BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[At Carlsens with Hans Ole.] Totally black with fluffy coffeehead. Fat aroma of coffee, sugar, burntness, chocolate and heavy alcohol. Flavor of the fattest sweetness ever, oil, complex hops, dried fruits, and more notes than ever before noticed. All ending up very bitter. What a miracle!
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 375ml. Courtesy of Bov. Aroma: Shōchū, Christmas pudding, wood, marzipan and sherry in the nose. Flavor and palate: Walnuts, Christmas pudding, marzipan, cherries and late roasted impressions showing up. Full bodied, complex and warming. Reminiscent of cough syrup and Shōchū. Wonderful salty finish. An atypical Imperial Stout. Thanks Bov!
Muggus69 (2047) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml corked bottle. Suprised its a green bottle actually. BB 12/12/17!!!
Served at room temperature in a goblet.
At a fortifying 17.5%alc/vol, this is a good amount (standard beer strength!) stronger than any beer iíve ever laid eyes on, so iím really not entirely sure what the expect!
Cork is a bit of a struggle to get out, iím expecting the contents to be reasonably low carbonation though. Tempted to get a cork screw!
Pops open without a great deal of sound, and iím presented with a dense, oily, opaque black liquid with shortly lived dark ring of lace that is probably darker than most stouts! Has legs that cling onto the glass for what seems an eternity!
Aroma just screams potency up my nostrils. Warming fortified wine-like alcohol tends to dominate, but seems to keep a common theme of vinous character that seems more relevant to a port; dark berries, dried fruit, woody spice, characoal, bitter citrus, soy sauce, dark roast coffee bean, burnt toffee and roasted nuts. Iím kind of a bit afraid to take a sip!
As expected, the body has the initial weight of a forified wine, but quickly dries out with a huge drying from tannic grain astringency and alcohol. Carbonation is low, thick oily texture seems almost enough to distract one from the ridiculous abv.
Intense flavour is probably an understatement. I can (and have) see some people taking a sip and not even bothering, but I like to think iím a bit more adventurous. Alas, it is hard to look beyond the alcohol, roasted grain and general bitterness, but underneath reveals layers of liquorice, roasted nuts, toffee, brandy, rich bitter chocolate, vinous dark fruits and citrus. And the list just goes on, and does the after taste!
However, at the end of the day, this is a seriously brutal beer, and as the Best Before suggests, this has a good number of years left on it. So itís be my recommondation to leave this bad boy in the cellar for a few years to mellow, because i can really see good things coming to those who wait!
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Preface: Iíve been wanting to try this one for a long time. Letís see if this is all that Iíd hoped for.) Pours an oily black with no head or lacing and little apparent carbonation. Aroma is profound: Canít hide the booze, no surprise, but other characteristics are apparent; Dark fruit, unsweetened chocolate, espresso all on the nose. Wow, flavor is strong, tarry yet fruity, chococlatey, high-quality espresso again, and booze of course. Just makes my neck and shoulders shudder with every swallow. The booze overpowers, which is something you usually donít hear me saying. That is not to say that it isnít delicious. Palate is oily, liquidy, couldíve been more carbonated, though likely not possible with the rest of the package. More of a novelty; I mean, even if I could afford it, I couldnít see myself drinking this everyday. But Iím still glad I got it, tried it, experienced it. I will have this again sometime.
Overall, excellent. Thanks Mikkeller.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2009 Bottle. Pours black with a really dark head. Smells of chocolate and roasted barley. Complex taste with notes of chocolate and roasted barley, alcohol is quite present, it is a little over powering for me. A little much for me, but I can still enjoy it.
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Used this beer in a beer and food session. Great with blue cashel cheese, fresh acidic goat cheeses. The beer is very strong in bitters and the acids in food will solve this one dimension aspect of the beer. Solo itís even a bit boring. Witf food exciting.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thx to Henrik. Black sirope-like beer with a very dark head (never seen such a dark head by the way). Siropy, roasted, porto, coffee, mokka and dark fruits in the nose. Very complex taste with at the end an overwhelming alcohol warming and a very nice bitterness.
Hansen (8390) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost like black syrup. Beige head, mostly lasting. Lots of aroma, dark, roasted, port, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet, warming alcohol, a bit sticky too, chocolate, coffee, yeasty. Syrup texture. Soft carbonation.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured midnite black. The nose was sweet, and boozy. Definitely a beer to sip, 6oz took me almost an hour. Flavor was also sweet with obviously lots of alcohol. How do you hide 17%? As it warmed the burnt flavors became more prominent, and easier to drink. I liked it, but would order and drink carefully. Very strong bite in the finish.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Makes a better chili than a drink. The beer pours to a deep brown/black body with a thin brown head. The aroma is like a super alcoholic light espresso stout. The flavor is super concentrated with charred black malt. Tons of fusel alcohol. The palate is super sharp with tons of alcohol and nasties. Fuck me, this is bad.