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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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Black (黑)Black (黑)

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very good

399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 42
Gots: 94 | 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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Photo of crusian


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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
Photo of erz316


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 22:43:54 | More by erz316
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:04:13 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of CoolJosh


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 04:25:46 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of bkilpatr


3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

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)

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 04:49:18 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of t_carterb


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-10-2013 21:50:01 | More by t_carterb
Photo of gritz147


4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-22-2012 05:15:50 | More by gritz147
Photo of tabhill

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-18-2013 03:06:51 | More by tabhill
Photo of JoninVT

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-27-2013 00:39:34 | More by JoninVT
Photo of PhxHorn


4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:31:17 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of Spica66


2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
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
Photo of Jah_Json


4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

01-22-2014 18:06:45 | More by Jah_Json
Photo of Mississippi


2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

07-01-2012 15:34:31 | More by Mississippi
Photo of foogerd

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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
Photo of Richardberg

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 04:23:58 | More by Richardberg
Photo of Harvey98


4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

07-12-2012 00:13:28 | More by Harvey98
Photo of crosenkrantz


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-03-2014 23:50:30 | More by crosenkrantz
Photo of Anatole


4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-02-2014 09:10:37 | More by Anatole
Photo of flyersfan900


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-06-2014 22:07:28 | More by flyersfan900
Photo of georgiaboy8686


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-14-2014 19:24:50 | More by georgiaboy8686
Photo of emdawg

New York

2/5  rDev -47.2%

01-01-2012 05:51:41 | More by emdawg
Photo of LockeSD

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34%

11-22-2011 02:57:28 | More by LockeSD
Photo of ImperialStout


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

07-08-2014 20:58:56 | More by ImperialStout
Photo of MrRockstar


4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

10-22-2012 22:49:41 | More by MrRockstar
Photo of kmeves


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep deep black with a small beige head. Aroma is big time sweet with dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate and mild alcohol. The flavor has more of an alcohol bite although not as much as you'd expect from a beer of this strength. Nice fruity notes, roasted grains, chocolate and some citrus. Large bodied, chewy texture. Long long sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 23:12:32 | More by kmeves
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.