level4 (25) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours deep black with a small chocolate milk colored head. The aroma is smoke and expresso. This is my first stout and I felt I would be initimidated by an overpowering taste. Preconceptions can be very misleading. This stuff is so silky smooth and incredibly balanced. Drank about 1/4 of it with warm brownie and ice cream, the rest I didn’t want anything to intefere with my palate. The taste is coffee with such minor bitterness that goes down so easily. It’s a great feeling to have unlofty expectations and to get totally blown away.
mar (5098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bullzeye. deep black pour with a thin espresso bean head. nice lacings and a great smell of roasted malts and big coffee notes. nice thickness and a great taste of coffee in the finish. the malts are definitely there but they’re definitely not the stars here.
matt7215 (2276) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber from a trade with hogtownharry. pours pitch black with a midsized tan head. perfect stout appearance. aromas are sweet roasted malt, coffee, touch of smokiness. flavours are similar with bitterness from coffee and hops. a wonderful brew. worthy of its hype. thanks harry.
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 Bottle. Color is really dark with a nice creamy brown head. Mouthfeel isnt as heavy as expected,a bit watery but still nice. Taste is really coffee dominated with some smokey tones and some vanilla.
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 (2443) - 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 (1971) - 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 (6937) - 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.