Benzai (16999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2014
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar Victoriagade. Opaqie pitch black color, small off-white to beige head. Smell malts, hops, some roast. Taste malts, roasty, quite hoppy, full bitterness. Medium to full body and carbonation. Nice one! MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2014
Draft @ Mikkeller Bar. Pours a pitch black beer with a very small tanned head on top. Aroma is quite hoppy, grapefruit and licorice. Flavor is bittersweet, much like a black IPA. Big on the licorice and hops in the background. Light lingering, bitter finish. Nice balance, nice brew laiti (8537) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
Draught @ Mikkeller Barkeanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2014
Aroma has hay, deep-ish roasted tones, cocoa and semi-dark chocolate. Flavour has roastiness, cocoa, semi-dark chocolate and coffee tones, Nice, I like the roastiness level of this stuff. The hops take a bit over a the end of the glass.
Bottle.SudsMcDuff (8552) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Appearance: Opaque black body with a short light tan head that forms a soft coating with a messy big bubbled ring.
Aroma: The aroma smells of milk chocolate and rye, slightly spicy and slightly sweet with a slight chalkiness to it and a whiff of roasted malts. This smells pretty lovely actually.
Taste: The flavor is nicely balance with a piney bitterness, rye and semi-sweet chocolate. Nothing really stands out more than the next, this just drinks nicely with the flavors harmoniously working together. The finish has a slightly chalky chocolate flavor that’s enjoyable. I actually really enjoy this.
Palate: Slightly chewy, near full-bodied, with mild to moderate carbonation.
Overall: I was not expecting to like this very much. I generally don’t like hoppy stouts and I’m not really a fan of rye, but this marries the characteristics of each in the best way possible.
Bottle the size of fat pigeon .. . Pours a dark brown .. Table leg foam .. . Mild roast and deep grain . . Solid on all points just not interesting
.. . . These eggs have yellow eyes
JBPortland (1582) - Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 22oz bottle pours deep rich chestnut brown with medium head. Nose is roasty cocoa and earthy bitter milky chocolate. Taste is creamy bitter cocoa and some dusty coffee, slightly thin mouthfeel. Finish is bitter malty chocolate with some hop notes, cream, with malt sweetness. Solid. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
bottle. medium bodied black pour. Lots of roasted maltiness upfront, undderlying coffee & chocolate. rye seems to tke aback seat to stout aspects here. Nice stout TBone (18671) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Tap @Mikkeller Bar, CPHPalme (4903) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 5, 2013
Dark opaque black color, steady beige head. Hayish and toasted aroma. Medium-bodied. Some citrus, taosted notes, feels more like black IPA than stout.
Sampled from a 0.65l bottle @ Top Hops (BA) Bottle Share. This is a deep dark brown one - near black in the glass and it has a small bubbly beige top that’s only leaving minimal lacings down the sides. The nose is minty, some chocolate, still coffee, espresso and chocolate cake frosting. Nice! It has a soft carbonation level and a thin oily mouthfeel. Really nice flavors. Some herbal coffee, chocolate and cocoa nibs. Lingering in the aftertaste. Quite a nice one! Actually, I haven’t had a bad or boring beer in way to long now. 15.06.2013 cbfobes (2888) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Tap at 2013 GTMW, pours black with a nice light brown head and some lacing in the glass, the aroma was pretty sweet with a good amount of chocolate and coffee coming through, the rye wasn’t very noticeable to me on the nose but was really present in the flavor, sweet chocolate front end with spice and rye in the finish with some hops in there as well, pretty different but enjoyable.