Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
06-05-2010 11:18:12 | More by juju7
5/5 rDev +31.9%
Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.
A: Pours a totally opaque, black color with 1-1/2 fingers of billowy tan head. Great retention and fantastic lace.
S: Chocolate and roasted malt, some vinous hints. Intense!
T: Leads with the roasted malt, chocolate following close behind. Finishes with a little bitterness, then the chocolate and roasted malts continue to linger. Under all this are some of the vinous qualities present in the smell, and some sweetness also. Like the smell, very intense. Alcohol is present but doesn't get out of control. Purely delicious.
M: Surrealistically smooth and creamy, very sensual, quite satisfying.
O: Had this for the first time several weeks ago and was quite impressed. Now focusing on it for the review, I have to say this is a perfect beer. Bravo!
07-31-2011 20:45:48 | More by AmericanGothic
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours like tar. Big mocha colored head rises slowly from the murky depths and leaves plenty of generous sticky lace.
Very attractive nose, with a rich sticky caramel smell and dark chocolate, deepened by coffee, burnt wood, molasses, toffee, and some strong but strangely inviting alcohol.
Wow, taste is a strange shock to the mouth on first sip. Somewhat likable, but unexpected. Buzzes from the start with a very bitter earthy burnt wood, deepened by some coffee and bitter cocoa. Some smooth chocolate and other darker more mysterious flavors fight to get out, but ultimately lose to the mouth sucking bitterness and very strong alcohol. I'm thinking this could use some age to mellow a few flavors into a more reasonable balance. For all its depth and intrigue it comes across harsh and sharp instead of smooth and rich.
Feel is difficult, again because of the high abv. Thick in the mouth, it lifts off the tongue and burns a little with the alcohol fumes. A sticky residue is left, but the numbness in the mouth makes it hard to feel out. Carbonation is no match for the body and only mildly notable.
I think the flavor would be great if I could detect more through the sharp bitterness and alcohol. Drinkability suffers because the high (and very obvious) alcohol and difficult balance make it bearable to sip, but difficult to drink overall. An intense experience for sure.
04-15-2008 21:51:10 | More by lightindarkness
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
A - Pitch black, thin soapy mocha head, spotty lacing.
S - Espresso beans, brown sugar, roasted malts, alcohol fumes, cookie dough.
T - Burnt sugars, black coffee, charred oak, roasted malts, ash, bitter hops.
M - Full bodied, low carbonation, long bitter aftertaste.
O - Should have split this one! It took an hour and fifteen minutes to finish my bottle. Glad I got to try this one. I'm pretty sure this is from 2010. This is my 54th Mikkeller beer!
07-15-2012 21:25:00 | More by Rickythejeweler
2.95/5 rDev -22.2%
12.7 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:
A- Pours a dark ruby red colour with no head. Looks pretty similar to red wine. Excusable for the high abv.
S - Cocoa, bitter chocolate, ethanol, some sort of band aid note, dark fruit and wine. Many esters abound, and it's difficult to describe.
T - Pungent earthy cocoa beans overpower any subtle flavors, followed quickly by the ethanol, reminding you to sip. Tart fruit and sour candy make up the rest of the body. Definitely a sipper, and not really all that enjoyable.
M - smooth, and wet, rather like wine.
D - entirely too rich to be drinkable, and doesn't really bring any interesting flavors to the party. A disappointment from a great brewer.
12-21-2011 06:37:47 | More by blakelive784
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
The name "Black" is certainly descriptive of the appearance of this one. It has only the slightest amber edges when directly backlit. The head is almost non-existent, as there is little or no carbonation to speak of. However, the bubbles that do appear tend towards the edges of the glass and are light brown (think not very chocolatey chocolate milk). The smell is huge, bursting with alcohol, chocolate and molasses. Hints of caramel and vanilla as well. Though alcohol dominates, it is done well here, and is very enticing.
This beer would benefit from a lot more carbonation, but DAMN is it still good! Warning: only for drinkers who don't mind super-alcoholic beers. Once you overcome the nose-burning, eye watering alcohol burn, a pleasant cherry sweetness filters through, and introduces all of the flavors promised by the smell. Lots of chocolate, molasses and caramel, and lots and lots of alcohol (goddamn). Super roasty in the finish and aftertaste, which gets slightly unpleasant if you wait too long between sips (leaves an ashy or burnt cardboard taste). Certainly one of the most intense beers I've tried, and it is accompanied by an immediate buzz.
The mouthfeel lacks in carbonation is perhaps too hot (the alcohol lingers on the palate long after it is welcome). Further, I feel like my palate is dying an excruciatingly slow death. It is nice and thick though. Drinkability is so low because, well, there is no way I could drink more than one of these. Very good in small portions, but is not recommended for extended drinking sessions.
12-29-2009 07:10:39 | More by jdklks
United Kingdom (England)
2.53/5 rDev -33.2%
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.
05-06-2010 21:58:19 | More by PartyBear
3.28/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
08-15-2010 07:01:18 | More by crusian
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
Poured from the corked bottle into S. Smith's pint glass
A - green bottle, with attractive minimalist design. would never have been able to tell the bottle was green while the beer was sill in it. cheap foam cork is used, and pries off with a minimal effort. pours a beautiful black, thick looking liquid. the head is an intriguing medium brown colour, very large bubbles. liquid is completely black/opaque, no semblance of light even at the bottom of the glass. there are some yeast chunklettes floating around
S - well, from the second the cork came off one could smell the pervasiveness of the alcohol. there is a faint coffee smell, but it becomes a but zingy, to use a highly empirical term, in the nose. a small under tone of bakers chocolate
T - goddamn! for how much booze they back into this bad boy it is smooth as a fine whiskey. a bit of sweetness hits the tongue and lips at first; the light sweetness molds in with the alcohol whilst in the mouth. the finish has some odd taste a 'freshness' to it that is like when one eats a bunch of strong mint gum, this is most likely the alcohol messing with the palate; this occurs before the residual flavours exit and before the hardcore bitterness kicks in, the real after taste. the after aftertaste is great, with chocolate and espresso remains in the mouth, sort of like eating some chocolate covered espresso beans, the flavor is molded very well. the nose is a bit misleading, there is only a strong bitter hop taste for the most part during the actual drinking, and the other flavours come back once the hops and booze have gone away. but, I'm not complaining. needless to say, the body is like a sumo wrestler.
MF - very thick, almost syrupy, and there is a supreme lack of carbonation.
D - for how much alcohol there is in this brew, I am astounded at how drinkable it is. not flinching, nothing.
09-17-2009 22:43:54 | More by erz316
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
A: Ok my first honest to god reaction was that I thought this came in a black bottle. Apparently, the bottle is green, go figure. The beer resembles motor oil or squid ink with absolutely no head to speak of.
S: Nice twinge of alcohol and roasted malt. Nice caramel chocolate notes.
T: Wow this is just a huge blast of flavor. It tastes sweet but slowly blends into the chocolate roastiness but you have to let this sit on your tongue for a minute to just begin to diagnose all the flavor.
D/M: Nice slight carbonation and not overly thick considering the weight of the alcohol.
02-18-2011 02:04:13 | More by pzrhsau
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
Saw this one in the cooler at Zeno's and was really intrigued by the bottle. Took it and home and noticed the actual bottle was green, which threw me off..
A: Pitch black. No hints of any light coming through, I've never seen anything this dark before. dark khaki head that doesn't last long.
S: Lots of flavors, I really had a difficult time distinguishing, there are so many and everything is really big and bold. Scents of darker cherry, dark grapes and other dark fruits, some vanilla, bitter chocolate, and some alcohol. One thing that my buddy brought up was a "Soy Sauce," smell.
T: WOW!!! Where do I begin, it all hits you at once and so fast. Slightly rougher start that smoothes out nicely, no tastes of alcohol surprisingly, and alot of darker fruits, vanilla, and some roasted coffee tastes.
Overall, a very bold, in your face black stout. Unbelievably complex in smell and taste, there's alot here. Surprisingly smooth, and expected the worst only to find an incredibly well put together beer. I picked up a second bottle, and placed comfortably in my 3+ years aging section!
10-22-2008 04:25:46 | More by CoolJosh
3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a pint glass. 11/10/08. Bottle is corked & caged. Cool looking label art. Cork came out with a pathetic pop.
Pours the deepest of blacks, with a dense one-finger brown head. The head dropped slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is intense. Roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark fruit, red wine, rubber, alcohol, and more alcohol. Crazy and intense.
Taste is equally crazy and intense. Sweet malt and milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A very powerful alcohol presence in the taste, probably due to the 17.5% ABV. Dark fruit, licorice, and red wine/port flavors are also present. Taste is very bold and like a punch to the taste buds. Would be much, much better without the fusel alcohol taste.
Feel is smooth and creamy with low but ample carbonation. Lots of warming alcohol on the way down. Drinkability is very low for me. The fusel alcohols make it very hard to drink. I wasn't even able to finish the bottle. Way too hot right now.
Overall, it's not bad. I think the ABV is way too high, and if it were lower then this would be a really tasty and enjoyable beer. But instead, the fusel alcohol dominates everything making it hard to enjoy. It is unique, and an interesting experience, but definitely not worth the cost ($17)
11-11-2008 04:49:18 | More by bkilpatr
4.75/5 rDev +25.3%
Holy shit, Batman, this is one helluva beer. It pours an opaque black with a half inch tan head, leaving tons and tons of lace in its wake. Smells--and this is from 6 inches away--of chocolate and coffee. Taste is huge: coffee, chocolate, cherry, molasses, bourbon. Major licorice aftertaste lasting minutes. Minutes, I tell you!!!! Tons of flavor. I didn't realize the alcohol content was so high, until I started to feel it. Well hidden for a stout. This is such a huge beer, I couldn't rate drinkability that high. It took me 90 minutes to get through it. But holy fuck, this is a big huge great beer. One of the best stouts I've ever had.
10-21-2009 04:31:17 | More by PhxHorn
2.55/5 rDev -32.7%
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.
01-03-2011 19:55:24 | More by Spica66
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.