50belair (3266) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle # 21/40. Another monster shared by Joe at the Philly tasting. Dark brown/black pour with a small tan head. Good lacing. Caramel and chocolate aromas. DArk fruit, caramel, and chocolate note. Rich and delicious with a nice body.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(bottle number 29/40 at Dak’s Woodshed 1.0). Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma still has awesome bourbon and vanilla. Taste is sweet and follows suit of the nose. Full bodied and sticky. This was the best BA beer of the event and we had several awesome ones.
NosirIwont (2292) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, #4/40. Thanks to Enjoyit, Beeranarchist and MPA. Pours like engine oil; pitch black with a small brown head, which disappears immediately. Aroma is sweet, dry and slightly oxidised with the usual dark fruit/madeira notes that follows. Tart overtone, wood, remote spicy note, and alcohol deep down. Smooth. Flavour is very sweet, almost sugary, a bit oxidised, tart with notes of red vermouth. Finish is vermouth with a peculiar bitterness and a lingering alcohol burn. Overall a great beer which has aged very well. Was pleased with how well-balanced and smooth it was. 17.02.12.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 4/40 at tasting. Entered as my 100th Mikkeller rating. HUGE fucken thanks to Enjoyit, beeranarchist and MPA!! It pours motor oily inky black with no head whatsoever. But what do you expect from a beer like this? As soon as I put my nose in this beer, I sensed that it is something very extraordinary. It smells like so many things that have nothing to do with beer - sherry, tawny port, Amarone red wine are just some of the things that come to mind. Lots of raisins, fig purée, sweet cherries, leather, tobacco, sweet chocolate, a thick umami feel like an air dried Italian ham. The aroma is tricky, cause no matter how thoroughly you smell it, you know that you will never get the whole picture, simply because it is so damn complex. The taste is thick and viscous. Lots of sweetness - tawny port, raisins, oak, cognac notes, leather, musty oakiness, soy sauce, a refreshing cherry component, chewy and sweet tiramisu, chocolate, a hint of vanilla. Beautiful! As we were drinking this, my ear was briefly caught by the song playing in the background - Nick Cave singing "I’m full of love - I’m full of wonder - and I’m falling under your spell" - which was very similar to the experience of drinking this beer.
Hoprider (364) - DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you get to try this, you’re a lucky bastard. I wont get into details, it would not do it justice.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours super black with almost no head. The aroma is surprisingly dry, vinous elegant and tiny acidic. Tones of super dark chocolate, subtle coffee, fruits, grapes, prunes, plums and sweaty raisins. Undertones of liqueur, some manure, brown sugar and molasses. Woodsy ad light spicy from the oak. Fiery but fat on the nose. Hints of tart berries, wet earth and tobacco. The flavour is heavily sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Boatloads of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Undertones of brown sugar, dark bread and coffee, Fiery but balanced if you don’t consider the sweetness. Vinous and light oxidized. The mouthfeel is super fat, oily and round with a light carbonation. Some tannins. Lingering sweet, fiery and roasted finish. Near full bodied.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 29 of 40 sampled at Woodshed 1.0! This one is truly remarkable...can’t imagine another beer standing the test of time like this. Molasses, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, cocoa, roasted coffee, and vanilla. Slight influence from the barrel but it is there. Shocked that I had an opportunity to try this one. Thick, viscous, chewy...exceeded expectation based on age. Raisin, plum, and fig all there. Really impressed!
daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nearly black, brown head. Aroma? WOW! Prunes, molasses, rich chocolate, odd cheese, raisins. Flavor is sweet, decadent, molasses, cocoa, prunes, dark raisins...holy shit this is awesome.
madmitch76 (21227) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 28th February 2009
Sherry Barrel Aged. Bottle 40/40. Opened after a night out with the missus and her work mates at one of their weddings! Phew what a relief, peace and quiet and a craft beer! Beautiful nose of chocolate and sherry. Smooth silky palate. Opaque black in colour. A sweet sherryish start and then there is a little carbonation providing a brief bite and then some minerals. The main body is a complex medley of chocolate, sherry and mildly spicy licorice which is the type of licorice you normally only get in a proper Vintage Port from the 1970s! Rich dark finish with a some good cherry and red fruit coming to the fore and a parting note of yeast and coffee. Quite stunning! Depite it being a 750 at 15% I could barely restrain myself from bolting it. Very easy to be praiseworthy about such a rare (and expensive!) beer but this is honestly the best beer I have ever had!
2011 Note - still the best! If anyone has a 2006 version then I have one more of this one we can share or possibly trade!
2014 Note. Found some of this in the back of the fridge, I’d kept an inch and a bit in a jar. Still tastes amazing. Rich malts, chocolate, light coffee, big sherry - madeira - port. Light warming finish. Amazing beer.
EHSRanders (1987) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black colour with medium creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt with notes of raisin, licorice, and chocolate. Sweet spicy flavor and lasting finish. Creamy palate.