madvike (3061) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by MrPickles - Pours motor oil with a dark brown head. Lots of alcohol on the nose -- sharp and bitter with some chocolate and soy sauce notes. Not pleasant. The legs on this sucker are amazing, too. It coats the glass. Taste is much better: nicely balanced hops persist throughout, with smoke, tar, charcoal notes. Bringing it all together is the robust and smooth coffee that has the most wonderful mouthfeel. It feels like finely powdered coffee -- not gritty at all -- is floating in the beer. It’s like velvet. In all the aroma kills this thing for me, which is too bad because it tastes pretty good.
Dorwart (2424) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong dark brown head of really weird and really large bubbles. Don’t think I have ever seen a head on a brew like this before. Almost looks like the head you get when pouring rootbeer on top of ice cream for a rootbeer float. Settles slowly and does not impress. The aroma, on the other head, does. Rich and malty, with lots of roasted grains, prunes, a touch of coffee and some other dark fruit. Some vinuous notes also. Color is essentially black. Strong roasted grains in the flavor. A bit of carbon, rich but smooth coffee, milk chocolate and a bit of spruce late swallow. Probably from the hops. Thick and chewy palate which could be derived from some oats in there. Very smooth and drinkable. Not overpowering in the coffee though, which is good in my opnion. Light alcohol presence. A darn good imperial stout and quite the gimmick with the weasel pooh!
JulienHuxley (4030) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 50 cl bottle from Beerbistro. Appearance is what you expect of such a highly rated imperial stout; pitch black with a thick foamy tan head and heavy lacing. In the aroma, we get a lot of hop freshness, freshly ground coffee beans, some milk-stout like lactic acidity and vanilla sweetness and a bit of spice (maybe fresh ginger). Taste comes in vanilla-sweet at first and turns into heavy coffee bitterness that leaves a very dry long lasting finale as a mouthfeel. A bit of extra smokiness and vanilla in the taste with warming alcohol.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. So I finally get my hands on this fine bottle of sweet malty elixir. Pours almost black with a beautiful huge dark brown head. The aroma is intense and I could smell the waft of roasted goodness instantly once the bottle was cracked. I only slightly chilled this beer to really get the full potential of the aroma. Roasted coffee notes hit the nose straight up, with underlying notes of oats, chocolate, molasses and as it warmed further some brandied dark fruit coming through. To drink or not to drink was never the question. Delicious flavours of fresh roasted coffee bean, chocolate, oats, vanilla, dark fruit and hops. Wow! Silky smooth on the palate. The balance of the complete beer is pure craftsmanship. A superb finish to the beer as well, with more roasted coffee that lingers until way past breakfast the next morning. Amazing stuff. A classy Imperial Stout that will entice your senses. Mikkeller Rocks!!! Signing off...Mikkeller groupie #429.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours like used motor oil to form a black, opaque body, the slightest hint of deep burgundy on one small edge. The head is very large for a RIS, foamy, brown, with a metallic sheen on top, but settles down to a small, creamy cover for the beer. Sticky goop on glass instead of lace. A strong aroma of musk, molasses, coffee, oats, with the oats giving an almost vanilla touch. A hint of dark fruits and alcohol notes. Fullish body with lots of lively carbonation, creamy, carbonated from start to finish. Slightly sticky. Big coffee flavor of musky coffee, rich, not heavily roasted, strong cherry flavor--very nice. Surrounding this lovely coffee flavor are lots of molasses with oats, semi-dark chocolate, fruitiness--raspberry cherry--pleasant alcohol notes. Finish is moderately bitter with chocolate in the forefront, pine and a touch of grapefruit rind, a touch of sugar, light cherry and coffee flavors carry through. Some acidity.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow/ i didnt know this beer was made with weasel poo. i wondered about why the weasel, now i know, unfortunately. pours black as a norwegian winter night. nose is vanilla, licorice, chocolate, coffee, brandy, some sour cherries. more brandy. tastes. earthy, moss, long long finish, complex, viscous mouthfeel, finish still going on, a beautifully balanced beer. coffee, orange rind, probably the longest finish out of any beer ive ever had. beautiful.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown/black with a nice tan head that settles rather quickly. Nose has a heap of bitter roast coffee with slightly sour notes from the oats & coffee roast (not in a bad way!). Palate is highly carbonated like the breakfast which serves to dry out the already dry roasty palate, its quite full on with high carb & dry roast assaulting. Finish lingers with a slight touch of abv heat & bitter/sweet roast coffee. This is just a huge beer! Massive bitterness coming from the robust coffee resulting in an extremely robust brew. Totally over the top, certainly a coffee or beer enthusiasts beer, which i am. Could easy evolve with some cellaring.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle [500ml] shared with garthicus at beerbistro. Pours black with a large frothy light-brown head and great lacing on the glass -- looks gorgeous! Aroma: Oh yeah! Roasted coffee, green hops, chocolate, some dark fruit, cream, vanilla and more. Flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, cream and more -- and somehow, the alcohol is totally hidden -- absolutely delicious! Creamy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Absolutely amazing!
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from West Lakeview. Not sure how many batches of this have been around, but this is from the first shipment, bought about 6mths ago. Anyway, pours a very pretty black/brown with a dark head that sticks. The pour appears viscous. The nose is cool, loads of cocoa, char, cherries, currants. Don’t get a lot of coffee in the nose, more chocolate and berries than anything. The taste is quite different, sweet in the front and quality coffee in the finish, accompanied by an almost Grade A maple syrup flavor. Mouth feel is robust, carbonation is about right. This is a pretty spectacular IS and my first in quite some time. Delicious.
Beaver (1425) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet malts and oatmeal with some chocolate, black licorice and coffee and a little dark fruit and alcohol.
The flavor is sweet sugary lactic chocolate with some coffee. It has a big sharp roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.
Overall, very nice. I recall thinking the beer geek breakfast was a little better balanced and more enjoyable.