Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you so much Mikkel for letting me get the opportunity to taste this one!! I enjoy it June 2007, but I could have waited until 2050, the bottle says - but I might not be around then LOL The color is beautiful red, dark amber and the aroma is fruity and hoppy with notes of caramel and raisin. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour has a nice sweetness, notes of caramel, fruity hops, raisin, citrus and I don’t taste the alcohol at all. It’s very harmonic and at the same time it’s expression is delightful and powerful. A great one!! 2327
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. [Huge thanks to Mikkel for letting me try the absolute last bottle of this wonderful Barley Wine]Sometime in early 2006, this fantastic beer was brewed. I would think that the plus one year vintage has caused the heavy hops aroma to subside a bit. That said, there was still evidence in the bouquet of the 500+ IBU in this explosive Barley Wine. Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Spar lacing. Clear sparkling body with a amber color. Heavy heavy malt base with toffee, overripe fruit, underling liquorish notes and apricot. In the mouth, notes of grapefruit, elderflower comes into play. Extremely full bodied with a flat carbonation and a heavy sticky and alcoholic texture. But for 15% this goes down quit smooth. Maybe a hint of dryness in there as well. Balancing between heavy sweet caramel and heavy bitter grapefruit, both competing about who will leave the finial impression. Mouth was covered in oily texture as the last sip lives the glass. An incredible lingering sweet and bitter feeling was left in your mouth, throat and mind. Mikkeller I bow my head in humbleness to your brewing expertise.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at Kobenhavnske Oldage, May 2006. I’m usually a big fan of Mikkeller beers, but not this one. Undeniably there are bags of hops here but it is very sweet and the alcohol is far too intrusive - burning and boozy. The overall impression is rather harsh and crude. Blimey, I’m sounding like SilkTork. Anyway, not really my scene at all.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
500 mL bottle, brought back from Denmark. Looking back at the reviews, this beer seems to be approaching 1 year of age. Murky orange color, with no head. Fairly explosive nose, dominated by hops and fruits.
I’m guessing the hops have faded quite a bit. That being said, their still huge. What is present is an absolutely lovely and extremely concentrated flavor of golden raisins, big hops, sweet & wild fruits and dried apricots.
Sticky mouthfeel, with an enduring finish. I don’t detect any hints of alcohol (but like I’ve said before, I am extremely fortunate, in that I hardly ever taste alcohol flavor in beer.) To me, this is the perfect sipper and I really like this beer. Thanks, Jeppe.
Enjoyit (3455) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber of color, almost no head. An aroma with hops, apples and lot of sweets. A thick flavor with sweets, hops and oak.
beeranarchist (209) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Wow, though I expected an extreme beer, it still surprised me.
aroma is dominated by alcohol, hops, hops, hops, candy and hops. Very thick and sticky mouthfeel, sweet and bitter (however not overwhelming). This is more a liqueur than a beer. Mikkellers counterpart to malt liquor; hop liquor!
faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Hazy dark amber colour. Very sweet, hoppy, fruity and citric aroma. Flavour is very sticky siruppy sweet and fruity, extremely hoppy, citrus, some bubblegum, alcoholic. Too much but a good extreme brew.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Honey, tannins and cookie dough in the sweet aroma. Muddy brown body with very little, rapidly and fully diminishing head. Very strong bitterness overshadows any malt character. Alcohol is prominent. Light medium body is somewhat watery in texture especially due to very low carbonation. Strong warming. Unfortunate that this one didn’t work out for me as I really had high hopes. Bottle sampled with CapFlu and Oakes.
MPA (793) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Orange/maber with shortlived off white head. Super sweet aroma with hops - Nectar that makes my foreskin wrinkle! Aaarghh! Hoppy malt liquor that makes my uvula tap dance! Why does Mikkeller so often do that to me? Bastards!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 660mL bottle. Hazy, apple cider colored pour with a thin layer of off-white head. Strong, intoxicating aroma thats louded with orange citrus, and spicy alpha hop characters. Loads of strawberry and raspberry fruits create a sugary sweet malt backing. The mouthfeel is extremely full and syrupy, full of flavor, but definitely more of a barelywine than an IIPA. This would make a tasty dessert beer in small doses, but is much too sweet and hot to be consumed in any substantial size. The fruity characters are very sweet and intoxicating, complimented well by the healthy hoppy spice, but this brew is just too much. This beer was a highly interesting experience, especially considering how lopsided my opinion changed from the fabulous aroma to the its-so-heavy-its-almost undrinkable palate. Thanks, Chris!