Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2006
Pours pitch black with a nice firm espressocoloured head. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
The aroma is dominated by good quality coffee, dark chokolate and a hint of hops.
On the palate it is medium- to fullbodied, soft and with roasted notes of espresso coffee, grilled beef, smoke and some hoppiness in the background.
Some acidity from the coffee is very present in the aftertaste and hides the bitterness. The powerful acidity is the one thing, that I think is not really my thing, but still, that can’t hide the fact that this is yet another great beer by the best microbrewery in Denmark.
Black, almost opaque, just slight brown around the edges while the 1-inch thick tan head displays interesting lacing. We’re first greeted by a wave of massive roastiness, complemented by intensely aromatic hops. The inherent bitterness will later be a joint effort of those two forces and floor me by its realisation without any acidity, a stunning achievement for one so hoppy. So back to the nose, liquorice, ink, cocoa and earthy roastiness will blend with the vegetal, floral and eminently citrusy hops (even more in flavour) in what remains strikingly balanced. More orange and even more flowers burst upon the mouth entrance. Enormous amount of dark malts can’t help, but create its renowned coffee leanings, ashey, balanced with the grapefruit by a process that escapes my preferences preconceptions, all dimensions working toward a common goal, independence of the flavour component being an alien concept turned to ridicule. High effervescence, medium-full oily body, very bitter, lasting roasted flavours. The work of a young master with guts and audacity. Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2006
Bottled: jonas (8157) - Garching b. MÃ¼nchen, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2006
Black appearance. No significant head. Coffee and some citrus are dominating the aroma. This slighty sour coffee smell is quite interesting and unique. Toffee and coffee in the flavour with a touch of fruity sweetness. Finish is sweet, dry and bitter. A great complex brew.
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 Bottle Skinnyviking (9728) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2006
Wonderfull coffe and chocolate aroma, a hint grapefruit sourness. Espresso colouring with a fine brown golden head. Very elegant coffee flavoring, light herbal edges peek through, never too bitter. Medium body, not too extreme on the palate.
Nice roasted coffee aftertaste. Marvellous elegant brew. Thanks a lot to sk8viking for bringing it to Munich.
Bottle. Head: Dark brown, quickly disappearing. Body: The darkest I have seen so far. Aroma: English liqorice, coffee. Flavor: As the aroma.
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2006
Mmmm... breakfast beer. We favoured cider to launch Five Nations match days in Edinburgh back in the Eighties, but this is even better. (Apart from the significant danger of missing the match altogether.) Impeccable appearance, as black as Copenhagen at 4am in winter, with a frothy cappuccino head. Aroma of bitter milky coffee with a dash of ginger and cinammon. Touch of lambic sourness, I thought. Medium bodied - seemed a fraction thin after some of the big MFs that preceded it at this session. Moderate carbonation. Very bitter on the tongue - espresso grounds, roast barley and a juicy cherry fruitiness. A big start to any day. (Bottle, Duff homecoming gathering - thanks to Duff for bringing this one) duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2006
Bottle.Looks pretty mean in the glass, black with a deep brown head. Pretty intense roasty flavours. Lots of dark, bitter chocolate and roasty mocha flavours, very full flavoured beer. Tarry, ashy, charcoal bitterness. Quite intense at times, this is world class, and i’d quite happily have this one as a replacement for coffee in the morning, delicious!!! agr (22) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2006
Thick and black as crude oil. Big roasty aroma and taste, but still very drinkable! Not my first choise for breakfast. Rather as an after dinner coffee look-a-like. eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2006
BBBBIIIGGGG roasty aroma with toast and roast and every variety of burnt thing. and an interesting note of currants. visually speaking, black as the inside of a black barbed behemoth that has breakfasted on a black hole. lovely creamy offwhite head that sticks. flavour is extremely roasty and long in the mouth with a raspy dry charcoal bitterness provided more by the roast than by the hops. a lovely touch of yeasty fruity interest lingers at the finish. first class foreign stout! madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2006
Bottled: Pitch black colouored. Huge creame dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, very roast, chocolaty, full of expresso notes and somewhat grassy. Liqourice, coffee (somewhat like licking the coffeefilter, yummy), roast and chocolate wiht at least 75% cocoa in the flavour. Some herbal notes are detectable. This is surprisingly smooth and very well balanced. Is very bitter in the end and is dry. Is very warming on the palate. This is almost as great as the very good Founders Breakfast stout. I could drink this again and again, but Ungstrup has brougth up the rest of the stock!!!