SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle; wow, thanks Colin and Becky trucking this across the pond for us; silky black with trace dense tan head but almost flat; intense aromas of peaty goodness with decedent chocolate, candy apples, coffee; super sweet and rich with thin, almost syrupy texture; no heat, harshness or astringency as this beast is all richness and over the top decadence; sticky chocolate, peaty bourbon, scotch, red wine or port flavors; a perfect desert beer with creamy roast and silky chocolate; right up there with the Kaggen in terms of decadence and an amazing beer drinking experience; incredible!!
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2011 375 courtesy of madmitch76 who bestowed upon me yet another amazing beer! It pours inky deep darkness with mocha head. The aroma is earthy sweet with molasses, chocolate, cinnamon raisin bread, prunes, some toffee and heading into a bit of booze. The taste is big bold smooth harmony refreshing and crazy good. I get molasses, chocolate, fudge brownie and some mild sweet bourbon moving toward caramel covered oak planks and light spicy oak notes. Amazing stuff that seems will only improve for a few years where for me this will be in 4.7 to 4.9 territory. Wow! ISO – more.
markwise (4867) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. I was speechless after drinking this beer. I have had other Mikkellers that were less than spectacular, but this one was simply outstanding. Huge thanks to IBrew2or3 for sharing this one. Pours dark brown with a slight off-white head. Nose is chocolate, slight roast, cinnamon, spice, booze, pepper, mint, tobacco, earthy spice, chocolate, and a slight hint of coffee. Flavor is better than the nose, if such a thing is possible. This beer was simply outstanding. Medium bodied and complexity incarnate.
Beer5000 (5120) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle. Black body with a thin, diminishing brown head. Extremely smooth in both aroma and flavor, dark, mild roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, sweet molasses, dry fruit, salt and warming alcohol. Very, very nice and surprisingly balanced, the intense sweetness works well with the hops and high alcohol. I missed this at EBF 2208 and was afraid the chance to taste this again was gone forever, thanx a lot Yngwie.
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml capped shared by Colin and brought back via Bekky, thanks! Pours a super dark and viscous black with no head from the pour, although can form one fairly easily...nice legs also. Rich syurpy malty molasses with great apple notes through out. I could really smell this for a while. Really smooth and full of sweet nectary calvados, the base beer is so thick and viscous; so oily...yet works so well as a vessel for the barrel treatment. Such a rich and beautiful beer, thank Colin!
after4ever (6731) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375. thanks colin! thanks bekky! pours jet black with the faintest and briefest of super dark tan swirls. unbelievably complex nose of apples, wet wood, roast, chocolate, apple skins, and sweet dessert syrup made from apples. creamy sticky thick body. roast, chocolate, wet wood, tons of apples, and some dark fruits all pulled together in a beautifully cohesive mid palate. long sweet sticky chocolate apple finish. awesome! cant thank you guys enough.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing nose of woody, apple brandy, dark roast, charcoal, vanilla, dark chocolate. Dark black as hell pour with light foamy edges and no head. Wow this smells amazing. Molasses, creamÝ dark chocolate, dark roast. Vanilla, apple brandy, some earthy char and smoke. Sweet residual sugars but not cloying, balanced by roast and char and apple brandy in finish. Light to almost no carb. Big creamy body. A wonderful beer.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a minimal brown head that dissipates quickly.
The aroma is intensely vinous with lots of liqueur-like notes. Lots of roasted malts, toffee, spices and brown sugar as well.
The flavor is very sweet with lots of molasses and brown sugar tones to it. Lovely oak barrel notes and fine liqueur qualities from the calvados barrels. Roasted malts and mild coffee hints. The finish is warming and packed with sweet alcohol notes, lovely rich fruit aromas and licorice.
Full-bodied, smooth, very sticky mouthfeel and mildly carbonated.
Good stuff. Just a tad less sweetness would have made this a perfect ten.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy Cheeseman. An absolutely pitch black body looks about as thick as they come, and is basically void of any head. Though no lacing sticks to the glass, there is some dense sheeting action that momentarily stains the glass brown. The aroma shows a huge Calvados overtone, far more than I thought possible, in fact. Sweet apple and vanilla simply ooze from within, while cinnamon and sweet, dark caramel round out notes resembling an apple crumble dessert. Of course, there’s also a big, dark, chocolate fudge component. Hardly a hop is detectable, as this one clearly intended to be an after dinner or appertif type of beer. Flavors follow in line, again hugely sweet, showing long-baked, cinnamon-spiced red apples and just a hint of fruity, green apple tartness. The big, sweet vanilla and syrupy dark chocolate notes serve as nice compliments. Hints of toasty crust show on the back end. As expected, the body is thick, viscous, and sugary, ultimately coming across too sweet to drink more than a couple ounces. This is a rare and delicious treat, but like a great port or ice cider, it’s something I’d only crave on occasion.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Cheeseman. Black pour, no head. Sweet aroma, roast and alcohol, very mild apple. Super roast and alcohol taste, a bit sweet but still nice.