Hoprider (127) - DENMARK - MAY 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a surprisingly clear brown color. Settles blackish in the glass with a tiny beige head. Nose: mercy me.. I’m such a sucker for this cakey style. Loads of toffee and brownie. Coconut and rhum juice. The taste is like a wet dream if you’re a sweet tooth. French vanilla butter pecan chocolate deluxe! Good booze, Oily texture, sticky and candied finish. In the end a very sexy baverage..
gam (3478) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Still dark pour mild carbonation dark pour aromas fudge mocha like coffee dark chocolate liquorice raisin prune caramel notes the flavours coffee so good caramel medium bitter flavours wipe out the alcohol strength note raisin taste dark chocolate crisp hops citrus cocoa simply delicious stuff the finish best tastes well just a wonderful imperial not too many faults the coffee and fruit were probably the best of a good lot of tastes marvellous imperial
MadIndian (2540) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from SJ. Holy crap this is awesome!
Mega notes of hop, citrus, roast, dark fruit and chocolate. Bold black pour, thin head. Goes down smooth and just satisfying. Well done!
brokensail (12277) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks to Erik for getting me this bottle. Black pour with no head and impressive viscosity. Quite sweet. Candied nuts, vanilla, dates, and raisins. A bit of ash and lots of graham cracker. Almost whiskey-like. Taste is big on the dark fruit sweetness. Tons of date, raisin, and plum. Maple syrup, a bit of soy sauce, vanilla, and graham cracker. Some roasted malt, a hint of bitterness and alcohol. Not usually my thing, but I quite enjoyed this.
cgarvieuk (16191) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at the Mikkeller and fiends bar... Deep black... Thin tan head... Dark meaty malts... Dark roast... Sweet chocolate... Soft rich malts chewy roast... Heavy sweet malts... Light dry bitter finnish
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
> An excessively sweet ASA/barleywine
[ Bottle ][ brokensail ][ 375ml ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> Thank you Andrew for the share! Clear sepia brown, no foam. Nose is brown alcohol, ginger, soy, Marmite, smoke, dark cherry. Taste is brown sugar, paper, tootsie roll, long soy and bitter toffee and ginger peel flavor. Huge brown sugar with peanut brittle. Uhh. Not RIS, more like barleywine or ASA.
>!< sweet, not RIS, soy, marmite
laiti (6499) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends. Vintage 2014, 14.9%. Aroma has truffles, dark chocolate, some deep roastiness and coffee. Flavour has lots of salty licorice, some herbal tones and coffee. So salty and herbal that I almost can taste nothing else. Hides the ABV very well, unbelievable that this has almost 15%.
martin00sr (1240) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Mikkeller&Friends. Black pour, small tan film. Aroma is dark, coffee and black currant. Sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. Very sugary, more black currant with sharp, bitter zing. Heavy, tough, but fascinating.
BOLTZ7555 (2919) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled acquired from the Mikkeller Bottle Shop. Thick, syrupy squid ink pour with a small mocha head that diminished to a ring quickly. Massive molasses, maple, vanilla bean, brown sugar, rum-soaked raisins, plums, candied yams, marshmallow, and licorice. Cloyingly sweet. Sticks to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter. Stays with you well after you clear the debris. Not sure why this one is highly prized.
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Dunt’s Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep blackish hue, dark and ominous with nice gentle brownish glow on the edges. Frothy brown head dies down quickly, laces small. Aromas are cocoa, fudge, firm dry and toast elements, some firm hops, dry and bitter with gentle nibs, roasty malts and caramel. Initial is firm and thicker bodied, rich cocoia and caramel, touches of nib, firm roast and dryness. Middle is fudgey, some firm dryness and roast, big nib character. A rich dryness and roast. Some nice flavors show some rich nib and dryness, roast and cocoa. Finish is really damn good, roasty and nib driven, coffee. Elements are rich and potent, but still work well together. Fantastic stuff. Rich, big, flavorful and still quite approachable. Not just a sweet sticky messy, integrating a range of flavors, assertive power and good play between that rich cocoa nib, espresso and roasty elements. Really nice stuff.