BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Well it sure is black but it does have a brownish tinge to it and virtually no head to speak of, just a thin layer of brown bubbles that dissipate quickly. Aroma is very spirity with notes of raisins, sweetish coffee, a little bit of dark chocolate. Again the alcohol is quite noticable in the flavour as well as liquorice, toffee, tobacco and roasted malt. Definitely the extreme end of the spectrum of stout, not for a summer afternoon, but if you’re in the right mood a great sipper for a chilly evening.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz bottle. Not quite black with some oily tan bubbles and lacy swirls. Nose is chocolate, soy, molasses and brandied raisin. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is chocolate syrup, dates, Kahlua and licorice; quite sweet. Finishes with tobacco, tar and bitter burnt sugar. Could be exceptional with five more years in the cellar.
madsberg (11249) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Small almost non existing brown fluffy head. Sweetness, roast, chocolate, light liqourice, light fruits and a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Flavour is strong. Dusty soy souce, sweetness, liqourice, roast, espresso, light cocoa and heavy, heavy alcohol. Quite smooth though. Medium to full bodied. Dry. Roasty, almost cloyingly sweet and alcoholdense end. Very special beer. Hadn’t I known the ABV, I would never have guessed the 17.5 %. Hides the hight abv extremely well.
TaktikMTL (6860) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille verte de 375 ml, avec bouchon de caoutchouc, obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de petits fruits et d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café avec une pointe de chocolat au caramel et d’alcool. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’amertume du café en arrière goût. (Rating #2606)
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a foamy chocolate colored head that settles into a lasting lacing. Roasted malty aroma with chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, dark fruit, spice, alcohol, hops and candi sugar notes. Very complex with a nice roasted coffe maltiness, sweet dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, and alcohol warmth. The ABV is noticeable but pretty well masked considering it’s strength.
rane (999) - Nibe, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 Bottle. Completely black with small brown head. Aroma roasted malts and licorice. Taste roasted malts and licorice, very sweet, too sweet. I got it at a tasting, 10 cl was too much. (7, 5, 7,3,10) =3.2
Had a app. 2 years old bottle, and it was completely undrinkable. Aroma had gone only harsh roasted malts, and the taste had gone the same way, no licorice or sweetness left (2, 4, 1, 1, 1)= 0.9
I´ve placed my rating somewhere in between, as I was somehow positivly surprised the first time.
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in body with tan coloured head and alcoholic legs. Huge aroma of alcohol then dried fruit then loads of sugar. Taste was a touch hot at first, dried fruit again and sugar, not too complex, drank ok - slowly.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle. corked and caged. Amped-up Black Hole without the coffee. Alcohol is just wafting out! Super strong. Huge roast. Flavor has deep roast, log lasting flavor of residual sweetness. Whoo, flavor of alcohol. WOW. Nice malts, still lots of sugars left! HOW? Don’t know. Are my cheeks RED?? Nice, very nice. Another A+ from Mikkeller. Whoo that’s strong!
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black like you shut off the lights of the world and wore sunglasses taped over with duct tape. tan head is deep and could probably catch a parachuter with a broken chute. nose is sweet with a dark espresso, chocolatey burnt roast blast. taste? um, like heaven if it were made of sweet goodness. tastes just like it smells, roasted and chocolate with sweetness. mouthfeel is velvety smooth and perfect heaviness, but the aftertaste zaps your tastebuds with a lazer of crisp alcohol. some high-alcohol beers taste like a stout with a shot of rubbing alcohol in it, not ’black.’ an amazing marriage of alcohol and taste that makes enjoying a beer of the calibre that much more enjoyable. not if it weren’t $19 per bottle, we’d be set.
IPAaLLtHEwAY (142) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black pour with dark brown head. Aroma is roast, sweet molasses, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is intensely rich and sweet. Caramel, bourbon boozyness and caramel molasses with tons of chocolate and vanilla. Palate is rich, full, velvety and creamy with a warming syrup like quality. AS the brew warms flavors develop into creamy roast, licorice, and syrup. Amazing brew.