jbeahler (39) - 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.
Philym (948) - 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 (1223) - 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 (1441) - 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 (329) - 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 (6045) - 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 (116) - 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.
Inbreak (1897) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - APR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old rating rerated 13.04.2014, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Big brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark malts, heather honey, leather, mild peat, oak, grass, hay, coffee, chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet and burnt, dark malts, mild peat, leather, oak, dark sugar, heather honey, hay, burnt coffee, curnt caramel, dark fruits, grass. Longlasting bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Very nice.
Crompt (109) - York, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glad I got a hold of this one always exciting to try a retired beer you will never have again! Extremely smoked and peaty stout almost tastes like you are smoking a cigar with the beer even if you aren’t. I do like this but it is not world class to me like other Mikkeller stouts but it is very pricey like all Mikkeller beers. The smoke isn’t too much for me but I want it matched by heavy whiskey but the whiskey is lost to me.
Ktwse (1919) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with flat tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses, roasted malts, light red wine barrels? Taste is heavy peaty and sweet, with lingering cask notes. Body is rich and creamy.
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Osprey87 (1406) - WALES - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #999. 500ml bottle, 2009 vintage. Big black pour into a snifter. Black with a big brown head, no lacing. Smell is impressive - rum, honey, alcohol infused chocolates, dark chocolate cherries, ’After 8’ mints, paint, liquorice, figs, plums. Body is medium, slightly foamy but smooth. The taste of this beer changes over time and I’d recommend giving it 30 minutes in the air first. Chocolate, molasses, no alcohol coming through, finishes with ash, tobacco, TCP and tannins, which makes this beer a little harsh until it softens up. Very good overall.