dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 Thick black pour with huge foamy and creamy head which slowly dissipates and then collapses. Brownest head I have ever seen.
Waves of aroma instantly begin to hit your face: BAM - cherries - BAM - coffee - BAM - oak - BAM - liquorice - BAM - burned caramel, very intense!
Even more intense flavour, (BAM here as well) coffee, espresso, hops, chocolate, smoke, oak, earth, the only thing you can’t taste is the fact that it had been crapped out by some catwezel type thingy. Frikkin awesome!
Big thanks to VaiZ for sharing!
OldGrowth (3123) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, from Sam’s Quik stop. Good aroma, sweet and roasty. chocolate, coffee, oat/milk. Blackish brown color, good cocoa beige head, Nice lace. Bitter sweet flavor, medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, kind of flat, bitter dry finish. Very tasty, well worth seeking out. flavor and aroma were equally enjoyable. Flavor had a nice molasses addition I didn’t get in aroma.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home with David.
I’ve had maybe 7 or 8 bottles of this now. Figured I should get round to rating it. If ever a beer was worth a five for appearance, this is it. Pitch black, thick and viscous with a thin properly brown head that can be replenished at will with a swill, leaving excellent glass coating lace. Smell... bloody hell. Outstanding. Unreal chocolate, stunning coffee, sugar, dark fruit, leather and rich creamy alcohol. Nothing like as much poo as the original cask version had. (Once again, thanks to Mikkel and Henrik for letting us help ourselves that night at the festival.) The flavour is just ridiculously good. Each sip seams to taste slightly different. Chocolate of a glorious Belgian variety mixed with a hint of U.S. sweetness. Coffee, yup, it’s Kopi Loewak, what can I say? It’s as good as it gets. The bitterness is perfect, the roasty character is equally so, DAMN it’s good. The alcohol is clear but just absolutely adorable. One of those erm, go on... get me drunk you crazy bastard type beers. Toasted bread. Lots of rawhide leathery madness and just a hint of sourness. Finish? Seriously, does it actually finish? It just runs on to the next sip. Big lengthy bitterness and some almost bretty type notes roll around in the mouth as long as you fancy waiting to sample the crazy chocolate and coffee front end again. Creamy dreamy palate with absolutely perfect carbonation for the rest of the beer. Enough to make it lively, enough to wash it down and make it surprisingly drinkable, not too much to take away the flavour and silky goodness. Finesse is through the roof. An absolute delight. I’ve tried all the other versions of this crazy stuff and this is without a doubt the best one. It wants for nothing. Mikkeller are world class, in my personal top five in the world. For me, call me crazy, this is their best beer.
Joen (45) - Tricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitchblack beer with dark brown head. A bit hoppy odour. It feels a bit thick in the mouth. A bit diacetyl, butter creamy sensation. Well balanced coffee flavour, which enhances it’s bitterness. Not to be used as brunch, If you want to have the job done.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a opaque black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is caramel,
dark chocolate, roast, coffee, molasses, and some spicy hops. Flavor
is caramel, roast, chocolate, coffee, molasses, roast, brown sugar,
spicy hops, and an alcoholic finish.
Vaiz (4182) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Pours pitch black with a large, foamy, dark tan head. Aroma is very intense and reminds me of good coffee, roasted malts and licorice. A very dry aroma it is as well. Awesome flavor, again very intense and of coffee and oak. Very well balanced bitterness with some sweet hints. Full bodies and a great mouthfeel. Just awesome beer with a very nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Love this one.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JAN 21, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: this one was amazing, a lots going on, black with a brown head, very rich malt, toasted malt, burnt malt, extra dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocca butter, wet wood, charred wood, ash, cherries, black coffee, espresso, light acidity, some smoke, dark caramel, oatmeal, velvety, creamy full bodied, the best beer i tasted so far.
M’ARCOlizzo (31) - ITALY - JAN 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Questa Oatmeal stout è prodotta con l’aggiunta di uno tra i caffè più pregiati al mondo, il Kopi Luwak, tipico di alcune isole dell’arcipelago indonesiano. Questo caffè, mangiato e parzialmente digerito dallo zibetto delle palme, risulta quindi meno amaro e con un’aroma molto più marcato del caffè a cui siamo abituati. L’aroma ed il gusto risultano quindi fortemente caratterizzati dal caffè e dalla sua tostatura. In bocca è quasi oleosa, ma vellutata allo stesso tempo. Ottimo bilanciamento tra note dolci e sentori più amari.
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours solid black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla cream, roast malt and coffee. Taste is bitter roast coffee and dark chocolate with sweet mocha. Oily texture, very smooth.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
At 4:20 Rome. Great looking warm-black coloured beer with a beautiful ultra fine bubbled head on top. Aroma reveals a spectrum of complex coffee sensation, some accents of fine hops with herbal characteristics like mint and ferns, touches of fresh vanilla, brown Rhum, leather, honey, maple sirup, a complex touch of fine roasted malts and hints of nuts. The taste is just fantastic, first, the alcohol is very well hidden and for such a big beer, it remains extreemly refined and elegant. There is allot going on with the taste of this fantastic beer, it has a smooth mouthfeel with a very fine carbonation and a touch of velvet angels. The coffee sensation are amazing yet not overpowering wich is good. The great malt selection is the real backbone of this beer, it has some dry malty edges that puts the refreshing hops in the spotlights and also gives it some complex earthy notes to it. The more round malts used in this beer accentuates the nutty, honeyed and more bisquit like smoothness in this brew combined with some underlaying touches of dried fruits such a raisins. The roasted part is most amazing due to the professionalisme of the brewer, he knows like no other how to combine a top coffee like ca phe chon with torrefied malts. This is a real treat, a symphonie of aroma and taste "SHIT what a beer". Aftertaste is rich, refined, super complex and very very long. It takes you on a journey of a 1001 taste and aroma sensations and leaves you with a happy smile on you face.