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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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Black (黑)Black (黑)

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very good

442 Ratings
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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 48
Gots: 102 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jmmakare
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours pitch black with a little amount of tan head.

S- Unique smells of medicine and a bit of plum or prune. Not off-putting for me, but maybe for some people. My mother says it reminds her of the salve called Prid.

T- Coffee and dark chocolate with some dark fruits. Dark maltiness and a trailing of bitterness. Truly amazing.

M- Very smooth for the high ABV. Thick and almost chewy.

D- Not easily drinkable in large quantities, but excellent in small doses. I would highly recommend splitting a bottle among about 4 people for an aperitif.

This is quite an original brew. Definitely not for everyday drinking, but an excellent brew to try and age for a special occasion.

jmmakare, Jul 29, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black color with two fingers of thick frothy head that cling for dear life onto the glass.

Chocolate is the strongest smell follwed by undertones of toffee, some vanilla, and some coffee.

Sorry for the short review,but I decided to be busy after opening this beer. IT has a huge chocolate flavor with undertones of tofee/ Other flavors such as roasted coffe are also undertones and take a backseat to the intense chocolatey flavor.

The mouthfel is very smooth slightly syrupy due to the incredible amount of chocolate in this beer.

This beer is definetely a nightcap beer, but I wouldn't mind having one of these most every night.

jasonjlewis, Jul 25, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Thick and Black, dark almond head (more like a thin disk of residual bubbles)

S: Strong note of alcohol, bitter dark chocolate, coffee

M: Very alcoholic feel; initial taste of a dark stout followed by the heat of a liquor akin to scotch.

T: Lots of alcohol, almost tannic in flavor, dark chocolate and coffee can be found if you drink this very slowly.

D: Not the kind of drink you just choose for any given night. This is more of a nightcap. The alcohol content is stronger than most, but if enjoyed slowly, the flavors do develop. Drink this beer like you would whiskey; slow, relaxed, and with friends.

I have had this beer about six times now and I have learned that it is very complex and not for everyone. If you prefer red wines, scotch/whiskey, and lean more towards imperial stouts, you will likely enjoy this beer.

Gorillaz, Nov 12, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is all that you expect of a 17.5 ABV.
Poured into a crystal glass, this beer is as dark as it gets. The rich creamy bubbly brown head builds three fingers high, dissipates into no lacing.
The smell is coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits like plum, black cherry, fig and dates.
Tasting the beer, the strong alcohol presence, suggests to treat this one as a sipper.
Black cherries, plum and figs are at the front, being combined with more dark bitter chocolate flavors as well as coffee in the middle. The beer will warm you up nicely with a good dose of booze. I really liked this interpretation of an imperial stout.
It is imperial!!

Hopfenpeter, Dec 01, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

small bottle, corked and caged, foil topped.

A- Black as midnight, no head to speak of, pretty good pour. One of the darkest beers I've ever seen.

S- Malts, sweet, sugary, woozy boozy etc. Impossibly malty, sweet, syrupy. Powerful, potent, not off-putting but STRONG.

T- Wow. A sip is almost too much. Chocolate, coffee, expresso, bitter and sweet, tart, dark fruit, a real flavor bomb. Like drinking Satan's soul. More complex than World Wide Stout.. for better or worse.

M- Boozy. Thick. Almost too much. Took a while to finish this one.

D- Low. But I saw that one coming.

I'd have to give the nod to WWS... although I really like this beer. It's a bit more complex, a bit more demanding, and a bit less rewarding than WWS.

Worth seeking out, worth cellaring for YEARS, this one will age with the best of them.

ShogoKawada, Dec 18, 2009
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.