uhre (384) - DENMARK - MAR 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Black with a brown head. The aroma is of caramel, oak and roasted barley, with alcohol too. Flavor is very sweet with caramel, oak and roasted barley.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours out in an opaque black colour with a small beige head. Bi g, almost burning aroma of ash, black chocolate, roasted malts, anise and alcohol. Full-bodied with notes of oak, black chocolate, pepper, spunned sugar, fihs and ash. Long warming finish of black pepper, dark chocolate, figs and alcohol. Need some rest, me thinks.
bvc (1138) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
250ml bottle shared by after4ever. Pours dark, black, with little head that lingers around the sides of the glass. Nose is deep roasted malt and some chocolate. This one was roasty on the palate with hints of sweet and a touch of smoke. Also had a fair amount of carbonation going on. ABV is also fairly well hidden with this one.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by after4ever. Thanks Tom! Lots of dark malts in the aroma, somewhat vinous with a noticeable tart characteristic from the oak barrels. Some alcohol almost vodka notes wafting toward the nose as well. Pours black - go figure - with a thin tan ring. The nose proved to be a bit misleading as I got a good amount of sweet chocolate in the flavor followed by roast and burnt malts. Some oak and wood notes from the barrel aging but mostly sweet chocolate and burnt malts in this one. Nice smoothing drinking with a pleasant bitterness to round everything out.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copenhagen Feb, 09. Pours jet black with initial frothy deep brown head that quidkly faded. Rich chocolate mailt aroma. Flavour is quite sweet, with roasty malt, oak wood and big hop finish.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Bobby91w. Pour is black with a multi-hued head of browns and reds. The nose is huge with loads of hops, roast, tar, and oak. Lots of the same stuff going on in the flavor and wonderfully bitter. A bit of an oily mouthfeel. What a treat.
Marsiblursi (2975) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 (Bottle) Pours black with a big, fast decreasing brown head. The aroma has an extremely intense and compact character of woody, citric and resiny hops (dry hopped), deep, tar-like aromatic coffee roast, sweet syrupy malt and fresh red wine/vanilla-ish oak. The burned malt is almost a bit smoky from time to time. Hints of violet, brown sugar and honey. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet with a good bitterness to back it up. Citrus, resin, tar, coffee, oak wood and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and sticky yet smooth and soft carbonated. Some alcohol warmth is present without any annoying alcohol taste. Lingering aftersweetness with some burned roast to save the day. Near full bodied. Typical Mikkeller.
Defreni (2285) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske. Kulsort øl med et lille skumhoved. Dejlig duft af malt og en anelse Brændt kaffe. Smagen er overdomineret af alkohol, og fadlagringen kan ikke ænses i denne voldsomme øl. Kunne nok blive bedre med en smule mere lagring i flasken, men jeg tror faktisk den er for voldsom. Men igen, ikke nogen dårlig øl.
OleR (4581) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
250 ml bottle from Ølbutikken. Well, black as coal, no clarity. A thin layer of brown foam on top, quickly diminishing, leaving som bubbles clinging to the glass. Smells good. At first a strong scent of alcohol-soaked plums and vanilla, then heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate and wood. Flavor is sweet and bitter to the limit, still kind of balanced and complex. Tar and candysugar. Heavily roasted malts and milk-chocolate. Lots of coffee, lots of bittering hops, lots of wood. Big-bodied. Thick, oily mouthfel. Lasting tar-ish bitterness in the ending. The perfect sipper.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to the top bloke that is Harrisoni. Well, black as coal is certainly right. The initial pillowy tan head has now settled to a faint collar but nae bother. Aroma is rich as hell and certainly warming but maybe just a little too tarry for me to really get my rocks off. The flavour however is full on pan handle material. I’ve only had a few sips and already there are little coals of joy stoking up a bonfire in my belly. Massive Mikkeller craziness. Dark and dominating, demanding I don a gimp mask and let it put clamps on me turnips. Somehow I stay focussed and out of S&M gear and carry on drinking. The alcohol is huge and kicks a path to your stomach leaving a perverted sting in its wake. Plenty of brute force is added by some insane hoppage which links up with with some fat chewy malt that it finds down an alleyway and they both slap you round the head til you are short of breath. More punch is added by some angry carbonation which you can feel aaaaaall the way down baby. Mad as an angry spanner munching frog. Tastier than Sophie Ellis Bextor. Yet another thing to love Mikkeller for...