FatPhil (14098) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
250ml bottle (Drink Shop,Tallinn) 2012 batch
Woh, pure booze coming off this as I pour and bring it close to my nose, cognac heat. Closer up, itís ashily burnt, raw and charcoaly. Black, brief brown head, looks like obsidian in the glass. Flat palate, slick and oily, carbonation nowhere. Rich burnt roast taste, fortunately not aggressively astringent.Leaves cocoa-powder on the tongue in the finish. Some burntness, and some alcoholic vapours. A bit of a mess, but the glass is finishable. Glad itís shared 3-ways though,
Marduk (6435) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
250ml bottle. Pitch black color. Small to medium head, stays. Sweet, roast, butterscotch, toffee, biscuits and dusty in aroma. Biscuits, roast, dried toffee, almonds, chocolate cake and dusty in taste. Long lasting dusty sweet roast in aftertaste. Taste is bit weird. With every sip it gets more and more boozy. Sweet and boozy brew.
popway (167) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A heavyweight contender, had on tap at Mikkeller Bar
Now enjoying this small potent 12% bottle at home
What I noticed is the thick black pour w no head
and the residue on the glass was an orange hue.
The aroma is sweet and fine spirits A sipper une grande.
Unagi on the tongue
hackobock (3558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
December 11, 2015. Bottle,
Pitch black with a small dense dark brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, cognac, dark sugars, licorice, wood, soy, notes of baked pears, figs and prunes. Taste is bitter and salty with a light sweetness. Finish is roasted bitterness, dark chocolate, coffee, some ash and wood, salty soy and licorice notes, hints of sweet prunes and molasses, lasting salty and bitter roasted notes. Full bodied, very thick and viscous, almost flat carbonation.
Quite intense imperial stout with a quite salty and bitter finish. A bit too viscous which lowers the drinkability.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy mocha head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention for style and ABV, coating the glass with streaks of soapy lacing. Very impressive looking.
Sweet boozy aroma with a really nice barrel character thatís decently integrated into the stout characteristics. Lots of spirit/cognac along with some bourbon, toasted coconut, marshmallow and subtle charred oak/toothpick. Little bit of vanilla and the spirit really comes through without obliterating the stout characteristics. Underneath, thereís a nice balance of roasted and silky malt sweetness. Gourmet coffee beans with bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt toast. Also some dessert-like sweetness with caramel, hazelnut and chocolate cake. Nice complexity and balance in the nose of this beer.
Slightly chewy/viscous full body with a flavor profile thatís very similar to the aroma. Barrel is more subtle but the flavors are there and nicely integrated into the base. Very nice cognac/spirit flavor without being overly boozy or overpowering. Subtle dry oak along with coconut and vanilla bean. Slight creamy texture with the malt profile a bit weaker than expected. Subtle roast countered by very strong sweetness and boozy heat in the finish. Somewhat burnt dry malt flavor with deeply roasted coffee and roasted nut but the sweetness counters. Light chocolate, dark fruit, caramel and burnt sugar along with boozy heat in the finish. A bit hot for my liking but the high ABV is relatively well masked. Easier to drink after it warms. Nice barrel flavor that doesnít dominate letting the other flavors come through. Decent mouthfeel but itís too sweet and needs more roast for balance. Otherwise, this is another solid barrel aged beer from Mikkeller.
omega (898) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
By George this a great impy stout. Very viscous and it hugs the glass with velvety goodness. Length on the palate lingers - one to be savoured.
charule (2179) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Aviary/Office. Poured jet back with no head. Aroma sweet tons of barrel smokey dark fruit. Light carb med bod. Taste light bitter bitter dark choc barrel undertones.
neongolden (1254) - LinkŲping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Undated NÝgne ō 250ml bottle from Mikkeller and Friends) Pours inky black with a few tiny pale brown bubbles and no lace. Needs some air to open up. Aroma of chocolate sauce, molasses, dark fruit vinousness, cognac, liquorice, light oxidation, oak and smoky char. Palate is intensely concentrated with notes of dark fruit, cognac, chocolate, dark malt, toffee, liquorice, vanilla, lots of wood. Quite sweet at first, finish is a bit drier though with charred, smoky wood and ash, brandy heat, roast cacao and vanilla prominent. Bit of burn on the aftertaste despite at least a decent bit of age on the bottle. Thick and viscous with almost no carbonation. As youíd expect from George, this is really rich and intense stuff. Even 250ml is almost a challenge to drink. Not sure this is quite as good as the regular or bourbon for me, but I think it is also a bit more aged.
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Undated small bottle brewed/bottled at Nogne O, purchased quite a while ago (Summer 2013?) and finally drunk on 9/12/15.
Pouring from a great height to try to get some head, I do succeed in coaxing out a charred-tan head that is half a finger in height and steadily recedes to a ring. Seems pretty opaque even after sitting in a fridge for two years and pouring very carefully to avoid getting the sediment in it.
Chocolate, peanuts, soy, vanilla and a bit of candied plum. Deep char notes but without the usual aggressive accompanying roast/coffee/vinousness. Pretty dull, Iíve gotta say, and it dosent make me all that excited for the flavor, but hereís hoping...
Sweet, of course, and rich, with a coating, velvety, borderline syrupy texture full of char, ash, soy, peanut skin and beans. Good lord this stuff is thick and rich. Yet somehow, itís not a complete mess and there is a fair amount of acidity attempting to balance. Whether it actually does so is a point of contention (it dosent) and while I donít mind the tobacco and roast notes on the end, I donít see any reason why the beer has to be this big and alcoholic. At this point, the aroma is mostly just alcohol, though some salted pretzel and peanut does remain....
I get it, when 90% of your top raters drink 1-2 ounces of a beer, the BOLD FLAVORED beers are going to rise to the top, because you can just have a sip, say "Wow, thatís flavorful!" and move on. Youíre not stuck with the rest of the glass wondering what the hell youre supposed to do with it. And that, in a nutshell, is the Scandinavian/English rating scene! Thanks guys, for ruining beer!
jc1762 (846) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a taster showing pitch black oily soy sauce with zero head. This one is really thick.
The nose shows sweet cognac mixed with gentle coffee notes. Moderate intensity of both and mixed well.
The palate is thick bodied, oily, slick, and very lightly carbonated. Mostly big black dark coffee notes. A very slight cognac sweetness appears in the background. The finish shows a lot of the alcohol and almost chewable coffee flavor.