JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour, thin to no head. Dark roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, sweetness, mocha, medium bitterness, and oak. Much nicer than regular black.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(From notes 3 Oct, 2012) Bottle. Pitch black color, brown foam. Smells like coffee, vanilla, sweet. Flavor is robust coffee, feels a bit thicker. Leaves a long, bitter aftertaste. I cannot remember what I thought of the original Black, but this was very, very enjoyable.
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ Kihoskh, Cph.
Pours completely opaque black with a medium, staying, creamy, beige head. Good lacings. Aroma is sweet and vinious. Vanilla, light oak, roasted, alcohol. Some milky chocolate. Low carbonation, lovely creamy and slightly dry mouthfeel. Flavour has fine roasted malts, lingering vanilla bean notes, light coffee, warming, vinious. Light roasted malts. Oaky dryness. Far better balanced than the original, even if the alcohol is still too prominent.
77ships (7435) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#1400 Rating - Split a bottle with Benzai @ 4 in the morning or so with Benzai @ the hotel during Borefts - 375 ml green bottle - pours pitch black with a reasonably looking mocha head - nose is thick, sweet mocha, licorice, complimenting booze, vanilla, bourbon, oak - thing is so smooth, rich, oily, mean, just slides down your throat, sweet mocha, very light roast, licorice, light vinous touch, prunes, quite creamy roast, oak, light spirit, vanilla, caramel, oak, sweet stuff, dark chocolate, thick coffee you can put your spoon in, warms the throat, this is warming not boozy, viscous, oily, better than other big name high alcohol beers I have had so far, this is actually a bottle to drink, not take a small tasting glass - maybe I should have murdered Rene and finished the bottle - defiantly exceeded my expectations - a lot of Mikkeller is overprice or stupid expensive - this one is expensive as well but a damn fine beer - didn’t think it would be that good especially since the regular Black is not that good - this is some fine barrel aging
ColinStronge (14) - Munlochy, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at the Anderson, cheers Jim! Where to start? Pours thick pitch black with little to no head but there is obviously carbonation. It smells divine! The aroma is nuts, pistachio, dark chocolate, vanilla, obviously from bourbon, well balanced into the beer without overpowering it. The body is full but without being cloying though there is a lovely sweetness that counteracts the bitterness. The carbonation is well developed in such a thick, strong beer and rare in something bottle conditioned like this. This beer is just sublime!
Benzai (12771) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37,5cl bottle @ hotelroom thanks to 77ships. Opaque pitch black color, medium to full sized light brown head that leaves a decent lacing in the glass. Smell roasted malts, clearly barrel aged, a lot of alcohol obviously and some sweetness. Taste malts, roasted malts, pretty alcoholic but it suits the beer, clearly barrel aged, coffee, liquorice, liquoricewood, chocolate and some moccha. Full body, full carbonation. Suits the beer perfectly. Wow, this is really something.
KnutAlbert (6651) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely sweet aroma. Bourbon vanilla, coffee, smooth. Some alcohol warming and sweetness, but you would not guess the strength.
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours viscous black with a small tan ring for a head which quickly disappears leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Nose is very bourbon forward. Lots of ash and smokey tones throughout with some heavy roasted malts and coffee. Almost a touch of coconut and salty dark chocolate. Vanilla seems to add a hint of sweetness to it which helps it come across ’less big.’ Taste is dominated by ashy malts and bourbon. Lots of oak and smokiness behind it all. Very mocha forward with a burnt note to it. Huge beer and quite boozy but that’s to be expected at 19%. The finish is exactly that of bourbon. Expect big
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.375 l bottle. Black color. Aromas of perfumed & boozy alcohol, oak and roasty licorice. Roasty, oaky and boozy taste with salty licorice, coffee. Thick full body. First centiliters were nice but soon this turned into a very boozy and oaky cocktail. Rich long finish.
waltc21 (1) - VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
WHAT A BEER! SOMEWHAT OVERWHELMING. THIS IS A SLOW, WONDERFUL PROCESS LEADING TO THE BOTTOM OF A SNIFTER. LICORICE, VANILLA, WITH BOURBON OVERTONES.