Maria (9554) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Celebrating my #500 of the “Stouties”. It is black, pitch black and the head is dark brown, creamy and lasting. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and oats – it is incredibly harmonic and extremely inviting. The mouthfeel is fat and nice. The flavour, woow, have I gone to heaven, I must have? It has a light sweetness from the smooth, mellow, perfect amount of oats, and it has a nice present and yet subdued and nicely balanced bitterness, it has notes of coffee, dark and delicious chocolate, licorice and the finish is dry. Just like the Beer Geek Breakfast it is so incredibly clean, strong and very well balanced in all notes. It is incredibly nice, harmonic and irresistibly nice, hmm, I guess I do not have to explain, that I’m in love with this beer...
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 Bottle, from Julio’s drunk on 2.2.09.
A dark robe with a frail, receding tan head and plenty of sediment left at the bottom of the bottle.
Prunes and espresso-like notes, nice and oily, waft gently from the glass. A warm, rather inviting shot of ethanol emerges with warming and breathing. Surprisingly, there is almost no noticeable banana or cotton candy to the nose, which is impressive, being from a young bottle.
In the mouth, the pruniness and bittersweet roast notes lend momentum to the emerging roll of sweet, milk chocolate-like maltiness and obvious alcohol warmth on the finish. The residual sugars are very persistent (and in my mind, too excessive) and lightly fatigue the palate in to tasting only this dominant flavor, over the course of the beer (three of us split the bottle). Interesting notes of fudge, sweet almond and oily, bittersweet coffee beans, and I can’t admit to being terribly offended by the alcohol appearance, being quite light for this young and high abv of a beer. Good stuff, hopefully some more complexity will develop with age.
Bragesnak (4556) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with brown head. Aroma of coffee, dried fruit and yeast notes. Flavor is chocolate and balanced sweet to the dry roasts.
Skinnyviking (5944) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Higth creamy and long lasting light brown head. And yes the body is pitch black as it should be. Lovely rich coffee aroma roasted barley malt dried fruit and a bit hops. The hops is far more present in the flavor though. Coffee choccolate roasted malt and dried fruit on top of it. The alcohol is tastable but the bitterness of the beer is disguising it pretty well. Low carbonation, long bitter coffee aftertaste.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. I was lucky enough to have a friend visiting Denmark, and he grabbed me a bottle. Poured a pitch black, motor oil, color with a two finger brown sparse head. The aroma was COFFEE, and lots of it. Notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt and oats were present. The flavor kicked me in the face. The base was a solid roasted malt, with chocolate, oatmeal and molasses. The coffee was present, but not over the top like I might have expected. The palate was amazing, with soft carbonation, a full body and a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. I feel lucky to try this beer, as I’m sure there aren’t many bottles out there.
Christian (9697) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2010 Pitch black with a small, light brown head. The aroma has a lot of coffee with American hops, and a little bready malt, dark chocolate and oatmeal. While I’m not a fan of coffee beer aromas in general, this one at least doesn’t remind me of cold espresso and ashtrays.
Flavour is huge. The base is clearly a big stout, with sweet licorice dominating on top of bitter chocolate, grains and malt, molasses and charcoal. The coffee flavour is very pleasant and rich, and cascade-like hop flavour is noticed. The oatmeal makes a huge impact, both with a biscuit note, and a huge body, with a velvet mouthfeel.
The downside to this beer is raw, hot alcohol, and too much sugary sweetness.
thewolf (9829) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, bought @ SuperBest, Christiansfeld.
Pours utterly black with a fine, creamy, deep-brown head. Fizzes quite a lot, but still stays for quite some time. Absolutely wonderful aroma, extremely powerful. Dry coffee, dark chocolate, vinious, vanilla, roasted malts. Some flowery hops, raisins, ginger and just a box of wonderfulness. Great creamy mouthfeel, very fat and quite dry as well. Wow, what a beer! There is so much, yet it is so incredibly balanced. Lots of coffee, though never getting bitter. Some fatness and sweetness from the oats. Lots of roasted, dry malts. Dark, sweet chocolate. Just warming, never alcoholic. Fruity and flowery hops abound. Sweet aftertaste at first, then lots of coffee dryness peep through. Holy crap... this is utterly deserved. So extreme, yet so balanced. Congrats, Mikkel, this is truly close to your best, if not the best.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 50 cl bottle, brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway. This beer is black as coal. No head. The aroma is wonderful, with lots of coffee, but also dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark dried fruit and hops. The flavor is fantastic, too. Most of all coffee, a hint of sourness and fine sweetness, moderate bitterness, more from hops than from the coffee. Very smooth and balanced, hides the alcohol very well. Long lasting and lovely mouthfeel and aftertaste. A fantastic beer.
Bugrat (60) - Cph. V, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This s*** is goood. This is the beer that ties the world together. Black as the darkest of Africa. With a great touch of the arabic tradition of brewing coffee, refined by an asian weasel. And brougth to life by the palest of pale human beeing, Mikkel(ler) ;-)
This is pure love in a bottle...
Dedollewaitor (12285) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50 cl bottle from HJ Hansen, Odense. Pours pitch black with a small brown creamy head and lacings. Nose is coffee mainly. Somehow smooth and balanced with notes of caramel, grapefruit and chocolate and a tiny ashy edge. Sticky, smooth and oily palate. Full bodied. Halfway through, my palms are getting mega sweaty? The "Shit"?:-).Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Flavor is roasted coffee, chocolate, a bit of dark fruits and hops - grapefruit. Well combined , mild and pleasant. Best from Mikkeller in a while!