Strykzone (7490) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Poured into a fluted glass. Dark, almost black with nice red highlights. Sustainable tan head. Coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruit in the aroma that is a bit sour. Flavor is not what the aroma would suggest. Much more fruit and chocolate and much less coffee notes. This is almost a cherry chocolate beer with a super high ABV. It is also brings some salt. The feel is very rich and smooth. Chocolate is a bit cloying but this is a delicious beer Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Deep rich, dark pour. Smelled like coffee, soy sauce and dark malts. Flavor was much of the same: Soy sauce, chocolate, coffee and malts. Incredibly strong. Overdone, sweet and just too much.
Not a Mikkeller fan, sorry. Whiskeyjack (10) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2008
12.7 oz bottle. this may be one of the most inspiring beers I’ve had the pleasure to drink. It starts with a smokey sweet fragrance with coffee and roasted barley scents. The only way to describe the appearance is darker than night with a full dark head. It sips like liquid gold. It has a flavor of coffee with an almost honey taste. It has virtually no bitterness yet despite that it is both well balanced and overwhelming in a good way. Find it and enjoy a singular beer. ketchepillar (1199) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2011 Aroma is quite good; very full, quite a bit of alcohol; crystal & caramel malts; toffee. The flavor starts sweet and chocolaty with lots of toffee, then morphs into a lot of coffee in the finish with some good roasted bitterness. Liqueur like alcohol. Some sips it feels just too over the top and some sips it’s wonderful. Very rich, yet the high ABV keeps the palate thin. Very chocolaty, lots of coffee. 10/1/08. 8/4/7/4/16
375mL from Jubilation for $8.99. 14/01/14 printed on top. Low carbonation. Not much pop at all when the cork was removed. Quite rich. Alcohol is very very well hidden. Lots of malt bitterness, graininess. Goes quite well with the coffee. Aroma has a lot of vanilla. And some milky sugariness. Vanilla carries through the finish. A bit oaky. 8/4/8/4/18-4.2 crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Deep black pour, no head. The aroma is licorice, coffee, chocolate and booze. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the flavor, a bit of licorice, salt, caramel, and alcohol. Nice thick mouthfeel with a bit of alcohol warmth. Quite good, but a little too much of everything. Not a huge fan of the salty bitterness either.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Pours pitch black with no head whatsoever. Aroma is alcohol with chocolate and coffee coming out if you swish the beer around for a bit. Flavor is a little tart with licorice and coffee coming through most heavily. The finish has quite an alcoholic burn to it. Medium bodied as well with a hint of warming to it. Not too impressed. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Pours with a black body topped by a thin to medium thick, light brown head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet yet bitter with notes of malt and chocolate as well as strong alcohol esters. Full bodied, slightly dry and a touch warming. pilsnerrogge (2975) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2008
Bottled: Pours black, no head. Salty liquorice, chocolate and coffee on the nose. Rich mouth-feel. Flavour is roasted liquorice that somehow is sweet and salty at the same time. Very good and quite intense. dmac (6392) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2008
12.7 oz bottle from ucusty thanks David. Pours a deep dark solid black with an average size tightly packed creamy beige head in my Lucifer snifter. Initial aroma is very sweet, dark fruits..chocolates..dates..artificial sweetner, then the roastiness kicks in with lots of espresso beans..burnt coffee, yum. Full bodied with average carbonation and a god dose of alcohol warming. If the alcohol warming was a touch less this would of been a 5 on palate but alas it was just a bit to much. Flavor of sweet dark fruits, lots of coffee, alcohol, even a touch of peat and smoke from all the raosted/burnt maltiness. Really great beer which turned my mouth into a black hole as I tried to suck every last drop out of the bottle. blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2008
My 2600th rating! Bottle (12.7oz). Man oh man, the cork was a bitch to get out! Pours totally black with an average size somewhat-lasting frothy tan head -- that’s a pretty good looking beer. Nice aroma of deep roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, dark chocolate and a significant amount of alcohol. Minus a point for some kind of mild oddness to the aroma, like a weird burnt sugar quality to it or something I can’t place. Probably the alcohol. Flavour starts quite tasty: Dry, roasty and bitter along with molasses, dark fruit and chocolate, but there’s too much alcohol in the finish making it somewhat hard to drink, again I have to take a point off. Syrupy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. It’s definitely an "experience" to drink this, and it is pretty good, but I have to say, I thought I would like this more then I did. It’s just too damn boozy when you get down to it. Still, 3.8 is nothing to scoff at.