Svesse (6297) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, Bishop’s Arms, Vasagatan, Stockholm, 18 June 2009) Pitch black colour with brief, brown head. Malty, roasted nose with strong black coffee, cocoa, ashes and creamy chocolate. Roasted, malty taste with notes of black coffee, cocoa, ashes and a generous coffee bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, fairly dry, with a slight alcohol bite towards the end. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Brilliant balance. Lovely beer!
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with lots of brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, light roast and alcohol. Flavor is the same, high carbonation gives it a soda-like mouthfeel. Not sure about the really high rating for this; it does have an interesting coffee / alcohol aftertaste.
espenra (884) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle at Olympen. Batch 418. Best before 2011-03-23. Brewed 2009-03-23. It poured a pitch black colour with a medium big, brown head. Aroma is coffee and dark roasted malts. Hints of alcohol. Flavour is bitter and massive. Notes of coffee, dark roasted malts and alcohol. It has a long, lingering aftertaste.
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2008) in a snifter; truly exceptional; pitch black w/ an espresso-like coffee head, leaving some chocolatey lacing; aroma is heavy w/ coffee of the richest kind along w/ vanilla, cocoa; flavor hits you right up front w/ that exquisite coffee profile, followed up by chocolate and a velvety alcohol presence; fairly acidic all through, lending some citrus that acts as an astringent counterpoint to the chocolate; beautiful beer, but I suggest getting Founders’ Breakfast Stout for much less at barely any compromise in quality and complexity.
craftbeerdesign (2195) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. had to drink this on fathers day... as a father of 2 kids in diapers - the theme just seemed to fit... but with that out of the way... this is right up there as one of the best coffee beers I’ve had... pours a solid black with a huge 3 finger rocky tan head... big ass coffee aromas pour out of the bottle and the glass upon pouring... after the beer settles a bit there is a nice quarter inch tan head throughout... more coffee aromas, some licorice, a touch of chocolate and some big roasted malts... medium to big body with some licorice up front and a really smooth coffee laced mouthfeel throughout... huge roasted coffee finish... the alcohol really doesn’t show up and is well balanced... overall I really enjoyed this beer and definitely feel it outshines the regular beer geek brunch... its a bigger, meaner and more robust stout... pricey but worth every penny.
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle at Olympen. Almost black with a huge, bubbling, light brown head with big bubbles. (This beer is alive and I do not want to speculate why). Potent, acidic, roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and even sour fruit. Deeply roasted coffee and chocolate flavours. Rich, complex fruit towards the end with a distinct bitterness. Full-bodied and smooth. A wonderful beer and very unique. No shit at all.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black oily with large dark coffee head. Aroma: sweet malty/roast but so much robustness that it feels a shame to leave it just at that. Flavor: oh so smooth and mimics the aroma very well, soo good and not super creamy so it doesn’t overwhelm the senses or the belly. Yum.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark brown pour, with a small light brown head. Roasted, Coffee and chocolate aromas. Taste is pretty straight forward, roast malt, coffee, bitter coffee and dark chocolates. Just an accent of rolled oats. Some piney hops in the bitters in the middle and finish, but only a little. Soft bubbly, but very solid mouthfeel. Maybe a little better than the breakfast, but not much.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 Bottle courtesy of Pimpp. Aroma has notes of red wine, dark dried fruits, coffee, and resin hops. Black hue with small brown head that mostly diminished and left no lace. Flavor is sweet and finishes bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Not bad for weasel shit. Good robust roasted impy. Nice and unique.
Oscbert (1062) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Gypsy19 for sharing!
~Pours black with firm brown foamy head that last.
~Metallic scent, sweet, wispy, roasted coffee, and molasses. A little on the lighter side.
~Rich chocolate malts and coffee flavor. Sweet, but nicely balanced with coffee bitterness and dark chocolate.
~Mello creamy feel. Nice bitter sweet finish.
~Lacks in scent, but makes up in everything else. Very memorable brew. Well done Mikkeller and thank you!