kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle, #20 of 100, shared with mj and lilannie. Pours the most darkest black body under what must be one of the darkest brown heads Iíve ever seen. Black Hole is indeed a very fitting name. A good one finger in height at first with a little bit of coaxing, that retained as a thin film of tiny bubbles for the duration of the glass. The nose is a mix of heavy roast, dark fruits, light molasses, coffee with sugar, moderate alcohol vapors, fudge cake, a hint of licorice, and for some reason a touch of wet leather. Flavor is heavily roasted up front with lots of dark fruits and burnt caramel. Dark bitter bakers chocolate with a little licorice and slightly old scorched coffee. Thereís an earthy yeasty chalkiness that I noticed as I finished the last of my glass. The mouthfeel is quite thick and viscous with nice soft carbonation and a very long lingering finish. Very minimal alcohol hotness on the finish despite the 12+% ABV. Overall, this was quite good. I hope to god that the next batch, which is destined to hit the US is as good as the original.
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating # 1600 Thanks to Jason (Ughsmash for sharing.) Bottle 47 of 100.
Jet black pour huge thick chocolate head w/ good lacing. Heavily roast aroma good coffee overtones w/ hints of vanilla and oaky dryness along w/ definite alcohol. Full well coated palaate. Roasty taste burnt malts, chocolates, vanillas, light oak, hints of alcohol, coffee bitter finish.. very good. Sampled next to 04 DarkLord though and I give the DL the edge.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer Rating 2000!!! and my 180th Big Beer! Thanks to Jason for sharing this! As Jason states, the number is smeared a bit, but I tend to lean towards #47/100. The beer pours to a an ultra black body with a creamy dark brown head and nice lacing. The aroma is rich dark and milk chocolate, oaken vanilla, light notes of banana likely due to the honey. Very nicely blended anise, roasted black patent malt, and richly complex. The flavor is rich, sweet milk and dark chocolates, roasted black patent malt, anise, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate oatmeal brownies. The palate is rich, creamy, full bodied, and the alcohol is nicely covered. Rich, but when doing a side-by-side with Darklord 2004, the mouth feel isnít nearly as thick.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 Bottle thanks to sk8viking (Batch 1)! #12 or 47 out of 100 (#s smeared a bit). Imperial Stout rating #100! Poured a lovely shade of pitch black with one of the darkest heads Iíve ever seen.. thick deep caramel with nice lacing.. recedes, but is easily resurrected. Aroma was phenominal.. deeply-roasted chocolates, coffee, molasses, and brown sugar with more of the coffee showing up as it warmed.. not so much alcohol apparent.
Flavor was awfully close.. coffee provided a great base and some substantial bitterness.. molasses, dark chocolate, and some vanilla (all well-roasted) rise through the middle and continue through the finish.. middle-high bitterness, some apparent alcohol (but most just accenting the other components), and lots of complexity going one. Heavier-bodied on the palate with the high bitterness from coffee and some herbal notes... just a pinch of whiskey and oak rides through the long finish. Fantastic brew! Thanks Rene!
SpringsLicker (3120) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Christian (Mkkeller) for bringing this one from Denmark!
This bottle lost half itís contents on the hopper flight from Atlanta to Nashville.
No bottle number.
Pours opaque black with no head.
Cocoa, vanilla, and dark roast coffee mix in the aroma.
Complex tasty brew that completely hides the alcohol.
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
RB #1001, perfect beer for the next long adventure onto rating no 2000. HUGE thanks to Grovlam. Another great beer bottle spared in the Copenhagen crew for sharing and once again thanks to Mikkeller for doing what they are doing...in their sparetime - thanks!
From 50 cL bottle. Pours black with a brown creamy chocolate head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, mild alcohol presence, coffee. Very nice and inviting. Thick mouthfeel. Very nice liqourice and chocolate flavour. Very good bitterness going far into the finish. WOW
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Imagine spending a long wintery night with the number one woman of your dreams, thinking life could never get anywhere as good as that again, only for the very next night number two on that list rings up and says "how about it big boy?". Well, following up from the Good King Henry Special Reserve it would take an absolute bottler of a beer to bring me out of my stupor, and this was certainly the beer to do it. Although both strong imperial stouts, they differed quite markedly. The presence of tangy citric hops allows this rich and powerful beast of a beer to be buoyed up, preventing it being bogged down as some of this style can be. The long ingredient list at the top of this page gives an idea of what to expect, and the blend works remarkably well. Another fantastic beer brought all the way down south by duff - thanks a million mate.
thewolf (11131) - 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 (4152) - 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 canít 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 outÖ 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 (3402) - 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 donít 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.