Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - JUN 4, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 Bottle. Dark brown/almost black color with a large light brown head.
Aroma is dominated by the coffee together with some dark chocolate, roasted mat and smoke.
Flavour is also very coffee-dominated, but there’s also dark chocolate, tobacco, liqourice, smoke and even some milky/creamy notes. Behind this dark flavours there’s some aromatic hoppy notes and decent bitterness which remains in the mouth for a while.
Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth though all strong coffee flavours. Not extremely filling, but still very good.
Drinkability is high for such a "dark beer" with many complex flavours. Outstanding beer.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an oily black with a great creamy brown head. Fantastic espresso, tobacco, roast and vanilla aroma with some hop bite as well. Light watery but smooth and creamy with very subtle carbonation, big mouthful. A very drinkable straight-forward full-flavored stout. Perfect balance, sweet and bitter with a dry finish. Oatmeal, dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee beans. A bit of tobacco. The hops work so well with the coffee and pinch your cheeks in. Subtle yet powerful. Long coffee finish, two sugars and a cream. [adds instant ecstasy to any dessert pastry]
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Black, but lets only a little light through. Tall light beige fine-laced head. Looks nice. Juniper aroma. Lots of hops. Some roasted notes. Flavourwise there is a lot more piney hops than full-bodied malts. A bit unbalanced.
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Deep red to black colour, nice creamy head. Aroma of salt,coffee,dark chocolate, burned beens. Flavor is coffee,malts and dark chocolate in a fatastic nice balnce.. Dry choclate coffee finish. Full body, long finish. Smooth overall stout. Lucky to have found this beer.
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown body. Opaque black body. Intense coffee aroma with wooden pine needle notes. Very harmonic. Dry intense coffee taste with wooden pine needle and juniper notes. The most harmonic Mikkeller beer so far. Lovely! (0.5l bottle at Ole_R’s.)
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with tan head. Aroma is bursting with coffee and dark malts. Some floral notes come out after warming for a bit. Flavor has burnt malts galore melded perfectly with dark chocolate and nice bitter coffee notes. Lots of bitterness in this one; almost feels like an Imperial, but judging on its abv, its close anyway. Same lingering bitterness one gets from a nice cup of black coffee. Nice full body. The best regular stout I’ve had.
BREWMUSKCLES (2380) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
dissappointed. liquid smoke in the flavor seems artificial and is acidy and harsh. the fact that it hardly mellows i feel substantiates that thought. some good malt in cocoa flavors and a good palate that is thick chewy and creamy. looks good all deep and black. interesting fine hop flavor comes out in the burp. cheap double strong coffee flavor is just wrong... and $10.99 for the 25 oz bottle? mmaaannnn kiss my ass!
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Bottle from WLV. Pour is opaque black with fine bubbled dark brown head. Nose is rich, smells some maple syrup and pancakes, grain, chocolate, coffee, a hint of molasses. Smells is awesome. Carbonation is a bit aggressive on the tongue, but it is still pretty cold. Taste is burnt coffee, very dry with some oiliness due to the oats. This one may be better than Founders, maybe. Rich and oily mouthfeel. Awesome beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 Pours pitch black with a huge three-finger mocha head that nearly comes out of the snifter. Head retention is great and the lacing is exceptional. This is a fine looking stout. Dominant smell is burnt coffee with some sweet roasted malts in the background. I also got a hint of oats and some hops. More oats in the taste than the smell along with the roasted malts, licorice and dark chocolate. The finish is bitter with coffee and a bit of hops. Mouthfeel is creamy, velvety and smooth with moderate carbonation. Great mouthfeel on this one. The heavy coffee bitterness takes away from the drinkability slightly, though I still got through the bottle faster than I probably should have. Overall, not my favorite coffee stout, but a very good brew.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good beer. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Very strong coffee smell (awesome!) with just a little bit of chocolate as well. Nice mouthfeel. The coffee flavor comes through very well and it is well balanced. This is a very good beer and I am going to have to get some more.