SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle drank to celebrate winning the 2007 Mikkeller Barrel Aged X Imperial Stout. Black in color with a medium head of tight brown bubbles. The nose showed the coffee with additional aromas of chocolate and creme. The beer definitely came alive in the mouth where it was powerful and concentrated with the flavors from the nose continuing into this full-bodied beer with balanced sweetness and acidity. Very well made and balanced with enough bitterness on the finish to keep it fresh and not feel heavy.
TheBeerGod (5949) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle during Max’s 72 Hour Belgian Beer Fest. Starless midnight pour. Small brown head. Strong roasted malts, coffee notes, dark fermented fruit and soft alcohol in the nose. Taste is strong coffee (really oily coffee beans, in actuality), dark roasted malts, licorice, soft wood and booze. More fermented dark fruit flavors too. Body is chewy, thick and has a mild carbonation to it. Nice warming feel to this as well. End is more dark roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and soft alcohol. Very tasty!
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
one of the better beers I’ve had. had with black. black and black hole similar on the nose. Pours black with tan head. Both had an amazing aroma which I can’t quite place(the black slightly more winey and powerful) Of the two this was more a beer while the black kicked it up a notch to almost a port status. Definite coffee in the flavour with perhaps citrus notes. Paired with some blue stilton. Alcohol warming but not offensive. A very nice beer.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
#200! Very harsh for me, expresso coffee without the cream and sugar. Very tough to drink untill you get a little buzz. Great dark color and strong scent. I prefer my stouts a little sweet.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(on bottle) I had this baby with a port from 1968 and they paired well up. The cheese on the side just addede a nutch for a great oral pleasure. Dark, rich and % are very potent. Thank god I started at Monk´s Elixir for a warm up. A part from being so rich in malt-depth, the bitterunits really balanced well. Truely a black hole to decent into...in space noone can hear you scream...
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - APR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home GLRBF 290308
color:black bit bubbles no lace or head
Scent:bit alcohol, coffee ,fizzy
Taste: quite heavy multi flavor and coffee attacks, most sticky. Quite nice aftertaste after all . Anyway please I want my coffee from mug not mixed into beer!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
C&C 12.7oz bottle from unclejedi - thanks! Jet black with a dense brown head. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate and grapefruit in the nose to start, some acetone scents come later. Full bodied, drippy lace. Very grapefruity flavor - far too much grapefruit, really. Behind the citrus wall is some coffee and chocolate, some roasty/burnt flavors and something like cigarette smoke. Burns down the gullet all the way to the gut, hard to say if it’s a hop or alcohol burn. I’d love to try this without all the grapefruit, but as it is I’m not too impressed.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was black as night with a strong ABV as it warmed with a lot of roasted malts and chocolate with a syrup type finish and thickness a real sipper and enjoyable.CHEERS!
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown, nearly black color with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, rich espresso and a bit of ash. Flavor was molasses, soy, chocolate, some vanilla and a strong alcohol presence on the finish. Very rich texture, but a bit cloying. Very good, but not really my cup of tea.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly translucent and blackened chestnut in color with soda bubbles and popping oysters at the surface. Aroma paves the way for greasy, oily chocolate to saturate the nose, echoing fervently with buttery mocha beans, lactic and dense almond fudge and slightly burnt pumpernickel bread soaking in dark chocolate cocoa pools. Flavor allures a vibrant complexity, foremost with cocoa chocolate oats sticking at the bottom of a milky, espresso laden café concoction. Oily body with mere traces of carbonation makes the mouthfeel subside less enthusiastically than the expectations that the palate has for the liquid. A trace of alcohol rears its head as the syrupy coffee flavored lozenge gets torn apart through diffusion across the tongue. A charcoal flavor with burnt molasses and heavily roasted mocha beans hangs around after the sticky, coffee flavored syrup extends itself down the hatch.