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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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Black (黑)Black (黑)

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very good

429 Ratings
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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 48
Gots: 96 | FT: 4
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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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gritz147, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Ryanm1
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 jmmakare
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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
Photo of Gorillaz
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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%

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
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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
Photo of biboergosum
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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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

This was a very pleasant surprise from the weekend. I've not been a big fan of most things I've had from this brewer, but this was a standout beer. I'm very happy that I enjoyed this beer. Pours a very dark black in color. Very dark malts and a very dominant roast flavor in the mouth. Believe it or not, those flavors go well in here because of the ABV. It does not taste anywhere near 17.5% at all. Full on the mouthfeel. Rich and complex beer. I will definitely pick up a bottle or two if I come across them.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 01, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle. 12/12/17 printed on the cork.

Still black liquid poured into snifter. Opaque body with no signs of carbonation. Absolutely zero head. A few bubble linger on the edge but are only barely worth mentioning. The lack of carbonation concerns me as I go on.

Intense. The aroma is just huge. Dark roasted malt, rich roasted malt and coffee all in copious amounts. The only thing that could over power the previously mentioned attributes is the booze, oh and it does. Very sweet liqueur like alcohol presence. The aroma is brash and boozy but I think that is to be expected. While it is certainly a lot to take in it is very enjoyable. Aroma has everything I look for in an Imperial Stout, and a lot of it.

As I take my first sips, I feel like this may be the first beer I have been overwhelmed by. With a beer named Black the appearance is obvious. This beer tastes black. Charred malt, chocolate and java flavors are all very strong and equally dark. An intense sweetness backs up the darkness to remind you that you are not actually drinking charcoal. The use of dark cassonade provides an intense sweet flavor. Booze once again presents itself as a sweet liqueur.

Full bodied brew, which is no surprise. The surprise to me the the almost creamy texture. There is zero carbonation, this is much closer to drinking straight booze. Champagne yeast leaves a very dry finish, works very well.

Black is absurd and overwhelming, no doubt. Unapologetically big and boozy. This is not everyones cup of tea but it works for me. Now you would only need more than one of these in a sitting if you have a death wish. Personally, I like living and will stick with one. The price and nature of this beer do not make it one which will be consumed often, I will seek it out again though.

kzoobrew, Jan 16, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Thanks to BA chrism86 for sharing this one with me.

Pours a black as black colour, slightest brown tinge up to the light, looks like a really strong espresso shot, head is crema in appearance, ochre coloured, thin and dense. Some lace but not much. Looks good, but like a standard imperial stout - dark and thick.

Nose is strong and rich, with some distinct smokiness and a lot of rich chocolatey sweetness. Some obvious alcohol phenols aren't enough to smother the aroma, overall very rich, dark and pleasant. Appealing indeed.

Taste is quite intense at first, but actually intensely sweet more than anything. A lot of berry flavours, blue and black mostly, very jammy in character and almost approaching dessert topping thanks to syrupy thick mouthfeel. A strong dark chocolate flavour comes through on the mid along with a slight nutty character that blends well with phenolic alcohol spiciness that emerges later. Has a dessert wine sweetness at the back and creates a slightly dizzying effect, a very potent and robust stout, not for the faint-hearted.

Great thick feel, a little bit of a crust almost, if that makes sense, very chewy almost to the point of solidity.

Dangerous, dangerous beer. 17.5% and drinkable as anything. Very tasty.

laituegonflable, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Crosling
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours nearly pitch black out of the bottle and appears opaque black in the glass. Head isn't as dark as expected, a light tan. Nose has a lot of elements, hinting of raisins, sherry, chocolate and coffee, rubber, tar and alcohol. Flavor is loaded with dark fruit and heavily roasted malt notes, with some hints of chocolate and coffee. Intense, massively flavorful, strong alcohol (but much better hidden than when the beer was first imported) and lots of taste. It has improved in the last three months, but mostly, I'm thinking of how this beer will be in a couple years. Check back with it in 2009. It will be a gem by then.

Crosling, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Richardberg
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

A - poured into a chalice. Totally jet black. Inky; not super vicious like some big stouts. No head despite chilling and a vigorous pour; a few bubbles discernable.

S - burnt malt dominates. Leans toward sweet/syrupy. Yummy mix of all the usual stout aromas: java, cocoa powder, smoke, even peat. Ethanol, of course, though not the rocket fuel it couldve easily become.

T - primarily sweet, but lots of dark chocolate. Alky comes out and makes its presence known. Coffee remains but the utterly smoky/burnt character is actually a little muted.

M - full bodied, very oily, and fairly sticky.

D - a sipper, naturally. And a good one. But for something so expensive I'd want something more than just a really strong dark chocolate...not super complex & too sweet to be a truly elite beer among the ultra strong category.

Richardberg, Mar 27, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours pitch black as night as appropriately named. Upon the pour, only a thin, mocha head appears which instantly dissolves to leave no lacing. This beer was picked up back in 2010, so it does have some age on it.

Robust aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, bourbon, and perhaps a hint of licorice float from the glass.

The flavor is equally aggressive as it sweet and boozy featuring sweet chocolate and fruit with an aftertaste that is part port and part smoky roasted malt and hints of earthy peat come through as well.

The body is thick and viscous, yet smooth with a warming boozy finish that coats the palate like a fine port wine.

I am quite impressed with this beer and rank it up their with its peers such as WWS and Mephistopheles. While it seems to differ from some of these other monster Imperial Stouts, it still offers fantastic character that is a treat to the senses.

CHADMC3, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of sennin
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

sennin, Feb 22, 2013
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.