ChainGangGuy (4918) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2009
Appearance: Pours a deep black body with a large, creamy-looking, tan-head that, when I turned to look at the final moments of the film "Monsieur Verdoux", had grown to absolutely monstrous proportions. Good heavens!
Smell: Exceptionally roasty, aromatic nose of sweet-smelling dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, charred oats, and some oven-roasted caramel squares. Roast, roast and more roast.
Taste: The taste launches off with a sharp, highly roasted coffee extract flavor with malty touches of bittersweet chocolate, fire-scorched oats, chicory, and smoked black licorice. Lesser hint of vanilla. Faint blip of citrus hops buried under tons of roasted, malty rubble. The bold roasted bitterness ends up on a feedback loop as you drink. The aftertaste begins to turn a charry and acrid as it lingers almost indefinitely, but, as you make your way to the bottom of the bottle, the finish eventually smooths out, as flavors of sweet dark caramel, seared marshmallows, and burnt bread crumbs start to emerge. Finishes dry, very roasty, with a pure taste of chocolate-covered espresso beans carrying over from the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: As it begins to really hit its stride upon some very slight warming, the beer goes down unusually easy. It is very impressive, yes. Recommended. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2009 pours black with a tan head. coffee, smoked, fruits, a pretty good stout for breakfast beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2009
Pours a nice inky black with a pillowy soft dark tan head. The head is full and dense adding a nice creamy texture. Chocolate malts, rich roasted coffee, oatmeal, and dark lucious fruits accompany each other in the nose. The dark coffee is prevalent alongside of the deep complex fruits, rich chocolate, and bitter hops. The thick and creamy body balances the tremendous flavor of a robust breakfast coffee and sweet oatmeal nicely. This is fantastic; simply delicious! beerlud (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Pours a huge, rich and velvety brown head. Great lacing and lasting head. Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits and molasses nose. Bitter dark chocolate, hops, coffee, rich and velvety like a chocolate liquor. A delicate bitter hop finish. Great charactor!! noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2009
Aroma of booze, coffee, roasted malt. Pours black with a large free-standing tan head, abundant lace. Buttery caramelized roasted malt flavor, some heat and aniseeed and booze, coffee on the finish. Very thick on the palate.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle. Poured deep black with a medium chocolate brown head. Aroma is of sweet roasted malt, hops, coffee and maybe some chocolate. Flavor is amazing! The coffee definitely comes thru but is in no way over-powering instead it perfectly compliments the sweet roasted malt base. The coffee flavor is of a mild roast like a breakfast blend, very nice. The hops are definitely present as is some bitter chocolate. Carbonation is near perfect and the mouthfeel is silky. Excellent. By far the best coffee stout I have had so far. MeadMe (1680) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2009
A: Pours as black as any beer I have ever seen, light has no chance of penetrating this one. The head is dark mocha colored and exhibits great retention. Sheet after sheet of lace.
S: Wow this is a bold coffee stout no doubt about, though I would expect no less from Mikkeller. This one is high on the char. Bold over roasted espresso stand out. Hints of very bitter dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla.
T: Wow I like this one. This is one of the boldest coffee stouts I have ever had. Many others are all about nice light coffee. This one is about the roast. Tons of dark black coffee that has been sitting on the burner all day. Touches of chocolate and booze as well.
M: Full bodied yet easy drinking brew.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2009 500ml bottel from CBX. pours an absolutely gorgeous, silky, thick, jet black with a fluffy, one inch cocoa, brown head and thick lacing. aroma is wonderful with scents of milk chocolate, roast coffee, vanilla, smoke, and a hint of heath bar. flavor is one of those blown away moments and is damn near perfect. initially sweet tastes of rolled oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar give way to huge roast coffee, dark chocolate, smokey wood and a lovely hop bitterness with a hint of sour, red fruit that lends a perfect balance to this brew. finish is a great blend of bitter hops and dark, slightly nutty, roasted coffee. mouthfeel is rich, full bodied, almost creamy, with solid carbonation. overall, one of the best stouts i’ve ever had. monkeychugg55 (1105) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2009
Pours a rich velvety dark black with a sandy tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Amazing taste of coffee, sweet malt, slight oat, dark malt, and wonderful mix between coffee and hop bitterness. Dry finish. krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2009
5ooml. fills my glass with copious amounts of dust tan head. a tight, fine bead creates a frothy cap that builds so tall that it spills over the rim of my tulip. milk chocolate aromas arise from the glass to meet my nostrils, bringing with it notes of fig, plum, espresso, and deep roasted malt. faint hints of bbq, tobacco, and roast meat accompany. a sweet start gives way to a fine bitterness delivered by dark coffee and just the right amount of hops. the yin and yang of beer fully realized in my glass. just the right touch of malty sweetness is introduced before the roasty burnt bitterness swoops in to squash it. the texture is thick and creamy, and not in the least bit sticky; very clean. a rich and decadent brew this is a delicious after dinner delight!