thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(25cl bottle best by 12-31-12 thanks to bu11zeye) it’s so jet black it seems to absorb any light around it, ring of fine tan bubbles and excellent lacing. Nose is one of the best I’ve ever smelled. Whiskey, vanilla, decadent milk chocolate, graham cracker, wood, and light peat. Taste of rich fudge, light alcohol, prune, raisin, toasty, and alcohol spirits. Linger is delicious as well. An absolutely excellent stout.
fletchfighters (923) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Bluebetty
Great nose. Oak, Whisky, chocolate, vanilla and carmel. Also the usual smoke, char, and ash that is Mikkeller
Well hidden ABV but showing signs of oxidation as was getting a lot of port taste in the mouth and slight sourness
Meilby (5541) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 250ml @ home
[Trade by fonefan] Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, oak and whisky. Taste is heavy sweet and meidum bitter with a long woody, coffee, chocolate finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.
BlackSwan (24) - Frisco (Dallas), USA - MAY 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a muddy black colored body with a spare creamy brown head. Aroma is rich with chocolate, cookie, bread, nuts, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is full in body and high in warmth. Has a slight lactic and burnt flavor accompanied by chocolate, whiskey, nutmeg, prunes and a hint of brown sugar. This beer was strong, high in alcohol. Very good.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(25cl bottle, BB 13/12-2012) Pours an opaque oily black body that nicely coats the glass with a spare brown head. Aroma of rich fudge, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, graham cracker, light char, roasted grain, and bourbon. Flavor of chocolate brownies, nuts, vanilla, bourbon (light peat), and roasted malt.
BuckeyeBoy (2327) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Little 250ml bottle thanks to ditmier for busting this out. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Aroma was of whisky, wood, pit fruit, booze, smoke, and some sweet malts. Taste was of booze, sweetness, barrel, and some smoke.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25cl bottle, best by 12/31/2012. As promised, the pour is, well, black as the night. Imagine that! It’s dense, opaque, and downright evil looking. An initially thick, foamy, camel-brown head deflates to a thin center film with a pronounced, symmetrical edge. Each tilt of the glass reveals a thick, glass staining, sheeting effect, as rounded spots are slow to recede back home. The nose is very rich, layered with thick waves of dark fudge, brownies, caramel glazed walnuts, and chocolate dipped cherries. The aforementioned is wrapped in a shroud of vanilla and whiskey, touching on char and smoke at points, hinting subtly at nips of brine and peat perhaps. Grilled dates come to mind as well., and there might be a touch of earthen coffee roast in there. Hops, while faded a bit, are still quite potent, mainly of the green, earthy variety. The only thing holding the aroma back a bit it the potent alcohol, which admittedly comes across a bit hot. Flavors are just as complex, again based in deep, fudgey chocolate and blackened caramel. Traces of baked honey and toasted nuts lend a very ’baklava’ type feel. Figs and dates make an appearance, lending further dark, fruity depth. I even get a touch of maple sugar. Again, the barrel imparts a nice, regulated char, and I get a bit of saltiness that suggests mildly peaty, Scotch-soaked wood. I’d even venture to guess that the barrel formerly houses Spanish sherry as opposed to bourbon or another spirit, as there are some distant, dry vinous tendencies. The palate is nearly full, clearly fattened by residual sugar, yet it has a certain dryness and soft, persistent carbonation that makes it feel more attenuated than it actually is. I quite like the mouthfeel, in fact. Overall, I found this to be a mighty fine brew. A little big and rich for my tastes, but the complexity and cohesiveness are top notch, and the palate serves it well.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2010 Bottle. Pours a thick black body with a mild tan head. Boozy, whiskey, oak, tobacco tones. Rich coco, coffee and dark fruit tones. Bitter espresso tones and a chewy chocolate etoh finish. Nice stout.
Sledutah (3631) - Utah, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Little bottle shared by footbalm and Doug, thanks guys
Appearance: Pitch black with a nice tan head and some lacing with legs <br
Aroma: Roasted malts and fruits, cocoa and whiskey
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Dark malts and fruits, oak, whiskey, chocolate and peat
Very nice beer. Well balanced and very drinkable.
douglas88 (5151) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the amazing small 250 ml bottles thanks to Papsoe. Pours a pure black color with a medium brown head. The aroma is rich roasted malts, chocolates, whiskey, woody, dark fruit, hot and syrupy. The flavor is wonderful; a wonderful barrel treatment, whiskey, copious amounts of dark fruit, earthy, shovels of peat, a finish that is long and lingering sweet almost like brandy. Wonderful.