chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cask Pub & Kitchen on 10 May 2011. Black with a generous beige head. Lovely roast aroma with strong coffee and chocolate notes. Joined by good, firm, resinous hops on the palate. Very rich but not at all sticky. Just have a very minor reservation that the elements didn’t quite fit together perfectly harmoniously. That’s just a tiny quibble though. Extremely tasty but a half was enough - I think I’d struggle to drink this any quantity.
alexsdad06 (3862) - Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a medium plus beige head. The nose has big roasted malts, black coffee, resiny hops and a hint of citrus. The flavor is similar to the nose, but works a little better for me. The roasted malts, dark chocolate and black coffee work well with the green hops, citrus peel and resin. Medium bodied, nice beer.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours an oily opaque with a well-lacing froth of sticky light brown head. Has a rich roasty piny hoppy nose with soft mocha notes. Starts with good fullness and finely-dissolved carbonation with some lightly sweet roasted maltiness and lots of bitter coffee and hop flavor before a drier, heavily roasted finish. Could use a little more sweetness for balance, but still a fairly unique and enjoyable brew.
IluvatarMilan (221) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ beer temple - rich black body, medium brown head. Aroma is more akin to an IPA whilst the taste brings you into imperial stout territory. The result of which is impressive, potent bitterness, both from malts and hops
adnielsen (7602) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Black appearance with a brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Roasty dark chocolate malts, coffee, mildly piney hoppy nose. Piney hoppy bitter, dark chocolate malty, coffee flavor with a fairly bitter coffee hoppy finish.
Cirrhosis (1144) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown I’d almost call it black. Thick chocolate brown crown floating on top. Grapefruit, hoppy coffee aroma, with a familiar aroma I can’t place or even name but I know I know it, you know what I mean, you know? Burnt sugar and weird funk also is noticeable. This hop coffee combo is working for where others of this type have failed. Taste is just a mess, massive coffee hints of fruity citrus hops. A camp fire charcoal lingers forever in the after taste with a massive brutal bitter. I’m picking up a very odd sour flavor in the beer what would be easy to overlook unless you try hard to find it. beer is okayish…………… I can tell this is high quality but I’m not sure this is my cup of tea. I both like and dislike this beer its changing from sip to sip back and forth. The warmer the beer gets the more I like it the citrusy hops start to vanish and the bitter mellows with more of a chocolate coffee malt come on through. I guess I like it, maybe?, ya I like it.
Koelschtrinker (9546) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im Antrunk kommen Röstmalzigkeit und Hopfen gleichermaßen zur Geltung und kämpfen von dort an spielerisch um den Titel des stärksten Aromas. Dabei führt zunächst der Hopfen, sofort legt das Malz aber nach und wird intensiver. Die anfänglichen Röstnoten werden stärker, es kristallisiert sich zudem eine schokoladige Nuance heraus, die später bitter und etwas trocken wird. Hierbei ist der Hopfen trotz seiner Intensität fast nebensächlich, da er weitestgehend vom Malz bedeckt wird. Zum Ende zeigt sich der Hopfen so eher mit bitteren Noten, das Malz wird torfig und bildete leichte Nussnoten. Gelungene Mischung zwischen starkem Hopfen und intensivem Malz, in dem beide Aromen gut präsentiert werden. 12/13/11/13/14/13
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with an opaque black body. Dark enough to eliminate any highlights on the edges. A massive, retentive, creamy brown head sits on top. Good lacing. Aromas are bready, malty, roasty, cookies, molasses, coffee with a large quantity of American hops. Citrus, orange, grapefruit qualities. Herbal. Lightly estery. Flavors are bitter (hop), with a huge note of coffee, and roast. A bit of a dark roast acidic astringency. Bready, malty, huge coffee flavor. Intense. Light tobacco in the finish. Some minerality on the tongue. Decidedly bitter balance. Minimal esters. Some fruit hop flavors. Lasting bitter finish. Medium to full body, creamy, medium carbonation. Astringent. Slightly warming. Finishes somewhat dry for a bigger stout.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with brown creamy head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Sweet caramel and chocolate malt, coffee, molasses, and vanilla. very creamy texture. A nice alternative to my morning shot of espresso.
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2011 Keg at BrewDog Edinburgh. Pour is "Mikkeller Black," with a good couple centimeters brown head. Smell is hops, something smoky, some coffee and a hint of sweet chocolate/vanilla. Taste is sweet to start, balanced by a massive bitterness. A really interesting beer, well-balanced and tasty.
UPDATED: bumped up the scores a bit, like this a lot.