phaleslu (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2010
375 ml bottle from Stein’s Market and Deli in New Orleans. Picked this up along with the Mikkeller 1000 IBU and Nogne O Dark Horizon 2nd Edition while an Abita tasting was going on during American Craft Beer Week- what an environment for a beer lover. Anyway, this one pours a super dark opaque brown, basically black, with an almost-nonexistent tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, yeast, whiskey, dark fruit, smoked meat, and pepper. Flavor of alcohol, dark roasted malts, coffee, yeast, dark fruits, toasted brown sugar, pepper and other spices, molasses, wood, soy, and burnt tobacco. Quite a warming alcohol burn. Full-bodied, with low carbonation, and a rich, warming, boozy mouthfeel. Felt this one in the chest a minute later. Probably would be better sitting a year or two, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it, and so did some of my buddies, who aren’t as into craft beer and had never had anything like it. Countbeer (6591) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2010 Bottle:
No foamy head just some beige bubbles, that disappears and leaves just a black beer.
Smell a lot of dark and black ingredients: coffee, liquorice, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and some alcohol.
The taste is very complex: lot of alcohol, spices, liquorice, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and sugars. The alcohol is somewhat too much present but evolves into a more (too) sweet imperial stout (think coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and lots of sugars). Also taste some hops and turns into a more sweet than bitter (dark) aftertaste.
You take your time drinking this one, very strong, special and sweet taste and one of its own for sure! RasmusOtt (2841) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2012 Pours pitch black with a brown head. Nice and sweet aromas. Lots of coffee, burnt sugar, salmiak, a bit smoke, roasted malts and dark dried fruits. Really big aroma. Taste is coffee, dark burnt caramel, chocolate, vanilla, cane sugar, brown sugar burnt sugar and ends of with some alcohol. Very nice reunion with this beer. CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2010
375ml bottle at home: Pours inky black with a slight chestnut edge. No hiss when uncorking the bottle. Thin dark dark tan film of a head with a vigorous pour. Big dark chocolate and roasted barley aroma. Some ash inder the roast choc and coffee. Touch of sweet alcohol rounds it out. Not nearly the alcohol note you’d expect from a 17.5% beer! Full bodied and slick mouthfeel. There’s the alcohol! For the first second you get a sweet caramel and chocolate hit before the alcohol and herbal bitterness bowl you over. Brown sugar weaves in and out the alcohol offering some protection from the hot alcohol, but it finally gives up the fight leaving you with "green" alcohol. Once the alcohol works out you do get a nice chocolate syrup with a shot of espresso. Overall the aroma is nice but the beer starts very rough in the mouth although it does pick up nicely towards the end. madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2010
coffee, citrus, a lot off alcohol, woody, black, cloudy, brown foam, very bitter, taste off alcohol,full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter,
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2010
I’m not really sure if this beer was an expensive prank or not. While it pours and looks really intriguing with it’s inky blackness it’s just impossible to savor or enjoy. It brings a crazy, overwhelming blast of unbalanced alcohol right to your head and never lets up. I was able to sip some of it over the course of a half-hour but ended up ditching the rest. Maybe my palate isn’t as refined as everyone else here or perhaps I got a bad bottle, but I sure as heck won’t be risking another purchase of this again. Oh well, at least the packaging and presentation was nice... BelgBeerGeek (1307) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2010
head: noneClubGonzo (5685) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2010
colour: black as hell !!
smell: candy sirup,alcohol,coffee,caramel,burnt malts
taste:coffee,alcohol,sweet,bitter aftertaste , kinda grass/hopy ...
i like sweet beers , and i like very strong beers so perfect match for , altough confesed i’ve tasted even better beers strong/sweet beers ....
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 Ok, this is my 200th rating so I have been saving it for something special. Like Mikkeller’s Black; Denmark’s formerly strongest beer. But what a disappointment. I really hope this is a bad bottle, otherwise this must be the most overrated beer in history. Pours a tar, oily body with a thin, quickly disappearing caramel head. Smell is strong vinegar and lactic acids, booze and moist basement funk. Taste is intensely sweet at first, then some really boozy tones come and slap your palate around. Strong yeasty notes float around in a black sea of alcohol and the whole thing is as unbalanced and rugged as humanly possible. A bit sickening at the end. I’ll give Mikkeller the benefit of a doubt and declare this to be a bad bottle, to be re-rated in the future. Nickls (2576) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Nearly black color, and even though had a more vigorous pour, really couldn’t get a well-developed head. Really peppery alcohol, boozey, whisky aromas. Almost a bit of a savory aroma, followed up with a punch of really dark fruit sweetness. Just a hint of roasted malts. After the initial shock of alcohol, the taste is very deep in its Imperial Stout qualities, pretty sweet underneath the alcohol burn and fewer roasted qualities than I would have like for the style. Just to be clear, this brew was beyond hot in the alcohol taste and really was overpowering to the detriment of the brew. Pretty viscous, with a small tinge of carbonation. The alcohol burn really confused things here for me. The booze really drives this portion of the rating down for me. I understand what Mikkeller was trying to do, and I really think aging this brew is more important than anything I can say in this review. In short, barely drinkable for me given the alcohol shock in the flavor. Overall, this is definitely experimental and I am glad to have had the opportunity to try it. Just way too hot and sweet fresh... SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - APR 28, 2010
after 16 hours at ’the office’ i’m happy to find curb your enthusiasm on the telly and a mikkeller black in the beer fridge. man, this is one intense beer! nose is dark choc and stonefruit, like imperial black forrest cake. the palate is a little bit harsh but extremely smooth for the 17.5%. I love it for what it is, but its lacking drinkability..