Tasted Tuesday 12 January. 500ml Bottle, 7.5% Alc/Vol
Strangely low in alcohol for this type of beer from Mikkeller! However I have nothing negative to say about it. It was quite simply a wonderful stout. It is made with 7 different malts plus flaked oats, cascade and centennial hops and “gourmet” coffee.
It was black. Very black. The kind of black that light is scared of, impenetrable and dangerous looking. It’s also the kind of beer that feels heavier in the glass than a standard brew. The head was espresso in colour and soft serve ice-cream like in texture to taste. Aromas of boot polish, beef stock, roasted/toasty characters, fruitcake, charred nuts and tar.
The flavours were profoundly deep, very complex and very rich. Smooth in texture with some sweet/dry malt and slightly grainy charred nuttiness. Molasses, dark bitter chocolate, concentrated espresso (like a ristretto), and an oily creaminess. Hops were there and if this was a lighter bodied beer they would be quite strong. In this case they played a bit part and were knitted in tightly giving some bite at the end. Not as extreme as one would expect from Mikkeller but it is a beautiful well balanced stout that calls for another examination sometime soon.
If this is a breakfast it would very nearly be the only meal necessary for the day.