Ungstrup (37559) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2009
Entered to celebrate my 12,000th rating. Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown shine under a fast disappearing brown head. The aroma is fantastic with notes of dessert wine - Madiera and Sherry, as well as notes of over ripe fruits, wood and alcohol. The falvor is sweet and with strong notes of roasted malt as well as notes of wood, vanilla, and Sherry. The alcohol tickles the tongue. An insane beer - and insanely great. nkruback (4) - Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2009 does not count
Acquired this from the auction, and shared it up at Ebenezer’s with Chris, the boys from Struise, and some new friends.
No head whatsoever, and very little aroma. What I did pick up on (and Chris helped emphasize) was the aroma of a purposeful oxidation. The result was a Madiera like ’cardboard’ scent. The flavors were so intense, so complex that I can’t list much other than tar, cassis, tobacco, horse, mocha and molasses. Thick cloying mouthfeel, incredibly long finish, and one of the greatest treats of my life. Thank you so very much Mikkeller. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 29, 2008
rbesg08, grand tasting, bottle number 30, if my notes are to be believed, which they probably should not be. deep black with no head, aroma of chocolate and treacle, hints of licorice and whipped cream, vanilla pod and just a light woody sourness which balances the sweetness nicely. a real treat Skyview (6021) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Sampled and shared by BDR from 750 ml bottle (38 of 40) pours an opaque black brew with virtually no head except for a thin film top. Aroma is complex with raisins, brown sugar, molasses, a touch of premium soy sauce, dark chocolate and dark pitted fruits. Taste is full bodied, no carbonation with flavors of roasted dark malts, tawny port, raisins, dark chocolate, vanilla and plenty of alcohol. Finish is thick and with some mild tartness with a raisin and alcohol aftertaste. Quite the experience to try this extreme rarity. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2008
(bottle, thanks to BDR for sharing this rarity!) Pours black with little to no head. The aroma is excellent, and I spent a good ten minutes just smelling this beer. Dominant aromas of raisin, some light soy, brown sugar, vanilla, light alcohol, and a healthy dose of chocolate blend together nicely. The balanced aroma didn’t carry over into the flavor though. The tastes upfront are very nice and well integrated, with anise, chocolate, dark fruit, and raisin. This is very nice and port-like. The finish really falls flat though, with roasted malt that increasingly becomes charred and astringent creating an off flavor of green snap peas. The alcohol also shows up as well, and it begins to remind me of the wretched Mikkeller Black. Full, viscous mouthfeel. A solid beer, and if the finish had been balanced, it could’ve been great.
JK (6146) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle 38/40. This is an awesome beer. Sweet plums in the aroma, with Belgian yeast and malt. Smooth and sweet flavor that includes oak, vanilla, some brandy, and just a hint of sourness. The high abv is entirely hidden. Very thick and heavy, and nearly still like an English imperial stout. badgerben (5171) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bottle 38/40. Huzzah to Brad (BDR)! Pours black as oil and about as thick with no head. Strong aroma of sherry, vanilla and toasted oak. Lots of vanilla sweetness in the flavor. Plenty of roasted malt and chocolate, but really buried under sherry, vanilla and oak. Slightly chalky feel. A little oxidized like an English-style Imperial Stout. Freakin sweet. Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Bottle 38/40, thanks to the uber-generosity of Brad Reno. Thank you sir. Oily port-black burgundy. Fat and sumptuous chocolate and reduced port and sherry aroma. Wildflower honey, tangy and soft in sweetness; alcohol spirit-like and pillowy. A firm, tannic acidity, and some fleeting then warming caramel strength. Fusel-like as it warms further, and getting gritty and quite rough with unrefined sugar, booze, and untextured malt.
fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Flavor is fat sherry and chocolate oil, with a musty dusting of wooden bitterness; alcoholic, but well-supported. Many different flavors of berries and dark sugar, which in the middle gather an unbearable syrupy sweetness, and this isn’t readily tempered by the right kind of bitterness; rather, there’s a lot of black malty tar. The herbal honey flavor provides a flutter of balance, close to satisfyingly, near the finish.
Oily, and dense, but not too warm in the palate. Burnt rubber and tar sensations are more prevalent than the blackening effect of booze; a huge residual sweetness, which is a better flavor for it draw out on that the asphalt and cigarette ashes it leaned toward, and even if it’s distantly unpleasant to me it’s still totally tolerable.
Bottle 75cl @ [ Tasting in Ulfborg ].BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2008
[ Bottle #25 of 40 ]. Clear dark black color with a average, creamy - frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting - diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, burnt, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, dark berrys - fig, pruns and raisins marinaded in port or cherry, wood - oak, moderate alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long long duration. Body is full, texture is oily - creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. so nice and very very good .. well done Mikkelle a master piece again from you ! Lucky me that I did make it to taste this very complex beer .. ;o)) (110708)
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 38/40. This dark ruby beer exploded with fizzy carbination leading a still headless glass. sweet aroma with oak vanilla and malt dominated by intense sherry. The wine dominates the flavor but toasted malts peak through. Vanilla comes foreword in an incredibly smooth finish with plenty of roast peaking out in the aftertaste. Smooth as hell with a sweetness that gives an intense barleywine like character. Superb is an understatement.