jbeahler (41) - USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
16.9 oz bottle poured very viscous. Pitch black with a finger of dark brown chocolate head. Aromas of smooth whisky up front, followed by deep roasted cocoa beans, coffee, burnt toast. The whisky comes through way more in the aroma than the taste. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and roasted malty sweetness. Little char and vanilla oak along with peat whisky. Finishes with a nice, unexpected hop bite. Crisp and unique aftertaste. Mouthfeel is robust and backed by a little bit of carbonation. This is a wonderful barrel treated stout. I saved it for 12/25 and I’m glad I did. Bourbon or whisky flavors aren’t overpowering like they can be, but balanced perfectly with chocolate and hops. Loved this brew, pick it up if you can find it.
coachd (119) - Missouri, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I didn’t know this beer was retired; they have plenty of it at Royal Wine & Spirits. Either way, I’m glad to be trying it while I can. Aroma is very complex: scotch/whiskey, peat, honey, oak and plenty of roast. I am also picking up some red wine and a less pleasant vinegar scent. The latter is the only thing that takes away from an otherwise perfect aroma. The appearance is flawless. Pitch black with a very small amount of dark brown foam that dissipates right away. I love it when a stout has a dark head rather than tan or off white. Tastes like peat, smoke, honey, roast and some bitterness at the end. Very involved, definitely a sipper. Trademark Mikkeller palate, overall one of the more interesting beers I have tried.
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"black with cocoa head. charred aroma with a touch of chocolate and some coffee. roasted malt. full bodied but not thick. more complex than the scotch barreled black hole, and not as dominated by smoky peet, though that is still the biggest player. the honey is a minor player that comes through in the finish. warming with a lasting finish. tasty, but still pretty harsh - a whole bottle might be a chore."
RexTalionis (2512) - FINLAND - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black in color with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, smoke and lighter notes of tar in aroma. Smokey cocoa and vanilla at first in taste. Nice mouthfeel. Later on some whiskey and more of that campfire smokyness mixed with salty licorice appears. Butterscotch sweetness in the end as well.
Stuu666 (2838) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Smoky honey nose, taste is sweet smoky honey, dry peaty finish.
Philym (1004) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours an inky black/brown with tan head.
Aroma: Honey, smoky malt, treacle, spiritous, peat, earthy.
Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sweetness and sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture with a slight graininess, medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, bitter sour charcoal like, malty, spiritous finish with alcohol warmth after the initial smoky, honey sweetness.
Comments: Very good. Rating is for bottled version batch number 427 brewed 18.05.09 and best before 18.05.14.
pentaz (1240) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle batch 427 BB. 20140518. Pours near black with a a diminishing creamy tan small head. Aroma is heather-honey, roasted malts, sweet tobacco, burnt malt, vinous, oak, chocolate peat and whisky. Taste is near cloyingly sweet and moderate bitter. Body is full, texture is creamy/smooth, carbonation is soft. Finishes dry and peat and honey. Complex and harmonious.
SlackerMads (1651) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle batch 427, consumed on bbf date. Pours thick and black with a small dark brown diminishing head. Lots of honey in the nose with some whisky in the back. Flavor also has lots of honey, whisky, oak, light charcoal. Close to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, medium sweet and bitter. Long dry finish with honey. I like this much.
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic beer. Black as heck, burnt, bitter, sour, salt, ashy, brown sugar, tar and whiskey. Like a beer vegemite (what came first, chicken or the egg?). I loved it.
Svesse (6174) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Black colour with lasting, frothy, brown head. Malty, roasted nose with honey, oak wood, sweet espresso, tar, liquorice, roasted malt and cacao. Malty, roasted taste with notes of strong sweet black coffee, liquorice, tar, burnt sugar, cacao, honey, oak wood and a finish with a generous roasty coffee bitterness. Full body with a smooth and rounded mouthfeel. A certain sweetness. Honey aromas dominate the initial nose, then tar, oak and coffee takes over in the taste. Possibly not the most balanced of beers, but quite tasty. Very nice.
KombatAle (119) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Black with brown foam. Aroma is nice and is perfect balanced. Big body but too carbonated! Extreme taste of roasted barley, spices and burnt malts. Not so drinkable.