whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Ungstrup. Deeply hazy ruddy-brown body with a soapy tan head, apparently agitated a bit from travel. Aroma is nutty with hazelnut and cocoa powder notes. Nice depth of soft, gentle malts in the flavor with a light roasted, almost smoky quality plus some prominent earthy hop character like an American-style brown ale. Reasonably dry for the style, with a pleasantly smooth texture that doesn’t get clingy. Very good in my book.
Oakes (12514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark chestnut brown. Nutty, earthy aroma. Light nutty flavour, with vague pale malt notes. Quick finish. There really isn’t anything going on in this one at all. I can barely find three words to write about it.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Dave. The beer pours to a very dark brown. Nice thick tan head. The aroma kicks off with smokey walnuts and has underlying notes of rum cake, perhaps an upsidedown pineapple cake without the pineapple? The flavor is heavily roasty with nice English walnuts and smokey malts, perhaps a touch of chocolate in this. The palate is really thin and extremely dry and overly carbonated. Leaves my tongue bitten. Needs more unfermentables in it; then I’d feel it’s the best brown ale I’ve ever had. It’s still really good and unique, however. Nice job Mikkeller.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown body under a huge tan head - heavy carbonation. Strong smoked walnut shell aroma with dark chocolate and a plum pudding essence underneath - compelling. This stuff thins out a lot when tasted - dissapointing. Burnt cocoa powder, wheat bread crust, leaf/lime citrus hops in the flavor. Very little residual sweetness which for me makes for a dissapointing experience, especially in a brown ale. If whatever feremented this guy down to nothing hadn’t been there this would have been a killer beer. The smoky cocoa would have been great over a sweet chocolate/caramel base.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a mostly clear dark brown color with a small, that was medium, tan head. Aroma of cocoa powder, toffee, raisins, and a hint of smoke. The aroma was dry. Some fruit in the flavor thats. a little tart. Finishes with big choclate and some coffee notes (that come out as it warms). Dry finish with a light bitterness. Has a carbonation bite. Light to medium body.
mds (2207) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 Bottle. Some of it was lost on my pants - damn you, gushers! Reddish-brown with a medium mocha head. The aroma has woody sweetness, coffee roast, chocolate, and a touch of fruit yeastiness. Caramel and toasty malt flavours are prevalent. Medium-fullish body with dry coffee and chocolate nuttiness in the finish.
Sampled this on a train from Brewday at Ølfabrikken to Københavnske Øldage 2006 on May 19, 2006. Thanks Jens Ungstrup.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Engelsmann, shared with SuIIy on 5/21/06. Best Before February 2007. Very deep chestnut tinges in a dark mahogany body, well-settled out, but showing low filtration and natural carbonation. Light butter-tan head is large, consisting of medium-large bubbles. Strong retention, minimal lacing. The nose is actually quite reserved. Soily, earthy floor malts with walnuts, pumpernickel and light anise-tinged hops that are herbal-nutty and tastefully done. The hops tease the palate, as soft, dry brown sugar notes and minor cola hints flitter about. A prominent sweetness begins to slowly build, but never does it become rich or overdone. Light cream, honey and dry cocoa notes finish out the beer as a touch of the earthiness makes a come-back. Flavor is unique, to say the least. The aroma was somewhat expected, but the flavor begins with dry leaves, mixed about by nutty yeast and dry cola notes. Quickly, some light anise and dry chocolate graham crackers enter the mix, continuing the dry trend. But a note of deeply citric, but not overly flavorful hops drives right down to the back of the palate. It’s one of the strangest hop notes I’ve tasted. Being neither acidic nor in-your-face, I guess I would best describe it as subtle grapefruit rind notes. The sweetness quickly follows, though by no means would I call this a sweet beer. Rather, the attenuation is high, leading to a drinkability and medium body, which, when bolstered by the fairly tight carbonation, gives you something along the lines of a Southern English Brown (with American hops). Roastiness is minimal as well, though it is there, just more deeply integrated with the crunchy earthy/soily/nutty dry malts. No alcohol whatsoever. I get some retronasal, light coffee notes, almost hazelnut-like.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared by ClarkVV on 5/20/06. Pours a deep dark brown color with a thick tan head. A nice grapefruity hop aroma, some light roasty notes, and some nutty sweetness. Palate is nice and full, smooth, with a light hop bitterness in the finish. Flavor notes of light grapefruit, some dry hop notes, bits of english malt, and some roasted notes.
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2006 [Bottled. Big thanks to joergen]
Muddy, ark brown colour. Huge off-white/green-ish head. What a beauty to look at! Loads of hops in the aroma, well accompanied with a light roasty, also bit smokey touch. And YES, the flavour is hugely hoppy with a roasted character that goes VERY well with the residual malt-sweetness. There is chocolate and hints of smoke, sweetish licorice. Long long flavour. Ultra-chewy mouthfeel. The winner of this mornings lineup of 3 Mikkeller beers.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish brown colour with a medium sized dense light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with a light fruityness and notes of caramel and nuts along a faint hoppyness. Roasted malty flavor with coffee notes and hints of nuts. Sweet and light dry finish.