iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
25cL bottle, Holdbar til 31-12/2012--thank you cgarvieuk for the bottle. Big fat carbonation, apparently. Poured deep brown--black in my glass--with a substantial 2 1/2 finger oily tan head, fair retention. Big pine and tar up front in the aroma, with plenty of dark chocolate and cold pressed coffee roast behind. There are hints of raisins and molasses. Flavor again has big pine right up front with some coffee and tar. Finishes with some molasses notes, though semi-dry and bitterness only around a 3, surprisingly. I can pick up on some oak notes, but not a lot, and moderate alcohol warmth. Full bodied with light prickly carbonation. This beer is the reason the first two releases of Surly’s Darkness were so damn good--a big piny hopped imperial stout cannot be beat. Plovmand (8266) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle. Body is Black as Coal with a creamy tan head. Heavy roasty aroma with a very vinous touch. Chocolate, hops, tobacco and coffee notes. Some alcohol as well. Sweet malty flavour. Oak is very present and it has a bourbon touch which makes it rather spicy. I catch pepper and sweet tobacco as well. The alcohol is present but it makes up for the heavy roasted malt. It ends up sweet, spicy and hoppy. I love it and I need to get another to cellar for a couple of years. kappldav123 (6097) - GERMANY - MAR 23, 2009
The bottle looks good, the beer in the glass also. The beer starts strong-malty, shows very sweet notes, the finish is drier, a bit prickly-smoky finish. Nice one!
Thank you yespr for this bottle! uhre (384) - DENMARK - MAR 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Black with a brown head. The aroma is of caramel, oak and roasted barley, with alcohol too. Flavor is very sweet with caramel, oak and roasted barley. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2009
Bottled. Pours out in an opaque black colour with a small beige head. Bi g, almost burning aroma of ash, black chocolate, roasted malts, anise and alcohol. Full-bodied with notes of oak, black chocolate, pepper, spunned sugar, fihs and ash. Long warming finish of black pepper, dark chocolate, figs and alcohol. Need some rest, me thinks.
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2009
250ml bottle shared by after4ever. Pours dark, black, with little head that lingers around the sides of the glass. Nose is deep roasted malt and some chocolate. This one was roasty on the palate with hints of sweet and a touch of smoke. Also had a fair amount of carbonation going on. ABV is also fairly well hidden with this one. riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle shared by after4ever. Thanks Tom! Lots of dark malts in the aroma, somewhat vinous with a noticeable tart characteristic from the oak barrels. Some alcohol almost vodka notes wafting toward the nose as well. Pours black - go figure - with a thin tan ring. The nose proved to be a bit misleading as I got a good amount of sweet chocolate in the flavor followed by roast and burnt malts. Some oak and wood notes from the barrel aging but mostly sweet chocolate and burnt malts in this one. Nice smoothing drinking with a pleasant bitterness to round everything out. ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2009
Copenhagen Feb, 09. Pours jet black with initial frothy deep brown head that quidkly faded. Rich chocolate mailt aroma. Flavour is quite sweet, with roasty malt, oak wood and big hop finish. tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle shared by Bobby91w. Pour is black with a multi-hued head of browns and reds. The nose is huge with loads of hops, roast, tar, and oak. Lots of the same stuff going on in the flavor and wonderfully bitter. A bit of an oily mouthfeel. What a treat. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 (Bottle) Pours black with a big, fast decreasing brown head. The aroma has an extremely intense and compact character of woody, citric and resiny hops (dry hopped), deep, tar-like aromatic coffee roast, sweet syrupy malt and fresh red wine/vanilla-ish oak. The burned malt is almost a bit smoky from time to time. Hints of violet, brown sugar and honey. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet with a good bitterness to back it up. Citrus, resin, tar, coffee, oak wood and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and sticky yet smooth and soft carbonated. Some alcohol warmth is present without any annoying alcohol taste. Lingering aftersweetness with some burned roast to save the day. Near full bodied. Typical Mikkeller.