JulienHuxley (4241) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on an Antwerpen park bench. Opaque black pour with creamy tan brown head. Aroma is really chocolaty, ghy (input from a 3 year old), tons of vanilla and chocolate, so rich and desserty. Taste is sweet, really chocolaty, cocoa, light molasses vanilla, nice roastiness to balance, a really tasty bomb. Palate is damn near perfect, really thick and chewy but not cloying or boozy, nice carbonation. Really good.
tom10101 (3905) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (375 ml). Shared by JulienHuxley, thanks! While we were drinking this one in an Antwerp park, there’s was a bunch of teenagers shotgunning cans of a cheap local pale lager. It was quite funny that our 375 ml bottle was way more expensive than their five cases of beers. The beers is pitch black and thick with a small persistent beige/brown head and light lacing. Aroma is rich and complex with loads of molasses, red fruits, chocolate/fudge, vanilla, roasted malt, boozy notes and light soy sauce. Taste is also super rich, moderately sweet with again a ton of molasses, fudge, red fruits, vanilla, roasted malt and a warming finish. Full (!) body. Moderate carbonation. Thick and liquorous mouthfeel. Probably my favorite stout from Mikkeller (and one of my favorite stouts). Super rich, complex and warming. The alcohol isn’t too much even at 16% abv. A great sipper!
Hoprider (160) - 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 (3600) - 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 (2606) - 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 (13243) - 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 (17310) - 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 (9347) - 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 (7264) - 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 (1589) - Haderslev, 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.