Firefly54 (246) - - JUN 16, 2012
Big roasty aroma with hints of chocolate and some hops. Nice mouthfeel. Taste has lots of chocolate. Long bitter finish. Some hops come through as does the roast malt flavours. I’m not getting much more but it’s very enjoyable. robinvboyer (4812) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2012
Whoa! That’s roasty! Deep, dark, robust, charred, scorched, burnt malts, oh and a crap load of hops. Huge nose of roast, pine and espresso. The only thing keeping this out of impy territory is the body and mouthfeel, it lacks the viscosity of an impy. Very high bitter finish, loads of pine. The bitterness grabsyour taste buds and hangs on for dear life. This is to be expected from this brewer. Mikkeller in my opinionthe leaders in extreme brewing. stravale (3150) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle from Nina’s Edinburgh
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Black to very dark brown....frothy tan head that disspated to thin layer..some lacing
Aroma of rich roasted malts...good quality coffee..piney slightly spicy hops..bit of resin...quite complex aroma
Complex taste of rich roasted malts, coffee, bit piney hops, bitter resinous hops.. there’s a lot of bitter hops here to go with the coffee and rich roast...the coffee is quite soft..bit of dark bitter fruity chocolate...booze well hidden...lots of flavour
Palate - soft carb...medium to full body...velvet texture. Finish - big long long lingering of bitter resin hops, espresso coffee, rich roast malt, really complex...some bitter grapefruit and sour lemon... I’m not keen on beers that linger too much but the finish is good if a tad over hoppy and roasted....pretty complex and yummy too
Overall - One of the better Mikkeller beers I’ve tried so far
50cl bottle. Large brown head, black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, espresso, milk/bittersweet chocolate, light orange/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some grapefruit, bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, some resin. superflyguy (439) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 very good, as usual.
deep black pour with thin brown head. bags of roasty toasty malt flavours and coffee with dark chocolate. very good hop combination in aroma and flavour.
jercraigs (11087) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2012
2012-05-01. Black body, large foamy tan head and lace. 4+ Pleasant aroma, mild green leafy hops, roasty dark malt. lightly dusty, muted fruity undertones. 7+ Flavour is similar, nice dry roasty dark malt core, lots of hoppy bitterness, modest green leafy hop character. Bitterness lingers along with the roast in the finish, pleasantly so. Smooth average plus bodied palate. Hops have presumably faded somewhat with age (I don’t get much of the citrus mentioned in some other ratings for example), but you wouldn’t guess it based on the taste. This is quite good. Bottle from Premier Gourmet six plus months ago. zacgillbanks (5661) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 Bottle from Rehills in Jesmond, Newcastle.Opaque black with a quickly disappearing dark tan head. Orange marmalade, floral spicy coffee flavours, citrus hops followed by sweet chocolate and a zesty coffee finish. A superb Black IPA! FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Draft at bavarian lodge. Pours pitch black. Med-full body. Not really tasting the hops except for the bitterness. Very smokey too. Not my fav variation. SirLimpsalot (4705) - SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2012
Riktig torr kaffedoft. Fantastisk smak av torr kaffe och sälta. Humlen dyker upp efter en stund och är absolut en trevlig ”add on”. Aningen tunn Ferris (17107) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle - Hoppy for a minute, then dies off and is overwhelmed by coffee and roasted malts. Pitch black with a rich thick brown head. Thick and syrupy, hops a bit on the front end and then a tonne of coffee and a slight bitter finish. If you don’t like coffee this is not for you.