Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by sennin:
4.09/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a pint glass on February 22, 2013.
A: Pitch black with heavy, sticky lacing. Very little in the way of head but that is to be expected with this type of a high ABV beer (this one being 17.5% ABV).
S: Reminds me of Founder’s Breakfast Stout, but with a much heavier emphasis on chocolate and coffee notes. In fact, this is one of the most chocolate scented stouts that I have ever placed my nose in. But you also get an incredibly strong scent of rum soaked coffee beans as you continue to smell it. Very intense and dark smelling, this seems like it will be a very heavy brew. Even still, I do love the scent and it is very unique and enticing to me.
T: Wow the alcohol is very, very heavy in this beer. First sip is a blast of what I can only describe as rum spiked coffee- heavy emphasis on the rum. After the swallow, I get a very strong taste of bittersweet chocolate and strong espresso. Bitter coffee beans are the lingering taste that remains as I take a break in between sips. Wow, this is definitely one the strongest and most bitter imperial stouts I have ever had. Tastes kind of like a tiramisu with way too much rum added to the recipe. But I can’t say that it’s bad, it’s definitely something you have to get used to though. As I continue to drink I find myself getting more and more used to its taste. Its enjoyable and unique, but the alcohol is a little too high in the mix for my tastes.
M: Smooth and silky, but seems to dry the tongue out as the drinking session goes on. It has a caramel like texture though and is very creamy and rather pleasant. The alcohol is very warming as well and the whole brew develops very well as you let it sit in your mouth and taste its subtle nuances. This is a beer for those very, very cold Michigan nights and I like it very much for that.
Overall, this beer is quite a treat. It is essentially a tiramisu in beer form, but it may have just a little too much alcohol, something that does interfere with being able to truly appreciate and taste this brew. It’s a slow drinker, open it only when you have time to really sit back and enjoy it. It takes awhile for this beer’s subtle nuance to pull through, but once it does, you will be rewarded with an incredibly complex flavor profile, one that is very unique and yet very strong, even for an imperial stout.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2013 17:17:19 | More by sennin
More User Reviews:
3.69/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
12.7 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
A - Well, I'd be a fool to call this beer anything except black. It is topped with several inches of mud colored, sticky head.
S - The smell has elements of dark chocolate, anise, alcohol, and floral hops.
T - I taste roasted malt at first. I get kind of a burnt flavor. The alcohol is present and makes itself known. It has a bitter finish that lingers.
M - This beer is a straight 30w. I love thick beers.
O - This beer is exactly how I like my women: dark, thick, and full of alcohol, nom, nom, nom! But really this beer is not that great. It would be great on a cold day to warm you up. The mouthfeel and warming sensation are it's best attributes. I guess I was expecting a sweeter, maltier beer given the abv. The bitterness was not an attribute to my palate.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 00:36:22 | More by buschbeer
2.25/5 rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
I was really looking forward to this beer, and was very disappointed. Appearance was fine, aroma was interesting, taste...not good. Molasses and cheap whiskey are the comparisons that spring to mind. Honestly, if I had brewed this beer, I'm not sure if I would consider it drinkable. ..and I've made some very high gravity, very dark imperial stouts.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2014 17:53:26 | More by goethean
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.