Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
THOUGHTS: Still really behind on rating. I had this one Easter weekend. And a wonderful Easter surprise it was. I didnít think Iíd find another perfect beer without seeking out something Iíd read a lot about, but I found this one by mistake. This is just incredible. It had everything I love in a beer. Itís sort of like an old ale, a double, a foreign stout, a Belgian strong ale and a Baltic porter had a baby. It always seems like these beers that defy style are my favorites. I may have found a new favorite beer. It reminds me a lot of my favorite Gouden Carolus Grand Cru, but a little more sour. This probably winds up being third on my favorites list. But I did but one away to try next Christmas.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that looked black and nearly opaque in the glass with an average-sized, light brown head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate chocolate malt, dark fruits, port wine, light yeast, a little vanilla. It was a little weak, but itís so great I can forgive the lack of intensity. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately acidic and a little sour. There was chocolate, dark fruit, a little prune and sourness, a little cola and maybe a little tobacco. It also hid the alcohol incredibly well. The medium body was oily with fizzy carbonation and a light astringent finish. It went down so very easy.
Mogwai (227) - Askeby, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Bottle. Very dark colour with brown head. Fantastic flavour, great taste. Caramel, orange and koriander/cilantro.
Absolutely love it. Mikkeller have done it again. Makes me proud to be a Dane!
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black as night w/ a tall bronze colored froth. Superb hangtime reducing to a full canopy that lingers. Aromas are mild w/ a smokey, roasted Belgian style with rock candy and mocha. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers that just seem to lounge around effortlessly. The texture is soft and oily. Flavor wise I donít know where to start with this one. Plump darkfruits like blackcherry and plumb meld gracefully w/ a mild roast component. A defined spicey character comes alive but only subtly. Strongly flavored and very warming. Fruit rollup comes to mind. Make that chcolate covered fruit rollup. Banana and clove show up as it warms. The finish is as long as I can remember. The flavor profile is bright and fresh in contrast to itís seemingly dark nature. A defined souring factors in creating a nice sweet and sour volley. I highly recommend this brew. Is way out of sight amoung all the ordinary styles. Itís generous, warming, and totally enjoyable.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark almost purple brown with a huge beige head. Incredible aroma with loads of sweet dark fruits. Amazing yeast notes! Vinous, plums, dates, raisins, ginger, chocolate and honey are just a few of the subtleties of this fantastic tasting beer. Really well done. The alcohol is well hidden making it super smooth and easy to drink. Iím a fan.
ucfknightscott (56) - Casselberry, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep brown with a red tint around the edges. Aroma is rich with fruit (cherries, grapes, plums) and chocolate. Very unique, almost like a wine. Palate is very fruity with a milk chocolate finish. Makes a great dessert beer, amost like chocolate covered cherries. One of the most interesting beers I’ve had, excellent. Definetly recommended.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glass: Trappist, shaker, tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canalís, Lawrenceville, NJ
Size: 25.4 fl oz
Estimated Calories:450 C
RateBeer Rating: 98
Aural: pop opening, low carbonation, quiet pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and sharp
Malt Aroma: brown sugar cinnamon toast truffles chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma: oregano cinnamon cilantro
Other Aroma: bubblegum
Notes: An enticing aroma.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:deep brown black
Head Retention: poor
Notes: despite the issues with head retention, the body is very deep and rich.
Flavor 9 out of 10
Malt Flavor: barley rye bread brown caramel chocolate mocha coffee
Hops Flavor: rum raisin orange
Notes: Like dessert. A wonderful flavor much more focused on malt flavors than hop flavors, but a great taste.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Notes: finish has strong warming effect - nice hidden abv.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Very malty, high ABV, but well hidden. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Not as fruity as Iíd expect, but still a wonderful ale. Thanks, Mikkeller!
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - NOV 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 Draught at ōlbaren
Dark brown look with a nice thick foamy light brown head. Very intense aroma! One of the best vinouse notes iíve sniffed, very nice. Also has a good chunck of dark fruits, that mixes with the high amount of alchohol and brown sugar. Flavor is mainly sweet, intense dark fruit notes and subdued roasted bitterness. Will definetly recommend this one.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours blackish with deep ruby highlights through direct light, a 3-finger or so brown head, asnd wonderful lacing. This is a definite 5 for appearance. The aroma is rich dark malt, chocolate, molasses, some mild chery, blackberry, and plum notes. Tastes roasty dark malty, a bit on the sweet end of the taste spectrum, with heavy chocolate syrupy flavors, plus some mid-palate cherry tartness matched with some blackberry hints. Very well balanced, complex, and with very well hidden alcohol, this one is a true masterpiece.
grawk (12) - Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An interesting beer, sweet and chocolatey. I think a little less sweet would be more to my taste, but itís definitely a good holiday beer.
nearbeer (4379) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. Opaque, dark chocolate with a small disc of lasting bubbles. Nose is cherry, prune, chocolate, light coffee. Front taste is tart raspberry, merlot and chocolate. Dark fruit, brown sugar and hints of orange follow. Long finish of toasted oak, char, black pepper, cinnamon, and cafe mocha dries things up nicely. Heavy body is smoothly carbonated, has a nice acidic tingle, and is amazingly well-balanced between sweet and dry. Well-hidden 11% abv.