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Brewed by Mikkeller
Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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4/4 of the experimental X series presented by Mikkeller at KÝbenhavnske ōldage 2006. X Imperial Stout is strongest beer ever brewed by a danish brewery. Itís a killer..... brewed with 11 different malts, 3 sugars, 6 hop types and 3 different yeast strains.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3340) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Shared at the C-Bus 7. Dark beer with a whispy beige head. Chalky nose with dark ripe pit fruit and alcohol. This is a different stout. Lots of molassess, brown sugar, wood, rum soaked vanilla beans and an odd smoked meat taste that went away as it warmed. Lots of wood and alcohol, and Iím guessing the background flavor that I sensed was that damned brett. The 16% was present, but not intrusive. Really interesting stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
CT7 Bottle shared by moejuck via papsoe, thanks to all those involed! Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vinous elements, and some oak. Flavors of dark chocolate, oak, bourbon and vinous qualities. Thick mouthfeel, soft carboantion...boozey and bittersweet with a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Bottle thanks to moejuck and spector at Columbus tasting. Poured pitch black. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, sugary, brown sugar, and maybe a light sournesss. Flavor was huge with a real big body, licorice and very complex.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle from Papsoe, shared at C-bus 7. This was supposed to be the highlight of the evening, but I was extrememly dissapointed with this beer. The aroma is a monster shot of sugar, alcohol, and some earthy scents. The appearance was deep black with a thin head. Medium palate is creamy, but not quite as full as many other imperials out there. The taste is just too damn sweet! Over the top amount of sugar, with tastes of licorice, roasted malts, and floral aspects as well. The taste is very complex to be sure--but that doesnít make this a beer I would want to drink on a regular basis at all. The overpowering sweetness of this stout ruins the web of flavors that are being presented, and make what Iím sure could be an interesting experience a hollow one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
12oz bottle shared at columbus tasting 7 - Pours black with a short tan head that stays briefly. Aromas of big floral hops over chocolate and coffee. Flavor reveals much much more. Big chocolate, black licorice, coffee, smoke, lots of woody notes and some definite alcohol early on. Later the alcohol seemed much more covered though. Palate was oily, smooth and they did a pretty good job of covering up the alcohol in this monster.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Sweet malt,floral hops and alcohol stood out in the aroma.Pours very dark brown with a very thin tan head.Alcohol,black licorice,and some floral hops dominated the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a lot of alcohol coming through in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Huge thanks to Moejuck and Spector for busting their ass to acquire this beer!! THis beer was prolly the biggest disappointment of the night. The aroma had alcohol lots of flowers and floral notes and even picked up a little bit of soapyiness or perfume. The flavor was actually quite complex with a lot going on but I just really did not think it was worthy of its praises. There was some licorice and dark fruits, but the most dominant thing was sugar and alcohol...and I just couldnt get much out of it past that because they were so prominent. Overall very happy I was able to try it, but sadly I was seriously let down.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
C-Bus 7 Bottle shared by moejuck via papsoe: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma, alcohol, chocolate, lots of dark fruits, floral, some brown sugar. Flavor, licorice, chocolate, dark fruits, some spice, and a slight funk to it. Very complex flavor, medium bodied, but it felt a little on the hot side for me. Still very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 7, 2007
12 Oz Bottle shared by cquiroga. A funk of blue goat cheese, blueberries right from the canadian shield, and a musk of black malt. Iím loving the lacto cheese character, while it could be construed as stinky. Pours deep black with a tan rim. More roquefort in the flavor, with tannic malt, cream, blackberry reduction and some roasted astringency. Ripe, is one word to use. An astounding 16% is lost amongst the sedimentary layers of inducing one too many angles of an Imperial Stout. Hops seems lost, despite profession from the bottle that the Pacific Northwest had a big influence. Itís hard to climb over the mountain of funk that stamps this beer with itís hard to achieve uniqueness. Dark rum clambors with balsamic for a final grapple to dominate a complex flavor profile. A long awaited and pleasently surprising opportunity to taste the enigmatic beast. Keep bringing it Danes!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2007
From a 33cL Bottle. Pours a viscous, oily black color with a thin layer of creamy tan head. The aroma is intense. Lots of sweet, sugary chocolate syrup, doused with molasses and anise, and fuming with a funky wave of rochefort cheese. The lacto is very prominent and creates a bit of a pungent sensation when combined with the high alpha hops and noticeable alcohol content. Everything is going on, and its all overwhelming to the senses. Full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. The flavors start out on the sweet side, brimming with more sugary chocolates and sweet molasses. Rounding the corner, some notes of tobacco and well-trodden leather start to dry it up a bit. At the finish, tons of funk and musty cheese are left lingering indefinitely on the palate. As a reference point, this is what I would expect mephistopheles stout to taste like if it was aged in a barrel filled with gorgonzola cheese. Thereís just so much of everything going on, sticky malts, anise spice, leather, and some really funky cheese, my senses are met with more than their match. I cower in the corner. As expected from the description, a highly unique, interesting, and thought provoking beer, but itís just too much to be one of my favorites. Thanks a ton for sharing, Chris!


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