lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2008
Color is intens black, the beer has a great viscosity and it is topped with a nice and stable warm brown fluffy head. Aroma is very powerful and is highly complex. First the coffee and dark sugars are comming forward, along with these primery sensations there is also some chalk-powder, tarmak, peck, orange based liquor like Mandarine Napoleon or Grand Marnier but also some stuff like Tia Maria. Like the Riedle Bordeaux glass filled up with this fine crafted beer is smiling to me, more complex aroma’s are showing up. Earth, fruit confit, mango and confiture d’ognion. In the end there are tons of hops that are super fine integrated in this masive brew. Taste is build like a B 52 with a lot of explosives on board The mouthfeel is balm like and very smooth, it is soft and complex sweet with an outstanding body of the best possible sugars, roasted coffee beans, black chocolats and top XO cognac. It reveals an extreem boost of hop bitters and a kicking spiceyness that works well with the body-warming well covered 17% of alcohol. Aftertaste is mega-complex and lingers on for a very long time. A big beer with with an outstanding elegance.
Sorry guys, but this is top notch, Full marks for me. I do taste all my beer in the best possible conditions, DO YOU ? ? ? Bugrat (61) - Cph. V, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
The single most extrem beer i have ever tasted! It has a perfect appearance/aroma and when it hits your mouth a series of different, yet in perfect balance, taste explosions evolves, ending in the wildest hoppy feeling, that just keeps going and going and going... GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Oh, this is a monstrosity. Pure black nectar with a shy pancake head that finally amounts to something half way through the pour. It just sits there, the whole session. Strong aromas of bitter cocoa, roasted coffee bean, leather, and molasses. Full nectar like pudding on the palate with superb carbonation for something so dense. Huge chocolate malt backbone is sliced and diced with surgical precision by a sharp aspirin hop component. The whole sip is a battle zone thrashing and cutting between malt and hop. The flavor is intense and moderately sweet with huge bittering to balance. The alcohol is high and mighty yielding crazy mental abstractions from thought to sip. The finish is as memorable as your fist broken limb or ER suture. Wow! This one gets my Trump card. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 17.5% in 12.7 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $18.99
Neither of those (17.5 or 18.99 or 12.7 fl. oz. ) are typos.
Aroma: amazing, coffee, cocoa, hay, barnyard, oak, alcohol, ether.
Visuals: world class packaging, blackness, midnight, deep woods, solid, thick, viscous, staying tan head, intricate lace.
Taste: nicely balanced, off the charts in malt and hops, a new level of strength. Superb.
Palate: highest quality, syrupy texture, long dark finish.
Overall: The DFH 120 minute IPA of the world of imperial stouts. All others pale. It is without a doubt the best beer I have ever tasted in my life. I will go and clear the shelves of it, whatever the cost. It’s not only a favorite, it is my new superlative standard. Highest value for the highest craft. Mikkeller is only posing as a human. MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Sweet sherry aroma. Alcohol in the aroma. The dark malts and sherry-like aromas are incredible. Some plum in the aroma. Very nice thick dense brown head. Much bigger head than I would expect from a beer that is 17.5%. The color is fitting of the name, black. Wow! The flavor is almost espresso like. Think of espresso made with roasted barley instead of coffee. The flavor does not have the same sherry-like character the aroma had. This is just deep roasted goodness. I’ve had plenty of dark beers, way more than I could ever count, and this has the most incredible dark roast flavor of any beer I’ve ever had. Wow, again. Every sip of this just blows my mind. I’m pretty damned jaded when it comes to beer and this thing makes me feel like a freaking beer virgin again. I don’t give a crap what this costs, I paid 16 bucks for my bottle, if you find this beer, buy every bottle you can. Drink one and hide the rest. I know I am going to go around and stock up on this. Holy s--t this is good! I have a beergasm with every sip.
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2015 Impenetrabile color nero con un velo mediamente spesso di schiuma marroncina. Aroma liquoroso con sentori di cioccolato, caramello, espresso e un tocco di vaniglia . Il gusto è dolce all’inizio e ricorda una combinazione tra la glassa della torta Sacher ed un vino Marsala, seguono note zuccherose e cioccolatose che evolvono poi verso un finale molto differente, amaro e asciutto con note di caffè e malti abbrustoliti e un pizzico di luppolo; l’alcool si fa sentire, conferisce profondità e struttura e solletica il palato in maniera piacevole. Una birra davvero estrema, esageratamente corposa, corroborante ma che deve essere centellinata. luser2000 (194) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 27, 2014
Egyértelműen a kedvencem, még akkor is, ha egy üveggel a kedvenc helyemen éppen 2.500,- Ft. mkel07 (6269) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2014
On tap at Scratch Bar 070314. The biggest baddest beer I have had. Black is everything that you want in a great beer. kingvit (409) - - SEP 13, 2014
Aroma: dry plum, cherry, cocoa, coffee, caramel, roasted nuts, chilli; Appearance: pitch dark brown, large foamy brown head; Taste: heavy bitterness, medium sourness, medium sweetness; Palate: average carbonation, long finish, thick texture, full body
A sense of the absolute in beer :-) Engages full mouth in tasting, extremely intense aroma. Perfect balance. Whole array of tastes condensed in one single beer. Christopsy (137) - SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2014
On tap at Mikkeller Bangkok. Pours pitch black with a coffee head. Smells coffee malty heaven. Tastes big, bold, black, and beautiful. There is no other way to describe it. This is my new favorite beer.