Meilby (7904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 375ml @ Geokkjer
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, coconut and oak. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long roasty, warm, sweet, vanilla and coconut finish. Body is full, texture is oily to sticky, carbonation is soft.
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought at Hopduvel
Head: Large, foamy, cappucino
Colour: dark brown, black
Smell: some roast, lots of vanilla and some oak chips, typical bourbon sweetness, booze, banana, not really something that reminds me of imperial stout tough .. : coffee, malts, roast ..
Taste: straight booze and alcoholic sweetness and burn from the start, lots of vanilla, milk chocolate, candy, caramel, oak, lots of bourbon, a small hint of cognac, end is burning and slight bloody/irony, bitter chocolate aftertaste , good one !
larsga (6260) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big dark brown body. Opaque black body. Deep earthy black
chocolate aroma with molasses and brown alcohol notes.
Sweet-dryish earthy black chocolate taste with peppery minty
notes. Full-bodied. Hot, sharp mouthfeel with considerable
astringence at the end. Dry-bitter earthy black chocolate
aftertaste with roasty coffee and pine needle notes. It’s good,
but far too alcoholic, and fairly sharp with the pine needles,
too. (0.375l bottle, wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)
JohnnyJ (4411) - 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 (11192) - 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 (4164) - 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 (8563) - 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 (6152) - 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.