YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks a lot to JensenTaster and Bierkönig for providing this in in shared will to us ;-) Nice opaque color with a fuzzy medium brown head. Intense chocolate nose also some charcoal. Intense Charcoal taste - that lasts long. Very intense roasted coffee beans and almond traces. The taste digs itself into the roof of the mouth and the tongue and builts up. Awesome Brew!!
MPA (822) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Courtesy of Mikkel & Jeppe – thx guys! Finally, after several requests from Mikkel, I’ve pulled myself together to enter Beer Geek among some of the other Mikkeller beers in my ratings (more will follow). I’ve rated this beer twice in my little black book – first rating was the last rating in a long line of ratings in one evening and I’m still not sure as to what I wrote…I ended up describing the palate as “smooth-smooth”. Guess that’s “velvet” in wino-language? Second time I rated this resulted in a more readable handwriting: This beer is pitch black! In Vendelbomål (dialect in the northern part of Jutland) it would be “swått”. Head was like whipped chocolate – brown and delicious! Aroma of licorice, hops and treats! Yup, I was drivelling in pure expectation, knowing already what was in store for me. Taste is hoppy as Heaven, licorice as Paradise and palate is velvet as The Garden of Eden! This is the combined nectar of hopheads AND malt winos! If Mikkel and Christian shaved, I’d kiss them!!! (let that be a reminder to you NOT to shave for the festival, unless you want to get intimate with a big, Beer Geek loving bum!) By the way: who in their right mind would drink anything else but beer for breakfast?
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - MAY 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bitter-sweet chocolate nose - nice! Opaque motor-oil-brown, huge spongy rocky head. Pours thick. Roasted malt, coffee tastes, some tobacco, dry oaky end. lingering espresso bitter. Aggressive, but under control. Pushes the limits (hence the name?). Maybe too roasted at times, but not one dimensional. Excellent.
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2011 Acquired in a trade with BierKonig. Thanks Jeppe! Bottle. Black body. Tall rigid brown head packed with medium sized bubbles and dense micro bubbles. Nose is rich coffee (espresso), licorice, hops, dark, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is exquisite! Full, rich coffee flavors, strong roasty malts, burnt chocolate chip cookies, dark chocolate, slightly burnt oatmeal, light molasses and a touch of hops. Body i oily and has a full mouthfeel. Dense thick carbonation. Finishes with more coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Breakfast indeed! This is the breakfast of champions! Previously - 10, 4, 10, 5, 19
****RE-RATE**** Bottle. Black pour with a tall, fluffy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, black, oily coffee beans, burnt oatmeal and light licorice. Taste is also strong roasted malt, burnt caramel, burnt oatmeal, dark chocolate, dark coffee and light licorice. Body is medium with a soft bubbly carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, oatmeal, burnt caramel, dark chocolate and big coffee notes.
fiulijn (14990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013
2013-03-21, bb Dec 2006, 7 years old, 10-5-9-4-18=46
Probably the first commercial batch!
Ink black color with generous brown head, persistent. Infinite roastiness, with wonderful coffee aroma, pungent, with waves of roasted macadamia, vanilla cream, tobacco. Good body structure, with smooth mouthfeel; excellent flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, tobacco, talk; correct bitterness, leading into a balanced and coffeish final, also drier now.
No signs of age, lovely black pearl.
2008-05-25, bottle 2 years old, 8-5-8-3-15=39
Black color, with a creamy head.It has a very nice aroma of caramel and roasted malt, fresh. The body is thinner than I remembered, with strong roasted malt flavor and coffee, this getting maybe too strong at the end, for me; and liquorice. The black coffee aftertaste remains long in the mouth, which I don’t exactly like too much (but with the attenuation, when drinking it with food, it gets much better).
2006-05-04, fresh bottle, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Black color; brown creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, also some fruitiness on and off, light coffee. Good malty structure, not too thick, with a good combination of roasted malt, liquorice and coffee; all the elements are mixed well together. Strong final, long, with mostly roasted malt and some liquorice. Thanks Mikkel (and Jeppe) for storing this bottle for me.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much thanks to BBB63 for sharing this one: Black pour with a dark tan head. Oats and coffe in the aroma. Flavor is loaded with coffee and roasted malts, some chocolate comes through as well. Very nice beer.
BBB63 (6084) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle provided by Mads Berg and shared with the crew at the Hampton Inn Friday night tasting: Nearly opaque with reddish highlights topped by a small frothy tan head and some lace. The aroma has coffee (duh), oats (duh), roasted and burnt malt, grassy hops, clove, white pepper, non-aromatic pipe tobacco, and hint of prune.
The taste starts with a balance of smoky and mocha malt with a hoppy bitterness. Undertones of walnut, oatmeal, and pine as well. The finish has a lot of coffee but it seems in check all told. The feel is lively and sharp, a tad thin for the oats added, some mineral component as well.
Darn good, really balanced till the finish and enjoyable. If the palate was a bit thicker, it would a 4+ beer for me.
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 Bottle: Another rarity courtesy of BBB63 at the Hampton Inn Tasting (Friday). Also received a bottle from Secret Santa (July 07). Aroma has lots of black licorice, chocolate, and the slightest hints of vanilla. It pours black with a moderate brown head that lasts a minute or so. The flavor starts with a quick dose of black licorice that is instantly followed by moderate chocolate and very faint vanilla. The finish has moderate amounts of black coffee with some bitter burnt notes. The mouthfeel is slick and slightly oily.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dense black, thick creamy dark tan head. No doubt this would be prefect for breakfast. Rich nose of cocoa and toasted vanilla beans, soft espresso roast coffee, and hints of berry. Flavor jumps out with Starbucks type espresso (burnt), more cocoa, touches of caramel and toast. This gets a nice semi-bitter hop finish that keeps that crazy malt bill well in check. Full bodied, super-soft carbonation, ultra creamy, bitter-sweet finish. Best oatmeal stout I ever tried. Straight up fantastic...
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, opaque void with an enormous, persistent cocoa-colored head. What an aromatic nose: cocoa, coffee, caramel, maple, piney hops, burnt grains, oily nuts, ash and probably a little molasses. The body is thick and creamy, chuck full of soft, velvety carbonation. The flavor doesn’t seem huge due to the fact I usually drink Imperial Stouts when drinking stout, but it’s got plenty of flavor and has tons of balance. The roasted malts and burnt coffee are wonderful with the piney hops and moderately sweet residual sugars. The piney hop kick at the end adds some bitterness, but not quite enough to handle the intense sweetness. This is a hell of a beer and just as good, if not better, than the Founders offering of the same ilk.