Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by jdklks:
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
The name "Black" is certainly descriptive of the appearance of this one. It has only the slightest amber edges when directly backlit. The head is almost non-existent, as there is little or no carbonation to speak of. However, the bubbles that do appear tend towards the edges of the glass and are light brown (think not very chocolatey chocolate milk). The smell is huge, bursting with alcohol, chocolate and molasses. Hints of caramel and vanilla as well. Though alcohol dominates, it is done well here, and is very enticing.
This beer would benefit from a lot more carbonation, but DAMN is it still good! Warning: only for drinkers who don't mind super-alcoholic beers. Once you overcome the nose-burning, eye watering alcohol burn, a pleasant cherry sweetness filters through, and introduces all of the flavors promised by the smell. Lots of chocolate, molasses and caramel, and lots and lots of alcohol (goddamn). Super roasty in the finish and aftertaste, which gets slightly unpleasant if you wait too long between sips (leaves an ashy or burnt cardboard taste). Certainly one of the most intense beers I've tried, and it is accompanied by an immediate buzz.
The mouthfeel lacks in carbonation is perhaps too hot (the alcohol lingers on the palate long after it is welcome). Further, I feel like my palate is dying an excruciatingly slow death. It is nice and thick though. Drinkability is so low because, well, there is no way I could drink more than one of these. Very good in small portions, but is not recommended for extended drinking sessions.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2009 07:10:39 | More by jdklks
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: served on tap into a short Goose Island glass, I think it really is black with a nice very dark tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear
S: lots of chocolate, dark and milk chocolate, molassess, some licorice
T: again lots of flavors of chocolate abound mixed with anise and hints of soy sauce, lots of hot higher weight alcohol and phenol flavors, changes drastically as it warms, very sweet, candy sugar
M: thick and creamy with low carbonation, alcohol is well present and accounted for
O: this is a thick dessert beer, be perpared for the flavors assocated with this high an alcohol content, reviewed from notes taken on 3/6/14
Serving type: nitro-tap
03-14-2014 01:03:19 | More by M_C_Hampton
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Celebrating a successful weekend of pre-Spring cleaning, enjoying some warmer temps at long last, and still shaking off the effects of some poorly timed Punishment. This is one of the older beers in the cellar from a trade many moons ago, the provider whose name escapes me but for whom I am most grateful. I do believe there is a date on the cork of 12/12/17, for what that is worth.
Appearance - dark oily pour, no head, bubbling or lace to this one.
Aroma - darkly roasted grain, intense dark chocolate, perhaps a note of soy. Sweet, rich, and intense smelling.
Taste - whoa, heavy on all registers. The grains are roasted but not burnt, but the alcohol burn pushes it that way a little. After all this time, this is about as tame as 17.5 gets. The sweetness plays off some bittersweet flavors, melding the grain and chocolate. I don't know that there is anything to be gained by abv this high, 12 to 14% would have been a better fit. Little carbonation, the swallow is hot and the finish is soy, anise, and lengthy espresso.
Mouthfeel - the carbonation is so low and the body is so thick, this reminds me of Vicks cough syrup. Big, big, big.
Overall - I enjoyed this way more than Punishment, lol. I like 'em sweet, malty, high abv. Some better balance to all that and this is high 4's for me. Improves as it warms (or as the palate adjusts). One to try, glad I had a chance to get a hold of one.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 03:02:56 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.84/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12.7oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop (Athens, GA). 16.99. Best by 4/21/13 and purchased last March so I assume bottled 4/21/11. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.
Pours coal black with a full two fingers of dense dark tan head that maintains a thin cap throughout and leaves copious lace.
Smells sweet and roasty. Chocolate, caramel, semi charred malts, honey and dark toast.
The taste is unlike anything I've ever had before. Bitter char, dark cocoa, burnt sugar, smoke, black coffee, mild soy sauce, molasses, honey, bittersweet red berry seeds, earthy and a soft but persistent alcohol heat. An interesting balance between sweet, roasty and boozey.
Oily, slick, medium heavy feel with fairly low but noticeable carbonation. Bitter, boozey burnt caramel and molasses finish.
A different take on the big imperial stout. I imagine the 2+ years has toned down the booze but this went down like something closer to 10% than it's 17%. I liked it but it's not something that I feel I'll need to revisit.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 20:54:12 | More by ThickNStout
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.