robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a jet black with a slight purple as it pours into the snifter, has a very small brown head, and some lacing.
smell is of lots of alcohol, dark fruits, cocoa, and a touch of coffee.
taste is thick, overbearing alcohol, bitter and bakers chocolate, and licorice.
overall it is just to much in the face with the alcohol that it gets in the way of any other smells and flavors, aging might help.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black color with a thin dense chocolate brown head. Aroma is intense of bourbon, smoke, roasted malt and over ripe fruits. Taste is way over the top. Lots of alcohol, roasted malt, and an odd hop bitterness with a long lasting after taste. This beer is extreme in every way. I don’t think I would want to drink another one.
Travlr (14698) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
The Surgeon General’s Warning is not enough!!
Appearance: Absorbs light like a black hole; pours like Sarah Palin’s motor oil
Aroma: "It’s burning my eyes!"; clears the sinuses better than Afrin.
Palate: "it cleared up this cough I’ve had for two years";
Flavor: like when you leave the espresso pot on the burner too long, then forget to add sugar; I timed the finish at 23 minutes, but one taster claimed he could still taste it the next day at work.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours black as night with a tan head. Aromas of alcohol, licorice, alcohol, coffee, alcohol, and some more alcohol. Flavors are about the same, Some coffee, some licorice, some roasted malts. Mostly though its a hotbed of alcohol. Perhaps some time (years) would do this justice. I honestly cant understand these high ratings? Oh well to each their own, thats the beauty of beer.
RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a caramel colored creamy/frothy head. The name fits. Smells of nice coffee and good roasted malts. There are a good number of dark fruits like plums and raisins intermixed with sherry and chocolate. WOW this brew has a massive "punch" of a flavor. Massive alcohol flavor with some nice sherry, raisin, plum, coffee, chocolate, some nice spice and overly alcoholic. Go figure, 17.5% isn’t always so easy to hide. Lots of bitterness in the end. nice and chewy with a very full body. You can drink 1. Maybe 2 if you are planning on falling over on your face. Just kidding. but a second one of these and you may forget your name or phone number or something. A good beer, once in a while. Thumbs up to Mikkeller!
PMgep (96) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
[Bottle] Black as my soul! Brown foam, aroma of burnt sugar and chokolate. Taste is coffee, chokolate and burnt sugar. A beer to be tasted in small doses, atherwise it will get to much.
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 Wow. This is like drinking bourbon. Pours a phenomenal black opaque with no head to speak of. There is no lacing either. The aroma can be smelled from 5 ft away...straight oak and bourbon. This beer is a powerhouse! Slams the palate of bourbon, oak, rum, raisins, charcoal, dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry, leather, and cocoa dusting. The flavors are NOT by any means balanced, but they are complex as hell. The alcohol is detected with ease, and burns the throat. The mouthfeel is off a bit, but for nearly 18% ABV, it is very acceptable. DFH World wide has nothing on this beer. Whatever this beer lacks in complexity, it makes up for in pure power! This is top notch.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black as ink, dark brown thick head. Aroma is quite complex, bitter choco, licorice, coffee, tobacco(ish), soy sauce, yet you can feel a strange sweetness you don’t expect from a beer like this. Flavour is tainted indeed from loads of sweet added sugars which burns your mouth combined with those not that hidden 17,5%.
Pinball (11055) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle tasted at home., bottled dec 2007. 17.5%
aroma is alcoholic, coffee and roasted grains, appears pitch black, dark brown smooth head, flavor is very sweet, very roasted grains, borwn sugar and caramel. imo too much alc. and not enough to show for it. still of course quite an interesting brew.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 17.5% in 12.7 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $18.99
Neither of those (17.5 or 18.99 or 12.7 fl. oz. ) are typos.
Aroma: amazing, coffee, cocoa, hay, barnyard, oak, alcohol, ether.
Visuals: world class packaging, blackness, midnight, deep woods, solid, thick, viscous, staying tan head, intricate lace.
Taste: nicely balanced, off the charts in malt and hops, a new level of strength. Superb.
Palate: highest quality, syrupy texture, long dark finish.
Overall: The DFH 120 minute IPA of the world of imperial stouts. All others pale. It is without a doubt the best beer I have ever tasted in my life. I will go and clear the shelves of it, whatever the cost. It’s not only a favorite, it is my new superlative standard. Highest value for the highest craft. Mikkeller is only posing as a human.