thewolf (10553) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. [thank you Grovlam, this is soooo stunning]. Well, this was an experience.
It is absolutely pitch black as it reluctantly pours from the bottle, as engine oil, it slurps around until the head reaches the top of my glass. Head is not impressive, very brown, but only a small film. You would think that from an 12,5 % beer - difficult to maintain any head at that ABV. Aroma is stunningly complex. There are coffee notes, liqourice (though quite subdued), and oaky whiskey feel, some raisins, alcohol and a touch of sweet vanilla. Carbonation is quite low, lending the beer even more a feeling of engine oil. Flavour is both complex soothing, warming and refreshing. Roasted malts is the first to hit me - almost with a coal-like feel to it. Chocolate appears as well alongside the vanilla. Very full, very round and finishes with a good pang of bitterness at the end. Somewhere along the way, the oakyness settles in my cheeks and a lingering raspberry edge appears.
This is stunning brew art, and a million times better than Mikkellers X Stout (at least the 2007 version).
I heard a voice saying that this beer was to get a larger release!!
Grovlam (4150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. [#1100 and once again the Mikkeller crew can’t be thanked enough for letting me try this one] Shared with thewold and Myrup, hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did. It had been sitting forever in my beer cellar just waiting to get out… he he. Quit spectacular bouquet that hits your nose. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, molasses. Over the palate a mix of prune, date, liquorish, soy sauce, brown sugar, berries, vanilla and wood could be observed. An underlying floral and light grapefruit note could also be detected. Explosively full bodied experience with a warming alcoholic texture and soft carbonation. So well balanced moderated flavor of sweet malt and mix of bitter notes. Long lasting vinous and sweet finish. What a fantastic beer!
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at the C-Bus 7. I don’t know where this bottle came from, but I was thrilled to see and it did live up to all the hype. Interesting packaging too. Dark beer with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Thin brown whispy foam that created a galaxy on the surface of the beer. Fascinating nose with many layers, including licorice, dusty chocolate, coffee and many other complimentary notes. Flavors started with the coffee and chocolate, with smoke, ash, alcohol, strong grassy hops and vanilla. Oily, coating mouthfeel. The finish is dry coffee bean bitterness. This is a really excellent beer.
gunnfryd (9374) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. (THX to Papsoe) Black colour with a brown head. Aroma is smoked, coffee, hop. Flavour is smoked, balanced, hop, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Bitter and coffee finish. Wow , this is a very nice beer.
CheesedMan (554) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Batch 1, Bottle #8 of 100. How bad is life when your first trade involves this beer? Looked as if motor oil with 10k miles was being poured into my glass, thin tan head forms gracefully. The aroma was so subdued, I was afraid that my expectations would not be met. WOW, the flavor of this beer is the most intense I have ever had. Full on espresso, molasses, vanilla, it never ends. Everything is integrated almost perfectly, I think I am going to sell my soul to find another bottle.
yngwie (11779) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 Bottle. (79/100)(thx to papsoe) It pours jet black, with a small brown head. Chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, a little fruityness and hops in both aroma and flavor. There’s some alcohol as well in the flavor. Full, sweet body. There’s alcohol, chocolate, some coffee, fruits and hops in the finish. It is one hell of a beer, but it lacks a little bit to reach the level of X-Imperial Stout 2006, hence the slightly lower rating. Lovely. Rating: 9-5-9-5-17-4.5. 070510
Bottle. Dark as the original sin, topped by a minimal brown head. Lacks height to get a perfect 5, else the head is lovely, dense and dark. The aroma is on the malty side, lots of really dark coffee, burnt notes, chocolate and also some hops kicks in. In the mouth it’s probably a bit heavy on the alcohol warmth, but still lovely, with chocolate, loads of coffee, burnt malts and a fine hoppy bitterness and citrus touch. Full-bodied and warming, finishing more or less like it started, and it lasts and lasts. A true beauty indeed. 100611
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 CT7 Bottle shared by sliffy cortesy of madsberg. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of Dry chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and some vanilla. Flavors of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, and coffee. Decent body with a roasty woody quality throughout and a roasty/dry finish.
New batch, 12.7 corked bottle. Similar pour...still a good lookin’ brew. Aroma of vinous fruits, booze, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavors of bitter coffee, boozey dark fruits, dense dark chocolate, roasted malt. Pretty thick body with a soft carbonation...roasty/bittersweet/boozey....roasty/ finish. Still a really nice brew...the booze seems a bit hotter than I remember...perhaps a bit sweeter as well. I can easily see why this one has dropped down a bit ratings wise as it just feels a bit unrefined.
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by sliffy at Columbus tasting. Aroma was really rich and chocolatey and malty. Its got a little bitterness and hoppiness to it. Really bold and huge beer. Smooth and enjoyable.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C-bus 7. Aroma is a nice sweet chocolate with some brown sugar and malts. Black with a thin head. Medium palate. Boozey up front with a really nice sweet malt presence behind that--not too sweet. I get a nice wood presence and some coffee as well. Much better than the "X".
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Sliffy at Columbus Tasting 7 - Thanks Dan! - Poured black with a short tan head and a little lace. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, and a good amount of coffee. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a good amount of wood. Amazingly full smooth oily palate that is verys oft in the mouth. Low carbonation and full bodied. Very nice brew!