freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2012 Pours near black with tan head. Rich aromatic earthy scent, a strange bay leaves and a pseudo spearmintiness, bright coffee, light citrus fruit and roasted grain. The taste is very satisfying. Uber rich and frothy with lots of oats and a creamy mouth feel. Bittering grains and coffee and a healthy dose of orange citrus in a cleaner wipes sort of way, and light herbal hops nicely compliment the very earthy grain. Soft carbonation let?s the smooth brew go down so easy it?s hard to wait and let it warm up. It has a light character similar to a robust porter but the oats take it to the next level. Very organized brew, nearing perfection. Finishes a bit too dry but leaves a nice touch of sweetness. As it warms it becomes more of a mash up if the ingredients with a muddy mixed flavor, still good but when it was a bit colder it was supremely smooth. KingCecil (2084) - DENMARK - AUG 30, 2012
Rating # 1400 ...Bottle @ home shared with Karin....It pours clear black with some yeast lefties.... with a small creamy tan head.....The aroma is hops, licorice, coffee, roasted malt....The flavor is nice hoppy, coffee, roasted malts, And pine...... Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 27, 2012
THOUGHTS: Seemed even easier to drink than the original. Otherwise it wasn’t much different from the original, except for some citrus hops instead of roasted malt bitterness and pine hops. It had great balance. More and more citrus and pine hops come out in the aroma as it warmed.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with an average, light brown head that kept a decent sheet and left good lacing. The aroma contained moderate to heavy roasted malts and mild coffee; and hints of dark chocolate; all of which were the dominant aromas at first. As it warmed, though, there were some hint of mint hops and then mostly moderate to heavy pine, grapefruit and orange hops. The coffee notes remained dominant through bother aroma stages. the initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter with a long duration. There was roasted malt, lots of coffee, hints of dark chocolate, pine and citrus hops, and grapefruit. The medium to full body was silky with lightly fizzy carbonation and a metallic and slightly alcoholic finish. Theydon_Bois (19546) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle at home - 04/04/12.
Oily black pour with a finger or so of mocha head.
Hoppy piney nose backed up with roasted coffee, malts and mollasses.
Tastes as nose, medium to full bodied, rich silky finish with a lovely roasted falvour on the palate.
BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle. Big thick dark pour with a monster brown foamy head that clings to the glass. Big roasty and hoppy aroma. Moderate palate. Taste is more hop than roast. Very nice!
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours black in color with a tall tan head. Citrus peel, floral, and perfume. Hints of chocolate, lots of roasted malt, some ash, and a bit of char. Maybe a little bit of alcohol. Flavor is quite ashy, heavy on the roast, and a fair amount of bitterness. Some dark chocolate, piney hops, and a hint of citrus peel. brnandersen (3909) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2012
50 cl. bottle from the amazing Kihoskh. After a summer entirely on lighter beers (and no Mikkellers), I needed to drink something heavy, dark and strong! Black with a brown hue. Small, bubbly light tan head. Powerful aroma with roasted malts, lots of hops and even more coffee. Hints of licorice. Taste is medium bitter with roasted malts. Medium to full body with an oily texture. Long lasting bitter and roasted finish with hops, coffee, licorice and coffee again. World class stout. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Black pour, aroma has coffee and grassy hops. Taste is roasty with an earthy feel and the coffee stands out. Another enjoyable beer!! rarbring (2294) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2012
Aroma: Smelling of grass, nettles, peas, and soy sauce.Brigadier (3690) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Appearance: A black beer, a tan head, leaving some lacing and some curtains.
Taste: Staring with dark fruits, then some Madeira and herbal hoppiness.
Palate: Little carbonation, coarse and oily (!) texture, thick and sticky, a dry finish.
Overall: A deep complex soup. Much hops. And much more.
Note: Bottle 500 ml (thx FS). Reviewed 2012-07-21
This was sitting for a while in the back of the fridge. I finally chose to crack it open to thin the herd now that the Mikkeller beers seem to be multiplying like rabbits in the cellar. It is a little better than the normal Beer Geek Breakfast but not so great I wish I had more bottles. Even so I look forward to the next one some time soon.
Aroma / Appearance - Fluid and thick the pour took its time to settle into the glass. A bubbly mocha head slid slowly downwards. Chocolate, heavily roasted coffee, and plums were dense in feel. The whole thing was fairly balanced.
Flavor / Palate - Black coffee, malts, and a warm alcoholic feel slide towards the palate. The strong finish lingers for a while in the back of the throat. This is not a beer to take lightly. I’ll probably give it another shot in the future but not until trying a couple other versions first.