77ships (6539) - 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 (11858) - 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 (6440) - 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 (3480) - 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 (5033) - 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Black, Buffalo
Date: August 05, 2012
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: black, scant head with frothy tan edges, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, sweet caramel, sweet alcohol
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, hot caramel, sweet vanilla, peppery alcohol, bitter dark chocolate, light fusel finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
harrisoni (16064) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Cask Pub. Black as hell lasting tan head. Intense aroma and the buffalo trace comes through. Which is fine by me as I like Buffalo Trace. Then its the regular Black goodness but slightly hotter. Cool
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml gree bottle shared by harrisoni at Cask Pub And Kitchen. Black pour, solid frothy light brown head. Oily, tar like aroma - molasses, alcohol, heavy massive roast - aroma even better, not a vanilla bomb of sweetness like many. Thick, oily, perfect carbonation - longish almost bunt bitter boozy finish. Terrif - thw fumes got me half drunk - thank you very much, Ian!!!