HenrikSoegaard (10985) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy light Brown excellent mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty aroma. Roast. Heavy bitter roasted flavor. Alas slightly unbalanced. Heavy bitter moderate finish. creamy palate. A little disapointing.
Stuu666 (4136) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Craigís tasting. Huge coffee roast, too much coffee, bitter and harsh, not a fan.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big/huge coffee on the nose. Quite a burned taste with coffee to the fore, too much coffee for my liking. Some pepper and spices but not enough to add some balance
McNeillR (1392) - SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firmly dark black with soft beige head. Really gritty seasoned nose, black peppercorn husks and a clean percolated roastedness. I canít tell if the puckering liquorice/oily hop combo Iím really enjoying because it tastes nice or because the clear hop burn is carrying the sticky liquorice goop through. Spicey, wee bit of a booze burn but looses pace in the last few yards. Smokiness comes through more after a few sips, but I didnít expect to have to layer this up to get the full impact. Bottle, Black Friday Tasting
cgarvieuk (15388) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... soft roast .. chewy roast ... light roast ... big peppery nose ... soft roast ... dark malts ... big peppery hop... light bitter roast .. soft coffee ...dark roast .. and loads of pepper ... nice
erickok (3895) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, lasting dark brown head, beautiful. Chocolate, thick, coffee, Ash, tobacco. Medium bitter, thick creamy chocolate body, herbal ending. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Good full body. Very nice. (75cl bottle from Saveur BiŤre)
5lickv1c (113) - DENMARK - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 One year old on tap at mikkeller and friends. Good aromas of coffee, chocolate and sweet almonds. Very full bodied beer with a nice sweetness and a lot of complex flavors. Much superior to this years version on bottle but that is of course to be expected.
Melker (222) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost black beer with a nice mocha head. Plain milk chocolate aroma, maybe just a little bit roasted and some christmas spices but not much at all. Dry taste, ends with some sourness. Medium/thin body.
KennethArd (262) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and smoke. Black with very large, long lasting, creamy brown head. Tastes like chewing a very dark piece of chocolate while you smoke a cigar. I would prefer some more sweetness and creaminess. Medium body with soft carbonation and bitter finish.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Mikkeller and Friends, Copenhagen
Pitch black color with small brownish head. Mild aroma, some roasted malt and some aniseed. The mouthfeel is leaner and drier than expected; roasted malt flavor, roasted almonds, some ashed, light touch of dark chocolate, strong bitterness, a bit spicy.