phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 Pours opaque black with a nice espresso-brown head that makes lacings on the sides of the glass.
The nose has hard roasted espresso, raisins, hops, a hint of chocolate and alcohol, nice and roasted too. The hops give the aroma a really good balance, mixing the heavy notes from the roasted malts and the freshness of the hops, which altogether makes a full, but refreshing nose.
The taste has lots of coffee, chocolate, hints of dates and figs, and a small, but well-balanced hoppiness. The oatmeal makes it really round and soft combined with the relatively low carbonation, it feels dense, but with small bubbles. After taste has coffee, roastiness, liquorice and hops.
A really good brew, easily drinkable. Right in the border-zone between a regular stout and an imperial stout. When Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast is considered a regular stout, then this one might as well be, cause the two beers are much alike. But in comparison I might prefer this one, it seems a bit more balanced and soft.
(The present score is from a re-rate, the first rating was 8-4-7-5-16=4.0) Nisse666 (7417) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2010
Bottle (the banded one), 2010-04-03, Göteborg
AR: cocolate, coffey,
AP: dark stouty body, wee beige head
F: cocolate, coffey, mild and distinct flavors! Joakgust (1452) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2010
Bottle, 355ml - Pitch black beer with a small head. Aroma is malty with notes of tobacco, chocolate, smoked sausage and coffee. Flavor is malty with notes of espresso, tobacco, vanilla, soy sauce and smoke. Very very enjoyable! Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2010
A pitch black colored beer, with a thick foamy dark beige head. the aroma of smoked malts with chocolate and coffee. Also some dark fruits. The taste is dry bitter of coffee with chocolate. Some sweet notes of fruits but in the back mostly chocolate bitter. The aftertaste stays long. It’s dry bitter. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2010
Bottle marked 10/08 by my Secret Santa. Thanks Santa! Oily blanched french roast coffee aroma, coupled with snooty dark chocolate so fancy it comes with instructions. Jet black, espresso tan head, nice lacing. Charcoal, and ashy burnt grain, sticky residue cloying in my mouth. Finishes with a gummy oaty molasses residue.
tommysheehan (2) - Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2010 does not count
Don’t be put off by the greasy appearance when you first pour this beer, the appearance is the only thing that isn’t perfect about this beer. The initial smell is of coffee, chocolate and a hint vanilla. More importantly, the taste is heavenly. The first impression is the bitter taste of coffee, which is quickly offset by a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor. The oatmeal adds smoothness and heft. This is purely a sipping beer – at 8.3 ABV, more than one or two would be dangerous – with a thick creamy texture. This beer one of the richest and most enjoyable I have sampled. A joy. daforrds (1) - Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2010 does not count
Beautiful beer, with slight and very quickly disappearing head. Black as night. First alcohol, and then quickly chocolate and slight oatmeal, and as it sets there a bit i think it softens and tingles my buds a touch, then it rolls through my mouth and slides gently down. I dont think i could ever turn a glass of this down Croff (164) - Ostra Sonnarslov, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2010
Pours a thick dark brown. Tan head that fades to a thick lace. Mild aroma of caramel, fruit, and roast malt. Sweet malty coffee chocolate taste. Low carbonation. Very smooth. At first you get a full body feel, but the it quickly goes to a medium body, hard to explain. Dry coffee finish. This is really good stuff. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2010
bad lil baby .. . Pours out a deep brown, good firm foam, lacing is decent .. aromas of chocolate and mocha .. very smooth, no alcohol detected .. a wonderful brew.. no beer for you baby! crajun (1243) - , Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 received in trade from foppa78 THANKYOU. been wanting to try for a long time.. first beer tonight; will update after second one.
actually I didn’t find much aroma??
GREAT coffe and malt flavor; extreeeemly smooth (ahhh oats). did have a little acidic type burn afterward (didn’t taste the alcohol) but maybe that’s what it was. gave perfect scores for appearance and palate. will update after 2nd....
11/13/2010 had a second one - aged about a year.. dammn that’s good; slight bump up - still not much aroma but great complex flavor - whole lotta coffe happenin; little bit of chocolate; some alcohol burn taste at end. and the oats keep it all smooth.
Alaskan stout and this are neck and neck!! want more!
02/13 re-rate; bottle aged 1-2 years. better aroma than I remember - I get dark chocolate powder. all else applies, get some coffee and acidity on back end. IT IS A CLASSIC!!