big chocolate malt backbone, along with soy sauce, ash, rubber and mild hops. The flavor is incredibly intense, but not very enjoyable. I have another bottle; it needs to get lost in the back of my cellar for at least 10 years.
plutoodie (11) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I agree with the description - this beer is NOT for sissies: It is black as a witches cauldron, powerful in both flavour and alcohol and very oily. It is rare to find a beer like this. But be ware - difficult to drink a whole bottle alone (share it) and all beers afterwards taste like water (rinse your palets!)
asi (20) - Copenhagen V, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2009
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
very lovely aroma, sherry, rasins and a bit of alcohol in the smell, black, with out cream, very very strong, burned coffee, sweet aftertaste
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevoís Febmergency Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me thanks to bierkoning. Best by 12/12/17. Totally pitch black with a thin head. Aroma is alcohol, soy sauce, chocolate, coffee. The taste is hugely warming alcohol, big burnt coffee, some chocolate and a small soy sauce finish.
olsvammel (4121) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A taste bomb. Lots of dark chocolate and coffe. It almost looks like you are drinking soy sauce, the liquid moves in a very oily fashion. We split the bottle three ways and it took us all evening to finish it. I like extreme beers but this was almost a bit to much. Defenitely worth a taste though.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crazy. Super strong (almost harsh) burnt coffee with some dark chocolate in the aroma. Blacker than anything with a great dark brown head. My tongue is going nuts at first taste, so much going on in the palate and flavor. Everything the aroma and appearance indicated and much more- heavy malts topped with dark everything, some hops and yeast manage to make it through as well but i canít really identify them because this brew is so over the top. Soooo much going on i canít take it all in. And the alcohol is quite powerful, too, as you would expect at 17.5. But i donít really think it takes away from this brew. If there was some subtle complexity that it overshadowed that would be a downfall but there is nothing subtle about this beer. Everything is overdone. I love it. Would like to see what this would rate after removing all the ratings from the "sissies" who didnít pay attention to the commercial description.
Stefano (1900) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, malt, coffee, licorice. Flavour is coffee, alcohol, mild acidicness, roasted malts as well as some burnt wood. Nice beer but a little to much alcohol.
hallinghansen (2391) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2009 Bottle. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is alcohol, chocolate, roasted malts and tar. Flavor is alcohol, chocolate, hops, liquorice, smoke and tar. The aftertaste is bitter from the chocolate and the hops. Great beer.
Anker (723) - HillerÝd, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Bottle 2007, shared by Hallinghansen. Pours pitch black with a small brown head.
Aroma is liquorice, chocolate, tan and alcohol.
Flavor is liquorice, tan, lots of alcohol, hits of chocolate and a bitter aftertaste.
Way to much alcohol for me!
jgb9348 (5096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hard to get cork out - not seemingly pressurised, although it looks it once poured. Nice pitch black coloured body with a thinnish, one-centimetre light brown head. Fully-opaque, no light getting through. Aroma of strong roasted malt, coffee, fresh hops, alcohol, pit fruits, cherries and sour milk. Full-bodied; Strong astringent full flavoured roasty malt tastes with a lactic and overly bitter and pungent alcoholic warmth. Potent fruits and spices, but too much alcohol and roasted malt and it overshadows everything. Aftertaste is too potent and showing too much alcohol, too much malt and not enough complexity. Even though itís not aged to what Mikkeller wants, I donít think it would improve too much during that period. Overall, worth trying just because of the brewery, but definitely not one of my favourite beers from them. Glad I sampled it, but if I saw someone pick this up, Iíd definitely tell them not to waste their money ($16 for me) on it. I sampled this 375 mL ísplití bottle purchased from Merchantís in Dearborn, Michigan on 03-August-2008, sampled at home in Washington on 13-February-2009.