MetalNHopHead (2390) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 19, 2018
With Væsel Brunch, Amager and Mikkeller become a kind of two-headed Danish superduo. The resulting beer is as black, thick, and potent as you'd expect. Pour is opaque and viscous. Hugely roasty nose with hint spicy smoke. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors are predictably pronounced. Some fainter characteristics of scorched earth, dark fruits, and herbs. Undeniably full-bodied. Even in these times of ultra-boozy Stouts, Væsel Brunch has that hearty, stick-to-your-bones character that feels unique to Scandinavian beers. A comforting brew for a cold, windy Saturday. HuskerTan (2589) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - APR 14, 2018
A- Roasty, tobacco, cocoa, mild dark fruit.
A- Black color, black liquid, light brown head.
T- Chocolate, coffee, tobacco, roasty.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish.
O- Balanced and fairly complex for being a straight forward beer. Not sure if it's any better than either of the two base beers but it is certainly equally as good. Brigadier (3830) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2018
500 ml bottle
ElDesmadre (4446) - Mikołów, POLAND - FEB 10, 2018
Dredging this up on a cold winter's day give me plenty of time to enjoy a solid imperial stout which has aged reasonably well. It shows signs of slipping around the edges but the heart and intensity are still there. I wouldn't spring for another bottle given my budget and the general price of Mikkeller's beers but it was a great treat.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base is typical of a thick imperial stout. Rich cocoa head accents the sticky core. Chocolate, coffee, anise, raspberries, and dark fruits pour on the depth. All of it is underlined by a sweet malty backbone.
Flavor / Palate - The fluid body warms the tongue mere seconds after the first sip. This booziness carries with it anise, cocoa, raspberries, warm coffee, and toast with burnt edges. An earthy finish takes the edge off the alcoholic burn but this is not subtle. I'll have to revisit the Black Hole beers to see how they compare but this feels just shy of that tier.
Draught at OMBF, September 2017. Lots of sharp roast, heavy sweetness, tart coffee, smooth oatmeal, very malty. A ceremony of opposites that just don't stick together. I'll be against the grain on this one, a beer that makes a haphazard, randomly composed impression. luttonm (7218) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2018
Hop and Hound, Bothell. Very cool treat to find on a random weekday afternoon. Deep brown-black pour with a thin and lacing tan ring. Deep roast and nutty aroma. Sip is so European, lovely old world character. Fantastic dry and bitter body. Big, robust and so dry. Not much like this in the states. Really doesn’t have the feeling of a 10.7% stout, which is a compliment. Dark chocolate and espresso bean. This is special.
neongolden (2259) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2018
(500ml bottle from Mikkeller Webshop) Pours black with a small, fine and stable dark tan head and lots of lace. Aroma of caramel, acidic roasted malt, moderate coffee that's a little earthy but kind of bright and fruity, toasted nuts, hints of chocolate. Flavour has a little more depth but is still dominated by kind of bright, fruity caramel notes, coffee is lightly earthy, quite fruity as well, and moderately toasty. The back end is drier and roastier though not to the degree of the Amager component, with notes of spent coffee, cacao, earth, black pepper and ash. A bit on the light side of medium bodied, with slightly above average carb, light alcohol. A bit of a puzzle, this feels less rich than either of the components to the blend, especially Brunch. It's quite solid, but I'd take a Brunch any day. SudsMcDuff (8566) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2017
500ml bottle .. dark .. medium foam .. ash, burnt dark chocolate from under a truck, light metal roast, twisted burnt toast .. mouth is medium grade, mildly bitter .. pretty good, hides the abv very well, my bottle was at least 2 years aged, did well but i am sure fresh is way better .. . . betta talk to em! Skinnyviking (9904) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2017
50 cl. bottle at Amager Bryghus. Low but lasting creamy light brown head. Pitch black body. Cocoa coffee aroma with notes of the alcohol. Sweet and creamy roasted malt cocoa coffee caramel flavor with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long sweet finish. Very pleasant full bodied with a nice mouthfeel, well balanced with an alcohol level that is nicely disguised. wlf (790) - DENMARK - OCT 13, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2017 from tap; black with brownish head; aroma is roasted malts and phenolic spicy boozy; taste is black malts, molasses and chocolate, herbal and citric hops with medium bitterness hopdog (13606) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2017
On tap at CBC. Poured a black color with a brown head. Coffee, roast, burnt malts, and chocolate.