machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured deep black with no head. The beer had some oak and coffee aromas, the flavor was sweet with coffee and chocolate notes. The palate was cloying, with little carbonation. Overall an interesting and complex beer but too cloying for my tastes.
tectactoe (1658) - 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 (781) - 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 (62) - 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!
Bierle (17) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Einfach absolut genau das richtige sattschwarze, süffige, sahnige, pilzige, holzige, intensive, weiche imperial stout für einen Abend in Lissabon.
andregoncalves (1386) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle from cerveteca. Color is dark with medium to thin brown head. Body is super smooth with a medium-long finish. Taste is high bitter and low sweet. Aroma is coffee, alcohol, hop, fruit, mint, chocolate, roasted.
Kauge (94) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 375 ml bottle from Õllepood nr 1 Gambrinus in Tartu (€ 7,90), August 2014. A cool label, for some reason without any indication to the beer’s name - I guess they think the label is telling enough. Pours dark brown, whereas in the glass it’s absolute blackness. Tan, thick, slowly receding head leaves traces. Looks all-around appetizing when poured out in a big wine glass. A mind-numbing myriad of aromas: dark coffee and chocolate, caramel, sweet, boozy, thick, vanilla, warming, brandy, coffee liqueur... Taste is as intense: very sweet, even sugary and syrupy, vanilla, some hop bitterness there too, even mild sourness. Thick body with a sticky, syrupy palate, medium / perfect carbonation. Finish is alcoholic, dry and roasty, yet syrupy. Overall a very sweet Imperial with a strong boozy kick. A thoroughly enjoyable brew for pitch black nights together with some quality literature (perhaps Dostoyevsky’s ’Notes from Underground’).
Klimaet (127) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared from a friend. Pours a jet black with a medium mocca head. Aromas of burned coffee, wood, booze, sweet dark fruits, grassy hops, dark chocolate. Taste is quite sweet up front, burned wood and coffee takes over, quite hoppy finish with a dry burned feel to it aswell.
PriorL (1760) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Hoppy Loft.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: coffee, vanilla, mocha, very nice.
TASTE: coffee, vanilla, mocha, nice, alcohol.
Stuu666 (2024) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, coffee, taste is quite boozy and harsh, chocolate.
Xavalias (113) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Magasin du Nord, Copenhagen, DK. Pours dark brown-black with medium brown head. Aroma is heavy with hops, citrus and pine; and malts, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel; alcohol. Taste is well balanced between sweet and bitter at the same time. Very long dry bitter finish.