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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

400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 42
Gots: 94 | FT: 4
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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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JamisonM

Arizona

1.65/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: almost no carbonation no head and no pop when I opened the bottle black as night

S: Alcohol all over the place some sort of off smell... what kind of yeast did they use in this? there is also a roasted note.

T: Alcohol Alcohol Alcohol almost no carbonation some sort of champagne note that seems like an off note in a stout with some roasted notes

M: thick with no carbonation...

D: almost none!

Overall: this beer was a mess and I feel ripped off paying 18 bucks for this beer do not buy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 21:07:24 | More by JamisonM
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a horizontal with the base, whisky, highland, and peat editions of this one. Mikkeller Black was my highest rated beer for over a year with a 4.85 rating, so I was very exicted to try it again, as well as a few other editions. Let's see if it's as good as I remember it being.

From a cork and caged 375ml into a snifter.
Batch 1 with over a year of age.

Note: Tasted all four in sequence. This was first.

APPEARANCE: The black pour began a little flat looking, but soon a beautiful cascade effect produced a 1 ½ finger tan head with great retention. Head is super thick and tight looking. Sits black in the glass with zero carbonation evident. Head fades very slowly to a decent film cap and a healthy ring, leaving lots of immediate lacing down the glass. A good film remains until the end and leaves some great lacing down the glass. Great looking imperial stout, and even more so considering the ABV.

SMELL: Big nose of roasted malts and lots of pure chocolate. Some light coffee notes and some hints of vanilla. Red wine and port aromas with a good dose of alcohol as well. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Roasted, burnt malt, caramel malt, and lots of pure chocolate and molasses up front. Pretty sweet really. Lots of booze and port wine flavors throughout. Bitter chocolate and sweet molasses accompany a booze laden, bold, and extremely persistent aftertaste. Huge flavors and quite boozy, but meshes really well. A little less booze would let the malt flavors shine a little better, but this is still wonderfully put together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a good dose of heat on the swallow and finishes quite mouth coating. The first few sips were quite hot and harsh, but it smoothened out quickly.

OVERALL: An outstanding monster imperial stout. Just as enjoyable as the first time. Though I don't rate it as highly, that has more to do with my experience than the beer itself. Still top class stuff. At 17.5%, this could have easily become an undrinkable booze fest like several others in the category. Our bottle was well over a year old, so that may have helped mellow it out slightly. Either way, for a boozy stout, this one meshes with the other flavors very, very well. Drank away dangerously fast. If you like big stouts and enjoy some boozy elements as well, this one fits the bill and more. Whole-heartedly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 15:45:46 | More by Jeffo
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Spica66

Indiana

2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this on in trade from Lunch. Thanks, Paul!

2009 bottle shared with gwuilliums on New Year's Eve 2011.

A: Thick, black pour. Thin head of mocha colored bubbles. More than I expected from a 17.5%.

S: Alcohol burn over dark, dark roast.

T: Hard to get much more than alcohol wrapped in a dark roast aftertaste. Very hard to enjoy.

M: No real beer component to this mouthfeel. This could not be more of an alcohol assault on your tongue.

D: If you wanted to really, really sip a beer, this is the one for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 19:55:24 | More by Spica66
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Gorillaz

Hawaii

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 08:17:26 | More by Gorillaz
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bum732

Lesotho

1.78/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Got this bottle from a buddy of mine.

S: Stale coffee, alcohol, lots of alcohol, very dark chocolate.

L: Thick black, no head, some bubbles on the perimeter of the glass.

T: Alcohol sweetened coffee malt, some chocolate, no hops or bitterness. Some alcoholic dryness.

M: Thick, syrupy, no carbonation whatsoever, very alcoholic.

A mess, just a terrible beer. Drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 02:14:38 | More by bum732
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mikkeller Black

Appearance: Dark brown with almost no lacing.

Smell: Alcohol, dark chocolate, slight coffee, and roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, and a subtle hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy.

Overall:
Wow. This is definitely one of the strongest beers available in flavor and alcohol content (17.5% ABV). Don't mistake strong for bad! This is actually very tasty and good. It starts off sweet and ends in a bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 06:09:36 | More by megahurts4
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one's been in the wine fridge for about 2 years. I drank one fresh and loved it. Let's see what the age has done.
appearance: Well....black. no head to speak of. More like that balding pattern where there's a rim around the ears. A few rather large bubbles cluster around the sides of my DFH snifter. Then again, it's 17% abv.
smell: Wow. Complex. Let's see. Deep, dark malt. Dark chocolate. Smells like an aged tawny port and a stout mated...i mean, it smells great!
taste: Wow squared. It's like a war between conflicting, equally strong flavors that somehow resolves before destroying your mouth. i mean, it tastes great!
mouthfeel: The body doesn't do the nose and taste justice. It's relatively, surprisingly wimpy.
drinkability: Not really. I scored it a little higher than i would given that it's in the Monster category. Amazing stout but please no more than 1 (or maybe even 1/2) at a time for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 19:18:34 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark and slightly opaque black brown, with almost no carbonation. It looks extremely heavy and sludgy in the glass. Head is only a slight coarse foam of crusty bubbles. Not bad. Needs some head -- but given the ABV, the lack is perhaps understandable.

Big dark roasted characters on the nose. Very pleasant hints of oak and whiskey that give some depth. Bit of reddish sweetness to back it all together. Very pleasant.

Taste is extremely rich, very sweet and extremely boozy. Big vinous characters and a huge whisky or port spiritous burn. Slick and rich feel lets the palate mature over time, eventually yielding some sweet berry and heavy wood. Oh me oh my. This is an extremely complex and extremely flavoursome brew. Almost medicinal on the back, which lends just another layer of complexity. Wow.

This is a very strong, very aggressive and extremely complex brew. It's surprisingly drinkable for 17.5% ABV, maybe because every sip gives you another layer of complexity. You keep going back in anticipation of what you might discover next. Really wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 04:57:41 | More by lacqueredmouse
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

375mL green glass fake cork and caged bottle. Cork dated 12/12/17.

Pours oily black with no carbonation. Some brown bubbles from a rough pour. Nose is full of aromas! Soy sauce, toasted sesame, toasted malts. Black strap molasses, brown sugar, coffee beans and bitter chocolate aromas. Palate is agg-ress-ive. Smoky malts reminds me a lot of Scotch, alcohol is very pronounced and spicy. Heavy barley presence reminds me of JW Lees harvest ale aged in Lagavulin casks. Long finish and somewhat unpleasant mouth feel.

Notes: Too aggressive I think. The smoky bitterness is unpleasant most of the time and I really like beer with carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:27:20 | More by SFLpunk
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crusian

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

had to actually grab locking pliers to get this thing open... the cork was not budging.

poured into my bulbed bottom chang glass... :)
pours like motor oil. no head... but then I notice that there is a tiny bit of lacing clinging to the glass edges... there is a bit of hope in this.

nose... smells like beef bouillon and soy sauce... and booze.

front is very sweet, sugary, chocolate, and holy aftertaste of booze/coffee/beef bouillon. Beef bouillon fades after a few sips, but the others stay. Cant say I have ever had a beer that tastes like beef bouillon... for 17.5%, this doesnt really show it much... I mean yeah, you can tell there is a really high abv, but this is "covered" well... I actually kinda like this. I am not sure how to rate this... it really is not an imperial stout, if I rated to that, it would be really low, but this is in a class by itself... Sip for a few hours... cellar for a few decades.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 07:01:18 | More by crusian
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foogerd

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a snifter
Even with an aggressive pour this monster produced 0 head color is pitch black.
Smell i got was surprisingly sweet as in pure dark chocolate almost a pancake syrup like smell it was that sweet, for 17.5% i was shocked to smell not a trace of alcohol
Feels like im drinking chocolate covered coffee beans its deliciously sweet with alcoholic bitterness surrounding the sweetness , theres a rough bitter finish at the end which is actually a welcoming edge.
Feels very smooth n syrupy on the mouth not as thick as other "big" stouts carbonation is perfect for what they were going for here
All in all a great brew really happy i got this before i wouldnt be able to find it anymore as i see its retired, if u can get your hands on this go for it its a stout done to perfection with its alcohol content deviously hidden.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 03:42:32 | More by foogerd
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LinusBohman

Sweden

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one in Copenhagen, in Ölbutikken, wich is a really nice store with a wide selection of beers and a really good selection of Mikkeller beers.

Drank it in a normal drinking glass since I had no special glassware for beer. Served at room temperature. (about 22 degrees celsius)

A - Pours intensely black with a small head wich is coloured dark brown. Just how I want this type of beer to look.
Corbonation is just enough.

S - This is clearly an imperial stout with most of the classic characters, dark chocolate, roasted coffee but with a very sweet smell to it, a bit like dark syrup.
Also the alcohol is apparent in the smell.

T- As I taste this heavy little bugger the first thing that appears to me is a heavy roasted flavour wich transforms into a taste of sweet dark chocolate, dark syrup and sweet liqourice. The alcohol is not at all as apparent as in the smell.

M - As expected the body is quite thick and feels really smooth in your mouth.
A bit dry on the palate. Carbonation is not that notable and that´s suitable for this type of beer.

D - Quite a good beer although very heavy.The sweetness gets a bit heavy to the end though and I wouldn´t want to drink more than one bottle.
And the fact that it has the high alcohol content it has makes it a bit of an evening stopper since you will become quite drunk otherwhise...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 12:24:48 | More by LinusBohman
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pitch black with a tiny, almost non-existent, fizzy, dark cafe tan colored head. This disappears fast leaving just a bit of a ring of lace around the edge.

S - Dark coffee aroma with a fair amount of dark, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Somewhat of a soy presence and some whisky, peat, and smokey aspects with just a bit of vanilla. Slight sweet, molasses like aroma as well, and alcohol is pretty noticeable, but given the ABV it is pretty well covered.

T - Strong alcohol presence with some dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Some whisky, peat, and vanilla flavor is present. A dark fruit liqueur and soy sauce flavors come out mid sip giving it a tart, sourish type of flavor that isn't that great. Roasted flavors, faint hint of sweet dark fruit, and whisky come out a bit more on the finish, along with the ever present and strong alcohol.

M - Slightly above medium body with very little carbonation. Smooth and slick, oily feel.

D - Far too hot and boozy to be very drinkable. Definitely a sipper. Mid sip, the dark fruit tartness and soy sauce is a bit off-putting. Start and finish aren't bad though. Not one that I would drink often and definitely a nightcap drink.

Notes: Best Before 29/04/19. The combination of intense alcohol and the soy/tart mid sip made this a little unappealing. Not one I would seek out again, but it wasn't the worst beer I've had. Would be interesting to age.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 05:26:28 | More by FreshHawk
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a thin, yet long-lasting, tan-colored, foamy head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A huge, powerful aroma of chocolate, coffee, alcohol and a sugary element.

T: Tasted of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a hard to miss alcohol component. This is a complex beer, and certainly not one you can drink quickly.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied, viscous, chewy.

D: This is definitely a drinkable beer, but not something I'd drink everyday.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 12:13:53 | More by avalon07
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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle.

Appearance: Almost black with slow forming brown head which exhibits good retention and leaves lacing that is so thick, there are rings of head on the glass. Sediment in base of glass.

Aroma: Powerful, varying ratios each time the glass is raised. Vanilla, coffee, alcohol, vinous aromas, hints of chocolate.

Taste: In no particular order, as this beer has so much flavour: vanilla, coffee, chocolate, vinous, alcohol, hint of cinnamon and other spices. Sweet, but with an underlying roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Extremely full bodied, smooth, dry.

Drinkability: Obviously a sipper and an occasional beer, but this is outstanding. You can tell it's strong, but it feels more like 12%. Lots of excellent flavours and aromas. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 00:08:04 | More by lumikuuro
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Poured almost totally flat except for some tan bubbles that went away pretty quickly.

(S)- A deep roasted profile with lots of raisins and a tiny bit of dusty/musty molasses. Smells almost like soy sauce on the finish.

(T)- A rich roasted profile. A light smokiness with dry bitter cocoa, molasses, and a caramel-glazed fig thing in the middle. Rather malty with a big sweetness. Finishes with a boozy warmth going down with an equal level of bitterness.

(M)- A better carbonation level than what the appearance led me to believe. A good balance too; big roasted malts with an even bigger sweetness and bitterness that flows into a considerable boozy warmth.

(D)- Very very sweet with an even bigger bitterness. The ABV definitely throws its weight around in the middle and end. I am glad to have tried this, but at almost $19 for a single bottle; it disappoints for what I paid and what I got. Decent, but there are far better stouts our there for the money. Time might improve this, but it is just so sweet and alcoholic and bitter to enjoy this fully. It will take me forever to finish this beast!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 01:16:35 | More by sweemzander
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Cork exitted with an unenthusiastic "pa-lop." Poured out like motor oil: thick, blackish brown, and syrupy. Dark brown head began to form, but then changed its mind (a hair-thin halo stuck around for the entire session). Each swirl coated the glass walls in a thin resin, leaving isolated splotches of lacing. Body was utterly black; opaque. Oddly enough, this beer looked better after it warmed; this particular sample displayed better head retention and long, stringy lacing.

Smell: Hickory, smoked meat, caramel, freshly ground coffee, dark fruit, and other similar aromas. Very complex, and the alcohol remained completely absent even after the beer warmed. Loads of fun to whiff. Well done!

Taste: Chocolate, figs, red currants, and molasses provided a sweet, syrupy welcome. Unfortunately, bitter ash and alcohol quickly swept those flavors aside, leaving the palate coarse and parched. The initial sweetness dissipated pretty quickly in the aftertaste, which was dominated by ash, pine, and loads of roasted barley. To call this intense would be an understatement. Luckily, the finish softened as my buzz grew, allowing those sweet flavors to hang around a little longer. Still, this stout is not meant for the faint of heart. Get ready for a beast!

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, heavy, and hot. Goosebumps and singed nosehairs followed each gulp, making it tempting to just swish and spit. As stated above, however, the ABV became more tolerable once I established a sturdy buzz. Think double proof cough syrup.

Drinkability: Not one of Mikkeller's best imperial stouts, but still enjoyable. Set aside at least an hour for this one, especially if you're drinking the entire 12.7 ounces on your own.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 04:43:38 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Plan-B, this was a must drink according the bartender.

A total black pout, at least the name doesn't disappoint in its name. Great retention and lacing...The aroma is SUPER sweet, is this a beer or some kind of milk coffee? First thing I think of is a shot of Bailey's Irish cream, notes of cream, vanilla beans or ice cream...The taste first just makes me go, this is weird because its an overcomplex explosion of flavor. It is super sweet at first, tons of sweet cream at first, then chocolate finish that is weirdly medicinal, not fun at this point, a medium bitter coffee finish. Really almost touch all your senses but just too much for me to get a handle on and still enjoy without overanalyzing...The feel is medium strong but sticky...The drinkability is awesome, this is 17.5% and no way you would know it. Its slightly warm to drink but the sweetness covers up the alcohol so much.

This has to much going on to be great. Its a so-so stout, but if you just want to get f-ed up drink this 17.5 beer quick and easily and you're off to a good start.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 02:20:32 | More by jrallen34
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This borders on hard liquor! Dark body, dark khaki head. Winey, roasty smell. Coffee and dark chocolate lurk in the background.

Wine, whisky and dark, roasted malts. Not much else.

Very thick...not bad..but this really is a night cap. At (barely noticeable) 17.5% this is pretty much the beginning and the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 05:20:23 | More by BDTyre
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2010 22:56:20 | More by Metalmonk
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juju7

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Polarising stuff. Pours jet black with hardly any carbonation or head. Leaving it not much to look at or get excited about, even if it is appropriate to style. Hey, the bottle is green! Couldn't tell when the beer was in it-the definition of opaque. This kicks you in the nuts pretty hard. Very interesting port-madiera kind of vibe. I'm actually struggling to get past those flavours. Some tar, molasses and a slight roastiness. Sweet and pleasurably painful on the palate. A beer for the S&M enthusiasts out there. Rich and complex and quite alcoholic, sticks to your lips. Truly unique with a character of it's own. A beer that bitch slaps you and makes you get down on your knees to worship at it's altar of beery godness.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 11:18:12 | More by juju7
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TrueRates

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Synthetic cork has is printed 12/17. Quite the pain in releasing the cork from the bottle, but once done, very little hiss came through. Poured dead flat jet black that has gorgeous lacing. Aroma is ash, burnt charcoal, espresso, couverture chocolate. The taste is superb! Heavy roast black coffee, aged Madeira like with great acidity, thin body that just has so much depth in flavor, and lastly a melange of booze soaked harvest fruit. Finish is long lasting and just glorious. I'd imagine this beer aged in Islay barrels would be total top-notch. Some iodine, earth, and peat would just put this one in the winner's circle. Yum, yum, yum!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:58:20 | More by TrueRates
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam... probably a couple of years old now this bottle...

Poured deep inky black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Barely any head - what there is pours a murky brown colour and this fades instantly... no lacing at all...

Where to start with the aroma !! Rich booze soaked fruit loaf, lots of charred sootiness, dark bitter chocolate, strong liquorice, very sweet smelling - lots of black treacle and muscovado sugar, cigar smokiness, alcohol soaked fruit (blackcurrants, dates, raisins, prunes), roasted nuts - praline, soy sauce and balsamic...

Taste - Very sweet initially with lots of black treacle, balsamic and soy sauce. After the sweetness comes lots of charred smokiness with definite cigar notes, sweet espresso, very boozy - maybe just a little on the hot side, cough mixture notes, aniseed, alcohol soaked dried fruits (raisins, currents and prunes), bitter chocolate...

Feel - Very smooth and oily... very full bodied... needless to say that this one is a sipper at 17.5% !!

Overall - A superb example of an extreme impy stout and much more balanced than I was expecting... highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 09:48:57 | More by mdagnew
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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Massively thick viscous jet black liquid, with a small dense creamy tan head, and light carbonation. It look fantastic. The nose is hugely dark and heavy, with roasted malts, chocolate, rich coffee, and big booze hint of alcohol at the end. The taste is initially sweet with an overly sugared cough syrup way (not good), this is followed by a massive swing to a powerful bitterness, with a burnt charcoal flavour, brutal rubber-like taste, and a not so well hidden punch of alcohol. The taste is a huge letdown. I love Mikkeller beers, and will buy anything that Mikkel brews but this one just doesn't work.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 21:58:19 | More by PartyBear
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. $17.

A. Pitch black with an extrememly dense head, light brown. The head looks like it was poured from a nitro tap. Completely opaque, nice rings of lacing, looks like an imperial stout should. Excellent.

S: rich chocolate, fair amount of coffee and a decent amount of booze, but it isn't overwhelming. Behind the booze is a nice note of brown sugar and molasses. Lots of decent flavors in the nose.Black cherry is a nice undertone as well. Not too shabby here. Strong burnt flavors.

T: hugeness. Everything in this beer is huge. Roastyness is the first thing that hits the tongue followed by a huge sweetness from both the chocolate and a generally strong malty sweetness. Incredibly strong bitterness from the roasted malt, its not as bad as chewing on charred food but rivals that. Lingering bitterness and a huge coffee profile just stick in the mouth. This is a double-imperial stout, everything in the imperial stout classification is doubled in this beer flavorwise.

M: thick. No other way to describe it, this is the thickest beer I've ever had. Boozey to no end, and warming, a little less booze would be nice but this is awesome.

D:definitely a sipper, this is just too much to drink in any amount, but this Is incredibly enjoyable. I definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys huge beers, especially stouts. Definitely beats the pants off of DFH WWS in the extreme imperial stout category. Nice beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

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