Ernesto987 (4459) - Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is ridiculously impressive. Got a new respect for Mikel and his borrowing of others equipment. The barrel aging doesn’t overwhelm at all, it is a trifecta of balance between the chilis, the porter malts, and the barrel aging. NICE!
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massive Mikkeller pt.2. Dark pour, jet black with brown head. Big notes of bourbon and chili peppers here. Chocolate flavor is pretty heavy as well. A slow sipper but very enjoyable.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a 1.5 finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.
Bold roasted malt aroma with a nice barrel presence that doesn’t overpower the elements of the base beer. Some toasted oak and vanilla along with a sweet booze/whiskey presence. Underneath there is a slightly smokey, meaty dark malt presence with a strong dark chocolate character along with some oatmeal, toffee and chili powder. The chipotle presence is subtle in the nose allowing the other notes to come through.
Slightly chewy medium body with a nice balance of barrel, whiskey, roasted malt and chili. Not quite as complex as the aroma suggests but there is a lot going on here. The Speyside whiskey is well integrated into the flavor with some sweet booze that gives off little heat. There’s also some dry, toasted oak that is complimented by a nice roasted malt presence. Slightly smokey with hints of bacon, toast, dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. There is a decent amount of sweetness from the whiskey and chocolate notes countering the dry/roasted character. The chipotle peppers are most prominent toward the back end of the palate but again, this flavor is well integrated into the flavor without overpowering everything. A subtle touch of peppery heat that goes really well with the silky chocolate, roasted malt and whiskey barrel flavors.
Given Mikkeller’s reputation I was skeptical that this might turn into a whiskey or chili bomb but it’s surprisingly well balanced and complex. Considering all that’s going on, it’s still pretty easy to drink, although the chipotle heat intensifies as it warms.
My wife says it tastes like chlorine water.
notalush (5280) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Armin for sharing - gusher - fizzy black pour - thin ring of lace - looks like cola - deeply chocolately aroma, slight roast, a hint of oaky tannins, but hardly any whiskey - flavor is semi tart and bittersweet up front - quite a bit of dry, peaty whiskey notes follow - high carbo - bittersweet finish - the spice comes in strong in the finish, complimenting the light alcohol - nice beer.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 January 2012. Bottle @ Brandon’s, courtesy of Arminjewell. Huge thanks! Gusher. Deep brown appearance with a big dark brown head. Dark chocolate, moderately smoky malty, very light chili, celery veggie, roasty aroma. Somewhat spicy chili, hugely roasty, chocolate malty, peat whiskey, smoky, light veggie flavor. Carbonated mouth feel.(3.3)
April 2013. Tried again aged 16 months later and honestly, it’s tasting really nice right now. Veggie notes are nearly nonexistent with some nice chili spiciness. There’s a large amount of Scotch along with chocolate and caramel. (3.9)
arminjewell (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gusher out of the bottle is dark brownish almost black with nice creamy tan head and it goes away fairly fast, but fairly nice looking. Aroma has notes of whiskey, toffee, caramel, hints of slight chili and pepper notes, touch of baker’s chocolate and slight earthy notes, really nice smelling. Taste is a nice mix of dusty cocoa powder, hints of chipotle chili but goes away quickly into the slight peat and oaky whiskey, hints of coffee and roast, earth finishing fairly bitter.
GMCC2181 (1553) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via StateLine... The regular version of this was my favorite beer of 2010, so this led to high hopes for this beer. But.... when I opened it, it smelled like a homeless guy who drinks whisky all day.... Strait whiskey! Black in color, decent little head that faded quickly. Taste wise the whisky is not a prevalent as the nose... Nice tasty roasted malts, slight chocolate, but the peppers take a back seat to the whisky. The whisky adds a nice touch to it but I like the regular version better. Smooth creamy body which makes it very enjoyable to drink. Overall. Glad I got to try this beer, but I will stick to the non barrel-aged version. PS: I hope this is the right version.... my danish is a little on the weak side
madmitch76 (17497) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
24th September 2011
Borefts Beer Festival 3. Opaque black beer. Little bubbly brown head. Crispy palate. Dark malt - crisp and not bitter or roasty. A little emulsion paint from the barrel aging. Mild speyside comes through - quite well balanced. Mild chilli heat in the finish. Not fierce though. Ok.
beernbourbon (1372) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour is pretty much black with a thin brown head. Aroma is fruity, coffee roasted malt, light vanilla, light smoke, and a touch of milk chocolate. Really nice aroma. Flavor is smooth chocolate malt, light fruitiness, faint coffee notes, and a long milk chocolate finish with a hint of smoke and a very light chili burn at the end. Awesome
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with a creamy light brown head. Scotch forward on the aroma with chocolate and pepper aroma. Tastes of chocolate scotch light pepper smokey peaty taste. Quite good.