Strykzone (4497) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at esbls. Very dark and a little angry looking. Big barrel notes with roast and malts. Soy. Big flavor is almost as angry as angry as the aroma. Good.
kraddel (2441) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours very dark brown , with a mocha head .
Smell is sweet , dark, heavy , bit spices, very full and thick . Reminds me of when I had my first few mikkeller Imperial stouts , even ! And tháts a compliment !
Touch to much carbo , but still doable .
INTENSE chocolate taste ( I LOVE that ! ) and bitterness that naturally joins that . Not too much of the peppers , just hints, that blend in perfectly .
Mouthfeel is very good , full , but I midd thickness . In a way, the body is perfect for this ABV , but I rate blindly and simply prefer thicker beer . AKA no perfection here ( not possible neither I guess ) So I cannot give that part 5/5 .
I expected this one to be mediocer to me at best. I am surprised to discover it is actually one of the best mikkellers yet , on about 110 I drank of them . At this ABV , at this price ? Hell yes, tháts how its done !
ansalon (953) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, muscovado sugar, slight liqourice and bourbon. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, nuscovado sugar, dark red berries, bourbon. Mouthfeel is quite dry and astringent with low carbonation. Aftertaste is coffee, dark chocolate and a slight chili hint though nowhere near as dominating as the non-barrel version. Very good though!
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Jorn69 (562) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Mikkeller & Friends 8/2-2014. Trä, vanilj, chili, rostad malt, fyllig, oljig koncistens.
Ratman197 (9066) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, chipotles, oak and light bourbon. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt, chipotles, oak and light bourbon with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
blankboy (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle (375ml) c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a very dark amber-brown, almost black, with an average size long-lasting frothy light-brown head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is fruity first followed by roasted malt, chocolate, wood, light smoke, light coffee, vanilla and more -- quite nice. Nice flavour, smoky and fruity, along with roasted malt, chocolate, a bit of alcohol, wood, some leafy hops and a long, semi-big roasty/bitter finish. Medium bodied. An enjoyable beer, and nice to have a barrel-aged beer with this low an abv.
Valgreen (465) - DENMARK - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Sřren formand. Pitch black, big tan head that settles nicely, great lacing. Aroma, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, spicy. Taste, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, chillies, bourbon notes.
Balazs (750) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes, courtesy or Armando629, hálás köszönet! Poured black, with a decent brwon head. Aroma of dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, red grapes, earth, ash, paprika. Dense body with lively carbonation. Dark fruity somewhat bitter aftertaste that lasts. Good one.
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at JF’s, from BD Online, 26/12/13.
Pitch black with a good sized dirty tan head that thins a little then retains.
Nose is roast malt, light smoke, sugars, earthy cocoa, spice, light booze. light vinegar, dark fruits.
Taste comprises cocoa, chipotle, dark toffee, green pepper, spice, molasses, chocolate notes.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry spiced closure with light chilli heat.
Pretty good stuff for the style, decent all round balance and the chilli heat is well pitched.
tiong (3077) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle from Bierkompass
Pours pitch black with a smooth light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, wood, oak, vanilla, spices, warming peppery notes and dark chocolate. Taste is smooth, roasty, spicy and woody with notes of vanilla, oak, pepper, hints of warming chili and dark chocolate. Finish is roasty, smooth and tingling with hints of woody oaky notes, warming chili and dark chocolate. Nice, quite balanced and complex porter with a nice touch of warming chili and bourbony notes.