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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

429 Ratings
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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 48
Gots: 96 | 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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Reviews by rudzud:
Photo of rudzud
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Picked this up, eh, roughly 2 years ago at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Okay, one of the sickest pours ever. About as black as I've seen pour and a head. Okay, theres tan heads, mocha heads, dark chocolate coloured heads...and then theres this. This head was BLACK. Granted, it faded into a thin mocha halo with light thin mocha wisps. But that initial head is so, so freakin black. Unreal, never seen anything like it.

S - Aaaaand back to reality. Not too too much booze which is pretty nice, the aromas though are kind of eh. Slightly salty and leathery. Super light smokey malts and light dark fruit. Shockingly light.

T - Hrm..initialliy this is somewhat sweet and salty. Sweet malts and light soy sauce. It fades to ALOT of smoke, almost peaty. Really weird progression, starts very sweet then goes to light saltiness, ending with huge roast almost burnt malts and smoke.

M - Considering how high the ABV is this is incredibly smooth. Its got basically no carbonation, which, I guess is acceptable. Booze does creep up though of course.

O - Overall, this is an experience. Not really very stoutlike on anything. Smokey, sweet, salty...just, kinda weird. Its not bad and definately should be shared between people as this full bottle is WAY too much

rudzud, Jun 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
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2/5  rDev -47.4%

tectactoe, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tbryan5, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Had on draft at the Lions Pride in Briunswick ME. Served in a small tulip.

Black with a dark tan head with resideual dark on the glass

Malt and chocolate with a slight alcohol finish nice

The mouth is great starts smooth then quickly turns to a dry roasted and finish. The taste is full of alcohol, roasted barley and malts. The alcohol cuts the sweetness.

For 17% this doesn't drink bad but drink slow to discover the range it gets

bishopdc0, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of badbeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Opaque black with a creamy tan head that retains extremely well; surprising given the ABV. Smell is really boozy, with some roastiness and bakers chocolate also coming through. Taste is of milk chocolate, caramel, cherries, and espresso. Very intense and good taste; much better than the aroma. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Taste was very good, but I could see how a full bottle of this could take a whole evening. Thanks to DicksMcGee for the sample.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to my brother for bringing me this beer from Lafayette, LA.

The beer pours black with no head. Very inky looking with some large brown bubbles. The aroma is dark fruit, alcohol and brown sugar. The flavor is alcohol, smoke, tobacco, chocolate and some sweet malt. The mouthfeel is very oily and no-very low carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 17, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

BeerDrinkingDiver, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%

Poured cold from the bottle.

This beer was VERY dark, almost black in appearance, with virtually zero head. The smell was very strong (as a 17.5% beer should smell I suppose), but had very nice notes of fig, malts, chocolate, roasted-ness, and port-wine. The taste is as strong as one would think and pretty much killed the beer for me. The flavours of sweet-fig and coffee are overpowered by the ABV. This beer would be A LOT better if the ABV was lowered so it would not dominate flavours.

Would I buy it again? No. If they made this beer with a MUCH lower ABV I probably would buy it.

NilocRellim, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of jewbrew
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Had This beer beside a couple amazing bottles of wine.

What a refresher. Although you would think a 17.5% stout would be as dark as most BA's feelings about themselves it's not!

This bottle had notes of roasted malt, vanilla, whisky barrel, caramel, espresso, and a long lasting finish.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel, nothing overpowered my palate besides some boozy heat. Mikkeller did a nice job making a well balanced stout considering the huge amount of alcohol.

jewbrew, Oct 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

fionn13, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

williamjbauer, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +5.3%

chinchill, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Had this courtesy of Ding - thanks!

Pours pitch black with a thin dark tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving a wispy layer and a thin ring around the glass without much lacing. It does manage to coat the glass with a light brown film.

Smells of chocolate, dark fruits, and booze. Slight hints of roasted malt come out as well, but the chocolate and dark fruits are definitely more prevalent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark chocolate and dark fruits combine with roasted malts up front, followed by hints of tobacco - not smoke but an earthy taste I'd associate more with chewing tobacco. The ending is mostly sweet but there's a bitterness that comes out a second after the sip. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I certainly didn't struggle to finish the bit that I had, but I'm glad I didn't have to finish the bottle myself.

Overall this was an interesting beer. The hints of tobacco certainly added another dimension to the beer, but I can only recommend this if you have others to share with.

glid02, Mar 22, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Feb 06, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Served in a 15cl glass from tap at the Beer Temple in Amsterdam. Poured pitch black. Slight brown lacing. The nose is very heavy with an alcohol smell due to the overwhelming alcohol content. Sweetness, fig smell. Taste is that of malt, chocolate, maybe coffee and dark fruit. Highly potent!

Ryanm1, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ImperialStoat
1/5  rDev -73.7%

2009 Bottle.

THIS IS FUCKING TERRIBLE.

Appearance: Muddy red-black with a few feeble bubbles, no head. It looks like Ebola-ridden blood.

Smell: Have you ever washed your hands with hospital soap? Imagine you did and then an old man spat Nescafe onto them. Alcohol and cheap coffee. That's it.

Taste: Syrupy, sickly-sweet ethanol. No distinguishing characteristics of "prunes" or "baker's chocolate" or "vanilla ice-cream" or anything like that - just SUGAR and ALCOHOL and SADNESS. Oh, and don't expect any carbonation to come along and wash the awful taste from your tongue because there is none. That's right: even CO2 has ethical problems with being attached to this beer.

Overall: When Jesus died for our sins, he was specifically talking about Mikkel's production of this beer.

ATROCIOUS.

ImperialStoat, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%

Bottle picked up at Jubilation in Albuquerque, New Mexico in February of 2014. New Mexico no longer gets Mikkeller distribution, so this beer is a number of years old, but I couldn't find the date.

I was pretty happy with the appearance until some slimy residue sneaked out at the end. It's got a pitch-black appearance with an oil-like quality and a two finger thick, tan khaki-colored head. It's a good looking beer, but I'm a bit hung up on the residue.

I'm not too sure on the details of what went into this beer, but I get a boozy, bourbon-like aroma. There's oak and some rye spice present, plus a potent vanilla aroma. Some dark chocolate is buried beneath the bourbon, only making its way to my nose after a few whiffs. It smells intriguing, although I'm a tad nervous the bourbon is going to steal the show.

Yikes! This thing is boozy and hot as hell! Almost like sipping a rye on the rocks. There are plenty of pleasant flavors in there: rye, vanilla, bourbon, sweet malt, baker's chocolate; but the alcohol is fiery. This beer is quite astringent. Surprisingly, the beer is still creamy and thick-bodied, so it feels incredibly big in every way. An aftertaste of peaty scotch lingers on my tongue and it has a smoky feel to it.

I must say, this beer is a wealth of flavors and sensations, but got damn if it isn't boozy. After a few sips, my palate seems to slightly adjust and accept the booze, but its still a challenge to drink.

I'd say this beer has potential, but I'd recommend five years of aging minimum.

ONovoMexicano, Mar 29, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

375ml bottle, 16.5%, according to the good folks at the AGLC and/or the agent for this bad boy in Alberta. Been sitting on this one for a spell.

This beer pours a deep abyss of blackitude, with the only the slightest slivers of weighted-down cola highlights, and two ebullient, rangy fingers of thick, puffy, almost sludgy, beige head, which sinks away at a snail's pace, seemingly fighting gravity the whole way, eventually leaving some damned near-perfect honeycomb webbed lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of dense roasted, meaty malt, heavy on the bittersweet chocolate, some sassy saltwater taffy, nose-twinging alcohol, soused black fruit flesh, cigarette ash, spicy root vegetables, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is too much to take in all at once - one is assaulted by a boozy, salty chocolate affront, up front (sorry!), which softens you up quite well, before plastering you with more of the same, but now with some cowering black fruit ruins, ashy stamped out campfire, a coffee urn's discharge when left on said conflagration, a well obfuscated, though subtly tinny booze edge, and musty, dusty, chalky hops.

The fizz is actually rather palpable here, doing one a not insignificant service, the body a hefty, thick, unctuous weight, and on the far side of crazy in terms of smoothness. It finishes still fairly sweet, in cocoa, grain, fruit, and booze, with the partitions varying in scope, yet enticing all the same.

Given the presentation, resultant expectation, and eventual personal submersion, this is one big-assed malt, booze, fruit, and reservedly hopped-up beer-bomb; thoroughly complex, but still a bit rough, because, you know you like it that way, don't you? I know I do.

biboergosum, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Apr 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Dawkins, Sep 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%

Had on tap at Eulogy, Philadelphia, PA, 6/17. From notes.

Came to the table with a toasted mocha head, and the color simply lived up to the beer's name. Black, black and and more black. Head stuck around longer than a beer of this size typically does.

Aroma was intense shots of black licorice, caramel, coffee, graham cracker, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol.

Guess what? The flavor was just about the same, and it was all balanced wonderfully, with new sensations and impressions emerging with every sip. Coffee was rather pronounced, with vanilla, chocolate, big juicy-ass cherry, graham cracker and totally in-check alcohol giving everything a cozy flair of warmth. Coffee is thankfully well-incorporated and doesn't overtake everything else, but it remains the most dominant flavor.

Unbelievably round, creamy, silky and gooey on the tongue. Really doesn't get much better than this.

Drinkability? Whatever...this is a sipping beer, and shouldn't be docked points for not being sessionable. Because a bland golden lager isn't really one to swirl in the snifter and savor slowly, is it? So I'll give drinkability a 4 and leave it at that. Marvelous. Superb. And other assorted hyperbole.

Metalmonk, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Mar02x
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

A - A pitch brown fluid, dark as a moonless night on Broadway. I don't know why I said that, I just think it describes the beer perfectly :). On top rests a perfect beige head with hardly any retraction.

S - A smooth blend of oak, tar, peat and black forest fruits.

T - Surprisingly different RIS - it has chocolate, coffee and still an unusual fresh because of the fruit tones and the used hops. The booziness doesn't feel like the 16,5% ABV at all.

M - A very drinkable, low to medium carbonated beer with a bitter finish. What I do miss is a thick creaminess in the body.

O - What a pleasant to drink beer considering the ABV and it even tastes black - What's in a name? After drinking it a while you do get the idea its to overwhelming though.

Mar02x, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Holy F*#!K!

This beer pours a viscous oily black with sickly tan seeping head. This is surely of the devil. Nose is a plasticy tar smell with huge alcohol and coffee like aromas. Taste is a fucking explosion. Big alxxxohol and dark malty sickness in the beginning. A sweetness through the middle followed by a space mountain of coffee and chocolate bitterness. Creamy on the finish. Coffee bitterness lingers. Some alcohol burn, but mild for the abv. Putrid black death. Amazing flavor here. Mouthfeel is very good, especially for the abv. The drinkability just has to be docked a bit here, but if you bought a beer that is 17.5% and expected to slam some at the summer company picnic, well then your just a goddamn idiot. Overall I am very impressed with this beer, and will certainly be spending the outrageous $$$ to obtain at least a few more of these for the cellar. Can't wait to see what these will be in about 3 years. Wow. Great and gnarly unique brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Jun 30, 2008
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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.