MacBoost (1936) - Victor, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Pours a cola black. Strong hop aromas in the nose, along with a heavy dose of coffee. The taste is sublime - this is the most coffee forward beer I have ever tasted. Way more coffee flavor than that bourbon county stout coffee garbage. Fuck goose island, those sellouts. This is a real fucking coffee stout. Firm, bitter, black, roasty, coffee, hoppy. Best stout I’ve ever had, bar none. haukur (2101) - Kópavogur, ICELAND - OCT 15, 2012
some chocolate, nuts, coffee beans in the aroma, along with some hoppy notes of spruce and pine. Dark dark brown, firm head, big lacing. medium bitterness, light sweetness, well balanced with a long finish. good stuff hapjydeuce (1002) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottled. Pours dark mahogany with a bubbly one finger tan head. Lovely aroma of smoke, chocolates, toasted malt with peppery hints of lemon and dark fruits. Flavor follows suit with a more tangy accent of dry hops on the finish. Medium carbonation, medium body. RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottled poured into imperial pint. Beautiful looking beer. Deep opaque black color, big frothy light brown head. Very inviting. Aroma is equally wonderful with its notes of dark roasted malt, cappuccino, toffee, leather, dark bread, and wood. Extremely complex and not overpowering nor overly bitter smelling. Beer is creamy and medium bodied on the tongue. Taste is chock full of more of the roasted malt flanked by creamy cocoa and a wave of coffee late. Woody, dry, very bitter finish. A world-class big stout! BelgianBeerGal (4156) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Bottled at Big Beers and Barley Wines. Pretty cool stout. Bitter and hoppy without being too much. Seemed an American style well made by those crazy Danes!
bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2012
16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half frothy tan head that stayed around a while. There’s also a lot of lacing left on the glass. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, piney hops, burnt/charred malt, and some light citrusy hops. I think the taste is just like the aroma. It’s roasty, hoppy, bitter and sweet all at the same time. It’s a very tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and easy to drink with good carbonation. I’m liking this beer a lot, and I plan on picking up another bottle soon! $9.99 a bottle. JanLaursen (3372) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2012
Tap at Mikkeller Bar. Very dark brown with a dense mocha head. Hoppy, roasted aroma - coffee, grapefruit, roasted, almost burned malt, licorice, dark chocolate. Thick and sticky texture, sweet roast, massive dose of fruity hops, long lingering bitter finish. High drinkability. Ktwse (5458) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 On tap @ Mikkeller Bar. Pours black, no head. What little there is, is tan. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, wood chips, chocolate and coffee. Taste is dominated by roasted malt, very burnt and sticky. Finish is bitter, smoky. Body is medium but light for the style and ABV. Fairly high, sticky carbonation. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2015 16.9 oz bottle. Great balance of big roasty espresso deliciousness and good big earthy leafy piney hops. Good big bitter taste, with a sweet finish. Light dark chocolate. Great hoppy roasty aftertaste. Cream. Hint of smoke. Good smooth lighter carbonation, more dry texture, but big chewy body. Black color with chunks of sediment in the body, good light brown head, leaving dots of lace everywhere. This is ridiculously good. Is it a hoppy stout, or black IPA? Who cares; it’s delicious, is what it is. Delicious the whole way through. Will definitely be revisiting. It’s been a while since I had a beer this good. 9/5/8/5/18 bottleforager (3208) - Gray, Maine, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Re-rate, 10/15/15: 11.2oz bottle. This recent release is brewed at Lervig. AFAIK, the last batch of 500ml were brewed at Nogne O. Even if Ratebeer chooses to not recognize these as different beers, they’re bound to have way different character, I’m guessing. In any case, it’s worth a revisit. It’s been 3 years since I gave a 4.5 to this beer the first (and last) time I had it. Damn... Impressively dark brown head. Darker head than on most stouts I see. Black body. Good webs of lace. Roast in the nose, coffee. In the flavor, more heavy roast malt, big earthy hop, pine, nice coffee aftertaste. Super-long, potent aftertaste. Crap, I was expecting to be jaded with my years of experience and widened frame of reference, but I have to admit this a great start. Medium-plus body. Drinks a bit lighter than expected, but with a decently full feel, and mild chewiness. Lighter, kind of soft carbonation. Mild slick finish. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, lighter sweet. Damn. A damn near perfect black IPA. Why do I like this so much? I don’t think I can tell (or remember) the difference in brewery character here, but what’s important is that it’s pretty much just as exciting as I remember. Super-pleasing, totally hits the spot. I’d grab 5 more if it wasn’t like $9 a bottle or whatever it is.
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 Pours a deep black umber with a two finger thick frothy head... the nose is amazing on this beer. Big piney resinous sawdusty notes mingle with roasted malts and big chocolate whiffs. Wow... on the palate its alot of the same with traces of juicy grapefruit, more big piney flavors all wrapped in the deep roasted chocolate stout that Mikkeller is known for. I may like this one more than the original. damn what a beer !