Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled and shared by BDR from 750 ml bottle (38 of 40) pours an opaque black brew with virtually no head except for a thin film top. Aroma is complex with raisins, brown sugar, molasses, a touch of premium soy sauce, dark chocolate and dark pitted fruits. Taste is full bodied, no carbonation with flavors of roasted dark malts, tawny port, raisins, dark chocolate, vanilla and plenty of alcohol. Finish is thick and with some mild tartness with a raisin and alcohol aftertaste. Quite the experience to try this extreme rarity.
Guerde (1261) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, thanks to BDR for sharing this rarity!) Pours black with little to no head. The aroma is excellent, and I spent a good ten minutes just smelling this beer. Dominant aromas of raisin, some light soy, brown sugar, vanilla, light alcohol, and a healthy dose of chocolate blend together nicely. The balanced aroma didn’t carry over into the flavor though. The tastes upfront are very nice and well integrated, with anise, chocolate, dark fruit, and raisin. This is very nice and port-like. The finish really falls flat though, with roasted malt that increasingly becomes charred and astringent creating an off flavor of green snap peas. The alcohol also shows up as well, and it begins to remind me of the wretched Mikkeller Black. Full, viscous mouthfeel. A solid beer, and if the finish had been balanced, it could’ve been great.
JK (5410) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 38/40. This is an awesome beer. Sweet plums in the aroma, with Belgian yeast and malt. Smooth and sweet flavor that includes oak, vanilla, some brandy, and just a hint of sourness. The high abv is entirely hidden. Very thick and heavy, and nearly still like an English imperial stout.
badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 38/40. Huzzah to Brad (BDR)! Pours black as oil and about as thick with no head. Strong aroma of sherry, vanilla and toasted oak. Lots of vanilla sweetness in the flavor. Plenty of roasted malt and chocolate, but really buried under sherry, vanilla and oak. Slightly chalky feel. A little oxidized like an English-style Imperial Stout. Freakin sweet.
Stine (1734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Bottle 38/40, thanks to the uber-generosity of Brad Reno. Thank you sir. Oily port-black burgundy. Fat and sumptuous chocolate and reduced port and sherry aroma. Wildflower honey, tangy and soft in sweetness; alcohol spirit-like and pillowy. A firm, tannic acidity, and some fleeting then warming caramel strength. Fusel-like as it warms further, and getting gritty and quite rough with unrefined sugar, booze, and untextured malt.
Flavor is fat sherry and chocolate oil, with a musty dusting of wooden bitterness; alcoholic, but well-supported. Many different flavors of berries and dark sugar, which in the middle gather an unbearable syrupy sweetness, and this isn’t readily tempered by the right kind of bitterness; rather, there’s a lot of black malty tar. The herbal honey flavor provides a flutter of balance, close to satisfyingly, near the finish.
Oily, and dense, but not too warm in the palate. Burnt rubber and tar sensations are more prevalent than the blackening effect of booze; a huge residual sweetness, which is a better flavor for it draw out on that the asphalt and cigarette ashes it leaned toward, and even if it’s distantly unpleasant to me it’s still totally tolerable.
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 75cl @ [ Tasting in Ulfborg ].
[ Bottle #25 of 40 ]. Clear dark black color with a average, creamy - frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting - diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, burnt, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, dark berrys - fig, pruns and raisins marinaded in port or cherry, wood - oak, moderate alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long long duration. Body is full, texture is oily - creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. so nice and very very good .. well done Mikkelle a master piece again from you ! Lucky me that I did make it to taste this very complex beer .. ;o)) (110708)
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 38/40. This dark ruby beer exploded with fizzy carbination leading a still headless glass. sweet aroma with oak vanilla and malt dominated by intense sherry. The wine dominates the flavor but toasted malts peak through. Vanilla comes foreword in an incredibly smooth finish with plenty of roast peaking out in the aftertaste. Smooth as hell with a sweetness that gives an intense barleywine like character. Superb is an understatement.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, graciously shared by Brad!! Pours a inky black/brown color with minimal brown head. Aroma is chocolate milk, coffee, light roast, dried fruit, alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roast, caramel, port, burnt sugar, vanilla. Palate is ultra full bodied, mild carbonation, finished ultra sweet and chewy. I really enjoyed this because I like really sweet beers, however I can definitely see where folks are not gonna dig this. Borders on the absurdly sweet! Very complex blend of flavors going on.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating # 5000. Bottle #14/40 shared with yespr, Grovlam, joergen and sk8viking. This was defenitely the highlight of my beer hunting career. Pitch black colour with a brown head. Roasted aroma with a balanced alcohol and vinous note and loads of fruit and chocolate. Roasted, light coffee bitter flavor with notes of alcohol, wood and chocolate. This is so good, imho it only needs a better head to be a perfect 5.0.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small sample shared by Carlo at the Ebenezers Struise event. Thanks. Thick, chewy and sweet. Starts nice but has a real ugly finish that kills the beer. A better finish would really improve this one.