beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown pour with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of nuts, malt and chocolate. Interesting flavor of nuts, malt and chocolate. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Interesting, but doesnít rival the great Belgian examples of this style.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown. Thin head maintained by the etch in the Chimay glass. Aroma of nuts, dark molasses and dark malt. Rich thick body. Dark sugar and dark brown ale. Like a double imperial brown ale. Light yeast qualities. Donít notice the alcohol at all! Amazing the difference between the two halves of the bottle. Second half is thinner with bigger alcohol and Belgian presence. A yummy evening of beer in a bottle.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, alias Monkís Brew, Danish brewery, from Slijterij van Bergen Eindhoven, complex brew, balanced, cloudy, small head, good brew
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle from a group order. Pours a hazy, super dark ruby with a large beige head that dissipates. The aroms is strongly of candy syrup, okay malts, cherry, berry, yeast. Decent smelling. The flavour is quite sweet, syrup and malts hit upfront with some esters following. Dryness rounds out the finish, like a non-sour puckering kind of dryness. Some bad íbean sproutí/ípen inkí simple sugar flavour comes through eventually (think anything Dogfish Head) which threatens to ruin the whole thing, though it doesnít as itís mild. Seems under-attenuated which is quite a shame as this could have been a great beer, but slips to the level of ídrinkable and just okayí. Mouth-feel is slightly chewy, and not as boozy as it could be which I guess is a plus. Lacks depth and complexity. Simply getting the ABV to 10% does not in itself make this a true Abt/Quad. Cut back on the sugar adjuncts, get some more earthy/herbal hop character going and youíd have a much better beer. For how much I paid I canít help but be a little disappointed. I really canít stand under-attenuation.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Didnít pick this from my notes for any particular reason. BUT. While reading, note the sound of bells and whistles, take a look at the night sky for the fireworks display, and cover your noniks, trappists, and snifters as the confetti and streamers are falling. ITS MY #100th POSTED RATING, BEYOTCH!!! Disappointing benchmark though, as I am actually about 2 years and 600+ deep today. Not like the 10,000 samples, and 30 word reviews some of the highest raters probably have. All 12 ounces or more, counted, on paper. Couple of notebooks need going through, and catching up to be done, though Iím sure I never will. Screw the perceived experience, or prestige. I KNOW MY BREW and WHAT I LIKE. And have had some greats, many of the top 100. Thankful for whatís available here.
On to the rating: 750mL cork & cage. Dated 7/04/14 on 9/2/09.
A - Nose is pretty pleasant. Sweet Hawaiian roll, booze, brown sugar, yeasty dough, oaky tannins, dark fruit, chocolate, fig, booze, caramel, and roast malt.
A - Almost disgusted me to see this in a glass on the end of the pour. Murky, ruby amber with HUNDREDS of LARGE chunks of orange brown sediment. Not a fan. Almost made me dump it. BE SURE to leave the bottom out. DECANT! This had a nice tall, pillowy tan head.
F - Upfront caramel, dark fruit, toffee, with chocolate undertone. Hops not a prominent note.
P - Soft mouth. Mild, smooth-drinking body. 10% not dominant. Peppery dry spice linger. Maybe some ginger or nutmeg.
O - This was not worth the price IMHO. This is probably my least favorite Mikkeller. Daresay worst Iíve had. Really wish I could have raped the score for #100, but it wasnít THAT simple and terrible. Was sitting on the shelf @ the store for maybe a couple months if the date is any indicator. Not understanding the high score, but then again, some belgian styles donít come off terribly complex and flavorful to me.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with rusty red highlights and a bubbly head that fades to a lasting thin layer of foam. Aroma is quite interesting with brown sugar, leaves, toffee, raisin, and yeasty spice (all of which I could expect) as well some peppers, bay leaves, pears and other nearly vegetal spice characteristics (which I donít expect). Tastes initially of spice, raisins, grape juice, brown sugar, and yeast, but the spicy quality is too much. Itís like too much Cajun seasoning (minus the heat) and unripened, bitter cucumbers. Finish dries out the sweet qualities effectively and I can taste the yeastís pleasant authenticity (funky fruit and spice mixing with brown sugar, vinous notes, and damp earth). Leaves a lasting dry bitter sensation on the throat. High carbonation, med-heavy body, and noticeable heat, ever so slightly oily mouthfeel. Thereís decent stuff going on here, but whatís with the weirdness? Something strange happened, and it may not be the brewerís fault. Perhaps this is what happens when Mikkeller comes to Texas!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - clear, yellow brown on the pour that settles into a deep, dark brown in the glass; foamy cream colored head fades quickly leaving behind some lacing; a beauty for sure; figs, candy malt, yeasty spice and musky aromas; drinks quite sweet with flavors of dates, figs and cherry; super sweet on the nose with a soft, smooth, almost syrupy texture; dry finish with the sweetness almost reaching overpowering levels; flavor is just about there, but the texture really lacking when compared to the top dogs
deyholla (8349) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lord Nelson. Poured a dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma had notes of sweet malts and yeast. Flavor was sweet from both candied sugar and malts with a bit of an underlying alcohol bite. Nice and thick on the tongue.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Brown clear. Medium offwhite head. Peppery and spicy. Sharp carbonation. Nutty chocolatey malt flavours. High carbonation level.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
20091120 750ml bottle from State Line dated 10/12/14. Medium brown color with medium size beige head that lingers. Pretty odd aroma is super sweet with bubblegum, cashew, vanilla, stale tobacco. Medium bodied with decent eff. Late hit of heavy alcohol. Flavor is mostly plain, sweet, caramel, toffee, vanilla, burnt pineapple, blue raspberry italian ice (what?). Mostly uninteresting quad and pretty disappointing for the money.