Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with almost no head. Sweet and alcoholic, malt, liquorice, no hops. Very low carbonation. Full body. Way too much alcohol in my opinion but not bad. Went very well with my home made brownies. As always, Mikkeller has done a good beer that is worth to try.
Bricks (959) - Delaware, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 Smells of coffee and roasted malt. No lacing or head. Very dominant taste of alcohol... maybe some citrus in there too. No carbonation. Too powerful to be ultra enjoyable but a great beer nonetheless. Worth a try.
leaparsons (9778) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a beige foam. Aromas are sorghum with rich roast malts. Oats with chocolate and rich coffee. Peppery alcohol and yeast. Flavours are sweet and sugary with coffee and some dark chocolate bitterness. Really thick caramel and sweet chocolate with raisins and bready yeast. Very peppery and warming on the finish. Fruity and herbal. There’s a lot going on. Great.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black/darkest brown, small tan head. Big time licorice, huge roasty bittersweet malt, light coffee, alcohol, sugar. Body is a medium/full, no doubt lightened a bit by the beet sugar, soft carbonation. Very nice, could use more time though. From notes.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a viscous jet black body with no head to speak of. Nose has a heap of spirity alcohol, with dark chocolate, coffee, rum & raisin. Some sweetness detectable also. Palate is big & rich, with alot of sweetness, i was actually expecting this to be overly astringent but am surprised to find it goes the other way. Nose translates well to the palate. Finishes with lingering sweetness & dark roast, though the dark roast doesnt hang around as long as i thought...finish almost seems a little short, if that makes sense. Also considerable abv heat on the finish. I actually really liked it, even though it probably doesn’t sound that way. Would prefer a drier roastier dark malt presence on the finish to balance out the sweetness. Still, highly recommend & probably prefer to the black hole.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12.7oz. bottle, with thanks to TheEpeeist from a trade back in January 2009. Pours dark black with a thin head of larger and loose bubbles. Aroma is ripe dark fruits, chocolate, and some more alcohol port/cordial aromas as well. Flavor starts with dark candied fruit sweetness and some chocolate, then transitions fairly quickly into more burnt roast malts on the finish. The sweet, then burnt thing with a more alcoholic finish is weird. This one just didn’t work too well for me, but thanks again Chris!
dmac (5478) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz cork and caged green bottle from Canal’s Hainesport. Poured a perfect looking pitch black body with a deep beige head that is so thick, full and creamy it looks like chocolate mousse. Aroma was lots of dark rum soaked cake, dark fruits, tobacco, soy sauce and alcohol. The body has some serious alcohol heat on the back of my throat that makes this seem more like a cordial or perhaps a Weyerbacher brew. The body itself is velvety smooth wth light carbonation. The flavor is dominated by alcohol and burnt malts. The alcohol flavor is so strong it’s difficult to pick up on the subtle flavors that were present in the aroma but still this is exactlly the strong sipper I was hopingit would be......good stuff but very very STRONG!!!
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown with close to no head just a little tan head. Aroma is again largly alcohol. Flavor is very choolatey with quite a bit of alcohol. body is creamy with light carbonation.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with 2017 expiry. Not my favourite Mikkeller, but tasty, more like a port than beer though. Pours black (big suprise) and zero head. Nose is roasty, port notes, with lots of alcohol coming through. Body is thick and syrupy, almost no carbonation. Roasty malt, dark chocolate, sweet with big bitter character coming through. I found this beer benefited from some aging.
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up somewhere...can’t really say actually because it would violate the law. Poured a very viscous black; a very nice and thick pour. Head was a dark brown color and looked nice but faded away QUICKLY. Sweet malt alcohol and champagne yeast aroma. You can really smell that champagne yeast. I don’t think the aroma is very impressive. A roast aroma does come through. Again, just not my favorite aroma. Nice thick flavor. Wow the flavor is so much better than the aroma. Nice deep roast flavor, and honestly the alcohol isn’t that bad. THe beer starts off as a sweet malt flavor and then that deep alcohol and roast just smack your tastebuds. It is a very nice developed roast flavor. Some great bitter flavors going on. Just a nice complex taste. The alcohol doesn’t kill the flavor at all. Not carbonated and very smooth. Pretty good, thought from the aroma it was going to be worse.