omhper (18319) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Bottled at Europen Beer Festival, Copenhagen. Very black, no head. Tarry nose with wet asphalt and wood. Sweet and thick with compact mouthfeel and massive body. A tar explosion sends cascades of licorice, salmiak and grain vodka all over the place. When things finally settles it ends up tasting like Finnish Salmiakki-booze.
cgarvieuk (12170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at EBF Copenhagen 2008 ... well at least ive had it, now if i can only get my hands on a bottle (to drink in a year or two) ... Deep black ... nice roast malts nose ... little chocolate ... rich if a little fizzy ... loads of chocolate ... little liquorish and some spirit in finsish.
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2008 Thin dark brown head. Opaque black body. Subdued coffee and marzipan aroma with alcohol notes. Intense bitter-sweet coffee taste with alcoholic wild berry notes. Strong alcohol heat starts burning towards the end. Bitter coffee aftertaste. Strange. Where is the complexity? Feels like the bitter alcohol has burned it away, so that other tastes cannot be made out. Needs to mature further. (0.5l bottle, wine monopoly.)
Second rate: Same visuals. Thick coffeeish oily chocolatey aroma with alcoholic toffee and sherry notes. Sweet coffee and chocolate taste with strong alcohol notes. The alcohol taste keeps growing and eventually overpowers the beer entirely. This needs to mature. Will rerate from bottle in November. (0.05l taster draft at EBF ’08.)
First rating: From an unlabeled bottle in June. Back then it was mostly dominated by sharp coffee, which seems to have mellowed a lot by now. The alcohol was much less noticeable back then.
FrankJohansen (3599) - Sabro, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at EBF 2008. Black colour with a medium brown head. Complex aroma and taste of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with some alcohol in the finish.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 Tap at EBF 2008, Copenhagen. As black as can be. Brown head. Aroma is a wonderful mixture of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is much the same, with some alcohol and liqorice. It´s a bit raw now, and I´m looking forward to some bottles in the years to come. Next time I will taste it side by side the DH1.
Plovmand (6022) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at EBF. Black as the night with a brown head. Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts in aroma. Flavour is licorice, coffee, sweet malts and it ends up very warm and alcoholic. Will cellar into a monster of a beer Im sure.
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2010 Bottle @ EBF 2008. Dark chocolate in the aroma. The flavor also has dark chocolate, licorice, alcohol and a touch of varnish. Satisfyingly balanced, in spite of the alcohol.
Bottle @ home. The darkest of dark colored. Malt, dark chocolate, dried fruit and mocha in the aroma. Full bodied, very alcoholic. Roasted malt, mocha, coffee, dark chocolate, raisin, dried red fruit in the flavor. Some roastbitterness in the aftertaste. Very powerful beer, not a marvel of balance, but rich and tasty.
TBone (11160) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 <i>Bottled, EBF</i>
Pitch black, small expresso head. Strong aroma of coffee beans and alcohol. Strong, overwhelming alcohol. Behind that licorice, coffee, dark malts and a bit of sweetness. Very powerful beer. Too alcoholic, but has lots of ageing potential. (7/4/7/3/14 3.5)
(Re-rated at home, bottle 7780) Lots of licorice, too much alcohol. Some roasted coffee and tobacco. Also similar liquid tyre elements than in Mikkeller Black. No yeast in the bottle. (6/4/7/2/13 3.2)
joergen (18846) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at EBF 2008.
Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Alcoholic aroma of liquorice, dried fruits and fruits.
Alcoholic flavour of liquorice, chocolate and dried fruits.
Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.
Still too young and alcoholic.
OleR (4372) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught@EBF 2008. Sinfully black. Low chocolate head. Big vinous aroma of roasted dark malts, strong coffee, alcohol-soaked dark fruits, licorice and wood. Much of the same flavorwise, complex and packed. Taste feels a bit raw and unmature, does probably need some aging. Fat body. Thick, oily alcoholic mouthfeel. Sweet malty, bitterish ending.