DonMagi (5598) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at chris_o’s wolfie’s in town banter. Alround rating: Noteably hoppy aroma, with burnt roasty hints. Taste is sweet black honey like the Black, burnt tary character, floral hops.
Dedollewaitor (12285) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a large slowly collapsing brown head. Nose & taste is roasted coffee, chocolate, bourbon & vanilla. Very smooth with a vague warmth & stickyness. Lovely!
Christian (9697) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, rating 2200. Black with a huge, light brown head, disappearing though, and no lace. Aroma is chocolate, sweey licorice, bourbon and some American hops mixed up in all the rest. The alcohol is obvious in the nose.
The flavour is sweet, mostly brown sugar, chocolate and bourbon, and lots of alcohol. The complexity is there, but just a tad too sweet and alcoholic. The best of the "black as..."
thewolf (9848) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Chris_o’s Pre-Beer Exposed Tasting, September 2008.
Pours completely black with a nice, creamy, brown-beige head. Aroma has lots of hops, roasted malts and rather vinious. Fine, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has bourbon, wood, roasted malts, and bordering on alcoholic. Good chocolate and fine coffee in the finish. Nice enough balanced, just a tad too harsh in alcohol.
Sigmund (4162) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
250 ml bottle, shared with Ole_R, thx! ABV was 13.0%. Imperial stout stored 5 months in a whisky barrel, simply called "Mikkeller Black As Night". Pitch black colour, brown head that does not last very long. Nice roasty aroma, notes of coffee, tar, oak and liquorice. Intense oaky, roasty and very sweet flavour, alcohol is noticeable but not as much as expected. Long and bitter aftertaste.
bierkoning (8944) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Black and opague. Roast, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and malt whisky in the aroma. Salty, malty flavor with dark chocolate drenched in whisky. Even hints of peat and licorice. The malty sweetness is challenged by alcohol. A taste bomb with power and compelxity.
ekstedt (4540) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
<i>Bottle (25 cl) from Ølbutikken</i>. Black with medium brief brown head. Very complex roasted malt aroma, with chocolate and coffee, and dark fruits, and some faint notes of wood, whisky and alcohol. Medium bodied (surprisingly), soft carbonation. A bit sweet, although with some bitterness. Quite good.
MiP (12136) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 13.0%. Sweet liquoricy aroma, hint of vanilla and plenty of pepper. Black colour, no head. Sweet liquorice flavour, plenty of alcohol. Good, but we have tried something like this before.
JorisPPattyn (7298) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fluffy, fully-dark clouded head over night-black beer (original, original wording, JPP!) Ink, and very very dark berries and other plumlike fruit - dried and preserved in whisky or rum. Black chocolate if ever tasted, with an enormous load of alcohol, in a nice, whisky-like way with a strange, but perfectly balanced fresh vanilla-like sweetness. Near solid oil. And yet a great balance. A winner, if ever MIkkeller brewed one.
faroeviking (10274) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Thanks a bunch big time for sharing Pinball. Colour: black as the darkest night with a bubbly rather short lasting light brown head. Aroma of very roasty malt, dark fruits, choolate, woodish whiskey, mild smoke and alcohol. Very good mouthfeel. Very pleasant flavour of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, some whiskey, bitter hops and bit of pepper. Great brew indeed.