Idiosynkrasie (4907) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Jet black colour with late awakening, small to average, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, superbly lacing, tan head. Rich and complex, roasty and spicy, dark malty aroma, notes of coffee, leather, hints of treacle, liquorice, red pepper, soy sauce, a smoky touch of ashes, remnants of citrusy hop leave a cursory impression of chocolate-captured grapefruit. Taste is slightly spicy, roasty dark malty, bitter hoppy overtones, notes of coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, clammy ashes, sweetish hints of Marsala, bitter and herbal hoppy overtones, remnants of grapefruit, etc. etc. One of those complex, oscillating Imperial Stouts on whose description you could spend hours, adding lexeme after lexeme on the list of flavours (a task you may be able to finish); but you’ll become desperate if you try to arrange them into an order illustrating their succession. Maybe there’s no ’objective’ succession of flavours, just an individual (if not idiosyncratic) sequence of instances of focussed sensation. In any case: excellent beer!
The_Osprey (3215) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle brewed at Fano, no date, into snifter. Black, small tan head forms but doesn’t endure. Aroma is very perfumey and hop-forward with pine, earthiness and citrus, steam room. I was expecting a lot more coffee! Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is smooth malt, soft coffee, more perfumey hop, definite liquorice mustiness, tangy alcohol, bitterness is quite soft but builds. A hop-forward, softly coffee-ish imperial stout. Nice stuff. I’m sure it would improve over a couple of years too.
mcberko (9325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, pours jet black with a medium brown head. Nose is extremely roasty, with deep dark dried fruit, espresso, some cocoa, and roasted malt - yum. Flavour is unbelievably complex, with loads of dark dried fruits, very high percentage earthy dark chocolate, roasted malt and booze. Wow - this is one of Mikkeller’s most elegant beers. So many layers. Luxurious mouthfeel, that ends on notes of roast and alcohol. Fantastic stuff.
edgallow (2778) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste is malts and coffee.
angelkostvo (895) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour, 1 finger mocca head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, bourbon. Taste is slightly sweet, medium bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
mkel07 (4297) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique 200814. Pours thick black with a level tan head. Big chocolate and coffee aroma. Flavour fills the mouth with sweetness and mild bitterness.
slowrunner77 (7081) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
So as far as I can tell, this is the "American" non-oatmeal version of Beer Geek brunch Weasel, one of my all-time favorites. The coffee is not quite as over the top but is still prevelant. There is also more bitter hops and roasted malts, and a little less of the otherwordly smoothness that BGBW offers...but I can totally see ehy this is a 100th percentile beer as well. Very nice and covers the abv quite well
brokensail (13204) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Rich black pour with a finger of tan foam. Nose is roasted malt, sweet coffee, vanilla, and ash. A lot of licorice and dark chocolate as well. Slight grape jelly. Flavor is a touch acidic. Spicy coffee and nutmeg. A hint of port, some licorice, and dark chocolate. A fair amount of coffee and roasted malt. Slight ash and earth on the finish. Burnt sugar in there as well. Typical okay, ashy Mikkeller stout.
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz. bottle, purchased from State Line liquors in MD. Beautiful rich black pour, small light brown head. Nose and flavor are just as expected, with big voluptuous medium roast coffee, chocolate ganache and cacao, hints of vanilla. Delicious, but not quite as captivating as Brunch Weasel was the first few times I had it. Still, delicious.
thornecb (4822) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to skim surface. Hot chocolate and espresso aromas. Full, dark chocolate and hot burning oak. Sweet espresso burn finish.