scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
TITW Part Deux - Thanks for sharing kmweaver! Oily black, thin tan head. Intensely rich nose of chocolate, soy, tawny port, booze, honey, mushroom, and mild coffee. Complex brew without question. Flavor is just as intense with loads of vanilla booze, deep black chocolate, and more port-like tones. Medium bodied and slick, soft carbonation, dry, bittersweet finish. Think of a cross between Avery Czar, WWS, and Bell’s Batch 7000. A very well made Imperial Stout which I ’m glad to have tried...
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Rerate, 50cL bottle, sample #11 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours a murky, chocolate brown color; light tan head with patchy lacing. Lots of boozy dried red fruits and citrus / grapefruit hoppiness in the aroma; oily red fruit. Tons of dense, dried red fruits in the mouthfeel; boozy fruits, a yeastiness coming through; emphasis on fruit and grapefruit. Strong, chewy hop presence. 220.127.116.11.15=3.9
Rating #200. TITW Part Deux - 50cL bottle (#46/100) courtesy of sk8viking. Thanks, Rene!! Ridiculously dark center; dark tan head. Very aromatic nose: slightly funky, chocolate, sweet port, vegetal notes. Huge, viscous, bitter-chocolate mouthfeel: toasty vanilla, dark chocolate, licorice, long lingering bitterness; charred and burnt malts. Long bitter chocolate finish with plenty of vanilla oak. Incredibly dense and aromatic. 18.104.22.168.18=4.4
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - NOV 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2010 2010-07-16, bottled 2 years ago, plastic cork, 13.1% ABV, 8-5-9-4-17=43
Black color; the carbonation is low and the head is minimal. Nice aroma of roasted malt, tar, roasted nuts, caramel. Full bodied, the thickness is somehow balanced by the warm alcohol presence; strong roasted malt flavor, with a high degree of sweetness, but not syrupy, with chocolate and accents of tar; the bitterness then starts appearing, and in the end there is some more roasted malts; the alcohol kindly warms the mouth.
The sweetness of this beer is an excellent complement to the otherwise not appreciated roasted malt, and there is no ashy feeling; overall extreme but balanced.
Cleaner than the first versions.
2009-02-06, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Black color. Nice aroma of roasted malt and hops. Good body strength, warming mouthfeel, perfect strength and balance of flavors, caramel, chocolate and roasted malt; smooth, lovely.
2006-11-02, bottle, 12.5% ABV, 9-5-8-4-17=43
Black color; small brown head. Wonderful aroma, malt, roasted malt, cardboard, glue, coffee, chocolate. Strong body structure, based on the roasted malt and liquorice, with caramel, malt, chocolate, light yeast; there is also an interesting touch of strong cheese from the Alps and Fernet. Strong bitterness, with a light sourness from the roasted malt; the hopping is hidden behind the roasted malt, but it’s of good quality. Complex brew. More dynamic than other Imperial Stouts.
Thanks Mikkel for the bottle.
hopscotch (8364) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 46 of 100... TITW Part Deux... This beer rocks!... Tar black ale with no head. Earthy, chocolaty nose with a tangy suggestion of raspberries. Lots of chocolate in the flavor. Moderate sweetness is dwarfed by the bitterness of the hops, alcohol and charred malt. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and subtle carbonation. The lengthy finish is sweet, then burnt and bitter. World class effort! Big thanks to kmweaver for sharing his bottle!
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[This time it is a millenium celebrated by a Mikkeller beer. Once again I experience a slow down this millenium took me excactly 6 months compared to the last of 5½ months and the prior 3 at 5 months]
Bottle number 34 of 100. A pitch black beer with a huge dark brown head - this is the darkest brown head I’ve ever seen. The aroma is sweet at first you notice chocolate, but then notes of oranges, alcohol and hints of flowers. The flavor is very powerful - almost overwhelming, at first it is a mixture of fruit and chocolate, the fruits being oranges, then the fruit resides a bit to give way for notes of wood, coffee, mint, alcohol, and much more. Towards the end the alcohol gains in strength and the fruity citrusy notes comes back together with a creamy dark bitter chocolaty note. The aftertaste lingers for a long time with a citrusy hoppy bitter chocolate note. wow - a flavor bomb.
sunevdj (2914) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 Rating 600. Bottle #9/100. Pours jet f****ng black. No head. Smells of smoked vanilla and coffee. First sip was a great surprise of a thousand falvors. Perfect balance of tar, vanilla, leather, chocolate, coffee, and hops. Totally flat. When I opened the bottle I thought I got a bad (flat) bottle but I didn´t miss the carbonation one bit. Very well hidden alcohol... I hardly believed the "12.5%" on the bottle. Vanilla finish with coffee and a hint of wine. Thanks. Brew more, please.
(First batch: 959419)
Well they did - and new batches are not as exciting.
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle; poured in a large Spiegelau Vino Grande Bordeaux glass. Pitch black with a thin espresso coloured head.
The aroma is..... roasted.... to say the least. Loads of espresso, tar, dark bitter Valrhona chocolate, moscovado sugar and very well integrated citrusy aromas from the abundant quantities of American hops.
On the palate it is very fullbodied, but it never becomes cloying due to the bitterness. It doesn’t come across as overly bitter though. A beer with very fine balance. Damned that I could only get the one bottle (last one)!
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A black as a black hole can be, poured in a big Riedle glass, this beer is topped with a creamy and fluffy warm browish head. Ne negerkop da we zeggen in’t West-Vlams. Aroma is rich, powerfull and flowery with hints if mocca coffee, spring flowers, fresh torrified coffee beans, the best quality of the blackest chocolate one can imagine, all topped with a sweet-bitter accent of intens dark caramel. All these rich aromas are so well countered with delicate soft fruity and slight minty accents. Taste is very well ballanced, Again touches of freshly roasted cocoa beans, soft mocca expresso, dark caramel, flower-honey, burned edges of sugar bread and burned raisins. The mouthfeeling is very mild and has a silky carracter. The 12,5% is not detectable in the smell or taste, but afther emptying the flask you know it was indeed a 12,5%. In the afthertaste, the hints of dry figgs, dates and burned dark raisins are very well present. In the very finale of this serious challanger for Dark Lord the complex bitterings of hops, flowers, mild burned chocolates and coffee beans are so well in harmony that they making it a World Class brew. I think this beer has to be served straight from the fridge and it deserves a Big Tulip shaped glass. What can I say ? TOP
madsberg (9310) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Oh well, here I am after a long weeks work. Just had a Ølfabrikken Gl. Extra Porter and was very very pleased. This little buggar has something to live up to. Pitch black it pours out of the awesome bottle. Nice creamy brown head. Aroma is awesome. I have a balanced, fruitdense, chocolatish, roasted, alcoholfilled and light spiced mixture in my nose. Flavour is great as well. Loads of alcohol, fruits, roast, chocolate and spices(anise). Mouthfeel and palate is totally dominated by the alcohol. Maybe a bit too much. Quite dry. Ølfab. is taking the lead by 2 on flavour and palate. Ends on a a roasted alcoholdense note, and Ølfab takes the lead by 3. This is a very good beer, but tasting Ølfab. gl. ex. porter side by side, makes it impossible for me to give more than 4,2. This might win by beeing lagered. I’ll try that with my other sample. Get back with the result in 1 - 2 years.
anders37 (14720) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1000. From bottle #5. Pours a black colour with no head. Sweet roasted malty coffee aroma with some hints of vanilla and chocolate. Roasted malty, hoppy, coffee and chocolate flavor. Also vanilla in the flavor. Dry hoppy coffee and malty aftertaste. A very nice beer.