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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

431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with coffee smell. The coffee hits you in the finish,an excellent powerful bitterness that squares integrates with sweetness. Before that you are getting the vanilla and mollasses. Great for what it is. Medium plus mouthfeel. The 17.5% is definately a closer, have a bed nearby.
Had it again a few months later and chocolate and soy sauce. Thick pourer.

Sammy, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour from Wowcoolman’s tasting.

16% ABV per label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a very roasty and almost medicinal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it’s quite strong and intense.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.3%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +5.3%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface.
S: There are strong aromas of cognac in the nose.
T: Flavors of alcohol and cognac stand out; the initial taste has flavors of grapes while flavors of chewing tobacco are present in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and relatively thick on the palate. The alcohol results in some burning and warming sensations in the finish.
D: The alcohol content is surprisingly manageable, but it's the taste (particularly the finish) that makes this beer a slow sipper. The drinkability slightly improves as the beer warms up.

metter98, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.53/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (9 months old): Poured a pitch black color with a small foamy head with little carbonation and minimal retention. Aroma consists purely of alcohol ester with some grossly sweet notes also discernable. Taste is dominated by bad alcohol ester and is grossly sweet in a much exaggerated way. This beer has totally no balance and I cannot even envision this improving with cellaring. We split a 375ml three ways and not one of us could actually finish the sample. I am all for extreme beer but some type of balance must be maintained which is definitely not the case here.

Phyl21ca, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With intense chocolate and booze, Mikkeller Black lives up to its name like few others can. The rise of alcohol keeps the stomach warm and the mouth rich with flavor- making this beer a perfect sipper for those long movies or captivating book that makes you want to delay a revisit to the fridge.

If black is in the name, then black is what's delivered to the eye as an onyx-like hue and sheen is displayed in deep and reflective light. The head builds like cement on the beer and without hardly a waiver in its settlement for nearly two minutes. As the rich and foamy medium sand-tan head colapses into a rocky and fluid terrain, there's an ordinant amount of sticky lace that reveals intricate patterns of lace along the glass. A very appetizing stout!

Rum, bourbon, chocolate, espresso, walnuts, and molasses all fill the nose with equally high intensity but alternating with each visit of the nose to the glass. Roasted grain gives a nearly campfire-like woodiness and smokiness to accompany the heightened sweet aromas that are somewhat unexpected.

In contrast, the toffee and molasses sweetness superscedes the roast. This is very unexpected as the espresso and bittersweet cocoa follow closely behind but can never command the forefront of flavor. Oily walnuts, bourbony alcohol taste, vanilla, caramel, burnt woods, and wine-like sherries give a sweeter, succulent, and fruity character to ride along side of the roast and malty sweetness- sometimes in complementary fashion, sometimes in contrast. Delicious but somewhat unsettled as the fusal flavor of alcohol becomes the highlight of the beer while warming and taking away from the subtle interplay of esters, oxides, roast, and caramelized sweetness.

Undoubtedly robust and full in body, the beer carries a highly viscous weight with a velvety and creamy start. Followed by a turn to heat, roasty astringency, and firm mid palate- the beer's procession continues into a very long and developing boozy numbing heat, intense roasty bitterness in the back of the throat to accompany a moderate astringency that's masked by a surpringly long linger of sweetness and starchy malt aftertaste.

Black is a smack in the face of roast, sweetness, and booze all at once. Maybe an early development of one attribute, then the other would have garnered a better impression from me, but the on slaught of this three headed monster becomes a tital wave of taste that's hard to process to the taste buds- muddled intensity at best; a boozy mess at worst. But the quality of independent flavors all prove very taste and strong and are somewhat seductive as it allows me to ignore the sum of the parts and focus a little on the pieces of flavor.

BEERchitect, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark as night, no light coming through on this one at all, but also no head as the flat, lifeless body just laid there, quite odd indeed. aroma is dark peat, hints of campfire smoke, notes of light cocoa, and a hint of deep burnt notes, but that was the highlight as it went down from there. very lifeless, flat body did not let the taste come through nearly as much as it could have and this led to a rather lackluster profile. nice barrel notes, loads of wood and peat,

mikesgroove, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch one of Black shared by Andrew. Thanks!

A: Appropriately, the beer pours black in color. It also has no head, but I guess I'm not surprised.

S: Doesn't smell anywhere near as offensive as I feared. Booze, certainly, but it's mostly just roasted malts. There is a hint of ash and burnt sugar, maybe some licorice, too.

T: Although the aroma wasn't too bad, the flavor is quite another story. Lots of tar flavor accompanied by sugar. There is more tar and asphalt, followed by booze. A very intense licorice flavor, almost like anise extract. A bit of burnt sugar and prunes.

M: Medium to full bodied with very low carbonation.

O: The aroma was pleasantly surprising, but the flavor was just unfortunate.

womencantsail, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, viscous black with a big, thick and firm light brown head.

Nose of pure and assertive black chocolate, espresso, molasses and whiskied black cherries.

Mouthfeel is is thick, rich and creamy. Very heavy bodied and with a real quality feel. That there is a long lasting head and real carbonation is a tribute to the brewer who pulled out 17.5% abv.

A bad first impression of flavored coal gives way to a more reasonable interpretation as one drinks. Flavors are, in a word, INTENSE. I love extreme beers and I love stouts. This may actually be one close to being "too extreme." The flavors are gigantic, assertive and intense sweet licorice cherried black espresso with the bitterest of black chocolate and undertones of sweetness and black cherries with whisky and molasses. This is Black Tuesday without the finesse. The more I drink it the more I like it but it's like a bitter espresso/bitter chocolate syrup in character in the finish.

This may be the "biggest" beer I've ever tasted-the espresso equivalent of 120 IPA, if not even more aggressive. Quite the effort.

GRG1313, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black, intimidating, perfectly still body, but, man, check out those legs!

Smell: Scent of blackstrap molasses, prunes, and espresso reinforced by cutting whiffs of fusel alcohol.

Taste: Sharp roasted malt taste with concentrated molasses, espresso, and an altogether jarring, wincing sweetness. Heavy pour of dark fruit liqueur. Caustic bitterness in the middle. A few drops of soy sauce. Plenty of hot reckless alcohol from beginning to end, particularly on the sweet, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Sans carbonation.

Drinkability: This one is crude and unrefined, just as it was when I first had it nearly a year ago. I would certainly rather have a WWS, but that's just me. Let's set a tentative revisit date of, oh, let's say 2018. Though, I'm starting to wonder if this one will actually improve.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was freakin' nuts. This beer showed up a few times in my area so I made it a point to pick it up. I love the simplistic label and how it's corked really makes it an interesting looking brew. The beer poured out as a thick really dark black brew. Not much head after the initial pour. The lacing wasn't really there either. The smell is very strong. Lots of booze, roasted malts, lots of molasses on the nose. The taste was huge, massive amount of flavor here. There is a big boozy burn here, with a rich roasted malt flavor and no hops. To me this beer was just a massive brew. I enjoyed it alot. The mouthfeel is thin but oily. Not much carbonation. Overall this beer is huge, I really enjoy it as a sipper. I'm aging a bottle right now looking forward to seeing if it gets better over time.

Knapp85, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
1.15/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm not going to bother with a detailed review of this stuff, because the agony of drinking it isn't something that can be properly written down; it would be like trying to describe what it feels like to have your teeth pulled out with a rusty crowbar.

The appearance is about what you'd expect from a beer called Black: it pours like crude oil with no real head to speak of, just a few wispy bubbles. The smell is acrid as hell, utterly burnt and and boozy with an intense sugary sweetness beneath it all. The taste can only be described as sugar-coated car tire. The sheer intensity and bitterness of the aftertaste is unlike anything I've had before. The bitterness takes a moment to kick in after swallowing, and up until that point I thought the beer really wasn't that bad - I was proven wrong. It makes the hoppiest of Double IPAs taste bland and flavorless in comparison. It makes chewing on hop pellets seem pleasant. The finish is unrelenting in its bitterness, so deep and acrid that I began dreading the next sip, and yet some strange masochistic desire kept me coming back until I finished my glass. I'm just glad I had someone to share the pain with, because there's no fucking way I could drink an entire bottle of this.

On an ending note, I have no idea how to rate this. Although it doesn't necessarily contain any qualities that I would describe as pleasant or enjoyable, it is certainly a unique experience. Recommended for masochists and the self-loathing.

largadeer, May 12, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JAHMUR, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

not sure the vintage here, but my bottle reads 18.1% abv! WOW! the pour on this isn't nearly as dense as expected for a beer of this size. it is indeed black, coffee colored really, with a surprisingly creamy and rich dark tan head with fabulous retention. looks much more appetizing than expected. the nose is punishingly alcoholic. im smelling this while my girlfriend cleans with rubbing alcohol, and the two aromas are hard to distinguish from one another. there is some coffee tones, and of course burnt malt, but I get sharpie marker more than anything else, it almost stings, but in a good way I think. the flavor is sharp, very boozy, and actually more nuanced that youd imagine. its got some smoke happening, and a great espresso bitterness in the finish. its refined like a dessert wine, calculated, not exactly the mess I anticipated. the bitterness and booze burn lasts well after the finish, effectively rendering my palate useless for an hour or more (fortunately I just went on to drink modelo at an early cinco de mayo party). the buzz from this beer is almost instant. the mouthfeel isnt really thick at all, but it is full bodied of course, and quite well carbonated. it actually is almost creamy when you hold it in your mouth. even if the point of this beer was to make the biggest stout possible in terms of alcohol content and not much else, I think its turned into something quite respectable. way over priced, very hard to drink, but a worthwhile experience at the extreme end of the beer spectrum. always good to get out there on a limb once in awhile...

StonedTrippin, May 05, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
2.15/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Beer on tap at a local beer bar. Part of a special tap line-up for New Years Day. Heard this was going to be there and excitedly ordered an 8 ounce pour. I can describe this beer in two words, TOO MUCH!

Beer served in a belcher. Beer is black (as the name would imply). Really black, forms a brown head (dark brown) of medium and small bubbles. Head falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is impossible to tell but it can't prop the head up, must be low.

There are only two things I can find in the nose of this beer, 1. alcohol makes up about 90% of the aroma, the remaining 10% is roast, coffee and burnt malt.

This beer is dry, but before it dries your mouth out it punches you in the face with a biting alcohol and an avalanche of coffee in the back of the mouth. As I drink it I begin to dread every sip as it gets progressive more aggressive the more I drink. I begin to get nervous that I won't be able to finish my mere 8 ounces, but I prevail, barely. Time for water, food and then after my tongue recovers and can taste again, another beer.

I would cautiously try this beer again under the right circumstances, maybe in the bottle that has been aged. This is an odd beer, the reviews swing between super high and super low, kind of like Sam Adams Triple Bock or Samichlaus. Since this is the case I would hazard a second sampling.

drabmuh, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. Poured into a tulip glass. 2012 edition.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a layer of tan head that leaves a thin layer on the edge of the glass as it fades.

Smell: Smoke and some roast with a malt sweetness. I'm also getting some dark chocolate, dark fruit, and some alcohol.

Taste: This is a very roasty, heavy stout. Somewhat bitter with a lot of malt sweetness. The roasted malt flavor along with the sweetness is giving me some dark chocolate. There is an alcohol burn and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with smooth carbonation and some heat from the alcohol. The finish is rather slick.

Overall: This is an intense beer in all aspects. Very bitter and boozy in the finish. Some time might smooth that out. I'd still have another.

oline73, May 13, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mendvicdog, Jul 22, 2013
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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.