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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 820   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 525   ABV: 17.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The strongest beer in Scandinavia. This imperial stout is the craziest, wildest, strongest beer from Mikkeller to this date. Not for sissies.......! Sample it fresh or store it for many many years to come!
Ingredients : Water, malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (10202) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle @ Maria tasting. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, malt, coffee, licorice. Flavour is roasted, malt, licorice, coffee, hop, alcohol. The finish is hop, coffee. Very nice after dinner beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Pours nearly pitch black out of the bottle and appears opaque black in the glass. Head isnít as dark as expected, a light tan. Nose has a lot of elements, hinting of raisins, sherry, chocolate and coffee, rubber, tar and alcohol. Flavor is loaded with dark fruit and heavily roasted malt notes, with some hints of chocolate and coffee. Intense, massively flavorful, strong alcohol (but much better hidden than when the beer was first imported) and lots of taste. It has improved in the last three months, but mostly, Iím thinking of how this beer will be in a couple years. Check back with it in 2009. It will be a gem by then.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4350) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2008
This is good, certainly a love it or hate it kind of beer, though I wouldnít go so far as to say I love it. The boozy, smooth palate with no carbonation reminded me of World Wide Stout, but this is not as good as that beer. The aroma has port and red wine, as well as oak and vanilla, along coffee that has been burned in the roasted process. Flavor has some some and alcohol, which is not hidden at all. There is also raisin and bitter roasted malt with other malt that is still sweet and not overly roasted. It might need some time, but this is a beer with complexity and various flavors and aromas.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Corked and caged bottle. Medium sized light brown head that mostly diminished, very little lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a black hue. The aroma was roasty, chocolate, malty, coffee notes, slightly toasty, alcohol, and lightly hoppy. The flavor was bitter, thick, malt, coffee, roasty, hops, alcohol that warms your innards, hint of chocolate, and a dry finish. Slghtly tingly mouthfeel and medium-full bodied. This is a sipping beer for sure due to the presence of the ABV, very tasty, nicely done, a big beer for sure IMO, definitely worthy of a try, and I would drink this again.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle pours black with a smallish tan head and good lace. The aroma is coffee, oats, soy, dark fruits, and just plain over the top. The flavor is over the top everything. Too sweet, alcoholic, bitter, burnt, chemical, and vanilla. The palate is thick and rich. This really needs a few years to try to get to a drinkable state. Right now, it is like coffee, cherry cough syrup, and grain alcohol. Ugh. Perhaps the most expensive drain pour in my books.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2008
Bottled. Deep brown colour (close to black), big brown creamy head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, toffee and sweet malts. Flavour is coffee, alcohol, mild acidicness, roasted malts as well as some burnt wood. Rather sweet imperial stout, otherwise very pleasant.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsniclas (5528) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 Bottled. Thx gnoff. Pitch black with a beige head. Very roasted with notes of some solvent. Thick and oily, raw and unbalanced. Wood, sugar, leather, stable, tar...

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11114) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle @ Nordals Festival 2008.
Pours utter pitch black with a tiny, creamy, beige film head. Aroma is very vinious at first, but really settles into an impressive (and soft) aroma of chocolate, hard roasted malts and coffee with slight vanilla notes. Quite high in carbonation, making it less creamy and more lively than expected. Which is quite nice. Flavour is very vinious, sugary sweet with lots of hard roasted malts. Good coffee and dark chocolate notes. Lots of super dry hops in the end. This is impressive, but very much over the top.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2008
12.7 oz, cork and cage, cork stamped 12/12/17 (what does that mean?). Dark, opaque pour thatís a little red around the edges, dense tan head that fades - excellent lacing. Aroma is boozy but less so than I was expecting. Rich, deep chocolate, espresso, cream, hops. Ok, there is a lot of alcohol in there. Not a hugely complex aroma - the subtleties are lost on me and dominated by the aromas above. Maybe some cherry, and definitely some vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet, and acridly bitter. Feels like hot coffee in your chest, and leaves the espresso astringency in your mouth. Tastes like the darkest dark chocolate youíd ever have. Harsh and alcoholic finish. The end of this so ridiculously long and hugely bitter. Iím putting this back in the fridge to cool down so I can actually drink it... Pretty huge beer, needs some serious time to mellow, like 3 years. Iíve got one to hang onto for a while, but for now, this beer is killing me. Totally unbalanced.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and straight booze. It has kind of a burnt chocolate flavor to it. It tastes a little bit like a syrup. It is also a little sweet and boozy for me. I thought it was okay, but I had a lot higher expectations. It is a sipper.


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