dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I thought for sure this would be a letdown beer, especially since many coffee beers for me are and because this has sat in my cellar for over a year. Well, here goes nothing! Pours a very thick black with dark tan head and amusing dark tan bubbles that flow through so slowly. Aroma obvious of a very nice cup of coffee, not Starbucks burnt beans, but one of the best I have ever had. Subtle notes of caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of dried fruits. Flavor matches so well and it is so damned smooth, I was floored. This is one awesome brew, even after over a year.
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2010 The beer pours a thick black color with a light brown head. The beer pours like motor oil. The aroma is coffee with some chocolate and roasted malt notes. The flavor is very strong coffee with some chocolate. I also get some roasted or burnt malt. The beer is very dry. Thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. Awesome.
Maddog (521) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle curtesy of Clingman71, a simple yet giving man. The pour of this prize is jet black with a brown, creamy head. The aroma is intense roast and the flavors are stong, dark roasted malts and big, dark roasted coffee, and even some smoke. Very big, powerful, dark, intense and complex with flavors exploding from many different angles. Intense, incredible and delicious. This beer is not for the faint of heart.
Forsberg_dk (258) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
50 cl bottle, pours pitch black with a decent creamy head, aroma of coffee and roasted malt, taste is intense consisting of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate, super long and smooth finish, good mouthfeel, hyped or not this is a fantastic stout.
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar ($14.99). Glad that I finally found this highly anticipated beer (currently #27 on the RateBeer Top 50). Pours an absolute pitch black with a couple fingers of the brownest head I think I’ve ever seen. Aroma is of course very complex -- I’m catching various notes of dirty earthy organic coffee, soy sauce, tar, cigarettes, smoke and ash, burnt dark chocolate, and perhaps some vague bit of dark fruit. Flavor of super dark coffee (I somehow imagine the result of the little Vietnamese coffee brew-things without the sweetened condensed milk at the bottom), straight espresso beans, dark chocolate that seems to be straight cacao beans, burnt chocolate, ash/cigarettes. As it warms, I get some lighter sweeter tones of fruit and berries. Even more so than Mikkeller’s aptly named Dark Hole, this beer seems to be all about all things dark and dank -- almost overly so, actually, as I would like a bit more sweetness in this to get closer to perfection (or maybe I’m just spoiled on Speedway and Victory at Sea living here in San Diego). Finishes with a bitter burnt malt flavor. It seems that the tastes are so intense that the high ABV is completely concealed. Your taste buds will need a break after the intensity of this one. (668, 350)
bmeup (638) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There are so many reviews on this amazing stout. Mostly very good. Well, they are mostly true. This beer is intense & fantastic. Is the ’Weasel Crap’ a gimmick? Perhaps. I just feel the malt character & raisiny sweetness of a ’True Imperial Stout’ is lost to the overdone ’exceedingly rare Civet Coffee’ taste.
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2010 This pours out dark as pitch smoke with a thick, brown creamy head. There is a slight ebony edging, but nothing more than two millimeters. The nose is the blackest, woodiest espresso and then sweet, ashy malts which counter the bitterness giving this a perfect balance. Mikkeller’s soy sauce aroma is here but there’s also a strange whiff of gherkins or pickled onions. Then under that comes cinnamon. In the mouth the coffee explodes into tobacco and chocolate; once again the hops act as a counter balance. I’m amazed. It’s all too easy to become sycophantic about this, but truth be told it’s the best beer I’ve ever had. The development of aroma to taste is something else; the look is perfect; and the finish, which increases the nutty, woody, tart, sweetness of the espresso, is nothing short of brilliant. If passing along a weasel’s digestive tract makes coffee this good, then let’s process everything through them. Give them chocolate, birthday cake, mushrooms, potato chips. And why stop there? Let’s feed them whole bottles of beer. Just follow a weasel around and eat whatever it shits. And can you imagine if a civet cat ate another civet cat’s poo? How good would civet cat coffee poo civet cat coffee poo be? One word: scrumtrulescent.
Terminus (3566) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-2008 oily black with a big bubble tan head with not much life to it-faided fast! char, spice (cinnamon), anise, coca and lots of alcohol!!!! flavirs exhibit the coffee and clean roasted malts. palte is slick and thick/oily. I would really have liked this a few years back, but aged impy stouts are not for me anymore. For what it is, its a great beer though. long coffee finish with some bitterness in there.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a creamy ring of head.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, earth and peat.
Taste: Peat, vanilla, chocolate and chipotle.
Mouthfeel: Chalky and full. Modest carbonation.
Overall: Very enjoyable, very complex.
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2010 Tap @ Mikkeller Bar. Pitch black pour, light, brown foam collar. Aroma is big on coffee, subtle roast, a little smoke, peat, liqourice, vanilla, molasses, ash and a small amount of hops. Taste is big on coffee, subtle roast, liqourice, vanilla, bittering hops, figs, bitter roast, dark berries and a lot of bitter chocolate. Quite bitter finish with lots of coffee-bitterness. Dry palate, full body, low-medium carbonation, long duration. Excellent! Nice from tap as well.
Bottle. Just had myself the bottled edition of this wonderful beer, and was quickly forced to acknowledge the sheer enormity of this brew. The haunting and ominous blackness of the pour, the tantalizing brown head, the mysterious and intriguing aroma that attacks the nostrils with bucketloads of coffee, subtle roast and chocolate, the sumptuous flavor, adequately bittered, subtly roasted, peated and packed with more coffee leaves imperceptibly little to be desired. To me, this is a monster of a beer; Interesting, heavy-duty, complex and beautiful. Absolutely recommendable!