Rotin (1491) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle 375ml. Black colored. AROMA- chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, cocoa. FLAVOR- sweet, pleasantly bitter, smooth, dark bitter chocolate, fresh cocoa, liquer. Full bodied.Ascelja (1484) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 22, 2016
#542Ratman197 (14830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle 0.375l. Absolutely black body, small tan head. Aroma of oak barrel, roasted cocoa beans, dates, raisins, cherries, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, bourbon. Taste is neutral to bitter-sweet. Dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits -mostly wild cherries-, cocoa powder, dates, toffee, hint of vanilla on background. Full body, really silky smooth texture, low carbonation. 19% abv is unbelievable.
Personal note: 2/3 BA for celebration of 3rd wedding anniversary.
375 ml green bottle 2012 vintage poured a clear dark redfish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, dried fruit, tobacco, oak and light bourbon. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit, light coffee, light oak and light bourbon with a smooth dry warming lingering fruity chocolate finish. BRW (2781) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle at Cara B. Black colour with tan head. Bourbon, wood, roasted aroma. Sweet, bourbon, chocolate, orasted taste. Full body. klm1 (1534) - Bled/SF, - DEC 13, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2017 Pours like motor oil black, haze, with creamy, stable brown head. Aroma: intense barrell bourbon aroma, supported with rich dark malt aroma, with notes of coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, supported with roasted malt aroma, refined dark sugar, and with fuity aroma, which takes on cherries.
Flavor: rich, complex malt flavors, which takes on roasted, coffee, cocoa nibs, cacao, bittersweet dark chocolate, supported with strong note of bourbon. Intense are also hop flavors, which takes on dark fruits, especially cherries. In the background are also detectable flavors of vanilla, something like soy souce and oak (tannins)
Malt sweetness is very high, hop bitterness also. Finish is sticky slightly bitter and dry.
Body is full, texture is unbealivable silky smooth, carbonation is low. Alcohol warmth is obvious after first ship.
Overall: this is truly the Beast!
The_Osprey (7984) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle shared on the 42nd floor. 2012 vintage, 19.3%. Black, big foamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, molasses. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is bitter up front, heavily roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, dense vanilla cake, ash and booze. Huge beer. Definitely some booze showing up but quite drinkable for a 19%er. Nice. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
8th October 2015GenDV138 (7284) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
42nd Floor Tasting. Thanks to Dan for this beast. Opaque black - brown beer, good pale tan head. Palate is airy, semi dry and has decent fine carbonation. All these Black’s have bitter dry dark malts, but here it is not quite as prevalent with some dark chocolate providing relief. Bourbon soaked dark fruits. Spicy licorice. Dry bitter and spicy finish. One of the better ones in this long running series.
3 oz bottle pour at ChurchKey shared by solidfunk, thanks Josh! Black with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, whiskey. Tastes of whiskey, chocolate, coffee, roast, booze. Medium body with a dry and warm finish. solidfunk (8949) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2015
A bit of an unruly mess but improves a bit after a few sips. Pours black with mocha head. Whiskey and roast with a bomb of booze. Quite the bitter finish. Thick and syrupy consistency. 2012 bottle pour from Churchkey. mR_fr0g (12067) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle at the sky high Canary wharf tasting. Thanks to Daniel for this one. Black and caramel brown coloured pour with a halo of dark tan head. Aroma is big salty liquorice, oyster, solvent, toffee, salty roast. Flavour is composed of big SALTY bitter roast, black, charred wood, boozy, alcohol, solvent. Big toffee, and Salted caramel. Palate is medium full sticky, bitter dark roast, moderate carbonation. A very challenging beer. Better than most Mikkeller Black beers.