zebra (2139) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
500-ml bottle with silver wax won in raffle @ wlvliquors. never available for retail in the US. shared at b2k at chilam balam. in fact, the b2k. dark brown, full bodied, smooth, super peaty, sweet. couldn’t be better madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Huge dense chocolate brown head. Very intense aroma. Heavy smoke, tar, chocolate, coffee, peat, roast and spice. Flavour is ridicously intense as well. IMO it has it all. Heavy smoke, tar, coffee, roast, burned sugar, loads of "the Islay scotch" experience. I actually could go on, but I´m not really in the mood for writing a long review. full bodied. dry. Roasty alcoholdense and smoky bitterness in the end. Very very nice. In the top end of Mikkeller beers in my book. chrisv10 (17435) - DENMARK - OCT 4, 2009
50 cl bottle. Pitch black body with brown head. Aroma is whisky and roasted malt. Flavour is roasted malt and the coffee perfectly rounded of by the the flavours from the whiskey. Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2009
courtesy of yespr - pours a dark black colour with a fair dark beige foam; solidly roasted nose with aroma of burned rubber typical of Islay whiskies, some chocolate and vanilla in the background; full-bodied and sticky, oily; very tasty; smokey and very long chocolatey finish, salty, very hoppy with notes of adhesive plaster and mint - powerful, complex and exceptional Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle. Obviously the packaging means nothing to the quality of the beer inside, but damn, this is one fine looking bottle with the capsule covered in off white wax. Completely black with a fine espresso coloured head that is very impressive and lasting for a beer with this alcohol content.
The aroma is packed with Islay whisky notes of tar, Lapsang Souchon tea, seawater and peat smoke. Combine this with classic stout notes of coffee, chocolate and liqourice and add a generous amount of hops and you’re there! Big and surprisingly velvety on the palate. This beer does contain noticeable amounts of residual sugar, but for once this doesn’t make the beer cloying but instead gives it incredible balance vis a vis the bitterness from the hops and the acidity from the roasted malts and the coffee. An outstanding beer that I may re-rate at a later stage and I wouldn’t be surprised if it scores even higher then.
Brix (660) - DENMARK - DEC 26, 2009
Tasted 2009-12-26. Pours pitch black with a grey/brown head. Aroma is smokey, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is EXPLOSIVE!!! Massive stout. Alcohol (but not too much), smoke (but not too much), liquorice, whiskey, coffee(!!!), dark fruits... every sip brings another powerfull impression. I wouldn’t dream of serving this to a rookie beer geek, but if one can drink it, one likes. ;-) MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at my mums with Sim, Pip and Kat.JorisPPattyn (10002) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2010
Entered to celebrate our rating number 6000. Pitch black body with an excellent tan head and plenty of lace. Aroma is utterly stunning. Incredible chocolate and coffee is a given. Equally expected is the peat, iodine, seaweed and minerals from the whisky. Something massively comforting about it. Reminds me of eating creme caramels as a kid. Some absolutely fantastic butterscotch notes too. Like I say, very comforting indeed. The flavour is pretty much identical and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Maybe the whisky comes a little more up front, mainly the minerals and peat. It’s all so just generally beautiful and absolutely adorable. Nothing is overdone at all. I can’t believe something containing something that has been ejected from the arse end of a weasel can be so beautifully agreeable. But it is. The whisky is integrated absolutely perfectly. Incredible boozy finish of the likes that is usually a little too much but here it’s just perfect. It’s one of those rare moments where I love it on every level. I’m so glad I saved this for a reasonable milestone. It was every bit worthy of the moment. Mikkel, this one of the best you have made, and that really is saying something. I’m glowing, thank you very much.
Black beer, with orange sides and deep tan-greige head, creamy. Ultra-deep, wood & turf nose, with black coffee and black chocolate for a decadent Islay coffee. This is superb - sweet, vanilla, black cardamom peel, chocolate, turf, bitterish, earthy, near-dusty, in a balance, seldom achieved. Full bodied - that’s plain tautological - slick, oily, viscous, filthily rich. A new favourite of mine. Despite the already overpowering base, the Islay cask (my favourite spirit, NB) is definitely traceable. Insane - it’s worth all of its breathtaking € 22,- pricetag. Owowowow. igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle 500ml (Batch #415) shared courtesy of meilby. Pours pitch black with average light brown, mostly lasting head. Aroma is distinctly whisky from the Islay district, smoke, coffee and hint of chocolate. Taste is sweet, and lightly bitter with a long ending similar to drinking whisky. Full body, oily, soft carbonation. Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle 500ml (Batch #415) @ home
Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, smoke, licorice, oak and alcohol (Islay whiskey). Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a long smoke islay whiskey finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.