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Black Fist - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  26.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Mikkeller Black stout barrel-aged 10 times in different bourbon barrels over the course of 2 years.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a pretty stout
dark in color
good head
smell of bourbon and slight of stout
first sip is that of a solid stout
once it hits your mouth it turns into a shot of your favorite bourbon
pretty impressed considering the abv of this one
if your a stout or imperial stout fan I suggest trying this one you won't be disappointed
good imperial Stout here pricey yes but we'll worth it

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4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’ve never had Utopias (or the heavy BrewDog stuff) so this is the biggest ABV beer I’ve encountered. What surprised me was despite the burn I associate with distilled spirits was how beer-like this was. We followed the postcard instructions and decanted before drinking, smelling the decanter throughout. The nose is outstanding - licorice and chocolate and only improved with time. The front of the taste is like the biggest imperial stout you’ve ever heard before it slowly dissolves into a cognac fire as it goes down. Extraordinary stuff.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

BOTTLE: Brown glass. 12.7 fl oz, with a seemingly unique bottle shape. Appealing classy understated label art.

26.1% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Brewed at De Proef.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide shiny khaki colour head. Nice creaminess and thickness. Relatively impressive retention for the ABV - just under 1 minute. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark black. Not quite an ink or jet black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. Far from unique or special for the style, but it does seem appealing even at 26.1%.

AROMA: Quite muted and reticent. All I get is a hint of dark malts, marshmallow, and a closed-off kiss of bourbon. There's shockingly little booze.

No yeast character, hops, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Marshmallow, dark malts, chocolate malts, generic bourbon character,

No hop character, yeast character, or off-notes are detectable. Alcohol/booze is definitely noticeable, but somehow it's more masked than it was in Mikkeller Black. The bourbon isn't all that rich or evocative - I get not real toasty oak, vanilla, white oak, or barrel sugar notes. Just generic bourbon.

I can't say I like it, but it's not a bad brew. Leans towards the bitter end of the spectrum. Certainly not balanced; it's a boozy brew with plenty of bitterness and char. Even some burnt character. Ashy. Aggressive. Unpleasant. Unapproachable.

It's a mess. There's little balance. If there's any complexity, nuance, or subtlety, it's impossible to ascertain amidst the chaotic flavour profile.

They took a base beer I hated and threw it in bourbon barrels. I'm not shocked I'm displeased with the end result. I just plain don't care for this, and it's mainly because it tries too hard to go too big and too thick.


Average depth of flavour. Obnoxiously high duration and intensity of flavour. Assaults the palate and attacks it.

Bitter harsh ash dominates. This is awful.

TEXTURE: Syrupy and viscous. Sticky. Smooth, wet, chewy, meal-like. Full-bodied. Thick. Definitely hot and boozy, but not to the extent you'd anticipate given its ABV. Fusel.

Not oily gushed, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

It'd be better with a heavy creaminess and softness which covers its over-aggressive bitter acridity. This has fundamental issues.

OVERALL: Calling it a sipper would be generous. Its drinkability is severely restricted by its booziness and stickiness; it assaults the palate to its detriment. As much as I love most of Mikkel's dark beers, I can't recommend this to friends or trade partners and wouldn't buy it again. Blakelive784 and I will struggle to finish one bottle together. Will disappoint the discerning drinker. To its credit, this is far more drinkable than Mikkeller Black, but that isn't saying much. Not sure what they're after with this. This has long been a favourite brewery, but I could never stand behind this beer. Avoid.


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3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Where the few super-high gravity ales have abandoned traditional beer flavor, texture and aroma in favor of a character that can only be described as a barley "liquour", Mikkeller isn't having any of that. Despite its massive alcohol content, its Stout-like properties are still in tact!

To the pour, the beer is straight up black ink. Nearly still, a gaze into the beer is like starring at the black of night. A swirl of the snifter gives the beer a tawny, brandy-like sheen against the glass, except the beer is as black as possible. Its tepid carbonation is surprisingly spritzy even though its understated. Very peculiar even to the eye.

Incredibly bold aromas showcase all-things-burnt. Calling it espresso would be an understatement. Burnt cinders, cocoa and cognac all play out is a seriously strong scent. Burnt dark fruits of berries, currants and grapes are just as characterful as the roasted dominance as that first looming sip draws near.

The most cautious of sips explode in the mouth as the roasted sweetness and utter booziness drifts among the mouth with unforgiving dominance. As the taste of char, dry cocoa and whisky create an acrid and spicy combination of tastes, the taste of grilled berries, grapes, and currants shed light on a strong licorice presence before the taste of over-cooked caramel and ethanol round out its finish.

Its roasted dryness is spicy and brash as the peppery alcohol and rough burnt edges pang away mercilessly on the palate. A late charge of cognac and whisky numbs the palate with its fusal heat giving the ale a cautions sipping demeanor.

Generally, the super-gravity ales such as these have been quite favorable because of the sweeter and savory balances that occur. However Black Fist lacks the complexity or the supporting sweetness that would bring the roast and booze into proper alignment. Where the "stout" part is highly recognizable, so is the unwaivering lacquer and booze brashness.

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Black Fist from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.