Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black liquid. Tan small head. Coffee, apples and alcohol in the nose. Taste is very different from the smell. -Alot- of chocolate, with coffee and vanilla. You can definately feel the calvadosbarrels in there. Some fruityness and alcohol toward the finish.
Underjoath (10) - - JAN 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours dark molasses with nice dark tan head that dwindles to a nice thin head and maintains. Aroma is full of coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate with a nice bitter coffee finish. Not too prominent of a bourbon note but present nonetheless. Mouthfeel is spot on with a light burn in the throat.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark black with a bit of brown with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. Fades normal.
S - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, oak, apple brandy, molasses, black licorice, caramel malts, milk chocolate, some booze.
T - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, oak, apple brandy, earthy hops and some bitterness, black licorice, molasses, caramel malts, milk chocolate and vanilla, some booze.
M - Full-minus bodied with mild carbonation. Super smooth with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.
D - Really nice balance. Great complexity added by the calvados barrel aging.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired at the Pizza Port bottle shop. Onyx pour with dark mahogany edges and a tightly packed but whispy latte head. Rich mocha, java, espresso, Starbucks, and vanilla rise from the glass and invade the nose. Raisins, plum, more fruity pear and wood are present as well. The flavor is abundant and reminiscent of chocolate covered Kona coffee beans I had in Hawaii. Still not as eye-popping as I remembered the non-BA version. Delicious and glad I had a chance to try.
sebletitje (9163) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl bottle from Geers.
Noire, brune foncée, col moyen moka laissant un filament doré au verre.
Arôme est agréablement bien dans les tons de café, grillé avec un profond bouquet malté, chocolaté, et un boisé Calvados restant assez en retrait.
Palais est épais mettant en avant le malt qui met un profil généreux et chocolaté en avant. Le café ajoute ce côté grillé/torréfié sur une pointe d’épice assez agréable. La Calvados est bien là, le tout étant assez épais en bouche procure une agréable de réchauffement couplée avec un boisé limité épicé. Une fine pointe d’amertume s’immisce en fin de bouche procurant juste cette touche de citronné qui est directement suivie par le malté chocolat et le café. Petite bière sympa, un peu cher et qui au final manque juste ce petit extra pour pousser ma note un peu plus haut.
Ratman197 (13248) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nip bottle poured a translucent dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of plum, raisin, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light vanilla and light calvados. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, roasted malt and light calvados with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
pushkinwow (2568) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml bottle. Very very dark brown with a slight ruby hue, hints of a brown head but disappears to nothing. Definitely sweater and more alcohol then the original, somewhat vinous, rosted and slightly charred malt, dark fruit, some anise, once again some hints of tobacco, some oak. Full body with mild carbonation, viscous, quite bitter with hints of 85% cocoa. Alcohol and bitterness overwhelm a bit on the finish and oddly enough it almost seems thin on the finish (which is strange with such a full body). Still glad to have tried this though.
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of apples and oak, with some some dark roasted malt thrown in. The flavor is different. The first two notes that come through are coffee and chocolate. I also get some roasted malt and oak. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.
Huhzubendah (3472) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Darrell. Very excited about this one, as I am a huge fan of the base beer.
The beer is very dark brown, nearing black, with a thick beige head that lingers for several minutes before settling as a viscous, oily, 1/4" layer of head atop the beer.
The aroma offers barrels, coffee, roast, oak, light booze. Fantastic.
The flavor does not disappoint. Excellent. Well balanced. Plenty of roast and barrel character. Delicious.
Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Palate coating.
A superb offering from Mikkeller. I definitely recommend this outstanding brew.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-06-2012
Marduk (6324) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
250ml bottle. Brownish black, non transparent color. Small tan head forms only to disappear within seconds. Notable alcohol, dusty grain, roast, fresh raisins, mild dark chocolate and sweetness in aroma. Lovely aroma. Sharp calvados like alcohol, roasted malt and dusty dark chocolate. Alcohol and roast don’t mix very well in this beer. Too raw "warm bad vodka" sharpness. I even might say it burns, but I won’t. Unbalanced. Ending is bland, smooth, oily water. Thou I must say in a weird way I like this aftertaste.