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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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Black (黑)Black (黑)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 43
Gots: 94 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  17.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast.

(Beer added by: kkipple on 02-19-2008)
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

What an evil surprise! Apparently this wasn't supposed to be released just yet, but a few cases slipped out. In all fairness, the brewer said it "will probably be very young and a little rough". Onward!

Popped the cork out of the 375ml bottle and noted the 12/17/17 printed on the "new" cork. Okay....

Black pours an inky... black. Big surprise. A fat, dirty walnut head caps the beer and doesn't diminish quickly at all. Some lacing, and pretty decent retention...

Hmm. The first thing that came to mind on smelling Black is "burnt tires". Hooray? Other than that, think burnt corpses piled on a burning trash heap comprised of scorched espresso beans, firebombed pepper, burnt coffee sacks, blackened sugar, and charred grain. There's a hint of (burnt) soy and (burnt, again) walnuts. Oh yeah, and an absurd amount of malt sweetness and alcohol.

But how does it taste? If your brewery caught fire and burnt to the ground, and you sat in the ashes and mingled your tears with the decimated fruits of your labor, then drank the resulting sorrow-laden tincture, it might taste like Mikkeller Black. This is aggressive and vile and... burnt. Did I mention it's obscenely sweet and the alcohol is off the scale? No? It's only because I'm still scrubbing the taste of ash out of my mouth. I cannot overemphasize how intense this beer is.

Drinkability? Don't make me laugh. I was lucky to finish my 6 ounces. I don't know what those Insane Danes are smoking up there in Copenhagen (actually, I have a pretty good idea) but regardless, it just ain't right.

Well. This was certainly interesting, time will determine if it transforms into something wonderful. Right now Black is a new-born Dark god, kicking and howling and reducing everything around it to piles of smoldering ash. Taste at your own risk. Three years might take the edge off... or might not.

I'd be remiss if I didn't say that Black is the second most intense beer I've ever tasted. Yeah. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go drink some milk and lie down. Black has wronged me severely.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 04:38:50 | More by kkipple
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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.