fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 2010-05-21, draught, mandatory sample at Mikkeller Bar, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Black ink color; creamy brownish head; nice lace. Fresh aroma, roasted malt, hops, paper, sand, wet walls; then followed by light burnt malt. Full bodied, strong caramel and rhubarb candies (Alpine herbs) flavor, very sweet, but the sweetness perception is obviously limited by the strong alcohol content; dark chocolate, roasted malts, light liquorice. The final is bold, well bitter, but with balancing sweetness, that most may find cloying; the roasted malts are present but don’t manage to appear significantly; the feeling lasts for long; somehow, there is some freshness in the end, some dynamicity, that increases the drinkability of this beer. Love it.
2010-02-19, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 7-5-9-5-17=43
It pours a black color, with generous brownish head. In the aroma there is a blend of creamy roasted malt and coffee (appreciated), Bandaid and alcohol (not appreciated), light apples (wondering...). Luscious body, not thick nor oily, just correct; very sweet flavor, sweet malt and roasted malt and coffee; even if accompanied by this pleasant and unusual sweetness, the coffee backbone is particularly appreciated. The final is a summary of all this: very sweet malt, coffee, light rhubarb candies. Evident but not disturbing alcohol and its comforting warmth. A monster of power.
2008-10-03, bottle, bottled 2007-12-12, 1 year old, 7-4-9-5-17=42
Yes, it’s black; it seems almost flat, but pouring the beer from a height it forms a brown head; some big bubbles resist, it looks like fermenting wort. It has an aroma of wood, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, very light cardboard. Good body strength (not viscous), with very strong sweet caramel flavor, rhubarb candies, light herbs and light roasted malt; then also some sweet liquorice appears, still hidden by the sweet caramel; no bad alcohol flavor, but a very burning feeling. Long final, balanced, with sweet caramel and some roasted malt and liquorice.
I like that it doesn’t show strong coffee character. It’s like drinking an Italian digestive (liquor; a mild version of Unicum comes to mind); a unique one, very enjoyable for me.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Dear God! Bottle from Bello. Dear God, I say! Another great example of a beer that is just too big. This 13 oz bottle ought to be split amongst 10 people. Thick aroma of apple, plum syrup, sweet chocolate, charcoal; flavors to match. Man. What a huge, painful beer.
Parasympatikus (25) - , FINLAND - OCT 10, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a brown, sticky, roasted-looking head. Aroma is really intense: red wine, old fruits.. First touch with lips feels like drinking melted dark chocolate. Flavor reminds me of complex and full-bodied red wines, dark chocolate, coffee, dark old fermented fruits. Alcohol tastes and feels clearly but not in a bad way. Smooth, full-bodied, complex, delicious palate. This is the best stuff I’ve tasted so far.
Beerdedone (2786) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a small brown head and fair lacing. Aroma of burnt malts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and a hint of leather. Rich flavor of dark malts, bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice, and lots of strong alcohol. Full bodied with a huge booze alcohol finish.
adm (5) - Alfold Crossways, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is more restrained than I had expected. Bitter and burnt notes like espresso coffe and licorice. Appearance is somewhat dissapointing - midnight black as expected, but almost no head. Medium lacing. Taste is extraordinary, almost like a good matured port. Vinous, with lots of licorice and coffee. Sweet notes, and a lovely espresso breathe-through...Palate is mediocre - not as big as I’d expect from a beer this big. Somewhat oily and syrupy. Don’t get em wrong - this is an extraordinary beer all told - it’s like a glass of coffee and licorice infused vintage port. This would be superb with Christmas Pudding! I’d better go and buy some more to keep in for December - and next December, and the one after that.
Marsiblursi (3046) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 (Bottle) Pours black with a dark brown head. The aroma has a graceful roastiness from the malt with tones of dark creamy chocolate and cocoa up front but there is also some room for burned notes of coffee, tar, liquorice, rubber and caramelized brown sugar. Sugary with notes of dark caramel, dark syrup, honey and molasses. The alcohol is present but quite soft for 17.5. Light grapefruity, floral and orange-like hops in the background. Undertones of earthy tobacco, soy, blackberries, prunes, dried figs, caramelized almonds, liqueur and port. The flavour is heavily sweet, cloying and very sugar/honey/dextrose-like. Not even the massive and complex burned/roasted malt and bitter hop profile can balance this. Tones of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, liquorice, coffee, orange, grapefruit, flowers, shellfish, blackberries, prunes, mead, liqueur and sweet port. The mouthfeel is smooth and oily but a tiny bit too sticky. Light carbonated. Well disguised minty alcohol. Medium to full bodied. A sipper.
Pailhead (5210) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma is pretty intense and consists of molasses, chocolate, black licorice, burnt notes, dark fruits, and definite alcohol. It pours black with no transparency and a small brown ring for a head. The flavor starts with a big sugary sweetness with some black licorice. It finishes with some black coffee bitterness, some burnt notes, and alcohol. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, but I didn’t find in as overbearing as some. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, the best part of this beer. No surprise at 17.5% its not n easy to brew a good stout at this volume. Black as night even the head is dark. Loads of burnt and sweet sugar, malt, liquor and licorice. Some astringent fruits get lost in the mix. I think i cringed at ever sip, i brought it out and mixed with kriek de ranke even still i think it went unfinished.
Proteus93 (65) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black it is. Totally opaque, with a creamy brown head, about a finger tall.
An intriguing aroma. Roasted malts, but along with a bit of a fruity and floral aroma - something similar to what I’d expect out of a Belgian ale of sorts. Coffee and chocolate aromas are there, and blend in quite nicely with the other aromas.
Taste is absolutely huge, as one could expect from something with such a high ABV. Most of it is a malt roast, raw and bitter espresso flavours, toffee, licorice. Finish is quite bitter and alcohol is certainly noticable.
I almost expect thicker and stickier, but it’s not happening, aside from some stick on the lips. Not a bad thing... a nice and subtle body for a big flavour.
Sloowwwly does it... the flavour does get to be pretty intense, anyways. Beers this big aren’t really meant for quaffing. Maybe a bit much for my palate, though I’d be very interested in seeing what a year or two did to mellow it out.
Fin (7820) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at Thorsminde Campsite, Denmark 20-09-08, got from Phil L’s Beer Merchants Cave Direct Co’, cheers Phil Pours shark eye black with a tan head. Some tiny bits of yeast are present in suspension and peer out of this gimping mire of blackness. Bittersweet on the tip of tongue and then on the back of the mouth. Really coffeeish, alcohol is quite forceful its not too bad though but it s always there. Thick hoppy, oily, really quite fiercesome stuff. There is no denying that this beer is quality but for me its just a bit too much. Well done to Mikkeller for having the balls to do summat like this, chocolate, coffee and port on the nose.