umich03jm (2043) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small foamy head that fades to a ring and leaves great lacing. Aromas are chocolate liqueur, pine, roasted coffee, tobacco, brown sugar and dried dark fruit. Taste starts with a brown sugar and molasses sweetness but quickly turns to a moderate bitterness. Baker’s chocolate, coffee grounds, earth, dates, and light smoke. Mouthfeel could be better. Pretty chalky but a good full body. Good stout but I expected a little better. Especially for the price.
eluosiren (51) - Moscow, RUSSIA - SEP 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It’s literarly a Black Hole! It gives you a taste you’ll never forget - from sweet coffee to dark and bitter leafes of tobacco.
It’s a nectar for beerlovers, highly recommended!
Osprey87 (1797) - WALES - SEP 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage. Black with a small tan head, which doesn’t endure long. Aroma is lime, pine, fruit salad and blackjack sweets…clearly hopped to hell. Body is medium to big, smooth, no real carbonation. Taste has smooth malt, light aniseed, lime, twig and soft ash in the finish. None of the alcohol coming through. It’s semisweet and understated. This one didn’t smash me with flavour like some big impys I’ve had, but I really liked the smoothness and softness of the flavours. Excellent.
DearBeer2013 (59) - - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2014 No disrespect, but I've never liked hoppy beer. This is a hoppy Imperial Stout, (wierd). Drinkable. I like it better than burnt coffee.
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at three floyds. Pour is deep black with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of cocoa powder, coffee, sherry, tobacco, roasted malt, and faint dark fruits. Finish is dry with booze and coffee coming through the most.
Alengrin (2065) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very heavy stout with oat flakes and an anarchistic label representing not much more than... well, a black hole. Thin, milky, dark beige foam, unstable due to the alcohol. Black colour with only a presumption of a wine-red glow under very bright light. Extremely intense aroma of black coffee, bitter chocolate, kahlua, sweet tobacco, Worcestershire sauce, old madera, candied dates, white pepper, raisins, soy sauce. Sharp and demanding, powerful taste of an infinitely profound chocolatey and roasted malt bitterness, soft on the edges though, even a bit sweetish, dark fruits, smoky touch, very thick and viscous mouthfeel, warm alcoholic finish, not astringent, very long and complex and totally satisfying in every sense of the word. Man, what a stout.
Yozora (38) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma of molasses, espresso, pine, roasted malts, burnt sugar, alcohol, sweet, burnt toffee, burnt rubber. Taste is licorice, espresso, roasted malts, pine, hops, burnt sugar, honey, cacao, sweet, toasted notes with a boozy, lingering espresso finish. Oily, creamy body with medium carbonation.
tectactoe (2020) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Three Floyds: Who goes to Three Floyds then drinks Mikkeller on tap? This guy. Excited to see this one on draft, though. Appropriately named; jet black, no transparency with a lovely, lasting, foamy tan head. Lots of roasted malts in the aroma with a small hint of milky, lactose sweetness. Burnt brown sugar, molasses, mild ashiness, a touch of brash, leafy hops towards the back-end. Nice aromatic balance of roast & sweet. Taste exhibits the same qualities... Mellow sweetness but never overdone. Baker’s chocolate, dense brown sugar, burnt toffee candy, caramel cookies... The backside plays more of a balance with notes of roasted malt, faint charred smoke, & moderate earthiness coming into play. Dark cocoa & sweet cream linger on the palate; voluptuous, relatively creamy body. A damn good stout from Mikkeller.
Holmen2 (1016) - NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014 Black. Small beige head and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, pine and juniper, with a hint of green pears and vegetables. Similar taste, balanced with bitternerss. Very strong, black coffe, some sourness and decent bitterness in aftertaste, for some reason also with a hint of green pears and chili. Low drinkability.
bastarda (82) - Freiburg, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap @Cerveteca Lisboa. Aromas of coffee liqueur, rum-raisins, dark Cake, double Chocolate Muffins and a hint of boletus/porcini cream sauce perfectly harmoniously worked in. Finishes with a hint of espresso and liquorice. Wonderful Imperial Stout!