jbeahler (46) - 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.
Lukasmh (606) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, a nice one, BB 180514. Pours pitch vinous black with awesome tan mocha head, ever lasting. Aroma has honest, bourbon, heather, sweet leather, yam, oak, dry wood, malt, toast, raisins, smoke, peat, char and tar. Taste is peat, char, sweet port, liquor, dark fruits, malts, burnt sugar and malts, mead, hard roast. Some sherry acidity, spicy heather honest. The comes the all dry tar smoky peaty oak. Long roasty smoky finish. Sticky body with low carbonation. Slight warming and vanilla spice. So dry! some alcohol, liquorice root, figs in booze, whisky character in finish. Shame with the light body due to the age. Awesome.
neongolden (795) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(500ml bottle brewed 2009 and BB 2014, @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Apr 9 2015) Pours pitch black with a decent pale tan head. Aroma is wet potting soil and vermiculite up top, below is sweet dark honey, herbal, maybe some wild berries, molasses, light roast, hints of scotch. Flavour is sweet honey and toffee, dark malt, heather?, some wood, whiskey and peat. Dry, peaty, musty finish. Full intense body with soft carbonation. Wow, totally different than imp stouts I’m used to, from Mikkeller or otherwise. Love the combination of scotch/herbal/roasty characters. Very complex, can’t explain it well, love to sip it and think though.
Beerdedone (2978) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a nice one finger brown head. Aroma of honey, chocolate, smoke, roasted malts, whisky and peat. Flavor was lightly sweet with chocolate, honey, black coffee, smoke, peat, oak, whisky and vanilla. creamy smooth texture, full body, low carbonation.
thomat (2600) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botlle. Very dark brown with a tiny brown head. Malty smokey tones. malt, coffee, wood, licorice and hops. Full body with a long bitter / burnt finish.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge black pour dense coccoa brown head with some nice lacing. Tons of roast malts some raisen and syrup a hint of smoke. Huge we’ll coated palate. Flavor leads with some light smoked meat a hint of dry oak in the finish a touch of booze in a warm swallow a fair amount of bitterness and a bit of piney hops. Enjoyed this but at $17 for a bottle its quite overpriced.
coachd (338) - 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 (7196) - 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 (3103) - 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 (6760) - 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 (1003) - 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.