mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Split from a bomber. Was a little hesitant about this guy due to the coffee’s origins, but I’m glad I caved. Heard Mikkeller referred to as a "gypsy" brewer recently -- hilarious. Pour is as black as Darth Vader’s suit. Strong coffee aroma. Chocolate, vinuous notes. Dark fruits, toasted malt. Alcohol masked nicely, overall very smooth mouthfeel. Extremely long, sweet finish. Definitely one to be savored. Seek this out, you will not be disappointed.
leaparsons (8975) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are dark chocolate and coffee with liquorice. Earthy with oats and light berries. Very rich.. Flavours are peat and rich roast coffee with dark chocolate bitterness and sweet chocolate. Herbal liquorice with cranberry and some floral notes. Has a nice spritzy yeast palate. Reminded me a bit of Tokyo*. Very good.
cederdorff (15) - holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
chocolate, coffee, citrus, vanilla, woody, black, cloudy, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, very bitter, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter,
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, jet black liquid. One fingered brownish airy head that dissipates quickly. Basically no lacings.
Strong coffee aromas mostly resembling hard-roasted coffee beans, but also powerful espresso. Plenty of dark chocolate. Roasted, almost burnt malts. Some charred wood and tannins. A very dense and powerful smell.
The taste is full of rich espresso flavors. A wonderful taste of freshly brewed coffee and freshly grounded coffee beans. Notes of dark chocolate tries to balance the powerful coffee flavors, but don’t really succeed. A faint but prominent taste of vanilla. Hard-roasted malts mix with wood and coal. Perhaps some fruity notes, but they are very faint. The finish is quite bitter actually with hints of tannins, hop aromas, some vanilla sugar and lingering coffee notes.
Very full bodied and very viscous - like old engine oil. Very restrained carbonation. Feels fantastic in the mouth.
A great coffee stout. Not very balanced though, as the powerful coffee flavors dominate. Still fairly complex. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
RealPoser (40) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of BOLTZ, Pours as black and thick as used motor oil, with an impressive milk chocolate colored head that persists with an almost comical swiss cheese appearance. Nose is sharp, punctuated by dark roast coffee, currant, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is all java, with hints of bittersweet chocolate, anise & burnt sugar. Toasty malt with decent hop balance. Nice body with long lasting finish that is both parts bitter and sweet. Surprisingly low alcohol heat for the abv.
Braudog (6041) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The pour sucks you right in, blacker than black can be, with a towering brown foam top. The aroma has an almost medicinal aspect, promising a wicked brew. But this drinks surprisingly easily, with just a hint of the almost 11% ABV lurking beneath. It’s otherwise a full-flavored java and vanilla-bean-laden stout, finishing with a sweet swirl. Delish! (#3727, 11/1/2009)
madvike (3119) - 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 (2457) - 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 (4440) - Trois-Rivičres, 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.