Saeglopur (816) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - NOV 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 ml bottle from Mikkeller Webshop.
Pitch black body, with a tiny, dark brown, creamy head, that disappears quickly.
Full, complex aroma of cognac, barrel, coffee, melting dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, booze.
Taste isn’t less amazing, with dark chocolate, roasty dry coffee, nuts, sweet dark fruits, smoke, cognac, wood.
Thick, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation and it finishes dry, roasty, alcoholic and with long-lasting, smooth barrel notes.
Really delicious! Complex, heavy and filling, so that this small quarter liter bottle is just enough. Overall an amazing, challenging beer, but there are even some better Imperial Stouts by Mikkeller in my opinion.
kbudd19 (843) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thick black pour, boozy lacing, with a small layer of milk chocolate head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is oak, vanilla, rum soaked raisins, and coffee roast. Taste is rich dark chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, light sweetness, sticky coffee roast finish. Very decadent, better than the calvados but not by much.
Klimaet (577) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin dark head. Lots of roasted coffee notes, some smoke and tobacco, cocoa, some nutty notes, dark chocolate, dark fruits, lots of sweet cognac notes. Taste is freaking fantastic. Lots of espresso notes, dark fruits, just a perfect slight smoke, dark chocolate, some slighty salty licorice notes, slight vanilla and sweet cognac notes. Palate is just beyond smooth. Damn.
djd07 (5343) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a dark brown with tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong wood, cognac, roast. Thin mouthfeel with nice booze, dark chocolate, wood, sweetness from cognac. Very impressive.
GlasgowTAD (381) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black as you expect the night to be. Aroma of dark chocolate and burnt molasses. Taste of figs, dark chocolate, caramel and cognac. Cognac is noticeable in the aftertaste/follow-up. Its a pairing that goes well.
Clownoisseur (353) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of bytemesis, thanks Mike! Pours a fairly opaque near-black color. A small gathering of tan bubbles forms somewhat of a head, but only for a moment before it breaks into some spotty lacing/ring on the glass. Very oily in appearance with splotches gathering at the top, along with a serious set of legs when given a swirl. Not a very strong aroma from this pour, actually. Some hints of cognac, chocolate and coffee. Taste is very rich chocolate, oils just coating the palate...coffee....hints if smoke, tobacco and leather follow closely behind. Some plum/dark fruit flavors creep in behind as well. A dry cocoa note cut through in the end, along with a harmony of vanilla and sticky molasses. A very chewy beer. Alcohol is very well hidden taboot! Good stuff for sure.
gunnfryd (12093) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is alcohol, molasse, chocolate, coffee. Flavour is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, molasse, chocolate, cocoa. Full body. Very nice beer.
TheEpeeist (3491) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
8.5 oz bottle. Dark brown with a trace of tan froth. Nose is cognac, dark chocolate, wood, prune and smoke. Oily medium body with a hot tang. Taste is dark caramel, plum, cognac and chocolate. A lot of complexity but not a stand out for me.
slowrunner77 (6708) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Went head to head with Amager Hr Frederiksen as my favorite of a very good night. So ridiculously smoooth. Deep dark chocolate, roasted malt, bitter and sweet, with the rich, sweet cognac complimenting the beer nicely. As with most Mikkellers the barrel is heavy, but it definitely works in this big stout. The calvados was awesome as well, but this was even better. Probably a one timer at $17 for a tiny bottle, though.
wvhoran (393) - Tasmania, - SEP 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a caramel-brown head. Hugely thick aroma, fudge, cake batter, chocolate, dark cocoa, burnt malts, cognac with fruitiness. The flavour totally follows through on the exciting nose with a full body of sweet chocolate, toffee, cognac, hard roasted malts, alcohol warmth. The base beer makes a lot more sense to me now, it seems it belongs to a cognac barrel. Can’t wait to try to calvados version, amazing stuff.